How Sunlight Affects Matterport Scans

Sunlight has a substantial amount of infrared light, which can interfere with the way the camera senses depth data. This is true even on cloudy days.

As a result, scanning in or near sunlight can cause:

  • Alignment issues - Alignment errors and misalignments. Learn more.
  • Poor 3D geometry - Holes in the Dollhouse and Floorplan Views


Minimize Bright, Direct Sunlight Inside

Even sunlight reflected off a wall or floor can cause issues.

If the site has lots of sunlight coming inside, try:

  • Partially blocking the light with blinds, curtains, or shades
  • Timing your visit appropriately - wait awhile, then return when there are no bright spots. 


Avoid Direct Sunlight Outside

Use 360º Views if you want to scan outdoors.

Learn more about scanning outside.
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