I am looking for a camera that can scan 3D objects for use in 3D modeling programs like Blender. Requirements:

  • SDK
  • quality 3D scans
  • portable, preferably wireless
  • less than $100

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Basically you have 2 options:

  1. Hand-held 3D scanners (cost at least $300): Sense 3D scanner, Structure.io, Go!SCAN, Fuel3D. Should work out-of-the-box.
  2. USB depth sensors (difficult to find < $100). These have a few limitations:

    • All don't come with an SDK that creates high quality polygon models from 3D pointcloud. You'll end up coding.
    • Do not contain an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) like , so models may be mis-aligned. (this is just a guess)
    • Not wireless

What you are asking hasn't hit the market yet. I'd definitely invest some more money and choose option #1.


It will be hard to find a stereo camera for < 100USD. Still, you can have a look on Microsoft Kinect and Asus Xtion PRO LIVE.

There is no such stereo camera with a wireless video transmission in the market however you can make one using IEEE 802.11 transmission bands.

  • Xtion is discontinued after Primesense was acquired by Apple. MS Kinect v2 is probably the most accurate 3D sensor in the market, with a price tag of $150 + $50 for a PC adapter.
    – lahjaton_j
    Oct 7, 2015 at 9:46

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