PIX4Dmatic and PIX4Dmapper comparison

PIX4Dmatic, similarly to PIX4Dmapper, is intended for accurate and photogrammetric processing for aerial and terrestrial projects. This article describes the similarities and differences between the two products in detail.

General differences between PIX4Dmatic and PIX4Dmapper

PIX4Dmatic is ideal for corridors and datasets with more than 5000 images with standard RGB camera resolutions such as 12MP, 21MP, and 42MP and has no limit on the size of images. Furthermore, PIX4Dmatic fully supports the terrestrial PIX4Dcatch workflow with LiDAR and RGB images processing, as well as a fusion of both point clouds.

Similarities and differences between calibration processing options

PIX4Dmapper calibration methods
PIX4Dmatic calibration pipelines
  • It is the default calibration method in PIX4Dmapper.
Scalable standard
  • It is the default calibration pipeline in PIX4Dmatic.
  • It is not available in PIX4Dmapper.
Accurate Geolocation and Orientation
Trusted location and orientation
Low texture planar

Information: For more information about the calibration templates and their relationship with the calibration pipeline in PIX4Dmatic: Calibrate - PIX4Dmatic

Test benchmark PIX4Dmatic vs PIX4Dmapper

In the following sections, we are comparing the PIX4Dmatic Large scale and corridor calibration template with the PIX4Dmapper 3D Maps template.

Calibration and densification steps:

The calibrate step and densify steps are faster in PIX4Dmatic compared to PIX4Dmapper.


DSM and Orthomosaic steps:

PIX4Dmatic generated a DSM 82% faster than PIX4Dmapper, and the orthomosaic generation was successful even for large projects.


Total processing time:

PIX4Dmatic processed a dataset with 5294 images almost 70% faster than PIX4Dmapper.


Note: All projects were processed using the same computer (Windows 10, 8-Core Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7700K CPU @ 4.20GHz, 64 GB RAM, SSD). See PIX4Dmatic recommended hardware article for additional information.