From 25 August to 1 September 2012 in Melbourne took place the XXII ISPRS Congress which accumulated 1940 participants from 74 countries. It was presented 1150 papers totality on 238 sessions, which in many cases were holding in the same time. This paper relates to the short review of most important questions introduced within the plenary sessions, oral as well as poster. On the basis of conference materials, conversations with exhibitors and own observations, the directions of the development and trends in modern photogrammetry, remote sensing and geographic information systems were identified. The subject area of papers presented on individual sessions was closely connected with content-related range of 8 ISPRS technical commissions. The conventional and new sensors for data acquired from aerial, satellite and terrestrial platforms, as well as new approach for their automatic processing, analyses and introduction were presented. In the paper more and more large possibilities for remote acquiring of the source data were showed. The new very height resolution satellite system Pleiades, multilens camera Leica RCD30 Oblique with the possibility of the simultaneous images registration with various of nadir viewing angles and in various spectral ranges, technology UAV, camera 3D Kinect, and also popularly iPad and iPhone systems were examples of this. It was affirmed that fast development of more and more accurate navigation systems for direct georeference data, multi-image matching, data integration and processing and visualization methods delivered the products which are useful in many uses. In the paper, more also important informations were introduced relating to activities of the ISPRS in cadence 2012-2016, which were the subject of sessions of the ISPRS General Assembly.