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Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Yurt » 22 November 09 12:36 pm

http://www.nearmap.com/
Fairly high res imagery in the city. Haven't looked further afield. When they get images over time it will be interesting.

One day an overlay of geocaches?

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by GhostGums » 22 November 09 1:41 pm

Had a look at Brisbane CBD and while the resolution look better, the photo appears to have been taken lat afternoon so there are a lot of shadows. :?

The photography is more recent, only a few weeks old. Is the intent to provide regular updated photography? That would be an advantage ove Google Earth.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by RobWinmar » 22 November 09 1:46 pm

That looks very useful. I think I might start using it for work as well. Google Earth images are frequently over 3 years old. It sill thinks that most of the land in Docklands is undeveloped. Thanks.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Yurt » 22 November 09 2:49 pm

It's dated 20 October for Sydney's north. I assume it will be regularly updated. I wonder if they will add past images as well. It looks like there's a sliding scale at the top where you can go forward and back but at present there's only one image. Be nice if the 1943 aerials of Sydney were included as well! Plus all those in between.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by CraigRat » 22 November 09 4:05 pm

Round my way it is worse than the worst images Google Earth ever had.

I don't think I'll be using it for a while!

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Map Monkey » 22 November 09 4:29 pm

CraigRat wrote:Round my way it is worse than the worst images Google Earth ever had.

I don't think I'll be using it for a while!
+1

The resolution is extremely poor in most regional areas, even worse than the old free landsat images pre-GE. [-(

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Postman Pat » 22 November 09 5:53 pm

CraigRat wrote:Round my way it is worse than the worst images Google Earth ever had.

I don't think I'll be using it for a while!
same here I cold not zoom in as far as with Google earth. :-k

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Coffee and Cache » 25 November 09 12:28 am

In our neck of the woods in Melbourne, the resolution appears to be a stunning 1-2cm. Very impressive.

In fact, the house next to us is undergoing renovation, and images taken on 12/10, 6/11 and 13/11 show the construction of the roof in various stages. Fascinating.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Yurt » 25 November 09 2:14 pm

The railfans spotted this one:
http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-34.920819,1 ... 5&z=20&t=k
#-o

Interesting that there are several photos (over time) for some sites as the previous poster mentioned. Still only one in most places and the non-urban stuff is pretty bad resolution from what I've seen. However you can get images going back in time. Type in 'batlow' and click the first match. Never mind that they've got it as "Batlow, Vic" rather than NSW where it really is. It's a high Landsat type image but you can look at 2004 (latest), 2003, 2000, 1989, 1980 and 1972. Look at the large dam (Blowering) between 1989 and 2000.

I hope they do this for all maps where possible.

A work in progress we'll have to consider it.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Dik: » 25 November 09 2:39 pm

Wow, that is scary clear. So much detail in my back yard.

It's so clear I can see the cache container for
Dizzy GCXHKH
\:D/

And it's only a black pixel, but I reckon I can also see cache container
A Valiant Effort ga0728
=D>

(note to self: "I must hide my caches better" :lol: )

Only problem is there is no lat/long on the map.

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Zytheran » 25 November 09 11:42 pm

The terrain map looks a lot like the side scanning radar images taken from the space shuttle?

I think there might be legal issues with these images, just check out what you can see in some of our military bases. :shock:
..the same bases surrounded by huge signs prohibiting photography. Google Earth is pretty low res compared to this.
Nearmap, you can actually see which direction mobile satellite receiving dishes are pointing.. :oops:

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by Coffee and Cache » 26 November 09 12:24 am

Zytheran wrote:The terrain map looks a lot like the side scanning radar images taken from the space shuttle?
This link may give it away
http://www.ipernica.com/IRM/content/nea ... rview.html

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by CraigRat » 26 November 09 4:58 am

Yurt wrote:The railfans spotted this one:
http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-34.920819,1 ... 5&z=20&t=k
#-o

Interesting that there are several photos (over time) for some sites as the previous poster mentioned. Still only one in most places and the non-urban stuff is pretty bad resolution from what I've seen. However you can get images going back in time. Type in 'batlow' and click the first match. Never mind that they've got it as "Batlow, Vic" rather than NSW where it really is. It's a high Landsat type image but you can look at 2004 (latest), 2003, 2000, 1989, 1980 and 1972. Look at the large dam (Blowering) between 1989 and 2000.

I hope they do this for all maps where possible.

A work in progress we'll have to consider it.
FYI: You can also change dates in google earth and look at older images (if available)

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by FarmerFrentzen » 26 November 09 6:41 am

CraigRat wrote:FYI: You can also change dates in google earth and look at older images (if available)
How do you do that?

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Re: Nearmap rival to Google Earth?

Post by CraigRat » 26 November 09 4:10 pm

FarmerFrentzen wrote:
CraigRat wrote:FYI: You can also change dates in google earth and look at older images (if available)
How do you do that?
One of the icons in the Google earth client looks like a Clock, click that and you can adjust the dates in a similar fashion to Nearmap

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