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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 — 9:30am PDT
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The GigaPixel Project in Vancouver has been precisely documenting scenes of the city of the last few months and the results are stunning. GigaPixel images are digital bitmaps composed of one billion pixels (1,000 megapixels), more than 150 times the information captured by a 6 megapixel digital camera. The latest GigaPixel image was revealed yesterday and to get the whole effect, you’ll need to click on the photo below to expand (and zoom in to see the snowboarder on Cypress).

GigaPan GigaPixel
Downtown GigaPixel Panorama © Ronnie Miranda

These amazing photos are made possible with specialized ‘GigaPan’ instruments that were developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, with support from Google. Locally-based Active Computer Services is the exclusive distributor of the GigaPan device in Canada. They have offered up one of their GigaPan devices for a giveaway so that one of my readers can try their hand at making their own panoramas.

GigaPan EPIC
The prize is the GigaPan EPIC. It is a unique robotic camera mount that empowers most small digital cameras with the ability to capture gigapixel images.

To use, simply set the corners of the panorama you want to capture using the LCD interface. The built in software works out how many photos your camera will need to take, hundreds or even thousands. Then the EPIC begins snapping the photos, automatically organizing them in overlapping rows and columns.

The EPIC is compact enough to fit into a small camera bag and weighs only 3.5 lbs. A tripod mount is included along with a level bubble – a full list of special features is available online. The value of this prize is $349.

If you would like this GigaPan EPIC for yourself or a camera/photo buff friend, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a GigaPan EPIC panorama photo instrument from @activecomp & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on January 20, 2011.

Update GigaPan Systems in Oregon heard about this giveaway and they would love to include a GigaPan shoulder bag (value $70 USD) for the device. The prize winner will now receive the GigaPan EPIC as well as the bag.

Update Andy is the winner! Enjoy the instrument and the shoulder bag!

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Looks fun! Would be a great addition to my gear.

  2. Please enter me into the contest. I love photography. Would help me out in my marketing job.

  3. landovan says:

    Great contest idea. I would really like to win a GigaPan!

  4. Sorry, should of posted this information. My twitter account is miss604 is at The Great Escape….

  5. Cameron W. says:

    I would love to win this for my brother. πŸ™‚

  6. Paul says:

    Cool! I have a few photographer friends that could likely make great use of such a machine.

  7. Ryan says:

    What a great tool!

  8. Tyler says:

    I want this! Think of the amazing panos I could do with the various viewing points around the Lower Mainland and beyond!!

  9. Stefan says:

    Wow would love to win this. Would sure make doing panoramas a lot easier.

    David Bergman used the gigapan to make this amazing shot of the presidential inauguration:

  10. Soo Wei Tan says:

    Wow that’s an amazing device! Would definitely love to try it out.

  11. Jen says:

    This would be very cool for our realty photography!! Capturing all the awesome views of Vancouver!!

  12. Maryanne says:

    Got some new gear for Xmas and would love to add this to it!

  13. Shuko says:

    I would love this! Please pick me!!!

  14. Joel says:

    I’ve been taking panos manually… this would be amazing!

  15. marlismc says:

    hmmm, looks like a really interesting device! would love to give it a try.

  16. Carlos says:

    Sweet baby jesus, this would be fun to play with.

  17. Katie says:

    Wow, what a neat camera !

  18. Gladys says:

    Oh wow, awesome prize, would love to be entered.

  19. Vanessa says:


  20. Tawcan says:

    This would be a handy tool to have for panorama shots.

  21. Sarah says:

    Would love to take advantage of the great views in Vancouver with this!

  22. Kyle M says:

    What a sweet toy!

  23. Jean says:

    this would just be awesome to try out!!!

  24. Adrian says:

    I would love to add this to my gear.

  25. Brian Hawkes says:

    Expanding the parameters of this system in experimentation would be my priority

  26. Jaegen says:

    Very cool!

  27. klparrot says:

    Oh, I would love to have that. I’ve made a hemispherical panorama from my apartment balcony, and it turned out great. However, it required manually taking about 50 photos. Having something to automate the process would be fantastic!

  28. Derek says:

    WOW, this is an impressive picture!!! I grew up in Vancouver but moved to Spokane Wa 12 years ago. It is pictures like these that remind me of exactly how spectacular Vancouver really is and helps me to not miss Vacouver so much. It is blog entries like this that is the reason I follow Miss604. Kudos to the photographer, would love to try this out in my new town of residence. Keep yer stick on the ice Vancouver and GO YOU HARRY CANUCKS GO!!!!!

  29. Jewels says:

    oooo fun new gadget toy!

  30. lindawwww says:

    Awesome contest. I would love to win the GigaPan Epic.

  31. Scott says:

    That looks like a lot of fun! I’d be taking panoramas of everything from my living room to every valley I could hike to!

  32. giggles says:

    Wow this is an epic giveaway!! Very exciting for the winner! Thanks for the chance to win! Also thanks for sharing this great information! Very cool technology!

  33. Donna says:

    That. Looks. Awesome!

  34. Cliff says:

    That would be a great thing to play with.

  35. Brenda says:

    That looks cool!

  36. Alakitten says:

    So neat!

  37. Donna L says:

    I would totally be the best sister in the world if I won this for my sister. Best sister in law too. Double score!

  38. Tricia says:

    Wow that’s awesome, didn’t know that even existed!

  39. Chris Slater says:

    I could take an amazing shot from the roofs of my apartment building and my workplace.

    Luck be a GigaPan EPIC tonight!

  40. Andrew says:

    This would be such a wonderful gift for my sibling, who likes photography. Hope to win this for her birthday that is coming up!

  41. Chris says:

    This is an excellent idea!

  42. Andre says:

    I’ll be visiting all my friends that live in apartments with views…

  43. Brian says:

    Very cool technology. Please enter me.

  44. Brian says:

    Very cool technology. Please enter me.

  45. Angela says:

    This would be fantastic for my husband. He is a photographer and webdesigner and loves new gadgets like this.

  46. stephen says:

    I would totally love want this awesome photographer’s gadget. I typically take a lot of landscape photography, and it’ll be a great addition to my arsenal.

  47. Kirby says:


  48. Ianiv says:

    I would LOVE one of these πŸ™‚

  49. Hayley says:

    That’s really neat, please enter me.

  50. Sean says:

    That would be an awesome prize.

  51. Anne says:

    I would love this.

  52. Ceci says:

    Wow, cool new gadget!

  53. Sara says:

    So, this is pretty much amazing! Awesome giveaway!

  54. rob says:

    Very cool!

  55. Rob says:

    Please enter me in the contest.
    Love the gadget!

  56. Tracy says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Would love to win this!

  57. Tiffany says:

    I’m an amateur photographer and this toy would be epic!

  58. Chi Chi says:

    whooaa so trippy!

  59. David Darling says:

    Looks awesome!

  60. kristen says:

    looks like a fun new photo toy to try, they think of everything!

  61. Russ says:

    Wow, what an amazing new toy. This would be fantastic on my travels to China in the near future.

  62. Paul K says:

    This would be awesome!

  63. A L says:

    Enter me for the GIGAPan contest please! That photo of Vancouver is amazing.

  64. bernita says:

    I would love this for my new camera!

  65. Christine says:

    I would love this!

  66. Karen Chu says:

    Oh wow, I want one of these! Seems quick technological though. πŸ˜›

  67. Rodney says:

    As Jar Jar Binks would say. . . . .”Me’sa Wants zat” please enter me in the contest. Thanks, love the pics

  68. belinda says:

    That is how that picture was taken. I tried to use pana mode my dc, but cannot get the picture to look like that.

  69. Teresa K says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  70. angela says:

    I would love to win this!

  71. Jacob Lau says:

    Looks like an awesome accessory, would love to have one.

  72. Kevin says:

    What a fun toy.

  73. Jeanie says:

    This is way too cool…

  74. Jan says:

    I would love to win this GigaPan EPIC panorama photo instrument.

  75. Amrit Grewal says:

    I want one, need it for upcoming Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey.

  76. Kristin says:

    What an awesome gadget! There are so many landscapes I would love to shoot with that.

  77. Katherine says:

    Wow… this is unbelievable.. got lost in getting a closer look

  78. Rikushix says:

    Did anyone notice in the panorama picture of Vancouver that the red car on Granville Street bridge is captured twice?

    Clearly the camera caught it in both adjacent photographs.

  79. Chris says:

    Wow, this thing looks amazing!

  80. Norbert says:

    Wow, this is truly amazing… I can’t believe you can actually see the snowboarder up at Cypress mountain!

  81. Sandra says:

    What a great prize! Thanks!

  82. Winnie W says:

    Wow, what an awesome prize!!

  83. Ian says:


  84. Grace says:

    I want it i want it!!! I can use it for hong kong pics!

  85. Steven says:


  86. Lydia says:

    This is amazing! What a great giveaway πŸ™‚

    Luv your website, btw!

  87. Ennie says:

    Wow, that’s pretty!

  88. Leslie Luu says:

    I would love one of these for my photography class! I can’t afford a good one right now so this would be awesome!

  89. Oh, like that. I had no idea the base Gigapan unit cost so little.

  90. Lucie says:

    Oh my! I nearly had a heart attack when I saw this contest posted. As a photographer, I would so love to have this camera. Awesome prize!

  91. Julie says:

    I would love this!

  92. Chris Murray says:

    Wow, great give away! Please enter me in the draw.

  93. Lori says:

    This sounds great!!

  94. Dan says:

    Love this for my wife!

  95. rita jordan says:

    love it

  96. Aggie says:

    Mmm, delicious pixels. I know what I like and I like a lot of it.

  97. Michael Kwan says:

    They aren’t kidding when they say it’s epic, eh? Imagine using this with a Hasselblad.

  98. Amy W. says:

    Very cool!

  99. PureBlackLili says:

    Wow that’s so cool!^^

  100. BJ says:

    Oh wow, my brother would love me forever if I won this for him…

  101. William says:

    Would love to use this at my MINI club events! Friggin awesome!

  102. Rachel says:

    Looks epic! πŸ˜€

  103. Andy says:

    This looks like a really neat device. I’d love to take some sunset photos over English Bay with it.

  104. Sandra S says:

    Cool, I’d love to win a gigapan

  105. Carol says:

    Wow, what a great tool.

  106. jean says:


  107. Jim says:

    This is an awesome prize.

  108. Tiffany says:

    This looks so great!!!

  109. Bons says:

    Never knew about this gadget before. Would be so happy to win one myself!

  110. Katie says:

    This would be an amazing prize

  111. Cooper says:

    Oh man, Gigpan vancouver?

    Yes, Please. Sign me up.

  112. Tom says:

    Cool product.

  113. Linda says:

    Awesome! will be fun trying my hand at this.

  114. Julia says:

    Great prize – I hope I will win it!

  115. Norm L says:

    Wow, cool devices, look like it does a great job. I would love to win this.

  116. shannon hunter says:

    Would be AMAZING

  117. Dave V says:

    They would be fun to use on the beach!

  118. Jer says:

    This would be a great thing to have!

  119. A.J. says:

    This would be a great addition to my dSLR photography accessories!

    Photography has always been a fun activity/hobby for me!

  120. Jen says:

    I would love to win this, just learning more about photography πŸ™‚

  121. Farhan says:

    Would love to have something like this!

  122. liz says:

    what a sweet little toy the GIGAPAN is.We were on that picture forever looking for work and where we live and stuff super cool.

  123. Chris says:

    Looks great! Would love to get my hands on it. Great contest.

  124. Janet says:

    I would love to take a picture with the GigaPan!

  125. veronica says:

    That’s sweet! My dad would love it!

  126. Donald says:

    That’s really cool!

  127. David says:

    It was fun viewing this on my 2560×1440 resolution screen =D

    This would be the sweetest prize ever.

  128. Raia says:

    Wow, very cool! Would love to try this out.

  129. NoRaH says:

    Whoaza! This really is EPIC!

  130. Albie says:

    The next step into the future for digital cameras.

  131. au says:

    i love taking pictures. ur always nice to everybody miss604!Γ’β„’Β₯Γ’β„’Β₯Γ’β„’Β₯

  132. I’ve actually never heard of this product before however I love tools to enhance my photos.

  133. Sean says:

    One of my good friends would love this!

  134. Shawn Bouchard says:

    These images are amazing. Photo geeks everywhere rejoice!

  135. Emma says:

    This sounds so cool!

  136. Alex Lee says:

    Wow, pick me pick me! πŸ˜€

  137. Que says:

    The best giveaways are with USEFUL practical prizes just like this! Thanks for hosting it

  138. Warwick says:

    Awesome! Fingers crossed, please enter me in the contest.

  139. Lyndsey says:

    Amazing! Fingers crossed!!

  140. Stv. says:

    Oh wow, that’s possibly the most awesome giveaway on your site yet, IMO. fingers crossed!

  141. Jason Evans says:

    This is great, please enter me.

  142. carolbrowne says:

    Oh…robot panorama camera! NICE!

  143. Jamil says:

    Up until now all my Pano’s have been hand-held πŸ™ – Winning this would make me look like -> πŸ™‚

  144. Bill Kwok says:

    This would let me literally expand my photography!

  145. Ann says:

    My partner would love this!!!

  146. fotagenic says:

    Would love one of these, I already shoot panoramas the GigaPan EPIC would make it so much easier, increase the scope .. woo hoo! I just added one of my coal harbour panoramas to the Miss 604 flickr pool.

  147. Neil Fisher says:

    Would so love this, I can already imagine the epic panos with help from the GigaPan!!!

  148. Chista says:

    This looks really cool!!

  149. Taigi says:

    Would love to take advantage of this when I’m out and about. Especially when traveling overseas.

  150. Ryan M says:

    Awesome! Would love to win it πŸ˜€

  151. Mandy says:

    Hmmmmm – I wonder how long it would take me to upload one of those to my flickr site…..New Terabyte External Harddrive coming up!

  152. United Nathan says:

    Oh… What I could do with a GigaPan!

  153. Jeremy Dyson says:

    Winning would be epic!

  154. Greg says:

    Wow, great prize.

  155. Nocal says:

    Would love to win this one.


  156. Mary says:

    This is something new! How cool

  157. Sean says:

    How cool. It would be even cooler to get to use it in Vancouver. But I’d stll find fun things to do with it here in California. πŸ™‚

  158. Keith says:

    What a cool gadget to add to my repertoire. And a great birthday present.

  159. Mae says:

    I’m not sure I should enter since I will have no social life should I win. However, I have entered anyhow. Thank you.

  160. Abigail says:

    Very cool. Cheers πŸ™‚

  161. Would love to be given the chance to improve on my Pano’s

    looks to be a incredible piece machinery.

  162. Keith M says:

    Have lived in Vancouver for many years,have never seen it from this amazing viewpoint…..thanks

  163. Glenda says:

    would love to win this!

  164. Lia says:

    That looks pretty amazing!!

  165. Lia says:

    That looks pretty amazing!!

  166. kyle says:

    Wow, if I don’t win I think I’ll have to save up for one!

  167. Kristy says:


  168. KC says:

    This is cool. The choice of name is also epic! (Pun, obviously, intended.)

  169. kia says:

    Um yeah! I live in Colorado… this will map some EPIC Rocky Mountain images!! Also it will be cool to win on my anniversary.

  170. juhan says:

    That is aweesome!

  171. Tara says:

    Would love to try this out!!

  172. Bill says:

    This looks to be an interesting piece of technology, thanks for writing about it.

  173. Tooth Fairy says:

    Love the Panoramic view taken of Vancouver !
    What a sweet photog prize to win Ò˜º

  174. Nicole L says:

    would love to win this for my boyfriend!!!

  175. John says:

    I can think of a whole lot of uses for this…

  176. Ian R says:

    I’ve been dabbling with panoramas and stitching for while and this seems to be a great tool for my Nikon and would improve on the manual method of setting the lens positioning.

  177. Cindy says:

    This looks so neat! Our whole family would be interested in using it!

  178. Roland says:

    Tried it with the iPhone+Auto Stitch (check this page: but nowhere near what you can do with ‘monster’.
    Would like to take this to Whistler and/or Black Tusk in BC and share it with the world!
    Tweet is here:!/rotweets

  179. Paul says:

    Very cool. This looks amazing.

  180. d says:

    looks pretty cool! i would love to be able to use it. does it work with slr’s?

  181. Sherry says:

    What an amazing photo…..I would love to try this.

  182. Alv says:

    Need to try this!

  183. Stuart says:

    Terrific use of technology! Fantastic panoramas of Vancouver — can’t wait to see the other cities of the world this way.

  184. Michelle Williamson says:

    This is so cool!

  185. T-roy says:

    Wow, and the price is nice to. Would have thought this thing would have cost about $1k+! If I don’t win, might just have to buy one. πŸ™‚

  186. Zu says:

    Wow, that’s incredible, can’t believe the amount of detail you can get in one photo!

  187. Sandra says:

    I would love love love a gigapan!! Please enter me in this contest. πŸ™‚

  188. mOrLoCcO says:

    OMG, I’d kill for it… I’d indeed!!!

  189. Tony Bertram says:

    Wow! This would be great for traveling, just mount and attach camera and when you see some nice scenes, take a snapshot from your POV.

  190. anissa says:

    that is so cool

  191. americo oliveira says:

    Absolutely amazing.

  192. Tina L. says:

    would love to try this out

  193. Liam says:

    Sounds amazing! Wow!

  194. Tim says:

    Count me in puhlease!

  195. John says:

    This i have to enter!

  196. Devin says:

    Would absolutely love to grab one of these! Awesome contest miss604

  197. Hora says:

    The red car on the Cambie St. Bridge is duplicated!

  198. ping says:

    want one!

  199. Helen says:

    My boyfriend would love to play with a GigaPan EPIC.

  200. Lisa says:

    I really like this!!!

  201. Alan says:

    What an amazing prize. Would love to win.

  202. Ally says:

    my hubby would love!

  203. Valerie says:

    Sounds complicated but exciting!

  204. vincent chen says:

    sounds really techy and really cool that’s why i like it. XD

  205. MapsRus says:

    Now that would be nice!

  206. Eric Wolf says:

    As Quagmire would say, “Giggity! Gimme a GigaPan!”

  207. Mano Marks says:

    Would definitely be cool to get one.

  208. Ami says:

    This would be awesome!!

  209. Scott says:

    Wow, that picture is amazing! My girlfriend’s the photographer, so I’d give it to her.

  210. Virginia says:

    So cool! Another gadget to try and perfect! Will be an awesome use of my time!

  211. Linda says:

    would love to give this to my brother πŸ™‚

  212. John says:

    Looks awesome!!

    Thanks for posting this.

  213. Denise Neil says:

    Thanks for the opportunity f dreamin to win this amazing machine <3 <3

  214. Monica says:

    Very cool product…thanks for opportunity to win!

  215. PB says:

    thank you for the opportunity to win this interesting and very useful device

  216. P Fowler says:

    This looks Really Cool.
    Thank you for posting on this.

  217. Tracey Flattes says:

    WOW! That looks like one cool gadget. I would like to give it a try!

  218. Fun! I’d love to win this.

  219. Fatima says:

    I would love to win this for my husband who is a multi-media developer and photography enthusiast!

  220. Sweet! I’d love to win it… although I’d have to get myself a tripod to use it with! #handheld4life

  221. Matt Law says:

    Can you say 360 interactive?

  222. Greg Downing says:

    Nice Job Ronnie, looks like you got a beautiful day!

  223. liz says:

    So in love with the Giga Pan

  224. John says:

    Would be great for the east coast trip this summer!

    (Amazed the friends with some manual panos using a tripod from the Ireland trip last year)

  225. Lisa says:

    Love this!

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