Panoramic London view sets new world record

14:02 21 February 2013

The 320 gigapixel image was taken after the end of the Olympics by the photography firm 360Cities. Picture: BT

The 320 gigapixel image was taken after the end of the Olympics by the photography firm 360Cities. Picture: BT

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A unique picture of London taken from the very top of the BT Tower has set a new record for the world’s largest panoramic view.

It is made up of more than 48,000 individual frames. Picture: BTIt is made up of more than 48,000 individual frames. Picture: BT

The 320 gigapixel image, which took months to create, was taken after the end of the Olympics by the photography firm 360Cities.

It is made up of more than 48,000 individual frames and if printed at normal resolution would measure 98 metres across and 24 metres tall.

The last record attempt for a London panorama was 80 gigapixels, taken from Centrepoint in 2010.

Steve Hercher, from 360Cities, said they were glad to have been chosen by BT for the attempt.

The process took months to organise. Picture: BT/Anthony UptonThe process took months to organise. Picture: BT/Anthony Upton

He said: So many unknowns and variables had to be addressed in the planning of this unprecedented shoot, really the first of its kind.

“Software and hardware were pushed to the limits, and rain, wind and other potential stumbling blocks had to be dealt with.

“Our photography team of Jeffrey Martin, Tom Mills and Holger Schulze did an amazing job and not a single individual frame from the more than 48,000 planned was missed.”

BT is now asking people to share their favourite views of the capital, to mark what was a memorable year for the capital.

The project in numbers

The number of gigapixels in the photo - 320

The number of individual images shot - 48,460

Three – the number of days it took to shoot all the individual photos - Three

The number of meters long if printed in normal photographic resolution - 98

The number of meters high if printed in normal photographic resolution - 24

The floor at the BT Tower where the photos were taken - 29

Number of miles distant to the viewable horizon - 20

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