Can I perform an indirect measurement with the Leica Disto D3 while holding the instrument in my hand?
Yes, but be aware that the result is more of an estimate than an exact measurement. To obtain good results it is critical that each measurement used from the same reference point. Several other factors affect the accuracy of indirect measurements. To download and view an animated video presentation/tutorial on how to use the indirect measurement (triangulation) feature, go to the free download page What are the advantages for using the Disto D3 laser distance meter over conventional methods? Time savings: It is much faster to turn the Disto D3 on, hold it against a wall, for example, aim at the opposite wall and press the button than to extend a tape measure to the far wall, take the reading, and retract the tape. This is true in small rooms, and even more so on larger areas. The more crowded the area being measured, whether with furniture, equipment, trees, etc, the greater the time savings. Typical measuring jobs can be completed in about 1/3 the time required to use a tape measure.