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World's First Gigapixel Time-Lapse: 24 Hours Of London's Skyline

Take a look at the world's first Gigapixel time-lapse panorama that was captured of London.

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Nikon and the Lenstore have teamed up with the Canary Wharf Group to create the world's first Gigapixel time-lapse panorama (have a look around it above). 

Titled '24 Hour London', the panorama gives you a 155-degree view of London's skyline, captured on top Canary Wharf's One Canada Square roof, and over 6,240 photos were captured over 24 hours then stitched together to create the seamless view of London. 

Gigapixel time-lapse panorama set-up

The project used pre-programmed robotic motion-control technology to repeat the same pattern of photos 260 times an hour for 24 hours, without a single pixel of discrepancy and the finished product allows viewers to see London change colours across the hours, from sunrise to sunset, with all the shades the capital has to offer in between. 

Some of London's iconic landmarks that can be spotted from 24 Hour London include:

  • The London Eye
  • Tower Bridge
  • The Olympic Stadium
  • The Gherkin
  • Sky Garden
  • The Shard
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit
  • The Leadenhall Building


London at twilight

A Nikon D850 was used to capture the images along with a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 lens and this is the first time time-lapse and Gigapixel technology has been combined to create a 'Gigalapse'. The Gigalapse measures 7.3 Gigapixels or 7,300 Megapixels/ 7bnwhich which is 1000x more powerful than the camera on an iPhone X.

You can learn more about the project over on the Lenstore website

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