Two fantastic photos, both world's highest rez

Get ready to feast your eyes. First we have a spherical photo that's a mind-boggling 18 gigapixels large, letting you gaze at Prague in record-breaking resolution. It's stitched together from 600 shots, resulting in what its makers say is the world's highest-rez 360-degree image — 192,000 pixels wide by 96,000 pixels high. Whoa. That's 18.4 billion pixels! Go to the image, click Full Screen and marvel at how you can zoom in on individuals, close enough to discern what brand of cellphone they're using.

Then there's our second example, the spectacular 26-gigapixel panorama of Dresden, Germany. It's not a 360-degree photo, but its resolution is even higher than the Prague image. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 400mm lens, this project employed a photo robot to take its 1,665 pictures, accomplishing all that shooting in a mere 172 minutes. A computer with 48GB of RAM and 16 processors took 94 hours to process the 102GB of raw data, busting out the largest picture in the world, with an incredibly high resolution of 297,500 x 87,500 pixels. This is just positively astounding.

A. F.B Media GmbH and 360 Cities, via TechCrunch