Leica DISTO S910 Laser Distance Measurer in Action

PTIA Award Winner

The Leica DISTO S910 is the first laser distance measurer that captures multiple, accurate measurements in three dimensions from a single location, radically improving the efficiency of common measuring tasks.

SmartBase for the DISTO S910

Smart Base -- a biaxial pivot integrated with the circuit board -- is the key hardware innovation. Combined with a more powerful laser, a 360° tilt sensor, and new software -- SmartBase enables you to stand back from your target to measure the distances and angles between multiple points.

SmartBase facilitates three new remote measurement  functions:

  • Point to Point (P2P)Measure the tie distance between two points, even if you are hundreds of feet from your target. Shoot Point 1 then Point 2 and the DISTO S910 displays the distance between them. Widths, heights, diagonals, gaps, it doesn't matter: Just measure the start and end point and the distance is displayed.
  • Smart Area: Shoot the corners of any polygon to determine the area of walls, floors, even complex roof shapes. 
  • Smart Angle: Shoot three points to measure any angle (including outside angles, which is a first). 

Use a Tripod

For maximum accuracy the SmartBase requires a simple level check. This guarantees the electronic level of the DISTO S910 is within ± 0.1° of true level. For the highest measuring accuracy you will want to use a tripod for the majority of P2P, Smart Angle and Smart Area functions.  The S910 includes a metal insert for a ¼” tripod thread, found at the bottom of the SmartBase (and a 5/8” adaptor is available).


FTA 360-S Tripod Adpator

Even with a tripod and outdoor pointfinder camera, placing your laser point exactly where you want it can be challenging, especially at longer distances. The FTA 360-S is a micro-adjustable tripod adaptor. Point and shoot to get close, then tweak the knobs ever so slightly to adjust your spot by millimeters.

(A package with a DISTO S910, FTA-S and a TRI-70 tripod is available here.)

Capture and Export Measurement Data

The Leica DISTO S910 connects to compatible mobile apps with Bluetooth and exports DXF files over WiFi. 

For more information on the features and functions of the S910 check out the clickable icon grid below.

Features and Functions

1000ft Range Icon 1000ft Range

The big receiver lens and the module it is connected to can see a laser dot outside at distances up to 1000ft, depending on conditions.

360° Tilt Sensor Icon 360° Tilt Sensor

Functions that need to know the angle of the DISTO™ when the shot is taken are enabled by a highly accurate 360° tilt sensor that determines the angle of the laser. These include Smart Horizontal and Height Tracking modes.

4x Zoom Pointfinder camera Icon 4x Zoom Pointfinder camera

Pointfinder

The onboard digital camera features a 4x digital zoom "point finder" that shows you where the dot is even if you can't see it with the naked eye. Put the crosshairs on the spot you are measuring to and hit the button. It's that simple.

Accurate to 1/16 of an inch Icon Accurate to 1/16 of an inch

That's right: A sixteenth of an inch. Take out a pair of earbuds. Look at how wide the the 1/8" jack is. Now divide that by half.

Add & Subtract Icon Add & Subtract

It's not always so simple as taking one shot to get the measurement you need. Sometimes its handy to add multiple shots together, or subtract a negative space from a measurement.

As you use the Add/Subtract function, the final result is displayed in the main line, and the last measurement taken is shown above.

Area / Volume Icon Area / Volume

Area / Volume

In area mode, the DISTO™ determines the area of a rectangle or square in two shots.

Volume mode adds a third vertical shot to calculate volume.

Bluetooth Smart (4.0) Icon Bluetooth Smart (4.0)

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Send measurements directly to your apps using Bluetooth Smart.

See our App Directory for a list of apps that all kinds of professionals are using to transform the way they work.

See our blog for more information about device compatibility.

 

 

The Leica DISTO™ Plan App lets you take a picture with your iPhone or Android and layer measured lines on top of it.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Icon Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Bluetooth DISTOs & the wifi 3D Disto are useful for Building Information Modeling (BIM).

For more information on how Leica Geosystems supports BIM across our product line, check out the BIM Field Trip on our corporate site.

Compass Icon Compass

The D810 touch is like that big Swiss Army knife you always wanted, the one with all the doodads.

The compass is useful for answering questions like, "Wait. Is this the north elevation or the west elevation?" or "Which way am I facing?"

Diameter Icon Diameter

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The Diameter function uses Measure in Picture technology to determine the diameter of cylindrical objects, like tanks.

The read out also provides circumfrence (top number) and circular area.

 

 

Dual Lense Cameras Icon Dual Lense Cameras

The dual lense digital camera employs a wide field lens and a 4x zoom lens to power Measure in a Picture (MIP) technology -- the most advanced handheld remote measurement technology currently available.

Combined with the data returned by the laser and the tilt sensor, the software uses the fixed focal lengths of the lenses to determine height, width, and area in MIP mode or the circumference and volume in Measure a Cylinder mode.

The unit stores images with measurements laid over them for recall on the device or to download later, an especially useful feature for as-built measuring or Building Information Modeling (BIM).

.dxf Export Icon DXF (and DWG, TXT, CSV, JPG) Exports

Smart Horizontal Mode

Export Formats: dwg, dxf, txt, csv, jpg 

Height Profile Tracking Icon Height Profile Tracking

 

 

Measure slopes with multiple shots. Each shot is stored as a profile pair that references the step before it.

Height Tracking Profile Height Tracking

 

 

 

 

"Real time" height tracking for situations where you can hit a reflective target (like the ground) on the low end, but not at the top. Perfect for measuring the height of an overhead wire, for example.

IP54 Icon IP54

"IP" stands for Ingress Protection. 

The Ingress Protection (IP) rating was developed by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) to create a standard of toughness for electronic devices: Higher numbers mean more resistance to dust and water.

For more information on IP ratings, see the IP section on the Certification page.

Measure in Picture Function Icon Measure in Picture

Follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Using a tripod or FTA360, locate your D810 touch perpendicular to the object you’re measuring and switch it on.
  2. From the FUNC touchscreen, select the MWP icon .
  3. Use the “pinch-zoom” on the touch screen so the measured object fills >50% of the D810 touch display
  4. Press the MWP key once to switch on the laser. Aim to the object’s center. Press the MWP key again to measure the distance.
  5. Touch and activate the left arrow in the display (becomes red) the use the “+” and “-” touch keys to align the arrow to the left side of the object. Repeat for the right side of the object. The width is updated on the display, typical accuracy is 1% of the width.
Memory Stores 30 Displays Icon Memory stores 30 Displays

Store measurements and images with measurements associated with them.

Min / Max Function Icon Min / Max Function

Min / Max Function

In Min/Max mode, you "sweep" the laser point into a corner. The longest measurement is recorded. Very useful for accurate diagonal room or window/door measurements.

Painter Function Icon Painter Function

Painter Function

When the DISTO™ is in area or volume mode, you can use the add / subtract function to total up the area of several surfaces, or subtract an area, like a door for example, from a measurement.

Personalize Favorites Icon Personalize Favorites

Personalize Favorites

 

With over 20 functions, chances are you are going to use one or two more than the rest. This Favorites function lets you bookmark your most-used functions on the tabs at the bottom of the touch screen.

Point to Point Function Icon Point to Point

Smart Horizontal Mode

Measure the tie distance between two points, even if you are hundreds of feet from your target. 

Shoot Point 1 then Point 2 and the S910 displays the distance between them. Widths, heights, diagonals, gaps, it doesn't matter: Just measure the start and end point and the distance is displayed.

Pythagoras Function Icon Pythagoras Function

Two Point Pythagoras

Take indirect height and width measurements using the Pythagorean Theorem.

Three Point Pythagoras

The key is to make sure your second shot -- the "rectangular shot" -- is perpendicular to the point you are measuring, shown as the 90° angle in the images. The best way to ensure accuracy is to use a tripod and an adapter.

Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Icon Rechargeable Battery

This DISTO™ will take approximately 4000 measurments per charge. The 3D Disto will typically last a full working day of 8 hours.

Sloped Object Measurement Icon Sloped Object Measurement

 

 

Indirect distance measuring between two points. The reported measurements also include the horizontal distance between the two points, the vertical distance between the two points, and the angle between the points.

Smart Angle Icon Smart Angle

Smart Horizontal Mode

Shoot three points to measure any angle.

This includes outside angles, which is a first for a laser distance meter.

Smart Area Function Icon Smart Area

Smart Horizontal Mode

Shoot the corners of any polygon to determine the area of walls, floors, even complex roof shapes.

With a typical Laser Distance Meter (LDM) you would move from wall to wall to wall to measure each surface. With an S910, you set up once and measure each surface by hitting the corners in a single rotation. 

That's one set-up in total instead of one set-up per wall. The S910's point-and-shoot-the-corner workflow also makes it much easier to measure irregular shapes. 

Smart Horizontal Mode Icon Smart Horizontal™ Mode

Smart Horizontal Mode

Use Smart Horizontal to determine the level horizontal distance to a target when you have to shoot over an obstacle. The onboard 360° tilt sensor provides an angle measurement so the software can do the math to figure out how much to subtract from the angled shot to get the actual horizontal distance.

Stake Out Function Icon Stake Out Function

Stake Out Function

The stake out function uses the continuous measurement mode to indicate where to place stakes along a stake-out line. Ideal for any situation where you need to place objects at a consistent interval. The display shows the distance to the next stake out point and the DISTO™ beeps as you approach it.

Timer Icon Timer

Set a timer to delay a measurement the same way you would with the shutter on a digital camera.

Touchscreen Icon Touchscreen

The D810 Touch & S910 are touchscreen laser distance measures.

In addition to making it easier for you switch between the functions, you can use familiar pinch and expand motions on the touchscreen to zoom the camera in or out.

In Measure in Picture mode, you can tap and hold the brackets used to identify the points in the picture that you want to measure.

 

Trapezium Function Icon Trapezium Function

Trapezium Function

The Trapezium Function is useful for determining the length and slope of a roof section, and the area it covers. The DISTO™ uses the its internal tilt sensor to calculate the angle and the distance between the shots, which means you can measure roofs accurately from the ground.

Triangle / Room Icon Triangle / Room

Triangle / Room

The simple area function is great when a room is a square or rectangle, but what if you have to determine the area of a room that has more than four corners? That is where the triangle function comes in. Divide the room into imaginary triangles, take three shots for each and then add them up. The DISTO™ will also tell you circumfrence and the angle of the triangle.

USB Port Icon USB Port

The Lithium Ion battery is recharged via a mini-USB. Plug it into the wall for fast charging, or plug it into a computer to charge and access the image gallery.

Specifications

ISO 16331-1 certified measuring accuracy (favorable conditions) 1.0mm / ± 0.04 in*
ISO 16331-1 certified measuring accuracy (unfavorable conditions) 2.0mm / ± 0.08 in**
ISO 16331-1 certified range (favorable conditions) 0.05m - 300m / 0.16 ft - 984 ft
ISO 16331-1 certified range (unfavorable conditions) 0.05m - 150m / 0.16 ft - 492 ft
Smart Base vertical range -40° to 80°
Smart Base vertical sensor tolerance up to +/- 0.1°
Smart Base horizontal range 360°
Smart Base horizontal tolerance up to +/- 0.1°
Tolerance P2P function
 at distances (combination of sensors and distance measuring) approx. :
+/- 2 mm / 2 m+/- 5 mm / 5 m +/- 10 mm /10 m
Measuring units 0.000 m, 0.0000 m, 0.00 m, 0.00 ft, 0'00" 1/32, 0.00 in, 0 in 1/32
X-Range Technology Yes
Pointfinder with 4x zoom Yes
Overview camera Yes
File format .jpg / .dxf
Memory Last 50 displays
Windows Software DISTO Transfer with AutoCAD® plugin
Free App iOS / Android
Data interface Bluetooth® V4.0 Smart / WLAN / USB
Measurements per set of batteries ~ 4000
Storage Temp. Range -25 to 60 °C -13 to 140 °F
Operating Temp. Range -10 to 50 °C 14 to 122 °F
Charging Temp. Range -10 to 40 °C 14 to 104 °F
Batteries Li-ion rechargeable
Tripod thread -20
Protection class IP 54 - splash water/ dust proof
Dimensions 61 x 32 x 164 mm / 2.4 x 1.3 x 6.5 in
Weight with batteries 8.5 oz
EAN/UPC 7640110695753