We often get asked, “why not just use Google Maps or aerial photography from a plane to look at a roof?” See for yourself….
Aerial Airplane based Photo- taken May 2nd 2015
Google Satellite Image (full zoom)
Bing Maps Satellite (full zoom)
BetterView Drone Based Image (zoomed)
BetterView Drone based Image (un-zoomed)
As you can clearly see, satellite imagery is the least detailed and airplane-captured imagery is slightly better and drone-captured imagery is the best. For use in insurance loss control and claims work. Detailed imagery can allow you to prevent a future loss and evaluate claims quickly and safely.
There are different factors to consider when selecting the best way to capture imagery for a given need. The table below summarizes the tradeoffs between quality and cost.
Comparison of Imagery Options