Leica disto sketch. A Review of the New Leica Disto X3 and Disto X4 Laser Distance Measures

Introducing the New Leica Disto X3 and Disto X4 Laser Distance Measures

Leica was the original laser distance measure and they continue to develop the technology in an attempt to keep ahead of their competition. Both build quality and reliability have always been exceptional. Here I’m going to look at the New Disto X3 and Disto X4 models.

The Disto X3 is a replacement for the X310 model and continuing with the X prefix indicating a more durable, watertight and drop tested device. The big addition to the X3 in features over the X310 is the inclusion of Bluetooth for transferring data and interacting with the Leica Disto apps.

The Disto X4 is effectively a replacement for the D410 and to a certain extent the D510. Again being an “X” model it is also watertight and drop tested and as with the X3 includes Bluetooth. The X4’s features match and in some aspects surpass that of the D510, although the screen display is much larger on the D510 and I prefer its build quality. The X3 and X4 have the same maximum range of 150m with an accuracy of 1.5mm.

Bluetooth

With the introduction of these two new models, all the current range of Leica Disto’s have Bluetooth connectivity.

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The first thing you notice when looking at these two models is that they look almost identical, with basically the same housing and button configuration. Both units feel comfortable in the hand and are very light but still, seem reasonably well built. The screens have a crisp and clear display with an easy to follow menu system. Both are powered by 2x “AA” batteries which are located behind the multi-function end piece on the rear. Opening the battery cover can be a bit of a trial, first, you need to pivot the end piece out by moving to one side then twisting. Then you need strong fingernails or a coin to leaver down the locking switch, the cover can now be pulled away from the Disto.

As with all Disto models they come with a 3-year manufacturers warranty, makes sure though, that you register within 8 weeks otherwise it drops to 2 years. You can register online or through the Leica Disto Plan app which is available for iOS and Android.

Features of the X3 and X4

Both models have the core features you would expect with simple measurement, surface area, volume, min/max, stake out and indirect measurement utilising Pythagoras. They also feature an electronic level/inclinometer used for more in-depth indirect measurements. The X4 has an additional Indirect Height function allowing measurements of heights of objects that you cannot reflect the laser from such as power lines or trees. One note on this X4 only function is that it was not available when first using the unit. The instructions indicated that you may need to update the software, which is done using the Disto Plan App. I did this but still did not get this function, I’m guessing that this will be added on a future update. When I get more information I’ll update this post.

Functions are accessed by the function button and the screen is navigated with the arrows on the keypad. A handy feature of these Distos is that if you are not sure what an icon indicates, simply press the button below the question mark on the screen and it will tell you.

Recalling previous measurements is achieved in slightly different ways on each model. For the X3 it is the up arrow button on the keypad and on the X4 it is located on the second function screen.

Comparing the Disto X3 and X4 models

Now its time to pick out the main difference between the two models. The X3 is essentially an indoor or short distance outdoor model. Targeting the device is done by seeing where the laser dot is, over long distances outside in full sun you will not be able to see the dot. So the X3 is predominantly for indoor use. The X4, however, features a video targeting system with a 4x zoom. With the X4 simply aim the Disto, look at the screen and where thecross-hairr lines are is where you are measuring to. This makes the X4 truly an indoor Outdoor laser distance measure.

DST360 Kit Optional Extra for Point to Point Measurement

The Disto X3 and X4 models can utilise an optional kit called the DST360 which consists of a holder base and tripod. This optional kit provides extra point to point measurement functions for these two Disto models.

Point to Point measurements is where you need to measure something by taking various measurement from one position. An example is working out a roof surface area from on the ground. This is achieved by the holder unit also measuring degrees of rotation and transmitting that to the X3/X4 which can then combine that measurement with the tilt degrees and distance to calculate a final figure. This is very much the same as the Disto S910 top of the range unit. The DST360, however, is rather expensive but considering the extra measurements it can achieve and the fact that the S910 is even more expensive then makes it an option. Bear in mind the S910 provides a much bigger display screen, Li-ion battery power plus a few extra features.

Even though the DST360 does operate with both the X3 and X4 I would only really consider it to go with the X4. I say this as these point to point type measurement are generally required outdoors over large ranges. Therefore, you really need the video targeting that the X4 includes.

Apps

Leica has a number of Disto apps available but the latest one I would recommend for both Android and iOS Apple is the “Disto Plan” app. This is the latest app and is compatible with the X3 and X4 models. I tried the X4 on the older “Disto Sketch” app but had difficulty getting measurements to transfer from the Disto to the app, even though the Bluetooth was connecting.

With the new Disto Plan app, which includes most features of the Disto Sketch app plus some extras, it connected the first time and transferred measurements without any issues. The Disto Plan app also includes the ability to register your Disto. In addition, you have the ability to update the software/ firmware on the Disto itself for the latest features. One further note is that the software/ firmware shipped with both the X3 and X4 would not work correctly with the Disto Plan app. Updating the software/ firmware on your X3 and X4 is essential for the app to work correctly. This may change as the models I tested were the first build as of June 2018.

My recommendation is if you’re having any problems using the app update the firmware on the device. One further observation is that the update option on the app located in devices/info was greyed out. I had to disconnect and re-connect the device within the app to get a pop up prompting to update. I also had some issues with the app on a couple of Android devices. One issue was it would not connect until the keyboard setting was changed and the other on a Samsung tablet was that lines in the sketch part of the app would not display. Over the next few months, I’m sure some of these glitches will be addressed.

Conclusions

These new models by Leica together with the D2 are going to make up the vast majority of sales in my view. The D510, D810 and S910 being the more specialised in the range.

So which one to buy? First of all, you need to ask the question are you likely to be using it outdoors over more than a handful of meters. If the answer is yes then model to choose is the X4, without a question. For Indoors only then the D2 or X3 is probably the answer with the X3 having the greater durability and including the tilt sensor.

See review on the Leica Disto D2 HERE

When you purchase one of these models the first thing I would recommend is to register the warranty, before you forget. I would also get the Disto Plan App in order to upgrade the software as it becomes available. The app also includes a number of useful floor plan and other measuring features. Some of these features are free and some which you will need to purchase.

A final point to mention is that it is worth purchasing a unit from your country. This will make life a whole lot easier if you do need to make a warranty claim down the line.

Alternative to the Leica Brand

I have done a review on the Huepar LM90C LM200C laser distance measures which compete very well with these Leica Disto Models. you can check out my review HERE

Purchase Links

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Small on Size. Big on Function

The Leica Disto D2 is equipped with many functions and is easy to use. Architects, real estate agents, appraisers, or any trades can use the rugged D2 to make quick and reliable measurements.

With the help of the innovative X-Range Power technology, the small Disto D2 can measure long distances up to 330ft. This technology also ensures optimum performance in all measuring conditions.

Multi-Function End Piece

Whether measuring out of corners, slots or from edges, with this end- piece you are prepared for all measuring situations. The instrument detects the end-piece automatically, which helps to avoid expensive measuring errors.

Data Transfer via Bluetooth Smart

With Bluetooth Smart data is transferred directly to many different apps. The free app Leica Disto sketch enables layouts, sketches and photos to be created and documented with the precise measurement results. The documents can then be sent by e-mail or saved on the mobile device.

Proven Accuracy and Repeatability

The Disto D2 by Leica Geosystems is compliant to ISO 16331-1, which is an industry standard developed by an international committee. The range and accuracy of laser distance meters depend greatly on light conditions and how reflective the targeted surface is.

Many distance meters can achieve great results in a controlled laboratory environment, but let’s face it, most measuring does not take place in the ideal environment. Leica worked with external experts to help develop and create a standard by which laser distance meters can be tested and compared with each other.

So, what does all of that mean? The Disto D2 will perform to the specifications listed in real life working conditions.

It’s in the box

Your Disto D2 comes complete with:

  • Holster
  • Hand Loop
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • Quick Start Function Card
  • Leica Protect Service Card
  • Calibration Certificate Silver

Functions

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.

To get the area of a ceiling, floor, wall, or the volume of a room, you only need two or three measurements. No need to write down the individual values! The precise result is calculated automatically and shown on the display.

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.

Measure distances indirectly, horizontally and vertically.The Leica DISTO calculates the result automatically for you from three measurements. Functions such as automatic minimum and maximum measurements help you to measure the right point.

Partial heights, e.g. balcony or window heights, are determined by Pythagoras.

With this function you can determine the total wall area of a room without having to note down any intermediate results. Simply measure the lengths of the walls which you can add or subtract as required. Finally measure the room height, which is then automatically multiplied by the previously calculated value.

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

One or two different distances (a and b) can be entered into the device and then used to subtract from defined measured lengths. The display always shows the current stake-out distance and a direction arrow. At a distance of 0.1m to the next stake-out point an acoustic signal sounds.

Whether measuring out of corners, slots or from edges, with this end-piece you are prepared for all measuring situations. The instrument detects the end-piece automatically, which helps you avoid expensive measuring errors.

Technical Data

Industry Leading Warranty

Leica Geosystems products fulfil the highest quality requirements to support you efficiently in your daily work on site. To give you even more security, we offer a three year warranty on all Leica Disto’s.

Just register your device within eight weeks of the date of purchase and profit from an additional free one year warranty.

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Leica DISTO D1 specifications

The Leica DISTO™ D1 offers professionals as well as DIY users an easy-to-use laser measuring device.Turn the DISTO on, press the ON/DIST button and you’ve got a measurement. It’s easy as that.

Leica DISTO™ accuracy and reliability

It may be small and simple to use, but that doesn’t mean we sacrificed on accuracy. The D1 has just what you’d expect from a Leica DISTO™, unwavering accuracy to 1/16 of an inch (2mm).

Two laser measure modes

Linear distance and continuous measurement. Both have a range of up to 130 feet (40 meters). No more sagging tape measure, working around furniture or carrying a ladder just to get basic measurements.

Extended functionality and error-free measuring documentation

Pair the D1 with any smartphone or tablet to create digital floor plans on the fly with the DISTO Sketch app.

DISTO™ Sketch

DISTO™ Sketch integrates measurements into project images or job-site sketches to speed up workflows. Error-free documentation of projects sent instantly back to the office or to the site.

We stripped the DISTO D1 down to just the basics because not everyone needs the functions like height tracking, area, volume or point to point that you find in our other DISTO models. The D1 is perfect for quick and accurate interior measurements. It is small and very light. This is a real benefit when you’re trying to measure at awkward angles or handling other tools. Whether you are measuring for interior carpentry, flooring, hanging pictures on a wall or just checking to see if the furniture you’re looking at online will fit in your house, the D1 has you covered.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Leica DISTO D810 Touch

The Leica DISTO D810 touch is the world’s first laser distance meter with a touch screen and revolutionary “measure with a picture” feature.

The integrated camera can be used to take pictures and download them to a computer. The high level of functionality is perfectly completed by the Smart free app Leica DISTO sketch.

Handheld laser measuring tools have become a standard for architects, carpenters, surveyors and many other users in the construction and building industry. Today they frequently need to obtain distances, heights, areas and volumes quickly and react instantly on design changes. The Leica DISTO D810 touch is the perfect tool to measure precisely, verify dimensions and document by taking on-site pictures with the integrated camera.

Touchscreen Pointfinder with 4x zoom Overview camera Measure with a picture Precise 360° tilt sensor Smart Horizontal Mode

The touch screen is easy and intuitive to operate: just like a mobile phone you can swipe and zoom with two fingers. All the functions are simple and easily accessible and measurements can also be taken using the touch screen, which avoids moving the Leica DISTO D810 touch during the measurement.

It has never been easier to obtain the width, height, area or even the diameter of an object: one measurement to the object is all it takes. The desired dimension is marked using two arrows in the picture and the measured value appears in the display. In addition to the zoom on the Pointfinder, an overview camera is available for large objects.

Never loose sight. Document with pictures The camera function of the Leica DISTO D810 touch can be used to create pictures or screen shots for recording purposes and can be downloaded to a computer via the USB interface. No details are lost concerning the measured target points.

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Measure horizontally over obstractions with the Leica DISTO with the Smart Horizontal Mode

The robust tripod adapter FTA360 with fine drive guarantees a convenient and precise targeting with the Leica DISTO D810 touch. The adapter eases the task of targeting over long distances and increases the accuracy when taking indirect measurements.

The latest “Leica DISTO sketch” app is the ideal link between the Leica DISTO D810 touch and a smartphone or tablet. Create easily scaled sketches, dimension objects in a photo and check drawings with the app. It is possible to integrate detailed sketches in an existing plan view. This allows you to have all the information together in a single document. The files can be sent by e-mail directly to the office.

The Leica DISTO D810 touch offers all these features combined with a measuring range up to 200m and a measuring accuracy of ±1mm according to ISO standard 16331-1. “PROTECT by Leica Geosystems” and the option to register the tool give additional safety. With the registration the no cost period is extended from 2 to 3 years. Click to view more information on the Leica DISTO D810 touch

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