How fast should I fly my drone when capturing images?

Slow and steady

The speed that you capture photos for photogrammetry depends on the drone you are flying and the environmental conditions that are present. Typically, keep your drone between 3MPH to 5MPH. To ensure you're getting consistent overlap, you will want to take photos every 2-3 seconds.

This will allow you to be moving slowly enough to avoid blurry photos while also moving quick enough to make sure you are able to capture an entire site without taking unnecessarily long and having to use additional batteries.

📘 Pro Tip:

If you have to land mid-flight be sure to do so at the same point from which you took off. This ensures that the photos from both flights have the same base calibration point for the Scanifly software to be able to properly use both sets of photos during model reconstruction.