Direct Sunlight

Will the camera break or stop working properly if used continuously in direct sunlight?

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    Hi there Dan,

    Sunlight has no physical effect on the camera -- so there's no risk of it harming any of the componentry.

    The main problem with using the camera on sunlight is the infra-red (IR), which interferes with the camera's ability to capture depth.  This link should help explain:

    https://support.matterport.com/hc/en-us/articles/209573687-Sunlight

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  • @dan

    I use it to capture fabulous outdoor spaces. I had to learn fast because my second scan required the guest house to be included in the scan for people to walk. There is a learning curve but can be done at the correct time of day or on overcast days.

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  • Hi @Dan Sunrise and sunset or well shaded areas are best for capturing outdoors.  However you can also have good luck when the sun is at 'high noon' due to the sun's rays being directed more vertically, vs when the sun is lower and rays are more angled.  When the sun is high, the rays don't hit the camera lens as much and with good enough surroundings to capture enough data you can have success.  

    Here is a link of a shoot I did today.  The outside deck was shot at 1pm under full sun.

    https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PsSKhd5Fv3d 

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  • Civil twilight is the conditions that allows outdoor scanning. Or overcast days. NO VISIBLE SUN IN SKY!

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