We believe that both products are separate and are not competing technologies. We’d love to break down the differences to help you choose which is right for you!
Why Matterport 3D Showcase is Better than Google Street View
Navigate seamlessly through a business, home or apartment using the mouse, a touch screen or your keyboard. Zoom in and out of a doll-house or floorplan view. With Matterport, exploring is exciting!
Massive Number of Different Angles/Views
With Matterport, a home may have well over 100 different viewing angles that you can access as you walk through! With traditional panoramas, each scene takes a great amount of post-processing and load time to view. The same home may have 1 pano to every 10 matterport tours.
MatterTags / Schematic Floorplans / Added Features
Annotate items in the tour with a Mattertag to provide more information! For under $40, you can also order schematic floorplans from a Matterport service partner and they are delivered within 24 hours. That’s a great feature that takes advantage of the 3D Floorplan mapping technology!
Matterport tours are affordably priced as the technology minimizes the cost of post-processing and developing the tour.
Sets a Standard for Quality and Consistency
Matterport tours are unedited tours — the Matterport Camera and Cloud platform creates consistent results and set a standard that can be trusted.
Why Google Street View is Better Than Matterport 3D Showcase
Indexed into your Google Listing
Your tour can be navigated directly from Google searches from the ‘See Inside’ option.
Matterport is for indoor panoramas only. Google Street View goes anywhere!
Higher Resolution / Higher Image Quality – Traditional panoramas can be post-processed and edited so they appear more like studio / magazine photograpy in nature. This creates a very wide range of results in quality depending on the photographer. If you use a great trusted photographer with a great portfolio of proven results, you’ll get great Street View images.
The Verdict –
Matterport is better for private residences, and detailed walkthrough tours as it has better user experience and overall engagement. It’s simply more fun!
Google Street View is better for search engine optimization. Navigation can be very confusing as Street View tours are limited by the number of panoramas that are shot. Taking a large number of panoramic tours is time consuming and costly, therefore, selective areas of interest are best.
Should I use Google Street View or Matterport?
Use both. They both have a different purpose and are complimentary products. Get a handful of panoramas shot for public areas that you want to market on Google; get Matterport tours of everything else!
Hopefully one day Matterport will be able to used to shoot exterior areas; and hopefully one day Google will work with Matterport to integrate their technology with built-in GPS into Street View. It’s a no-brainer!