What is a Matterport 3D Camera and How You Can Get One at a Discount?

Real Estate Marketing Tip

Imagine potential buyers previewing your latest listing by walking through it in high definition on their computer or mobile device. Not those cramped 360 virtual reality tours with their “fish eye” view.  A 3 dimensional walk-through so realistic it looks and feels as if you’re actually there.

Matterport, offers a photo/video solution for real estate agents that takes the virtual tour to the next level.  Ease-of-use is of particular importance to real estate agents already juggling multiple devices. Matterport boasts, “Our Pro 3D Camera has one button – ON.”

What it does

Claiming that a typical property can be scanned in an hour, the Matterport Pro 3D camera requires no special lighting or staging equipment and has none of the complicated controls or confusing software you’d find on a traditional video camera. The camera works in conjunction with an iPad app, and Matterport offers their own “Cloud” for processing, backup and storage of your videos. Content can be viewed through Matterport’s 3D Showcase which works in both desktop and mobile browsers, or though other MLS friendly players. And, because Matterport video works with a number of available VR headsets, your videos are Virtual Reality ready. Matterport will also assist with finding a photographer, should you choose.

The resulting video offers three view modes:

  • Dollhouse – provides the viewer a look at the whole property
  • Inside view – a walk through each room
  • Floor plan – offers a top down perspective of the homes layout

How it works

The PRO 3D Camera weighs only 6.5 lbs and has a battery life of between 8 and 10 hours. Matterport’s secret for making the 3D Pro so easy-to-use is that all the real work has been automated. Automated rotation, aperture, shutter speed and white balance ensure consistent and reliable capture so no post processing is required. Matterport claims their 3D PRO is dimensionally accurate within 1% of reality and offers both high resolution 2D and 3D images. The company uses their patented advanced vision algorithms and powerful cloud computing so you can post your videos the same day.

Pricing & limited time special offer

Matterport is offering their all-in-one 3D PRO Camera for $3,995 and 3 different Cloud Plans to choose from. You can order through the Matterport website.  Matterport is offering $300 off the list price to the first 200 customers who sign up.

Last word

While it may be pricey, the Matterport 3D PRO Camera offers an all-in-on solution for creating photos, videos and virtual tours in one easy-to-use device. And, while it may be out of reach for some, an agency or brokerage should see a return on investment in no time.

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