World’s Largest Photo of New York City from EarthCam Video

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This video showcases the astonishing detail and resolution of the largest photo ever taken of New York City. At more than 80,000 megapixels, this image was captured using EarthCam’s new GigapixelCam X80.

To zoom in and see the actual detail for yourself, take a look here:

The 80 Gigapixel Panorama was captured from EarthCam’s GigapixelCam X80 mounted on top of the Empire State Building. It is the highest resolution image ever created of New York City.

You’ll see Manhattan Bridge, almost 3 miles away in close-up. Even the Statue of Liberty – 5 miles away – and the MetLife Stadium/American dream more than 6 miles away can be seen in amazing detail!

To create this image, the GigapixelCam X80 captured 3234 extreme close-up photos and stitched them together into one unified panoramic image over 80 gigapixels in size. It uses Sony’s 61 megapixel sensor as the core image capture device. When viewers digitally zoom in to examine the picture detail, the resolution is still exceptionally high, without the usual pixelation revealed in a standard digital photo.

If the photo was printed, it would measure 272 New York hot dogs end-to-end (or 136 feet).

Traveling to New York City on a Budget It Can be Done

Despite common misconceptions, it is quite possible to enjoy many of the great things that New York City has to offer even on a rather modest vacation budget. It is important to remember when planning your vacation that your budget is often the most important deciding factor as far as which activities should or should not be included in your families plans.

Taking in New York City for the Budget Minded

The beauty is that you can still present many fun and wonderful options to your family while following a rather strictest of budgets. First of all, if you pay for your lodging ahead of time that is one worry you won’t have during your stay. Finding a hotel room that has microwaves and refrigerators can go a long way towards limiting expenses. You can also save money by filling your bottles with waters at your hotel rather than purchasing new water bottles, bringing snacks from home for the kiddies, and eating at nice restaurants that offer lunch menus at lunchtime and hitting less expensive or fast food restaurants in the evening.

Purchasing NYC Photos

Another thing to remember is that you do not need to purchase every photograph that is taken of your children while in New York. Consider carefully which photograph will be the most meaningful to your child years from now and let that be the photograph you purchase. Use your camera to record other memories of your time in New York for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to bring plenty of extra film (if you’re still using a camera that requires film) and batteries with you from home, as these are likely to be more expensive to replace in New York.

Other great money saving ideas for your time in New York would be to purchase The New York Pass. It may seem rather expensive but you can purchase a 3 or 7-day pass that will actually grant you free admission to many area attractions. You will easily make up your investment if you were planning to visit the attractions that this provides free admission to. You will find wide selections of museums and zoos are offered as well as discounts in some of the gift stores.

Shopping in NYC

New York is a great city in which to shop. It’s not such a great city in which to shop on a budget. If shopping presents too great of a temptation for you avoid it. While there are some wonderful and interesting shops to see and experience if you can’t go in and out without spending money, then it would be in the best interest of your vacation budget to skip them all together. If you can resist the temptation there are many malls and stores that offer not only delightful merchandise but are also a sight to behold in and of themselves.

If you have children there are many activities for children that are available for free in and around the city. Search the Internet while in the planning phases and I’m sure you’ll find many activities that you can all enjoy as a family that fit into the fabulous freebie category. Many of the museums in the city also offer free admission on certain days of the week or at certain times. Other museums offer a pay what you will type of admission so that no one is actually turned away from the wonderful experience that awaits them inside.

New York National Parks

New York City also has many national parks, some of which have profound historical significance. The admission to these national parks, including the Statue of Liberty is absolutely free and the family can enjoy their time there as well as gaining a profound sense of history in the process.

No matter what your budget, you can afford to have a good time in New York City if you take the time to carefully plan the events you will and will not participate in based on your budget. Keep in mind to allow for a few really nice events and reward yourself for being so budget conscious throughout your trip. It is a vacation after all, even if you are limited to expenses.

Learn more about the worlds highest resolution robotic webcam here:

Image credits:

Colin Sheehan – Software, Image Capture
Kaitlyn Leubling – Editing, graphics
Dylan Stark – Research, Development
Robert Altieri – Engineering

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49 thoughts on “World’s Largest Photo of New York City from EarthCam Video

  1. WOW, that’s some camera. But seeing New York like that does make me want to visit.

  2. Been playing with the actual image a couple hours now and wow👏 rooftop life is fascinating. Only other image i looked at before this video was the brown muddy sediment in the end. Glad this showed me a clock ⏰ I was looking all over for one….
    Now if they’d show an image from the other side of town pointing back at the camera that would be awesome

  3. малаЦЦы , пацаны ваще ребята ! можете, могёте !!

  4. I love this epic music while zooming on some places in NY, I can feel the energy

  5. First zoom in on the clocktower, I was like “wow, that’s cool!”, the second zoom on the bridge, I was like “no way!”, third zoom on One World Trade Center, I was like “NO FUCKING WAY!” – and from that point, I was speechless.

  6. You probably won’t believe this but I stuck my head through the middle of that clock tower about 25 years ago when I worked security for Met Life Insurance. There are 2 plates that cover the opening for the clock shaft that turns the hands of the clock. These plates were missing for one of the sides of the clock. That is the side that I could stick my head through. And let me tell you, that minute hand barely looks like it moves at all from the street. But it moves about a foot when it does moves …scared the crap out of me.

  7. 50 years from now people will laugh at this “quality” just like we laugh at the sped up footage from the 1910 B&W movies or old photographs. 😁

  8. The last shot of the pallet in the mud blew my mind. Thats crazy resolution.

  9. when you’re able to read the licence plate of a car over a mile away and about 1200 feet about the ground. Talk about crazy amazing.

  10. 0:53 this overall shot just blew me away, like the field of view is just incredible without much distortion

  11. This is crazy, this is probably how it would feel to have an eagle vision!

  12. This is the kind of video that will be recommended after 5 years

  13. I’m sure we can go further and see the details on a penny with further advancement. Details on a penny miles away

  14. @Troy Lee we dont understand how small we can get to zooming in or how big….. Wait a minute imagine zooming out? Probably just fisheye effect lol

  15. For next generation who will watch this first time 10 or more years later, this would be considered an ordinary video on youtube. But for my generation who watched it first in 2021, this is simply amazing.

  16. That’s the construction lot behind Marble Collegiate Church (where I sing). Soon to be a new high-rise tower.

  17. I ain’t sure but I guess this photo is hundreds of photos stitched together

  18. The zoom ins are crisp and detailed you can even see the germs from miles away

  19. With everyone leaving comments of how their phones have better quality, and this image must of been taken from a potato.

  20. Pretty comforting. Next 5 years will definitely be recomended again “facepalm”

  21. The gigantic megapixel panorama picture of the Manhattan skyline is absolutely impressive!

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