Google Maps now higher-res than Zoomin, smaps

After a little discussion about Trade Me and their new smaps online map system (which seems to be powered by the same engine ZoomIn is using, but with no satellite imagery), I took another look at Google Maps and their aerial photography of Wellington.

Turns out Google Maps is now higher resolution than smaps or ZoomIn. You can get down to the level where cars are blobs of pixels. Also, Google Maps has more up to date photography — you can see the work on the Inner City Bypass (same location on ZoomIn, smaps).

To be honest, I’m glad that we’ve finally got some decent competition in New Zealand’s online maps — Wises was sucking ass ever since I saw the original ‘ajax map’ from Switzerland — long before Google Maps was around.

2 thoughts on “Google Maps now higher-res than Zoomin, smaps

  1. I posted a roundup yesterday of all the maps made with the Google Maps API (and some other stuff) that pertains to New Zealand:


  2. provides a simple search site for New Zealand maps using google maps. Should be some extra stuff there in a while, but for now simpler for some than using google maps and having to type in New Zealand every time.

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