GigaPan EPIC Giveawayby
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).
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.
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)
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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Looks fun! Would be a great addition to my gear.
Please enter me into the contest. I love photography. Would help me out in my marketing job.
Great contest idea. I would really like to win a GigaPan!
Sorry, should of posted this information. My twitter account is miss604 is at The Great Escape….
I would love to win this for my brother. 🙂
Cool! I have a few photographer friends that could likely make great use of such a machine.
What a great tool!
I want this! Think of the amazing panos I could do with the various viewing points around the Lower Mainland and beyond!!
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:
Wow that’s an amazing device! Would definitely love to try it out.
This would be very cool for our realty photography!! Capturing all the awesome views of Vancouver!!
Got some new gear for Xmas and would love to add this to it!
I would love this! Please pick me!!!
I’ve been taking panos manually… this would be amazing!
hmmm, looks like a really interesting device! would love to give it a try.
Sweet baby jesus, this would be fun to play with.
Wow, what a neat camera !
Oh wow, awesome prize, would love to be entered.
This would be a handy tool to have for panorama shots.
Would love to take advantage of the great views in Vancouver with this!
What a sweet toy!
this would just be awesome to try out!!!
I would love to add this to my gear.
Expanding the parameters of this system in experimentation would be my priority
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!
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!!!!!
oooo fun new gadget toy!
Awesome contest. I would love to win the GigaPan Epic.
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!
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!
That. Looks. Awesome!
That would be a great thing to play with.
That looks cool!
I would totally be the best sister in the world if I won this for my sister. Best sister in law too. Double score!
Wow that’s awesome, didn’t know that even existed!
I could take an amazing shot from the roofs of my apartment building and my workplace.
Luck be a GigaPan EPIC tonight!
This would be such a wonderful gift for my sibling, who likes photography. Hope to win this for her birthday that is coming up!
This is an excellent idea!
I’ll be visiting all my friends that live in apartments with views…
Very cool technology. Please enter me.
Very cool technology. Please enter me.
This would be fantastic for my husband. He is a photographer and webdesigner and loves new gadgets like this.
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.
I would LOVE one of these 🙂
That’s really neat, please enter me.
That would be an awesome prize.
I would love this.
Wow, cool new gadget!
So, this is pretty much amazing! Awesome giveaway!
Please enter me in the contest.
Love the gadget!
What an awesome giveaway! Would love to win this!
I’m an amateur photographer and this toy would be epic!
whooaa so trippy!
looks like a fun new photo toy to try, they think of everything!
Wow, what an amazing new toy. This would be fantastic on my travels to China in the near future.
This would be awesome!
Enter me for the GIGAPan contest please! That photo of Vancouver is amazing.
I would love this for my new camera!
I would love this!
Oh wow, I want one of these! Seems quick technological though. 😛
As Jar Jar Binks would say. . . . .”Me’sa Wants zat” please enter me in the contest. Thanks, love the pics
That is how that picture was taken. I tried to use pana mode my dc, but cannot get the picture to look like that.
Sounds like a lot of fun!
I would love to win this!
Looks like an awesome accessory, would love to have one.
What a fun toy.
This is way too cool…
I would love to win this GigaPan EPIC panorama photo instrument.
I want one, need it for upcoming Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey.
What an awesome gadget! There are so many landscapes I would love to shoot with that.
Wow… this is unbelievable.. got lost in getting a closer look
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.
Wow, this thing looks amazing!
Wow, this is truly amazing… I can’t believe you can actually see the snowboarder up at Cypress mountain!
What a great prize! Thanks!
Wow, what an awesome prize!!
OMGGGGG this is SOOOOOOoo cool! YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE SKIERS!!! LOL!!!
I want it i want it!!! I can use it for hong kong pics!
PLS PICK ME!!! PLSSSSSSSSSSSS
This is amazing! What a great giveaway 🙂
Luv your website, btw!
Wow, that’s pretty!
I would love one of these for my photography class! I can’t afford a good one right now so this would be awesome!
Oh, like that. I had no idea the base Gigapan unit cost so little.
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!
I would love this!
Wow, great give away! Please enter me in the draw.
This sounds great!!
Love this for my wife!
Mmm, delicious pixels. I know what I like and I like a lot of it.
They aren’t kidding when they say it’s epic, eh? Imagine using this with a Hasselblad.
Wow that’s so cool!^^
Oh wow, my brother would love me forever if I won this for him…
Would love to use this at my MINI club events! Friggin awesome!
Looks epic! 😀
This looks like a really neat device. I’d love to take some sunset photos over English Bay with it.
Cool, I’d love to win a gigapan
Wow, what a great tool.
This is an awesome prize.
This looks so great!!!
Never knew about this gadget before. Would be so happy to win one myself!
This would be an amazing prize
Oh man, Gigpan vancouver?
Yes, Please. Sign me up.
Awesome! will be fun trying my hand at this.
Great prize – I hope I will win it!
Wow, cool devices, look like it does a great job. I would love to win this.
Would be AMAZING
They would be fun to use on the beach!
This would be a great thing to have!
This would be a great addition to my dSLR photography accessories!
Photography has always been a fun activity/hobby for me!
I would love to win this, just learning more about photography 🙂
Would love to have something like this!
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.
Looks great! Would love to get my hands on it. Great contest.
I would love to take a picture with the GigaPan!
That’s sweet! My dad would love it!
That’s really cool!
It was fun viewing this on my 2560×1440 resolution screen =D
This would be the sweetest prize ever.
Wow, very cool! Would love to try this out.
Whoaza! This really is EPIC!
The next step into the future for digital cameras.
i love taking pictures. ur always nice to everybody miss604!â™¥â™¥â™¥
I’ve actually never heard of this product before however I love tools to enhance my photos.
One of my good friends would love this!
These images are amazing. Photo geeks everywhere rejoice!
This sounds so cool!
Wow, pick me pick me! 😀
The best giveaways are with USEFUL practical prizes just like this! Thanks for hosting it
Awesome! Fingers crossed, please enter me in the contest.
Amazing! Fingers crossed!!
Oh wow, that’s possibly the most awesome giveaway on your site yet, IMO. fingers crossed!
This is great, please enter me.
Oh…robot panorama camera! NICE!
Up until now all my Pano’s have been hand-held 🙁 – Winning this would make me look like -> 🙂
This would let me literally expand my photography!
My partner would love this!!!
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.
Would so love this, I can already imagine the epic panos with help from the GigaPan!!!
This looks really cool!!
Would love to take advantage of this when I’m out and about. Especially when traveling overseas.
Awesome! Would love to win it 😀
Hmmmmm – I wonder how long it would take me to upload one of those to my flickr site…..New Terabyte External Harddrive coming up!
Oh… What I could do with a GigaPan!
Winning would be epic!
Wow, great prize.
Would love to win this one.
This is something new! How cool
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. 🙂
What a cool gadget to add to my repertoire. And a great birthday present.
I’m not sure I should enter since I will have no social life should I win. However, I have entered anyhow. Thank you.
Very cool. Cheers 🙂
Would love to be given the chance to improve on my Pano’s
looks to be a incredible piece machinery.
Have lived in Vancouver for many years,have never seen it from this amazing viewpoint…..thanks
would love to win this!
That looks pretty amazing!!
That looks pretty amazing!!
Wow, if I don’t win I think I’ll have to save up for one!
This is cool. The choice of name is also epic! (Pun, obviously, intended.)
Um yeah! I live in Colorado… this will map some EPIC Rocky Mountain images!! Also it will be cool to win on my anniversary.
That is aweesome!
Would love to try this out!!
This looks to be an interesting piece of technology, thanks for writing about it.
Love the Panoramic view taken of Vancouver !
What a sweet photog prize to win â˜º
would love to win this for my boyfriend!!!
I can think of a whole lot of uses for this…
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.
This looks so neat! Our whole family would be interested in using it!
Tried it with the iPhone+Auto Stitch (check this page: http://bit.ly/gHTipC) 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!
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Very cool. This looks amazing.
looks pretty cool! i would love to be able to use it. does it work with slr’s?
What an amazing photo…..I would love to try this.
Need to try this!
Terrific use of technology! Fantastic panoramas of Vancouver — can’t wait to see the other cities of the world this way.
This is so cool!
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. 🙂
Wow, that’s incredible, can’t believe the amount of detail you can get in one photo!
I would love love love a gigapan!! Please enter me in this contest. 🙂
OMG, I’d kill for it… I’d indeed!!!
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.
that is so cool
would love to try this out
Sounds amazing! Wow!
Count me in puhlease!
This i have to enter!
Would absolutely love to grab one of these! Awesome contest miss604
The red car on the Cambie St. Bridge is duplicated!
My boyfriend would love to play with a GigaPan EPIC.
I really like this!!!
What an amazing prize. Would love to win.
my hubby would love!
Sounds complicated but exciting!
sounds really techy and really cool that’s why i like it. XD
Now that would be nice!
As Quagmire would say, “Giggity! Gimme a GigaPan!”
Would definitely be cool to get one.
This would be awesome!!
Wow, that picture is amazing! My girlfriend’s the photographer, so I’d give it to her.
So cool! Another gadget to try and perfect! Will be an awesome use of my time!
would love to give this to my brother 🙂
Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for the opportunity f dreamin to win this amazing machine <3 <3
Very cool product…thanks for opportunity to win!
thank you for the opportunity to win this interesting and very useful device
This looks Really Cool.
Thank you for posting on this.
WOW! That looks like one cool gadget. I would like to give it a try!
Fun! I’d love to win this.
I would love to win this for my husband who is a multi-media developer and photography enthusiast!
Sweet! I’d love to win it… although I’d have to get myself a tripod to use it with! #handheld4life
Can you say 360 interactive?
Nice Job Ronnie, looks like you got a beautiful day!
So in love with the Giga Pan
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)