[OFFICIAL] Real vs. Sim Screenshots

Best I can do for now… i’m afraid there must be some scaling issue… it seems the sim is closer by, but look at the proportions of that building… on the areals it looks wider. When I get any closer, I can’t align the left side and right side correctly and buildings in the foreground get even bigger. I’ve set 80% zoom already to get the church in the same proportion. One possibility: the church complex got turned slightly, when the scenery was created. OR… trees are too large !


I would only say one thing … the photogrammetry is awful in this picture

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Yeah I agree… lots of areas in big cities look like that. I hope it is avoidable… maybe they’ll find some bug… when I take a close look at texture (PG, photographic texture) it seems there is often row-misalignment. This causes windows to look tilted… roofs with strange curves… buildings about to collapse… somehow the AI scenery is not good when it is part of a BIG place somewhere… I’ve seen it in London, Amsterdam, Paris… In New York it is slightly better, but there are no smaller buildings.

Maybe it is some optimization ? I fly 10-11 Fps over these places, but I am prepared to fly 5 Fps when it would improve ! I love to see good scenery. And all handcrafted stuff is beautiful. Only these “half AI buildings” show strange errors.

Real life (REGA Swiss Rescue)

MSFS (REGA Swiss Rescue)


There is a problem with your photogrammetry. It looks much better on my pc. I am thinking of an internet speed and / or pc configuration problem.
10 FPS is really too low to fly in this configuration …

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Thx, I already wondered… I’ll visit the place again :grin:

Currently in 21 day planespotting (quarantine) in Hong Kong at the airport hotel. Finally some time to do more comparison shots from around the world!

As usual: date/weather/time synced as best as possible when possible.
Mods: Samscene3d Shanghai, Samscene3d Hong Kong, Samscene3d Macau, Orbx Singapore Landmarks, Aviajam Kuala Lumpur, Bijan 4 season pack, FSPlayground (replay).

Hong Kong
Look for the 3 things under the wings…

Approach 2
Ocean Terminal Deck, Tsim Sha Tsui

Thought this was Hong Kong… took a few minutes to realize it was Macau!

Wow. Just wow.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower Night
Hope Developer can improve night lighting…

Perks of being in the Military

Kuala Lumpur
Darn construction crane. Now if only developers could focus on night lighting…

Didn’t have much to go by…, took 35 minutes to find exact location.

Yonge Street


Just a view out my window


I tried to exactly replicate some photos I had taken using the date/time/weather conditions…

Kuala Lumpur:

The Lake District, England:



Love the KL shot! If only night lighting was better in the sim!

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Geiranger Norway


Harbour of Kiel, Northern Germany, below thumbnail of a copyright image may be already known :blush:

Btw on the left some bad PG scenery… elsewhere the city of Kiel has much nicer views !

With 8x8 texture, high texture synth, building ultra settings, LOD etc, the PG quality gets better… but to run these settings during flight is above my league !

Closer look at that ship, it looks lovely… surroundings improve… but can’t find a nice RW match. Post it anyway…


repost, but needed to be here.

YMML rwy34

different time of year… 3 March versus 20 May

Florence - view from the dome

the spike in the distance vanished after an update the day I took this

YMML Melbourne domestic terminal

not an apples for apples comparison, but the inclusion of a hugely important spot and where my fathers resting place… RIP - p.s stand upwind when scattering ashes. Also saw Haley’s Comet from that spot. Was surprised to see it in the sim… such a ‘minor’ detail


@justcruisin1186 very nice images ! but please see you align your ingame screenshot better with the RW photograph. That’s what this topic is about.

Take your drone settings… move, zoom move zoom, tilt the camera until the horizon aligns… then go match left and right… it should be same looking angle and same content in the view. See that time of day is similar… clouds are similar…

because just 1 of 4 sets was different… alright then. I can see the others were WILDY different apparently

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Central Cascades, WA

Columbia River Gorge, WA


Tête Parmelan, near Mont Blanc

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Mont Veyrier / Mont Baron, near Mont Blanc,


what a pity that it is not possible to adjust the color of the water, the turquoise of the lake water is missing in the simulation

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For everyone’s information, the challenge is to find the real images contained in the description of this flight plan by following it:

additional clues: the photos are placed in the order in which you will cross them in the flight plan and are a waypoint or nearby

Agree. Put it in the wishlist, I’ll vote for it. Water should have a base color, not only a mask over it.

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