Google Maps Types
A Google map of type HYBRID:
Google Maps - Basic Map Types
The following map types are supported in Google Maps API:
- ROADMAP (normal, default 2D map)
- SATELLITE (photographic map)
- HYBRID (photographic map + roads and city names)
- TERRAIN (map with mountains, rivers, etc.)
The map type is specified either within the Map properties object, with the mapTypeId property:
Or by calling the map's setMapTypeId() method:
Google Maps - 45° Perspective View
The map types SATELLITE and HYBRID support a 45° perspective imagery view for certain locations (only at high zoom levels).
If you zoom into a location with 45° imagery view, the map will automatically alter the perspective view. In addition, the map will add:
- A compass wheel around the Pan control, allowing you to rotate the image
- A Rotate control between the Pan and Zoom controls, allowing you to rotate the image 90°
- A toggle control for displaying the 45° perspective view, under the Satellite control/label
Note: Zooming out from a map with 45° imagery will revert each of these changes, and the original map is displayed.
The following example shows a 45° perspective view of Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy:
Tip: Google adds 45° Imagery for new locations all the time. Check out the list of 45° imagery on Google Maps.
Google Maps - Disable 45° Perspective View - setTilt(0)
You can disable 45° perspective view by calling setTilt(0) on the Map object:
Tip: To enable 45° perspective view at a later point, call setTilt(45).