GigaPan Epic: How Do You Create Your Own 1,474-Megapixel Photo?

Ed Steele March 3, 2009 1




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Some people like to say that “size doesn’t matter.” We think that those people have never seen the gigapixel photographs taken with a GigaPan Epic Sytem. David Bergman, a self-described “All Access” photographer took his GigaPan Epic to the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama:

My final photo is made up of 220 Canon G10 images and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images on my Macbook Pro and the completed TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.

Priced at $379, we think the GigaPan Epic is a steal for what it does. So must have one of these. Full list of features after the jump.
How David Bergman Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address
View More “Gigamages”
Where to buy the GigaPan Epic


Special Features
* Pause and Scroll Function – Gives you the ability to recapture a specific photo or photos in the sequence.
* Repeatable – You can repeat the last panorama sequence, same photos, same order.
* Exposures – Time between exposures is adjustable.
* Designed for use with compact point-and-shoot, fixed lens digital cameras from all major camera manufacturers.
* 360 degree panoramic range-of-motion
* -60/+90 degree tilt range-of-motion
* Precision incremental movement/resolution of 0.36 degrees
* Simple user-interface consisting of: on/off/ok button, cancel button and four directional buttons.
* Highly visible LCD screen showing easy-to-navigate menu (to set-up panorama, field-of-view, number of rows/columns, etc.)
* Bubble level for quick set-up
* Easy camera mount by self-contained 1/4″ industry-standard thumb screw
* Anti-slip camera pad
* Simple camera adjustment for optimal positioning of the focal/nodal point in the fore/aft, up/down and left/right directions, allowing the use of different cameras.
* Easy adjustment of shutter button-activation arm.
* Power Supply Requirements: (6) AA Batteries (Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH, Lithium, etc.)
* Batteries contained in removable battery pack. A spare pack allows an extra set to be fully charged and ready for use
* Compact, Robust, Durable, Lightweight
* Strong cast-aluminum chassis
* Rigid, powder-coated, stainless steel camera mounting arm minimizes flex and vibration.
* Scale and marking features enable repeatable adjustment




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One Comment »

  1. pieter April 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm -

    cant sit for hours and just wait. 4/10