The GigaPixel Project in Vancouver has been precisely documenting scenes of the city of the last few months and the results are stunning. GigaPixel images are digital bitmaps composed of one billion pixels (1,000 megapixels), more than 150 times the information captured by a 6 megapixel digital camera. The latest GigaPixel image was revealed yesterday and to get the whole effect, you’ll need to click on the photo below to expand (and zoom in to see the snowboarder on Cypress).
These amazing photos are made possible with specialized ‘GigaPan’ instruments that were developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google. Locally-based Active Computer Services is the exclusive distributor of the GigaPan device in Canada. They have offered up one of their GigaPan devices for a giveaway so that one of my readers can try their hand at making their own panoramas.
The prize is the GigaPan EPIC. It is a unique robotic camera mount that empowers most small digital cameras with the ability to capture gigapixel images.
To use, simply set the corners of the panorama you want to capture using the LCD interface. The built in software works out how many photos your camera will need to take, hundreds or even thousands. Then the EPIC begins snapping the photos, automatically organizing them in overlapping rows and columns.
The EPIC is compact enough to fit into a small camera bag and weighs only 3.5 lbs. A tripod mount is included along with a level bubble – a full list of special features is available online. The value of this prize is $349.
If you would like this GigaPan EPIC for yourself or a camera/photo buff friend, here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at 10:00am on January 20, 2011.
Update GigaPan Systems in Oregon heard about this giveaway and they would love to include a GigaPan shoulder bag (value $70 USD) for the device. The prize winner will now receive the GigaPan EPIC as well as the bag.
Update Andy is the winner! Enjoy the instrument and the shoulder bag!