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

Written by Gina Stephens



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

Titled '24 Hour London LUN-dÉ™n) is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom', the panorama gives you a 155-degree view of London's skyline, taking on top Canary Wharf's One Canada Square roof, and over 6,240 photos were captured over 24 hours then stitched together to initiate the seamless view of London. 

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 isolated pixel of discrepancy and the finished product allows viewers to see London change colours across the hours, from sunrise to sunset, with all the shadows the capital has to offer in between. 

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

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


A Nikon D850 was second-hand 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 synthesized to create a 'Gigalapse'. The Gigalapse measures 7.3 Gigapixels or 7,300 Megapixels/ 7bnwhich which is 1000x multitudinous powerful than the camera on an iPhone X.

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


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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