Stratocam Lets You Take Aerial Photos Using Google Maps

Using satellite photography from Google Maps, you can grab gorgeous aerial shots.

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Ever wanted to get into aerial photography, but haven't been able to afford a friendly, local, pilot to take you flying? Well, here's the next best thing. Stratocam is a Google Maps based web-app, which balloons the satellite imagery from the service up to full-screen size, allowing for some pretty spectacular scenery. Users snap the landscape they love, and can vote on the images and share them.

Unfortunately, since the app is based off the Google Maps API, there are a number of restrictions. You'll see copyright markers watermarked over all the images, there's no way to save a shot that you like offline, and you can't get rid of the interface. All things considered, the images aren't suitable for printing or showing in other environments — but as they stand they're gorgeous.