Largest underwater panoramic image
Marcio Cabral
826,943,112 total number
Brazil (Zona Rural Jardim)

The largest underwater panoramic image consists of 826,943,112 pixels and was created by Marcio Cabral (Brazil), at the Lagoa Misteriosa, in Jardim, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, as measured on 31 August 2018.

The panorama is of Lagoa Misteriosa, which translates as “Mysterious Lagoon”, a lake at the bottom of a sinkhole. This lake of transparent waters impresses visitors for its incredible depth. In 1998, the diver Gilberto Menezes de Oliveira has recorded a depth of 220 metres, however nobody has found its bottom.

In other to break his own record, Marcio Cabral had to make several improvements, such as a larger area of the center of the lens and a custom ISO ranging from 200 to 800 depending on the framed depth. This increased the dynamic range and improved the noise signal in the deeper water areas that are darker.

In addition to that, this image had much larger production, including a dedicated diving team performing as diving models. The bottom of the image shows a diver inside a spherical bubble produced by him at about 20 meters deep and the image was taken at 18 meters deep. We can also see two divers on the water surface.

The composed image comprises 24 individual frames taken from the same location, 2 Zenith and 2 Nadir, totaling 28 images. It formed an image with 14.46 metres wide and 7.23 metres high.