To enter capturing mode, tap the Camera icon at the bottom of the app screen. The default startup is to capture with your phone camera. If you want to use external cameras, refer to this section for instructions. You can see which camera(s) you are capturing with at the top right of the screen.
When capturing with the phone, hold the device horizontally—Mapillary uses landscape format. The bar in the middle of the screen will help you keep the phone level with the horizon. To start capturing, tap the round button at the right and start moving. PS! Hold the phone steady in front of you. It’s you that is supposed to move, not the phone.
The camera icon at the top right shows whether the phone's compass or a fixed direction is used (and in the latter case, which way the camera is facing). If you want to change that, tap the icon. We suggest that you use a locked direction, not the phone compass, since it normally results in more precise compass angles once you upload—provided that you keep the camera steady in one direction throughout capturing.
When you feel like you’ve captured enough images, tap the round button again to stop. The images you gathered will now form one sequence. You can take as many sequences as you like without exiting the capture screen, just use the same button again.
On the screen, you can see information about your capturing mode (manual or automatic), remaining battery and memory resources, and the photo count for the current sequence. You may also see an icon for the phone’s GPS fix. If you have trouble finding a GPS signal and are therefore not able to take images, try to move a bit and get away from tall buildings and trees. If that doesn’t work, restart your phone and see if that helps.
At the bottom left, you see a little map icon. Tap on it to open a map that will aid you in deciding which way to go (note that this might use mobile data like any navigation app). You will still see a small capture screen as well. To close the map, tap on the icon again.
The default capturing mode is the distance-based automatic mode, which means that the app will take images for you automatically after you’ve moved a certain distance (based on your phone’s GPS) or rotated yourself a to a certain degree (based on your phone’s compass). You can alternatively choose the time-based automatic mode (go to settings for that) which will take images after constant time intervals. The automatic mode is great for walking, cycling, and driving.
With the slider at the top right of the screen, you can switch to the manual mode, where you have to tap the round button for every image you take. In that mode, you will see an extra button under the round button, which you can use to mark the beginning of a new sequence. This mode is suitable for capturing panoramas, objects, facades, and intersections.
When you feel like you’re done with capturing, just tap the arrow button to exit. You will automatically be taken to the Upload screen which you will use to review and upload your sequences.
Note that you cannot run the camera in the background for privacy reasons. So if you want to use e.g. a navigation app simultaneously with Mapillary, you can start the navigation app first and then start Mapillary. You will get notifications and audio from the navigation app while capturing.