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195 gigapixel photo is so astonishingly clear it has to be seen to be believed

Gerrard Kaonga

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195 gigapixel photo is so astonishingly clear it has to be seen to be believed

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Big Pixel

Social media users were left stunned after seeing a camera zoom in multiple times from an unbelievable distances without the quality dropping.

A 195 gigapixel photo has begun circulating on social media again, and just like last time, users can’t believe their eyes.

The 195 gigapixels is essentially the equivalent 24.9-billion-pixel photo. Likely trumping anything your phone or personal camera is capable of.

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The image was reportedly captured by a Chinese team and was shot from the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai in 2018.

The shot was commissioned by the Shanghai government and was taken by Big Pixel, according to reports.

A 195 gigapixel photo has begun circulating on social media users can’t believe their eyes. Credit: Big Pixel
A 195 gigapixel photo has begun circulating on social media users can’t believe their eyes. Credit: Big Pixel

Big Pixel, who are officially known as Shanghai Jingkun Technology, have been dubbed innovative and world class for their creative and cloud data processing capabilities.

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The interactive photo allowed users to zoom in any direction and view details far into the background. Credit: Big Pixel
The interactive photo allowed users to zoom in any direction and view details far into the background. Credit: Big Pixel

Despite starting at the top of the 468m Peal Tower, the camera is so powerful that cars that are only initially seen as blurs can be zoomed in on to reveal their registration numbers.

People only seen as dots from the top of the tower can also be zoomed in on to reveal their facial features as they walk about in public. Social media users simply couldn’t believe the possibilities with many commenting on X.

“Outrageous the tech we have at our disposal now,” one user wrote.

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Big Pixel have been dubbed innovative and world class for their creative and cloud data processing capabilities. Credit: Big Pixel
Big Pixel have been dubbed innovative and world class for their creative and cloud data processing capabilities. Credit: Big Pixel

“Just spent 5 mins looking and zooming in.....amazing,” another commented.

“The three guys looking at the phone- imagine knowing people could zoom in on your bald patch from that distance,” joked another.

"Literally spent 10 minutes zooming into windows expecting to see a couple shaggin or something and much to my disappointment there was nothing. Pretty epic camera though tbh," another wrote.

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Some users also pointed out that the camera shot was not perfect. Credit: Big Pixel
Some users also pointed out that the camera shot was not perfect. Credit: Big Pixel

However, some users also pointed out that the camera shot was not perfect as some members of the public are seen without heads, or are partially faded.

While many were impressed, others were concerned that this technology could be used to greatly impede security rights of citizens.

The team behind the photo have previously taken photos of cities and beaches using billions of pixels, but this was the first that was made allowing for user interaction.

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Unfortunately, this time around, it doesn’t seem the public is able to still zoom around the interactive photo. So, unlucky if you planned on testing it out for yourself.

Topics: Community, China, Technology, Photography, Social Media, Twitter

Gerrard Kaonga
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