How Long Does Map Processing Take?

Turnaround times for map processing can vary depending on the size of the site and number of photos that have been submitted. In general, however processing times are as follows:

# of photos Turnaround times in hours (estimated)
Less than 300 photos 1 to 3 hours
400 photos up to 4 hours
500 photos up to 5 hours
600 photos up to 6 hours
700 photos up to 8 hours
800 to 1500 photos up to 24 hours
Over 1500 photos up to 48 hours

Processing times are not linear; a few factors can influence the amount of time it takes to process your datasets:

  1. Number of images: It usually takes longer to process datasets with more images. A 2000 photo dataset may take 10x longer to process than a 200 photo dataset, but a 4000 photo dataset may take 30x longer to process instead of 20x.
  2. Size of site: Processing turnaround times are also affected by the size of the site. For example, a 1000 photo dataset that covers an area of 300 acres will take longer than a 1000 photo dataset that only covers 100 acres.
  3. Photo resolution: Photos with lower resolution will usually take longer to process. 
  4. Field of view: The more you increase your field of view, the fewer images will be taken. Generally, a larger field of view results in fewer photos being taken, which can decrease processing time. 
  5. Altitude: Flying at a lower altitude usually generates more images than flying at a higher altitude. Remember that the more photos in a dataset, the longer the processing time. 
  6. Processing settings: Choosing to process your data at the highest quality and highest point cloud density will increase processing time. 

You'll receive an email notification once your dataset has been processed and uploaded to your Skycatch account with links to your map in your viewer and downloadable files in If you have uploaded a photoset and it is taking much longer than the above given times to process, please email us at with the name of the site and date of your upload.

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