Product Comparisons

PhotoModeler has a long history as a leading close-range photogrammetric tool. PhotoModeler introduced the concept of a desktop close-range photogrammetry product to the world in 1993 and has been a leader in technology and support since.

The UAS industry has increased the interest in photogrammetry. Some great research in modern photogrammetric techniques and algorithms has led to the entry of new vendors. Eos Systems welcomes competition as it pushes us to try to find even greater benefits for our customers.

One of the newer vendors with a comparable photogrammetry product is Pix4D of Switzerland. The following is a basic comparison:

PhotoModeler UAS Pix4Dmapper Pro
Automatic orient aerial photo sets
Yes
Yes
Automatic orient terrestrial photo sets
Yes
Yes
Grid-based camera calibration
Yes
No
Camera Auto-calibration
Yes
Yes
Camera Database (note)
×

A database of pre-defined camera parameters that make starting new projects a bit faster and a bit more stable. Projects still work without this but may require a few more steps.

No
Yes
3D point cloud models
Yes
Yes
3D triangulated surface models
Yes
Yes
CAD-like tools: points, lines, cylinders, surfaces
Yes
No
Photo-realistic rendering
Yes
Yes
Ortho-photo mosaics
Yes
Yes
Contour maps
Yes
Yes
Georeferencing
Yes
Yes
Stockpile and excavation volumes
Yes
Yes
PPK integration for high accuracy
Yes
No
Multispectral and NDVI (note)
×

This support is for multi-spectral cameras where the channels come from one sensor and one lens. And the ability to produce a variety of outputs from this include NDVI mosaics, etc.

Yes
Yes
Multi-lens multi-spectral camera support (note)
×

This support is for multi-spectral cameras that have multiple lenses in one camera body or where multi-spectral channels come from different cameras.

No
Yes
NDVI area classification No
Yes
Rolling shutter compensation (note)
×

Global shutter cameras will always give the highest accurcy. If you have a less expensive drone with a rolling shutter camera that you need to fly quickly then rolling shutter compensation may be useful. Note as well that rolling shutter compensation is typically only useful with nadir photography and gimballed camera.

No
Yes
Single-photo projects
Yes
No
Full manual-matched projects
Yes
No
Modeling over time
Yes
No
Remap images without lens distortion for export to 3D s/w
Yes
No
Automated target and coded target marking
Yes
No
Cloud processing (note)
×

Ability to upload some or all of the project data to a cloud processor to offload your local computer from processing. Only suitable if you have a high speed internet connection.

No
Yes
GPU support (note)
×

GPU - Graphics Processing Unit. If your display card has a GPU accessible by a common programming language some processing operations can be sped up.

No
Yes
Quality Report
Yes
Yes
     
License (Perpetual) $3495 $8700
Subscription (Monthly) $179 $350
Subscription (Annual) $1799 $3500

Prices in USD. Note, feature lists are a moving target and products improve - if you think anything above is not correct do let us know - our goal is an accurate representation.

Comparing software strictly on a technical specification can be helpful but it does not take into consideration customer or application specific support, whether such support is pre or post sales. At Eos Systems, one of the pillars of our success over the years is a high level of support.

Please feel free to ask us for any additional detail at sales@photomodeler.com.

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