I ran into this and was amazed. When the page loads, just don't look at how close you can get people'* faces, check on top of the buildings and see incredible detail and the people on top of them. The rest of this was an email I got.
This is so cool. Play with it for awhile. You will be amazed. This you must check out! With these cameras the secret service has a record of everyone who attended 2009 Inauguration Photo - SUPER HI-DEF This is absolutely the BEST in 'high definition'..... Really amazing. ('double-click' an area) ....and watch it focus. Then zoom some more... and wait for focus. > What a surveillance tool this is. This picture was taken with a robotic camera and weighs in at 1,474 megapixel. (295 times the standard 5 megapixel camera) It was a Canon that pulled together over 200 individual shots. Each zoom in takes a second to focus ...and then you can see some amazing reactions.
He'* in Texas, having dinner with the Bushes. Then it'* off for dialysis, he has to have 3 times a week to stay alive. How can people seriously think he could be getting this level of care in a cave is beyond me.
I hear ya, I don't watch any news anymore really. The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are the only shows I watch these days. Although they are biased, I agree with them and their views. Stephen Colbert especially. You may call me a conspirator, but I do believe the government knows more then they're telling us. Anyways back to the topic, it seems like not many people know about GigaPan. I can't believe it'* only ~$350 for the robot.
So I guess from what I understand is, you need the GigaPan robot and then a point and shoot camera; the ones they suggested. This could be something really neat. I'd get back into photography again if I had something like that!