I'm using QGIS3.16.13 and when I add the scale-bar from "view > Decorations > Scalebar" to my map I noticed that it shows the wrong distance. I'm not talking about the print-composer, just the usual QGIS-interface. The scalebar is less than half of what I measure:

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I know for a fact that this measurement must be correct (and the scale-bar must be off) as I know my raster's pixel-size is 0.5 m. So when I zoom in, on a single pixel an re-measure, the miss-alignment maintains roughly the same ratio: the scale-bar is circa half of what I measure: enter image description here

I found this question on a similar issue (but almost 10 years old). However, in contrast to the issue there, I use the same coordinate system & projection for my project, my raster-files and my shapefiles are all in (EPSG:32739 - WGS 84 / UTM zone 39S - Projected).

My measurement tool's settings are below. However, I think the issue is not a wrong measurment, but a wrong scale-bar, as the measurement for e.g. a pixle length is correct, regardless of zoom level:

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  • Please provide the settings of your measurement tool.
    – Erik
    Commented Apr 21, 2021 at 8:49
  • Hi @Erik I did edited the question and added the settings for the measurement tool.
    – Vincé
    Commented Apr 21, 2021 at 8:52

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Somehow this issue was resolved, when I:

1. changed the project's coordinate system to a different reference system (select & apply) and then

2. changed it back (select & apply).

So the problem is resolved, what I don't understand is: why? I made sure, before considdering to post here that the project and the CRS of all layers/rasters is identical as I saw the question, which is also linked to in my post above.

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