Photo Sphere product manager Evan Rapoport, who also manages Maps, Street View, Views, and Panoramio, had one more tidbit of Google Camera-related news to convey today. In a post to Google+, Rapoport announced that photo spheres had gotten a major boost to 50MP (about 11776x5884 pixels). This is up from around 8MP in the previous app, and the results are beautiful.


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If you liked photo spheres before, you're going to love them now - Rapoport shared his own Views collection with new higher resolution spheres, and they are crisp, clear, and a pleasure to look at. When you're done ogling the new, bigger, better spheres, grab the Camera app for yourself.

Source: Evan Rapoport (Google+, Views)

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  • RajivSK

    50mp images while still phasing out the SD card.. weird..

    • MaroonMushroom

      "Phasing out" is a little extreme. They're implementing some changes which should help security and I doubt they're done with it.

    • senor_heisenberg

      Give it a rest. The SD crowd it's just as annoying as the international crowd always complaining about things not being available in their country. Solution? Use a different product/service.

      • Viper

        You are annoying as a pain in the ass. Go live in a different country moron.

      • ddc

        By the same token, we have idiots who never fail to point out the international angle and the how much they dont mind not having an SD card. Solution? Shut the f*** up!

      • Simon Belmont

        Wow. You said exactly what I've been thinking for a while now (SD crowd / international crowd), but didn't want to say it out loud and create a shit storm.

        Kudos to you, Heisenberg. Keep throwing pizzas on the roof, buddy.

    • silaslenz

      I just created one and it's 5.31 MB, about twice the old size. Or the size of one song. These pixels are tiny.

    • Seiga

      realistically, how many photosphere's will you plan on taking? You'll use it once or twice, maybe occasionally here and there, but your primary focus is regular photos. Video's on your device would take up more space than photosphere photos.

    • TY

      Instead of SD card why don't we opt for 128 internal storage for a reasonable price. eMMc 5.0 128GB chips are coming.

  • xbukowskyx

    boom !!oppenheimer rulez!!

  • ddpacino

    Will make a few when I get home.

  • Marcell LĂ©vai

    Why make 5 articles on one single app?

    • Corey Watford

      Because Google doesn't release an app everyday.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal


        Well, technically it's not a new app. Google just changed the UI of existing Android camera and made it available via play store.

        • mikerotenberg

          Technically, you don't know this. It's closed source. There could be big changes under the UI.

          • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

            Doesn't really matter. It replaces the app which was already present on stock phones. i.e. same package name. So, existing app, not a new one.

          • mikerotenberg

            fair point.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          It's basically a new app. The fact that it replaces a current app doesn't detract from it being new, as there's very little that's similar to the old app either functionally or visually. So there's plenty to talk about.

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  • Corey Watford

    Finally!! Apple had this since the 4S and was killing me that I had to use some crummy 3rd party app to get more than 8mp low res panoramas on my android devices

    • Seiga

      apple had it Native? I think not. They had no such panoramic capabilities..

      You're confusing Photosphere and Panoramic photos.

    • Rodrigo

      Photosphere on iOS?

  • http://www.learningliftoff.com/ Scott Holm

    This is great. I'd sideloaded the Nexus camera onto my Moto X but pictures were maxed out at 5MP. Happy to try this out in full resolution.

  • Sanchit Mittal

    Meanwhile YouTube gets updated

  • enoch861

    Quality wise, does this camera produce the images as the stock camera apps that come on the phone?

  • didibus

    He's had to have done those with a tripod, mine never stitch this well.

    • Crispin Swickard

      I am hoping there is improved stitching involved...

    • Casen Brashear

      To do this well takes practice.
      Also, you need the rotate the lens around in a single point. Don't just turn your body.
      To do it best, find something on the ground you can hold the camera above for each capture, then move your body around that fixed point. Keep the lens directly above that at the same height and you should be good.

  • didibus

    Are the panoramas also increased to 50mp?

  • Alvin Lim

    Finally I can switch from N4 to the HTC M8, without losing Photosphere with this Google Camera app in Google Play!

    • Justin W

      You were waiting for just Photospheres to switch to a newer device?

      • Alvin Lim

        nah, just happy that its an option. was gonna switch anyway.

  • muhkuhap

    On my Nexus 4 a full Photosphere in Portaitmode only ends up in 7168*3581= 25.668.608 Pixels ~ 3,07MB

    • muhkuhap

      woops. settings were on high not maximum.

  • Dave

    Does anyone know how to set photospheres to capture at 50 MP? I just took a test one with the new Camera app, and the resolution didn't match the 11776x5884 pixels quoted above.