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london 360 photoA panoramic photographer has created a record breaking 80 gigapixel, 360-degree photograph of London which delivers stunning detail of everyday life in the capital city.

The picture was taken by Jeffrey Martin, founder of 360Cities.net, over a three day period from the top of the 36 story Central Point building at the crossroads of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

Thousands of images

Martin took nearly 8,000 high resolution photographs then used 3,000 of them, which he stitched together to create a single image.  The technology used included a powerful Fujitsu CELSIUS workstation comprising of 6-core dual central processing units and a whopping 192GB of memory.

London 80 Gigapixel Photos (click photo to expand)

(All Images by Jeffrey Martin, www.360cities.net)

Previous world record photo attempts

Other attempts at creating the world gigapixel record include a 26 gigapixel image of Paris and a 26 gigapixel image of Dresden.  Martin has previously held the world record in 2009 for his 18 gigapixel spherical image of Prague.  The current world record London photo would reach 35 meters in length and 17 meters high if it was printed at normal resolution.

The 360 Cities website say they have the web's largest collection of spherical, map-based panoramic pictures and have partnered with Google Earth to make them more widely available.  The website have also launched three contests in order to get people to explore the 80 gigabyte image.  To explore the full London image visit 360 Cities.

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