• cheap, readily available low-end IMU, at the cost about a few dollars.

  • Accelerometer noise density: 300 µg/√Hz

  • Gyroscope noise density: 0.01 º/sec/√Hz

Microstrain 3DM-GX5

  • Industrial grade IMU made by microstrain; also available from Clearpath at about $2000.

  • 3DM-GX5-25 is adopted by LIO-SAM project. Note that its accelerometer and gyroscope have different coordinate setup in orientation. (But still, they can be regarded to have the same origin.) For more information, see

  • We use 3DM-GX5-AHRS, and in this version the coordinate frames of accelerometer and gyroscope are treated identical. It comes equipped with built-in complementary filter and EKF algorithms, running at 1000Hz and 500Hz respectively.

    • Accelerometer noise density: 20 µg/√Hz (2 g)

    • Gyroscope noise density: 0.005°/sec/√Hz (300°/sec)


IMU Calibration Tool

# This is the result calibrated for the Microstrain 3DM-GX5-AHRS IMU that we have
# Accelerometer
accelerometer_noise_density: 0.0002276846771973415 
accelerometer_random_walk: 6.706087584689249e-06 

# Gyroscope
gyroscope_noise_density: 0.00010426654551109309 
gyroscope_random_walk: 3.5636559575381104e-06 

rostopic: '/sensors/imu' #Make sure this is correct
update_rate: 200.0 #Make sure this is correct

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