Tripods, Quick Release Clamps, & Cases

You need a professional-grade tripod to set 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.

An iPad carrying case is optional, but convenient if you will scan a lot.

To protect your camera long-term (and especially while traveling), we suggest buying a hard carrying case. You can also use the white, foam-padded inner shipping box from when you first purchased the camera.

The following equipment is recommended by Matterport. We update this list periodically after in-house testing.
The following equipment is applicable for both the Pro and the Pro2 3D Camera.

 

Tripod (Required)

Basics

  • Native 3/8"-16 post
  • 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 safety and well-being of you, others, or others' 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.

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Recommended Tripods:

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Manfrotto MT190X

  • 3-section aluminum legs
  • High quality plus vibration dampening
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
Manfrotto tripods with "Pro" in their name have a red ring and Q90 center column. You can pull out the center column and set it at a slight angle so the mounting point is not completely horizontal/level.

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.
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Manfrotto MT190XPRO3

  • 3-section aluminum legs
  • Same as MT190X but has Q90 center column pole.
  • Good if you have other non-Matterport cameras you will use with it.
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
🇫🇷 Buy in France
🇩🇪 Buy in Germany
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Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3

  • 3-section carbon fiber legs
  • Same as MT190XPRO3* but made of carbon fiber.
  • Benefits include lighter weight and vibration dampening
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom 
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Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4

  • Same as MT190CXPRO3* but with 4-section legs.
  • Also made of carbon fiber.
  • Benefits include lighter weight and vibration dampening.

🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom 
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Manfrotto 028B

  • Sturdy and stable even at tall heights like 8 ft (2.5 m) or higher
  • Not useful for low scans.
  • Tripod leg angles cannot be adjusted independently on this model.
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom 
While the Manfrotto 028B 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.
For all tripods: If rubber feet are screwed-in on the tripod then metal spikes can protrude. This is good for scanning outside, but can scratch your client's floors.

 

Quick Release Clamp (Required)

Basics

  • Native 3/8"-16 post
    • Do not 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. 

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Induro QRT70X

  • Very sturdy clamp
  • Removable bubble-level is prone to falling out
🇺🇸 Buy in United States 
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Kirk QRC-2.6

  • Aluminum and steel
  • Made in the USA
  • Sizes smaller than this are not compatible with tripods due to 1/4"-20 mounting hole
 🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
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RRS B2-Pro

  • Made in the USA
  • Only available from the manufacturer
  • No bubble level
 🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
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RRS B2-LR-II

  • Similar to B2-Pro but uses lever instead of screw-knob
  • Bubble level included
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom
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XCSOURCE DC463

  • Good alternative that you can purchase in the United Kingdom.
 🇬🇧 Buy in United Kingdom

 

iPad Case with Shoulder Strap (Recommended)

Basics

  • Holds iPad but keeps your hands free
  • Useful for very long scan jobs
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Innovative Care iPad 4 Case

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

  • For iPad Air Series
  • Comes with shoulder strap
🇺🇸 Buy in United States

 

Carrying Case for Camera (Recommended)

Basics

  • Protects the camera from falls, impact, debris, etc while traveling
  • Extends the camera life and protects your investment over the long-term
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2300 Tiger-Mini

  • Hard shell case
  • Foam fitted specifically for the Matterport Pro and Pro2 3D Camera 
🇺🇸 Buy in United States
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