Here’s some exciting news for Android users – the Matterport Capture app is now generally available for installation. Before now, the app could only be used with an iOS (iPhone or iPad) device. Go ahead and download the app here:
What Does this Mean?
With over 96% market share in India, the Android platform now allows users to shoot Matterport tours from their devices. Note that the device’s camera itself can’t be used to shoot the virtual tours (yet).
It has to be connected to an external 360-degree camera (from Insta360 or Ricoh) or a professional 4K camera such as the Matterport Pro2. Leica BLK is not compatible for now.
Many enthusiasts who wanted to try our Matterport in India don’t have the Pro2 camera or an iOS device. Now, they can go ahead with their Android device and an external camera, although the resolution from 360-degree cameras is not quite commercially accepted by clients. Users can still experiment with what is available now. Note that with external panoramic cameras, the Ricoh Theta Z1 is recommended for commercial shoots, if not the Pro2. Recently, the Insta360 X2 and the Ricoh Theta SC2 have been added to the list of compatible cameras for Matterport Capture.
Your Android device needs to have 8.0 (Oreo) or higher, a 64-bit processor and at least 3GB RAM. Practically, the Matterport spaces occupy a significant amount of memory, so the latest devices with extra storage would be preferable.
With over 20 lakh digital properties captured, and 7.5 crore virtual tours served, Matterport is trending across the globe, including in India. Historically, it has been used in real estate, where a potential buyer (or tenant) could “walk through” the house without having to visit the site physically. Now with the pandemic, these virtual tours are more in demand than ever. Check out the video below:
If you’re thinking of offering 360-degree photography as a paid service, be sure to follow standard precautions such as wearing masks, gloves and boot covers. Carry a thermometer to show the client your temperature and avoid touching anything unless absolutely necessary. If you’d like to just experiment for now, use the free SaaS plan to demo your work. While only one space would be “active” or shareable, you can shoot any number of spaces.
360 Degree Cameras
If you have a panoramic camera (or are planning to buy one), you may use it to upload 360-degree imagery to Google Street View. Matterport spaces make it easy and professional for visitors to tour locations virtually. The ability to view using a VR headset is the icing on the cake.
If you’d like to buy an Insta360 or Ricoh camera, click the button below for referral links to Amazon India. For those outside India, you may choose to buy from the Insta360 official store directly – certain products may have discounts or free gifts. Visit this page to learn more: