Recommended Camera Models

There is a large range of camera systems on the market, some of these are great quality cameras, but are poor for photogrammetry. 

Uploader validation

When starting the upload process for a survey dataset, our uploader will run a series of validation steps to check the files before finalizing the upload.

One of these validation steps identifies the camera model. If this is a common camera it will typically be in a database that holds information on the model and how good the dataset is likely to be. Camera models that have a good record and specifications are recommended, while models that are more likely to produce lower quality datasets are not recommended. 

If you are unsure if your drone and camera are on the recommended list, please use our self-guided tool to verify if Propeller supports your hardware.


If you have a camera that appears to be incorrectly flagged as not recommended, there may not be enough information for that particular system. You can still upload the dataset, then raise the question with the support team to review the camera model and add it to the database.

I still can't do it!

We wrote these articles to arm you with everything you need to get the job done on your own, but we understand that sometimes this isn't sufficient.

If you're stuck, the Propeller data success team may be able to help. You can contact our support team by clicking the support tab on the top-right pane of your user portal.