360 Video Camera from Google Street View for Photo Mapping a Model Railway Layout

25 5



As you know, in Germany the “Miniature Wonderland” is the largest model railway layout in the world. It is a permanent model railroad exhibition built in HO scale. One year ago, a team from Google made some amazing panorama views with a very special 360° camera. Today, these photos are integrated into Google Street View and into Google Maps. At that time, a secret was made of which camera Google used for making these 360° photos. In this video, Pilentum explains which camera was used. Please, note the info button in the right, upper corner or take a look at

Then, the Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Cam and the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K were used. Of course, the team had to reconstruct the camera so that it was small enough to fit it on the tracks under the overhead power line (catenary). And, the team had to build a small kind of a locomotive in HO scale, which automatically runs on the railway tracks.

The yellow camera housing of the Kodak PixPro SP360 is clearly visible on the Google railcar. This camera is very good for creating 360° panoramic views. Especially when you take a look at the results on Google Street View, the camera’s image quality is surprisingly very good. For making 360° photos from the miniature street level, the team constructed a 1/87 scale camera car that drove across the streets. Then, they used the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cam. The big secret was not the camera itself, but the technique with which the camera was used.

Kodak had released this new camera, which takes video recordings in Ultra High Definition (4K quality), a few months later. If you are interested in the creation of 360° videos, you should take this camera because of the higher video resolution. The camera makes a photo or video with a camera angle of approximately 210°. Therefore, two cameras are required for making a full 360° panorama view: The first camera for the front view and the second camera for the rear view. In the next weeks, probably in September 2017, Kodak will launch a new camera on the market: The Kodak Orbit360 4K PixPro Action Cam. This camera has two lenses for the all-round view forward and backward.

Finally, let’s have a look, what the team of Google has produced. It is an outstanding presentation of the “Miniature Wonderland” on Google Maps. Please, go to and click on the last photo at the bottom. You will definitely enjoy this presentation.

Copyright Remarks:
Courtesy of Google Inc.
Courtesy of JK Imaging Ltd.
Courtesy of Miniatur Wunderland GmbH
Music “Rank and File” by Silent Partner

25 Comments
  1. Ronplucksstrings says

    MiWuLa is great…so is 360 D camera effort, but Robovoice sucks!

  2. Kali Prasad Chinam says

    OMG! Astounding and amazing. Keep up with the good work Pilentum. And… a very big thank you. 🙂

  3. Papai Das says

    nice video

  4. Stephen Michael Foster says

    The computer voice ruined this

  5. sdj9776 says

    Computer generated voice=fastest way to get me to dislike any video.

  6. Michael Naisbitt says

    The voice conveys complete lack of interest and enthusiasm. If you are going to use computer voices take some advice don’t use a woman and just don’t bother. ———ITS COMPLETELY BORING

  7. Masataka Suganuma says

    Hahahahahahahaha 😂😂😂😂

  8. Beardie.D says

    How do you even get 1 subscriber when you use robot voice?!?! Surely you have or know someone with there own voice you could use!!!

  9. Dozer1642 says

    Robot voice=👎

  10. Waltzer walking Boy says

    What happens when a train derails shit 😫

  11. Stephen Blair says

    Where are all the mosques?

  12. David Goodwin Jr. says

    Fart man

  13. 001 002 says

    CPU voice earned you a thumbs down

  14. Le Peejon says

    It would been better if you used a scrolling text instead of that annoying robo voice.

  15. The Feeling Is Mutual says

    Insane

  16. 847MicRoss says

    Had to develop a model a camera to fit on the train. Don't gopros and cellphones have 360 now.

  17. Juan Rios says

    Much better than watching
    Cartel mafias killing each other..(.those idiots! )

  18. Bobby Slater says

    A commercial for Kodak.

  19. dubcityalf says

    GREAT!

  20. Daz G says

    didn't watch whole video….computer voice ruined it!!

  21. Joe Gold says

    Do they ever have derangement

  22. Tomasz Sz says

    Stitches between front and back images are horrible. Why they didn't align front and back images? It wouldn't be so hard to do, first shoot front image than move train to the correct position and shoot the back image. You're welcome…

  23. Sarita Tiwari says

    👍👍👍

  24. Brett Baker says

    "…and approximately five hundred thousand lights etc." Wow, that's a lot of etc.

  25. Simone Russo says

    why don't you create a simulator with an onboard view so everyone can basically drive the trains inside the layout? It could be very cool

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. AcceptRead More