Tripods, Quick Release Clamps, & Cases

You need a professional-grade tripod to put the camera at eye-level and keep it steady while scanning.

You also need a quick-release clamp to quickly mount the camera to the tripod.

Using the best equipment gets you great results and protects your investment for the long-term.

The following equipment is recommended by Matterport. We update this list periodically after in-house testing.

 

Required: Tripod

Requirements

  • Native 3/8"-16 post tripod
  • Rated for 10 lb (4.5 kg) or more
  • Stable throughout camera rotation and across a variety of surfaces

Handling

  • Always check for tightness on the camera, clamp, tripod leg tighteners (and the bolts that affix to legs)
  • Hold the camera's handle when mounting or dismounting from the tripod
  • Never attempt anything that might endanger the health, safety, and well-being of you, other people, and other people's property.

DO NOT use the following:

  • Thread adapters
  • Ball-joint heads
  • Other tripod heads, levelers, etc
  • Tripod handles

These can be unstable and cause the Matterport Camera to loosen and fall. In addition, tripod handles can appear in the panorama and look bad.

Manfrotto MT190X
3-section aluminum legs 
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom

High quality plus vibration dampening

The Manfrotto tripods below with "Pro" in their names have a red ring and Q90 center column meant for pulling out and setting the camera at a slight angle (not truly horizontal).

In any position other than vertical up and down this center column is extremely unstable and unsafe for use with a Matterport Camera. Keep the column in its normal vertical position.

Manfrotto MT190XPRO3
3-section aluminum legs
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
🇫🇷 Buy in France
🇩🇪 Buy in Germany

Same as MT190X but has Q90 center column pole. Good if you have other non-Matterport cameras you will use with it as well.
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3
3-section carbon fiber legs
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Same as MT190XPRO3* but made of carbon fiber. Benefits include lighter weight and vibration dampening.
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4
4-section carbon fiber legs
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Same as MT190CXPRO3* but with 4-section legs. Also made of carbon fiber. Benefits include lighter weight and vibration dampening.
Manfrotto 028B
Best for very high scans

🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom

This tripod is heavy, sturdy, stable even at tall heights like 8 ft (2.5 m) or higher. This tripod is not useful for very low-height scans. Tripod leg angles cannot be adjusted independently on this model.

WARNING: While this tripod is stable at the full height of 8 ft (2.5 m) height, it is extremely top heavy. Keep you and the camera safe — use at least two hands when moving the tripod.

WARNING: If rubber feet are screwed-in on the tripod, then metal spikes can protrude. This is good for outside scans, but can scratch your client's floors.

 

Required: QR (Quick Release) Clamp

  • Native 3/8"-16 post
    • Do not use use a thread adapter
  • Arca-Swiss compatible Quick Release (QR) Clamp
  • Some QR clamps may come with a QR plate. However, only use the solid QR plate that is built-in to the bottom of the Matterport Camera. 
Induro QRT70X
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
Very sturdy clamp, even though removable bubble-level may fall out.
Kirk QRC-2.6
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Aluminum and Steel. Made in the USA. Sizes smaller than this are not compatible with tripods due to 1/4"-20 mounting hole.
RRS B2-Pro
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Made in the USA. Only available from the manufacturer. No bubble level.
RRS B2-LR-II
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Similar to B2-Pro but uses lever instead of screw-knob. Bubble level included.
XCSOURCE QR Plate & Clamp
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Good alternative to the others that you can purchase in the United Kingdom.
Andoer Adapterplatte
🇩🇪 Buy in Germany
Good alternative that you can purchase in Germany.

 

Recommended: iPad Case with Shoulder Strap

Innovative Care iPad 4 Case 
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
For iPad 4. Comes with shoulder strap 
Innovative Care iPad Air Series Case
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
For iPad Air Series. Comes with shoulder strap
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