Professional real estate photographers often look for new products, services, or technology to beat the competition and grow business. One of them is iGUIDE, a camera that captures photos along with accurate information about a property. With that, we're going to look into iGUIDE pricing, cameras, and processes.
I recently got the chance to catch up with Kevin Klages, co-founder and board director of Planitar. Planitar is the maker of the iGUIDE camera system that uses laser and visual data to document a property.
For properties ranging from 1,450 to 10,000 square feet, standard iGUIDE costs $29 or $0.02 per square foot, whereas premium iGUIDE costs $43.50 or $0.03 per square foot.
If the property is over 10,000 square feet, standard rates are $200 plus $0.015 per square foot, while premium iGUIDE costs $300 plus $0.023 per square foot.
On the other hand, if you prefer to own an iGUIDE camera, the cheapest is around $1,499, while the most expensive costs up to $2,999.
iGUIDE pricing depends on the billable square foot, and the processing fee covers 1 year of hosting in the iGUIDE cloud. All iGUIDE packages include Google Street View and Floorplanner exports, as well as advanced measurements.
However, note that the first 10 panoramas cost $15, although it only costs $0.75 per panorama after that. Additionally, virtual reality mainly comes in the premium package, although you can also add this feature on the standard iGUIDE for $15.
The iGUIDE combines a proprietary camera and software platform to capture and develop 3D virtual tours and property data. It's a mapping technology and the only platform that gives accurate square footage calculation, room dimensions, accurate floor plans, and 3D tours in one go.
Its intuitive system integrates visual data and floor plans to provide digital navigation for photographers, real estate agents, sellers, and buyers.
Look into these features to better understand iGUIDE.
Using a time-of-flight laser scanner, iGUIDE measures floor plans with a common dimensional uncertainty of 0.5% or smaller. Unlike typical measurements, iGUIDE's Advanced Measurement feature gives you the freedom to measure floor plans in three different ways.
First is the measurements on the floor plan, which entails drawing lines to measure from point to point and creating a two-dimensional representation of floor plans.
As opposed to measuring a floor plan, the second method evaluates a vertical plane to define a wall and scale anything placed against it. The last one is the dual panorama triangulation, which allows you to measure two points of a view and choose features from 2 varying angles.
All of the iGUIDE cameras can take room dimensions and area square feet, create scaled floor plans, and generate 3D virtual tours. Moreover, it only takes an average time of 15 minutes for the cameras to scale a 3,000-square feet space.
However, they still differ in prices and some aspects.
There are different ways for you to maximize iGuide, although we're going to focus on the basic functions for real estate photographers to access and provide property information to clients.
After availing of either the standard or premium package, you won't have to pay for a subscription or monthly fee. The processing fee also covers 1 year of hosting. The only time you need to pay more is when you want to add more features outside of your existing package.
Both iGUIDE and Matterport use proprietary 3D cameras to take photos and dimensions. Matterport is better if you need low-cost equipment for dollhouse views and properties over 4,000 square feet. However, iGUIDE is much suitable if you prefer intuitive virtual tours, precise floor plans, faster capture times, and self-hosting.
The iGUIDE camera and software allow real estate photographers to capture property images, as well as accurate floor plans and measurements. Although buying an iGUIDE camera is a bit costly, it will be worth the investment once you provide virtual tour solutions to several real estate clients.
Is there a demand for 3D tours, floor plans, and accurate measurements in your market?