Should Architectural Photographers Use 3D Scanning Cameras? A Quick Look at the Matterport Pro2

Architectural photography is probably one of the more technical types of photography. In general, photographers will use full frame or medium format camera systems along with tilt-shift or technical lenses. As great as these types of cameras are, should architectural and real estate photographers use 3D scanning cameras such as the Matterport Pro2?

California-based company Matterport has developed its business on building a 3D media platform. Not only does Matterport have its own camera called the Matterport Pro2, the company also offers a software platform. 

The software platform works with various camera systems, including Insta360 cameras, Ricoh Theta 360 cameras, several iPhone models up to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and even the Leica BLK 360 camera. What this means is that even if you don’t own a specialized 360 camera such as the Leica or the Matterport Pro2, you can still produce 3D scans with the Matterport software. 

In the video above, we met up with some of the staff from Matterport at the Photography Show in Birmingham this year. Nicholas Boisson from Matterport offered a quick overview of the Pro2 camera system. The speed and image quality of the camera is one of the most remarkable things about the system. With very little effort, the camera is able to produce high-quality scans of a location that can then be managed via the software. 

For architectural photographers, offering 360 scans alongside regular photography could be a good way to supplement services. Check out the full video linked above to see what the camera is all about. 

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