Rent a mapping camera

Cameras are a great way to collect photos to help add data to OpenStreetMap. We have a 360 degree camera and a dashcam type camera available to rent. To benefit from this deal you must be a OSM UK member (become a member) and, due to postage limitations, you must be living within the UK, Isle of Man, or Channel Islands.

LG 360 camera
LG 360 degree camera, available for hire.

A handheld camera with a lens on each side – the LG 360 camera captures images of the full scene around you (example image). It’s a great way to capture a detailed scene with lots of features, such as urban environments or a hiking route where lots of paths converge.

Rental is for a period of 3 weekends and costs £11.10. The charge consists of delivery and return delivery (£6.90) and fee (£4.20) that goes towards covering the cost of this scheme.

We include a monopole and memory card with the camera; all you need is a smartphone. To upload your photos to a service such as Mapillary (for later use in OpenStreetMap) you will also need a computer.

This camera is for handheld use only. No mounting to vehicles. To protect the camera, it must not be used during rain/precipitation, below 0°C or above 35°C, or during high wind.

Instructions (PDF; ODT) are included to guide you through the process.

Waylens Horizon camera
Waylens Horizon camera, courtesy of Telenav.

A dashcam style camera, the Waylens Horizon attaches to you car (or van) windscreen to capture photos of the road ahead of you. Our camera has been provided by Telenav and has been specially adapted to make recording and uploading images as simple as possible. The built in GPS adds location data, the camera pauses when you stop at a red light, and uploads start automatically when connected to WiFi.

Rental is for a period of 5 weeks and costs £27. The charge consists of tracked delivery and return delivery (£22) and a fee (£5) that supports this scheme and the work of OSM UK.

Everything you need is included in the box, you just need Wifi (the faster the upload speed the better) and a vehicle to mount it to! Note: Photos are uploaded to OpenStreetCam – to upload using your own OSM username, you will also need a smartphone.

Instructions (PDF) provided by Telenav and extra hints & tips (wiki) from the equivalent rental scheme in USA.

Arranging a rental

To arrange a rental, review the calendar below for a suitable period and contact with the date and your OSM UK membership details (name and address). Once confirmed you will be directed to the payment site.

Camera availability:

General terms of rental

  • For Members use only. For OSM activities only.
  • The cost of return delivery is included in the rental fee.
  • On receipt please check that you have all the parts (as per the itemised list in the box / on the instructions).
  • In the event of loss or damage we request that you contribute a minimum of £50 with more on a voluntary basis.
  • Late returns will incur a fee of £6, increasing by an additional £6 per week (they also cause an inconvenience for the next hirer).