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    Default Does Google Earth have higher definition pictures for those who pay?

    Even though you can see the type of car on a NewYork street, there's still a lot of the world that's not very clear on Google Earth.

    Would you get the whole world as pin sharp as, say, New York - if you paid a subscription, instead of having the free version.

    Are there other websites or applications that give a clearer image for - for example - Africa?
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    The hi-res images you see are taken from planes, not satellites, so until satellite images are much better than they are now, I doubt you'll see the whole world in hi-res for quite a while yet.

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    Also paying a subscription fee won't get you closer to getting hi-res imagery in your area. Indirectly, yes, since you are giving them money, but not really. Google does not take satellite pictures themselves; they buy them from providers. If you rally wanted/needed a hi-res picture of your area, you'd need to buy the picture/convince Google to buy it.

    Also, BillyBob, I'm pretty sure the military does have high-resolution satellite imagery, but civilians just don't see it or know their capability.
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    Not sure about other websites or services, but wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive list. If your on an article that has coordinates, click the coordinates in the top right corner of the article (it's a link) and a geohack page with all kinds of global services appears. As an example, here's the geohack page for Cape Town Intl. Airport: http://toolserver.org/~geohack/geoha...t_region:ZA-WC
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob View Post
    The hi-res images you see are taken from planes, not satellites, so until satellite images are much better than they are now, I doubt you'll see the whole world in hi-res for quite a while yet.
    One of google's partners is launching a new satellite next year with 0.34 meter accuracy. I think right now commercial satellite imagery tops out at around 1.0 meters.
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