The Infinite Zoom


Digital cameras now regularly produce 8, 10 and 12 Megapixel images. Panoramic photography can create files ten times larger. But how do you view them?

The Digital Urban overviews “virtual zoom” solutions, particularly Microsoft Research’s HD View (below). It lets you zoom in. Way in.

Microsoft Research’s HD View is an ActiveX browser component, thus the first time you use it you will be asked to install the component. It also only runs in Internet Explorer under the Microsoft Windows operating system. Here are some other examples.

Zoomify and SocialCanvas can host your photos. Zoomify Flash can play them back on a SmartPhone.

Making panoramas is getting cheap and easy. Panoramic Stitchers, Viewers and Utilities include:

A “virtual zoom” could make small screens more practical. Just zoom in.

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