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Posted on February 29, 2016
Every drone enthusiast is familiar with the revolutionary manufacturers of these aerial inventions; DJI and 3D Robotics. Both are known behemoths in the drone industry and have several successful drones under their belt. DJI is famous for providing a special uniqueness to their products, while 3D Robotics is the known master of power and smart inventions.
The most popular DJI drone to date is DJI Phantom 3 and for 3D Robotics, it is 3DR Solo Drone. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro droning expert, picking the best one can be a challenge. Both drones offer spectacular specifications and guarantee a great flying experience. They have been created with the features that are most desired, which makes them even more appealing to the mainstream drone users. Above all, the aerial photo and video quality of both of these drones have been maintained with a high standard.
Setting the similarities apart, let’s begin with the ultimate showdown between DJI Phantom 3 and 3DR Solo Drone.
In terms of design, DJI has maintained its signature good looks of renowned Phantom body shape in their latest release. For Solo, 3D Robotics has introduced a new and innovative design unlike any other of its predecessors.
DJI made a good move by sticking to their popular white body and sleek structure, as it is highly recognizable in the market. On the other hand, the new and refreshing look of Solo Drone is definitely an improvement. The exteriors are blacked out and the structure is sleeker and more streamlined.
For us, 3DR Solo Drone gets the win in this round for its more appealing and equally durable model.
BATTERY / FLIGHT TIME
The flight time of both Phantom 3 and Solo Drone is fairly the same. They both offer 20 minutes flight time in the air, depending upon the weather and flight conditions.
The Phantom 3 continues to offer 23 minutes in the air, like its previous models. While, the Solo drone can extend the flight time to 25 minutes without payload and up to 20 minutes with a camera. Both aerial machines have highly intelligent batteries, which track the power and indicates to the flyer on occasions like needing replacing or recharging.
The DJI Phantom 3 is the winner of this round, with its stable 23 minutes flight time and smarter 100-watt charger for faster recharging. You also get the longer flight time with the camera running.
A controller is a very important part of any drone. No matter how well the drone is built, if the pilot cannot control it easily, its features are of no use! The Phantom 3’s controller is absolutely stunning and loaded with every possible feature that a pilot might require. On the other hand, Solo drone has also redesigned its controller to make it easier for beginners and faster for expert drone flyers.
Both drone’s controllers are elegant and loaded with latest technology. They both feature mobile device holders, but the Solo drone can hold only up an iPad mini. One distinct feature of the Solo is its controller’s computer. With the help of this feature, a user can stream live HD video feed onto any external monitor with the help of a simple built-in HDMI port.
Both controllers do well with their easy ability to utilize the screens from which ever i device you decide to use.
In the world of aerial photography, drones have made a huge place for themselves. Both companies have made excessive efforts to make vital features stand out in their drones. Users of these drones will experience seamless, intuitive and fun for all aerial photography.
The Phantom 3 carries a 4K camera and has a pre-installed gimbal system. It has a mix of image sensors from Inspire 1 and a stable gimbal from Phantom 2 Vision+, which gives Phantom 3 the best of both worlds. The video and photo quality of this drone is extraordinarily clear, which is an attractive point for any aerial photographer.
On the other hand, the 3DR Solo utilizes the GoPro Hero 4 for its video capture ability. It has shown some stability troubles and twitches in videos, but the technical quality is great, thanks to GoPro Hero 4. A pre-installed gimbal system is present in the Solo, which makes it more compatible with other systems.
Both aerial machines are able to shoot 4K videos of 30fps and 12Mp still shots. The Phantom 3 uses DJI’s camera and the Solo uses the GoPro Hero 4. With their respective applications, both drones allow a live HD streaming quality.
The winner of this round highly depends upon the pilot, but considering the shakes of Solo drone gimbal system, Phantom 3 is superior. Again, it depends on if you want to utilize a full built in system or the GoPro. Most of the time this comes down to personal preference.
Everything comes down to the big dollars a pilot has to spend for these aerial beauties. DJI Phantom along with its deluxe package including extra battery and Phantom backpack sells for $1,659. The 3DR Solo Drone elite package climbs to $1,900. A complete Phantom 3 Professional retail price without the deluxe package is of $1,259, whereas Solo sells for $999 plus $399 for gimbal and $499 for GoPro Hero 4 camera.
Clearly, for almost the same features and aerial photography quality DJI Phantom 3 is much less expensive than 3DR Solo Drone all in.
This showdown between 3DR Solo Drone and DJI Phantom 3 has been clearly won by the latter. DJI delivers great quality and features most the same qualities as that of 3DR Solo Drone, available in fewer dollars.