High resolution satellite imagery?

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Hi Jonathan,

    I'm not sure which map you had access to previously, but I can confirm that our map options have changed over the years, usually due to licensing issues. A few notes:

    1) I definitely recommend the MapBox Satellite Imagery over the MapQuest Imagery.

    2) If you send me coordinates to a specific area in MapBox that seems out of date or has poor coverage, I can request updated imagery from them, but no guarantees that they'll update it.

    3) Lastly, you can import nearly any map you find on the internet yourself

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    MTJ

    Yeah I also have a suspicion that satellite imagery is getting worse. I have moved to using the premium ESRI and it's not very good. 

    Let's compare 

    https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?layer=SatelliteWithLabelsContoursFeet&lat=34.1338&lon=-118.3918&zoom=20

    with Google Maps

    https://www.google.com/maps/@34.1339431,-118.3920423,73m/data=!3m1!1e3

     

    See the difference.

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    mcbbcn

    Hi there,

    I just figured out how to match satellite imagery from a google maps in Gaia. I just had to bump the zoom to work between 18 and 19 and I only download small areas.

    Best

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    George

    So mcbbcm, how did you do this zoom bumping?  I have always had problems with good zoom resolution in GAIAGPS.  I always have to have my Google Map app open to zoom in.

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    mcbbcn

    Hi brewskieman,

    It is easy how easy I forget things as I'm getting older but I found the link where you can see the Google and Gaia integration and around 1 minutes 31 seconds you can see the zoom levels:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6hZJtzwLic

    Obviously, if you are going to bump the zoom level from 16 to 18 or 19, which is the highest level of details, I would constrain the area that you want that level of detail for, because the highest zoom, the highest the detail and the highest of data, so it's easy to go overboard with this one.

    I hope it helps,

    Miquel

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    azdan2007

    I had the same issue and I discovered that I was only at 16 zoom level the other day when downloading.   Took me a while to figure out why they were not clear and I realized I had 3 more zoom levels to go.   Slid it over and it looked good when downloading!

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    allterrainfamily

    Why is the Satellite resolutions so bad now? I used to be able to see roads, now I can't zoom enough to see roads at all. 

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    Chris Hill

    @allterrainfamily 

    This could be for many reasons. If you'd like to reach out to the support team, we'd be happy to help. 

    Click the Help widget in the corner to send us a message. Be sure to include the map source and area you're viewing. 

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    BRAP_UP

    Please redirect if this issue has already been solved but Google maps and other sattalite maps seem to have gotten worse and worse. Blury and hard to see. Is this just my problem?

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    Chris Hill

    @BRAP_UP,

    Unfortunately, Google no longer allows its map sources to be used by third-party applications and downloaded for offline use. Sorry about that!

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    Cory

    Its seems that all the satellite imagery has gone to crap is there and advice for this im in utah and have just about given up on gaia at this point..

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    Jim Margolis

    @Cory

    You may find higher resolution imagery on the World Imagery layer.

    Follow these steps to add this layer to your layers list.


    If you have any further questions, please contact Support here.

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    nikarp

    @jim, have you gotten rid of that source too?

    Mapbox and mapquest are low res when looking at high mag. 

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    John

    I see Gaia adding new maps and features all the time, which are great to have.  However, I keep coming back the Satellite imagery being poorer quality than Google Maps or other similar online options.  Is there anyway we could put in our votes to prioritize better satellite imagery over other niche maps?  Thanks!

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    Sean

    Agree! Just compared Gaia satellite imagery of a recent campsite off of the JMT with the imagery from Garmin and Google. On Gaia the trees are blurry, you can't see the JMT, and you can't clearly see the site where I camped. On both Garmin and Google you can easily make out the trail and the ledges where I camped (looks like they use the same source imagery). I could have really used that higher resolution satellite imagery during some off-trail sections I hiked.

    I get an email almost every week about some new Map Gaia has added. How 'bout you focus on improving the core satellite imagery that is so important to so many of your users instead of adding yet more new maps that only niche user groups care about? That would be extremely appreciated.

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    Cory

    I agree I'm over gaia ill be switching to on x offroad unless they actually add a usable satellite map its ridiculous.

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    Sean

    BTW, I tried all of the available Gaia satellite/overhead imagery layers: Satellite/Mapbox, World Imagery/ESRI, FreshSat, USDA Aerial, etc. None are as good as the source imagery that Garmin and Google provide.

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    John

    If it an issue of cost, perhaps, there are some options that could be implemented to allow display of better resolution at greater zoom.  Along the lines of what has been said above, frequency which I'm using Gaia for for a best resolution satellite maps far exceeds the number of times I'm looking for other atypical features/layers.  I would wager this reflects other common users needs/desires, as well.

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    peterk

    Just a year ago my wife and I were off trail between Capital Reef and the Escalante River, using Gaia satellite or aerial photo layers, and they were great, as sharp as Google Earth. Now, they are not. Come on, Gaia!!!

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    mmax.acc

    If Gaia does't add crisp clear satellite imagery in the next 30 days I'm cancelling my membership and switching to On X Offroad. You should all join me. Makes zero sense that a company this size, taking this much of our money has not paid to license some non-blurry images.

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    allterrainfamily

    The user experience on Gaia either web or app really sucks. If I have to wail 30 seconds for the maps to show anything, it's not worth it. Gazzatteers have all the same roads.

    -M

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