Google Marries Panoramio Lookaround to Street View

Google has announced an update to Street View that further marries Panoramio features into the Street View experience. In June of last year, Google added a feature in Panoramio called “Look Around” – it includes an interface that lets you see outlines, in perspective of the angle they were taken, of other photos available of the same scene. In March of this year, Google added Panoramio user photos into the Street View interface. Now the look around feature has also been married into Street View. Here’s a video showing what it looks like:

Here is a link to view Street View with the new interface for Big Ben – which Google refers to as “Photo Zoom”. Note: if you click on the link of the title of each photo (in the upper left of Street View’s interface), you can fly to that photo in Panoramio. Find the link to “Look Around” below the photo and you can use the Panoramio interface (which may make it easier to find even more photos).
Earlier this year, I discovered you can include the Panoramio Look Around interface into a Google Earth placemark. It works pretty well. But, the interface needs some tweaking to work properly within a placemark. (I suggested that to Panoramio, but it hasn’t been changed yet.) It should be possible to make a network link to view Look Arounds for any popular location inside Google Earth. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the Street View “photo zoom” interface at all apparently. Otherwise I would try putting that in a placemark.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. You can embed it in a placemark
    This is just an iframe of Keir Clarke’s hack here:
    probably the reason its not offically done, the new streetview viewer seems to have problems when put in too small a window. (at least in Google earth it does)

  2. Nice. If they only would copy all street view features from Google Maps to Google Earth. It’s confusing and annoying using street view in GE and having to switch to Google Maps for special features.

  3. Frank, it is possible to embed the street view with the Panoramio photos. You just need to find the flash object code from within Google Maps (quite tricky). Here’s an example –
    The Flash embed doesn’t work as well in Google Earth as in Google Maps though and looks a little frayed around the edges.

  4. I hope that the incorporated Panoramio images don’t end up blurring the faces of the people in the pictures.

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