Retrieve valuable contextual scan data post-flight. To access the photos off of your device, you must remove the microSD card from your drone. Use any microSD or SD card reader to view and copy your full-resolution photos to your personal computer. 


Quick Steps

Accessing Scan Data

Step 1 - Insert the Media Card into a card reader

Step 2 - Locate the card reader in your file manager 

Step 3 - Select the scans folder and locate your desired scan

[note] Folder titles include the scan name followed by a UTC timestamp. Example: scans/Scan_Name__2021-06-02T19-50-55..135854+00-00 [/note] 

Step 4 - View, copy and share the scan files as-needed

Creating 3D Reconstructions

Read our article How to create 3D reconstructions for more detailed instructions for creating models in DroneDeploy, Pix4D, RealityCapture and Bentley Context Capture. 

To create a 3D reconstruction model, upload your files to your preferred photogrammetry software program (such as DroneDeploy or Bentley).

Step 1 - Complete steps 1-5 in the Accessing Scan Data section above

Step 2 - Import the JPGs into your preferred photogrammetry software program

[note] If you completed a scan using Skydio X2 Color/Thermal with thermal images enabled, ensure you remove any thermal images before uploading to a third party photogrammetry provider. [/note]


Insert the media card into your computer to display folders:


DCIM - Digital Camera Images

    • Contains a subfolder titled 100SKYDO which houses low-resolution video files (.LRV) of your scan. You will not need these files to create 3D reconstructions. 


    • Contains individual scans titled by scan name followed by a UTC timestamp 

Example: 3D_Capture__2021-05-20T19-50-55.135854+00-00


File types


Includes a report with the summary of your scan details. Click this to view a webpage that outlines the following information:

  • Scan ID
  • Time and date
  • GPS location
  • Scan setting details (scan mode, overlap, sidelap, scan passes etc.)
  • Scan area 
  • Number of pillars set
  • Number of batteries used
  • Total flights and flight time
  • Total number of images (captured manually and autonomously) 


  • A file that includes metadata specifically for use in Pix4DMapper


  • A standard file format for 3D models. This is the model shown in the Edge Model Viewer. 



  • This file contains serialized metadata about your scans.
  • You will not need this to create 3D reconstructions, but it is used to enable
    the Edge Model Viewer.
  • Do not delete this file.

Joint Photographic Experts Group (.JPG)

  • A JPG file is a digital image format containing compressed image data.
  • These are the images you captured during your scan.
  • You will need these files for creating reconstructions in photogrammetry software programs.

Digital Negative (.DNG)

  • A DNG file is a RAW image format file, meaning it is not compressed and retains all original photo data.
  • A DNG file is larger
    than a JPG file since it stores image data.
  • If you enabled DNG capture during your scan, you will need these files for creating
    reconstructions in photogrammetry software programs.


Explore More

Explore related articles for additional information:

How to use 3D Capture with 3D Scan

How to use 2D Capture with 3D Scan


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