What is the best photogrammetry tool? AutoDesk ReMake, Agisoft PhotoScan, RealityCapture, 3DF Zephyr or something else? Nick Lievendag has published a breakdown of 4 photogrammetry competitors to help you figure that out.
Nick decided to start his review with a simple question: “What can they produce in 15 minutes?” All 3D scanning methods require time for processing and this time mostly depends on the accuracy of the scanner. The artist took a processing time average between processing times of depth sensor software like Skanect and professional-grade solutions like EinScan and Artec Studio.
Nick states that for “everyday projects where speed is more important than ultimate quality, the 15-20 minute mark can be considered “fast”.
So, the first part is about efficiency and productivity rather that beautiful 3D shots. Let’s dive into Nick’s “Photogrammetry Software Drag Race”.
Again, nothing special here and the photo set is quite small. I shot (just) 57 of this 40cm tall stone bust, outdoors, with my 21-megapixel Sony RX100 II camera on a Manfrotto Action Tripod. Two cycles from an upward and downwards-facing angle and a few extra photos.
Manual focus, low ISO, small aperture, locked auto-exposure.
In other words: something anyone can do. But results always depend on the subject. This bust can be considered an easy subject because it’s opaque, matte and has a lot of surface detail.
My testing procedure for this benchmark was very simple: find a setting in each software that produces a result in under 20 minutes on my (otherwise idle) system.
You can find the full review here.