Must-Have 3D Laser Scanners Ranked

Laser scanners are becoming an increasingly critical tool for surveying work. That being said, not all 3D laser scanners are created equal. Some laser scanners come with features and functionality that will be useful in a variety of industries or construction sites, whereas others may have more or less than you need for a certain job. 

As specialists in 3D laser scanning and surveying equipment, Datum Tech Solutions has an in-depth knowledge of a variety of 3D laser scanners. This makes us well-attuned to make recommendations on laser scanning technology, including some of the most exciting options in 2022.

Learn more about the three must-have 3D laser scanners as recommended by our team below.

Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanner

Considered by many as the workhorse of scanners, the Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanner offers users the ability to document and capture entire environments in 3D. Technically, the RTC360 3D laser scanner is more than fast and accurate, thanks to its ability to capture 2,000,000 points per second while scanning. This means that you’re able to capture data-rich scans (including enriching HDR imagery) in less than two minutes flat. 

Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner

The portability and automation features of the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner also make it an ideal laser scanner for a variety of use cases, thanks to its ability to record your moves from station to station and even pre-register scans on site without the need for manual adjustments or intervention. This not only helps to boost productivity, but it also saves you time.

From reality capture to heavy construction to planning, the Leica RTC360 gives you the ability to capture and utilize highly accurate data on site to drive your decisions in real-time.

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Leica BLK2GO

If you’re interested in a mobile scanner, the Leica BLK2GO is easily the best in field for mobile usage. This handheld scanner is great for capturing environments, and actually creates point clouds by leveraging SLAM technology to track your position as you move throughout space.

The Leica BLK2GO is the ideal laser scanner for accurately capturing data as you move through rooms, over and under areas and through doorways and corridors. With a panoramic 3-camera system, the BLK2GO is the ultimate companion scanner for projects in the world of architecture, space planning and facility management.

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Leica ScanStation P50 Laser Scanner

If you work in civil engineering, then the Leica ScanStation P50 Laser Scanner is a must-have laser scanner for all of your civil projects. Thanks to its high accuracy—even at far ranges over great lengths—the Leica ScanStation P50 Laser Scanner has garnered a reputation for capturing reliable, long range, 3D terrestrial scans.

Not only does this mean that the Leica ScanStation P50 has a variety of uses, but it also means that you can safely reach and measure inaccessible spaces. With a high-speed scan rate of 1,000,000 points per second and overall range of up to one kilometer, this laser scanner makes short work of even the biggest data capture jobs.

As you can see, the above scanners have a wide variety of use cases to assist your team on a number of varying projects. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the scanners above, a great way to test-drive a 3D laser scanner is by renting or going through a training course to better understand the ins and outs of a specific device.

Datum Tech Solutions has built a reputation for providing in-depth, quality training on a wide range of Leica scanners and surveying tools, so consider reaching out to learn about course offerings and make a more informed decision before selecting your next scanner.

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Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanner

The Leica RTC360 3D reality capture solution empowers users to document and capture their environments in 3D, improving efficiency and productivity in the field and in the office through fast, simple-to-use, accurate, and portable hardware and software. The RTC360 3D laser scanner is the solution for professionals to manage project complexities with accurate and reliable 3D representations and discover the possibilities of any site.


The Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanner is a highly portable and automated tool designed for maximum productivity. Capture scans, including enriching HDR imagery, in less than two minutes. The intuitive RTC360 also features edge computing for automatic registration of scans in real time and tags to augment data capture. Enjoy improved planning with this professional 3D laser scanner.


  • Highly portable, highly automated, intuitive and designed for maximum productivity, the RTC360 solution efficiently combines the RTC360 a high-performance 3D laser scanner, Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 mobile-device app for edge computing for automatically registering scans in real time, and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 PLUS office software to integrate your 3D model seamlessly into your workflow.
  • Capture scans, including enriching High-Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, in less than two minutes.
  • Automatically record your moves from station to station to pre-register your scans in the field without manual intervention.
  • Augment your data capture with information tags illustrating the opportunities for better planning, reflect site reality, and boost your teams’ situational awareness
  • Directly publish your captured data from Cyclone FIELD 360 to Leica TruView Cloud to quickly exchange project information prior to import and registration"


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