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What is the best Drone Mapping Software?

What is the best Drone Mapping Software?

Mapping with drone mapping software is still one of the biggest utilisations of drone technology, whether you are a corporation or an independent drone pilot. For commercial purposes you can utilise many different types of mapping software to present the mapping data to your client base. Mapping software like any other software will range in complexity in terms of the user interface and the support given by the provider.

While there are many mapping software providers we will highlight just three drone mapping software options for your consideration:

DJI Terra

DJI Terra is mapping software developed by DJI which allows Mission planning, Data Acquisition, Area Mapping and Data Analysis. Industry uses are Construction, Infrastructure, Agriculture, Public Safety, Energy and Filming.

DJI Terra is designed to create 2D and 3D visual data collected by your drone. It provides an easy-to-use interface, allows bulk import of images and should you have a PC with multiple graphics cards, you can utilise them simultaneously to speed up the processing speed.

As DJI drones are likely to be a high on any drone businesses list of preferred drones to use then it makes sense to utilise their own mapping software to streamline your business.

Drone mapping is still one of the most popular utilisations of drones to date.

Agisoft Metashape

Agisoft is an intelligent photogrammetry mapping software that processes your digital drone images into 3D spatial data.

Agrisoft provides an easy-to-use interface which is great for beginners and experienced drone surveyors. The Professional version allows the creation of Georeferenced elevation models and allows the use of NIR, RGB multispectral and thermal imaging.

Agisoft Cloud is a cloud processing service which allows uses to upload their projects processing. This means that you do not need to invest in expensive, graphics card PCs. Furthermore, the processing results will be available online with the option to share the information.


Pix4D is a professional drone mapping software application, allowing the capture of RGB, Thermal or multispectral images. A very useful addition is Pix4Dcapture, an app that allows the image-data transfer from your drone to the app. The data can then be processed by the Pix4D rayCloud, which is a 3D interface allowing you to interact with the original 2D images and reconstruct the into a 3D obect space.

Pix4D is professional 3D mapping and learning the interface may be dauting at first, but there is a great online community and excellent online tutorials, and if you need more support then you can email support or if you need more then there are options for phone and screen sharing support.