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RealSense Depth Cameras


Due to the experimental support of RealSense depth cameras, we strongly suggest that you capture with the Kinect until further development.

Depthkit provides experimental support for the RealSense D415, D435, and D435i. When we refer to experimental support, this means that we do not recommend relying on these sensors for production.

What RealSense depth camera is right for me?

The primary difference between these two models is the sensor's effective distance. They also have different resolutions, fields of view and the shutter types. Learn more about sensor differences. The D415 also has higher pixel density, making it more accurate than the D435. On the other hand, the D435 has a smaller, min z. This is the distance from the depth sensor to the object being captured. In other words, you can get closer to your subject with the D435.

RealSense D415

RealSense D435

RealSense D435i

Long Range Sensor

Short Range Sensor

Max Range 10 meters

Rolling Shutter

Global Shutter

Global Shutter

Min-Z of 0.3 m

Min-Z of 0.1 m

Min-Z of 0.105 m

Known Issues with RealSense

  • Sensors exhibit a high rate of dropped frames and inconsistent backlog activity.
  • Sensor data quality is very poor.
  • Sensors will occasionally not be recognized by Depthkit. To address this, unplug-and-plug the sensor in again, or restart the computer.
  • Sensors may stop streaming data unexpectedly.
  • If unplugging the sensor from the computer while using Depthkit, you may experience a frozen 3D viewport. You may also see this when switching between RealSense sensors in Record Settings. When this happens do not attempt to record. Instead, restart the app and verify that the 3D preview is active before recording.
  • The 3D preview may freeze during recording. If this occurs, stop the recording and restart the app. If unresolved, you may need to restart your computer.
  • If you unplug your sensor during recording, your 3D preview will freeze and you will need to restart the app. Most likely, your output files will be intact, even if the take does not show up in the library.
  • Some have experienced an error when updating the D435 firmware where the sensor becomes recognized as a D430. Depthkit will not capture with a RealSense that is not a D415 or D435. See what this looks like below.

Updated 2 years ago

RealSense Depth Cameras

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