Travelling with the Matterport

I am a new user from Singapore and just bought the Matterport. Would love to bring it along with my travels.

Wonder if anyone can share your experience please in travelling with Matterport and together with other cameras & lenses / valuable items such as laptops, ipads etc? Either as a carry-on or checked-in luggage?

I am thinking of buying the Tiger Pro Case (https://www.tigerprocases.com/). However, not sure if it will be safe and secure to checked-in the Matterport camera in a Tiger Pro Case. Not sure how well the case can protect the camera. And a bit cumbersome to carry a backpack, a main luggage and hardcase for Matterport.

Alternatively, I am thinking of carry on the Matterport camera. However, after adding my other valuable items i.e. 15.6 inch laptop, 12.9 inch iPad, a mirrorless camera and 2 lenses, power adapters and some other items, the total weight would be approx. 12-18 kg depending if I use a soft backpack or hard-case with rollers. Maximum carry-on weight for most airlines here in Singapore and Asia is 7kg to 10kg.

What are the best solutions if I wish to travel with my Matterport camera and above items?

Thank you so much and appreciate any comments.

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  • Hi there Jack,

    First off, we recommend handling and traveling with the Matterport camera as you would with a high-end DSLR camera: avoiding impacts, drops, and the like.

    If you're going to pack it into an unpadded or lightly padded luggage, then you definitely want to do it as carry-on.  I've done that a few times myself and as long as you're thoughtful, it works just fine.

    If you're considering checking, or want extra peace of mind, you have two options.  The first is using the packaging box and foam the camera came in, which we've heavily tested to ensure it can survive the rigors of freight handling.  Since the box is cardboard, that's good for rare use.

    If you're going to be traveling frequently, then the Tiger Pro 2300 is a great option.  We've put that case through the same testing we use for the packaging, and we're happy to recommend it as a heavy-duty option.   It also gives you added protection against liquids and spills, and security (you can add a lock).  We used one of these for a trip from California out to Tokyo, and were pleased with the performance.

    Hope that helps!

    -Scott @ Matterport

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  • I bought a wheeled Pelicase that is the right dimensions for cabin carry on and packed all the additional camera equipment as well as a high end 360° video camera but was still worried about it surviving the trip as checked in so I took it as carry on and managed to blag another bag with the 17" laptop and stuff.

    Interesting to hear it will survive in the Pelicase..... still not sure ;-)

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  • Dear Scott,

    Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, very helpful information for me.

    Dear David,

    Thank you so much for sharing. With all the equipment you carry in the Pelicase plus the additional bag, isn't this going to exceed the allowable weight as carry on?

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  • The Pelicase came at just under the 7kg, the separate bag I just kept slung over my shoulder, no one asked to weigh them. I had a bit of a question to deal with on the light aircraft with two bags in the cabin but I just stood my ground that it wasn't going in the hold and it was ok, made little or no difference on that to be honest as it was only a 20ish seater Cessna Caravan.

    That was travelling from Manchester (UK) to Dar Es-Salam via Abu Dhabi and light aircraft to Pemba island.

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  • Dear David,

    Thank you so much for sharing. The Pelicase seems interesting. Will consider my options as I start working with the Matterport soon.

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  • No worries, I couldn't remember the name and number of the case when I posted but it's an PeliStorm iM2500

    http://www.samcases.co.uk/peli-storm-cases/peli-storm-im2500-airline-carry-on-case.htm?gclid=CJ_Rj-igg9QCFYgW0wodEJcDng

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  • Thank you for the link David. I will have a look.

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  • I own both a Pelican 1510 and the Tiger Pro 2300.  The Pelican 1510 is one of the most popular cases that can be customized with the pull and pluck foam.  The handle and wheels are nice and it's regulation size for travel.

    Pull and pluck foam is great for packaging an item to send to someone -- but with every day wear and tear, its going to eventually pull and pluck itself until you are left with a very loose fitting case.  After adding additional cloths and padding items to keep the Matterport snug, you'll end up looking much less professional than you would with the Tiger Pro 2300.

    I purchased the Tiger Pro 2300 as I was tired of looking like a pull and pluck hobo.  The foam is perfectly fitted for the Matterport and I have no worry about it falling apart with wear.  It's easier to carry the Matterport up stairs with this case and while wheels are a nice luxury -- they are LOUD.

    For my iPad, I'm now 'strapping' with the Innovative Care iPad Air Series Case, which is another product recommended my Matterport.  It's a very smart, lightweight case that is another 'perfect fit' recommendation after trying 2 other cases.

    Matterport's recommendations are highly vetted and excellent choices:

    https://support.matterport.com/hc/en-us/articles/206226748-Tripods-Quick-Release-Clamps-Cases

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  • @Chris Hickman I agree with your thinking if you just want to travel with the Matterport but I travel with more equipment and as such need something larger to accommodate the extra equipment such as my 360° video camera (Z Cam S1 if anyone is interested, 6K capable:-) video and stills)  my DSLR,  additional lenses and assorted cables.

    Once I've got a layout I'm happy with I'll investigate getting a custom cut inner for the case but for now the pull and pluck foam does a great job. I've found that water based glue also does a great job of keeping the foam in place around the edges.

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  • Thank you @Chris and @David for sharing.

    I agree both Tiger Pro and Pelican cases are great depending whether I am working with just Matterport or have more equipment to carry. The Innovative iPad case looks great, however sad that they do not have any for 12.9 inch iPad. In the end, I purchased the case from Strotter (kindda expensive) - https://strotter.com/collections/hands-free-case-with-strap-for-ipad-tablets.

    For a start, I would probably carry a backpack using the existing protection foam that comes with the box. In future when I wish to look more professional, I feel the Tiger Pro 2300 is an excellent option, being small, light and seems easy to carry.  If I need to travel with more equipment, will definitely consider the Pelican cases.

    Considering the weights of the valuable / basic items I may carry during travel;

    - Tiger Pro 2300 (with foam) - 3.2kg

    - Matterport camera - 3 kg

    - 15.6 inch Laptop - 2.6 kg

    - 12.9 inch iPad Pro - 713g

    - Sony a6000 + lens - approx 500g

    - a backpack or messenger bag or laptop bag - 500g to 1.5kg

    Total of above items = approx. 10.5 to 11.5 kg

    For example, if I am flying with Air Asia, they have a 7kg combined weight limit for carry-on luggage.

    It seems that I definitely have to check in the Matterport camera regardless I use a Tiger Pro 2300 or Pelican case? Unless I carry-on all above items in a light backpack.

     

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  • Hi @Jack! Sorry this is off-topic. I'm from Singapore too and I've been looking into Matterport for a while. Would love to link up and learn from your experience before I take the plunge. My email is  ( micoolcho21 at gmail dot com ). Hope to hear from you, Jack!

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