Carlson Photo Capture


Aerial surveying and drone photogrammetry is rapidly becoming a vital part of any surveyor’s toolkit. Thousands of people use drone site flyovers every day to help boost efficiency and lower costs.

With Carlson Photo Capture drone photo processing software, you can use flyover data to:
• Quickly generate interactive 3D maps of sites
• Capture highly accurate 3D site data from any camera
• Share site maps with customers – anywhere, anytime!
• Save man-hours in the field

Professional Drone operators can now choose to use the power of Carlsons on-line servers or Purchase a Perpetual License of PhotoCapture and process on their own P.C.

  • Purchase the Annual Membership AND one of the Data Plans based on you anticipated needs. If you use up your data within the year and need more simply purchase another data plan.
  • Purchase the Stand Alone Perpetual License to run on your “amped up” P.C.

The standalone installation requires powerful up-to-date hardware to provide sufficient processing power, including an SSD hard drive and at least 16gb of RAM. Keep your standalone PhotoCapture software up to date with the optional 1-Year Maintenance plan.

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  • Polygon Selection/Removal of unwanted images with a click of a button
  • Project Splitting with Polygon Selection Tool (Large project into small projects)
  • Visualize project area before processing
  • Ground Control Point (GCP) import (landxml,.csv, .txt)
  • Manual Ground Control Point input
  • Ground Control Point Validation
  • Metric, Feet, and US Survey Feet support
  • Global/Local Coordinate System Support (1000’s of supported projections)


  • Nadir/Oblique Support
  • Self-Calibration – Automatic Determination of Camera IOP and EOP
  • Fixed-Calibration – Use your own calibration parameters for processing
  • Automated Bundle Adjustment
  • Automated Point Cloud Densification
  • Automated DEM Generation
  • Automatic Contour Generation
  • Automatic Mesh Generation
  • Automaic Orthomosaic Generation
  • Accuracy Report


  • Orthomosaics in GeoTIFF, jpg, png output format
  • DEM in Geotiff, jpg, png output formats
  • 3D point cloud in .las, .xyz, and .ply
    3D mesh in .ply, .obj, and .glb formats
  • Contours in .dxf, GeoTIFF formats
  • Accuracy Report in PDF format
  • In-Browser Volume Calculations



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Additional information

Carlson Photo Capture

Annual Membership, Tier 1 (5GB), Tier 2 (50GB), Tier 3 (150GB), Photo Capture Plus, Perpetual License, 1-Year Maintenance

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