3DR Solo Drone

Brand: 3DR
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Product Description

Designed from the ground up as a companion to the GoPro HERO, the Solo Quadcopter from 3D Robotics features aerial imaging-specific flight modes including Cablecam mode and Follow Me. A quad-rotor configuration, flight stability and autonomous flying are enabled thanks to a twin computer flight control system. The flight controller relies on GPS for navigational coordinates, plus uses data from gyros, accelerators, and other sensors to keep the aircraft safely flying. The Solo is designed to be paired with the separately available Solo Gimbal, a 3-axis stabilizer compatible with the a GoPro HERO3+ or HERO4 action camera.

This is a ready-to-fly bundle, featuring a pre-bound transmitter (radio controller) that has been styled after a video game controller for more intuitive operation. In addition to dual joysticks for flying, it features dedicated dials for operating the optional Solo Gimbal. In addition to the transmitter, there is a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app provides full control over the aircraft, gimbal, and even the GoPro itself. A mount is provided so that you can mount your smartphone or tablet up to 8″ directly to the transmitter.

A flight battery providing up to 25 minutes flying time as well as a charger are included. In addition, the included transmitter features its own dedicated battery.

“Smart Shot” Aerial Video Flight Modes

Lock the Solo onto a virtual cable between any two points in space – even at different altitudes. This allows you to create a linear tracking shot with the ability to pan and tilt the camera freely. Any deviation from the “cable” is automatically prevented. Additionally, the Solo can memorize your first and last frames and pan the camera between them – all you have to do is use one stick on the controller to move Solo up and down the cable
The Solo can automatically circle any subject of your choosing, keeping the camera pointed at the subject to capture an iconic “wrap-around” shot. You can adjust the circle’s radius to get the exact frame you want, even midflight
With one touch Solo will fly up and away from you, keeping the camera centered on you so the scenery around you expands in a dramatic aerial pullout shot
Follow Me
In this mode the Solo with track a GPS-enabled mobile device. It can follow from behind, stay beside the subject, or fly ahead with the camera looking back

Dual Computer Flight Control System

The flight control system incorporates two computers, enabling advanced autonomous flying features such as Cable Cam and Follow Me. Additionally, splitting up the work across two computers reduces the likelihood of mechanical failure in flight for an even safer flying experience
One-Button Flying
Take off, land, and return home automatically. And if you panic, don’t worry: There’s the “pause” button – much like a video game
If you need to release the controls for a moment or wish to capture a static shot, simply press the “Pause” button for the Solo to hold in a fixed hover. When you’re ready, just press “Pause” again to resume flying
Safety Net
This flying mode limits the range and altitude the Solo can fly. Typically, the maximum flight ceiling is restricted to less than 400′ and the aircraft is limited to flying within a user-specified radius

Handheld Transmitter

Video Game-Style Controls
The transmitter (radio controller) features ergonomics inspired by video game controllers. This design is intended to make it easier for pilots just starting out to learn how to fly

Mobile App for iOS and Android

The full-featured app for iOS and Android puts total aircraft control at your fingertips. It allows you to operate the quadcopter itself, the Solo Gimbal (available separately), and even the GoPro. A mobile device holder is included for smartphones and tablets up to the size of the iPad mini
GoPro Operation
Not only does the app provide access to controls not available through the transmitter, it can also be used to operate the GoPro. Recording start/stop and select camera settings can be changed through the app

Note: This feature requires the separately available Tarot gimbal to act as an interface

Works with Solo Gimbal

The separately available Solo Gimbal allows you to mount a GoPro HERO3+ or HERO4 action camera while providing 3-axes of stabilization. The gimbal allows panning and tilting via controls on the Solo transmitter and also keeps the horizon of your shots level, unless otherwise desired
HDMI Output
For live FPV monitoring in HD, there is a an HDMI port built into the transmitter. With it you can connect a monitor or FPV goggles

Additional Features

Accessory Bays
Accessory bays provide installations points for the option Solo gimbal as well as future upgrade components
See how it stacks up against the DJI Phantom 3 in our article of the DJI Phantom 3 vs. 3DR Solo Drone

Product Reviews

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  1. Great drone to use with the GoPro

    I want to be very clear before I write anything else. I've been following this product since it's inception and launch and am very well aware of the all issues it's had along the way. I am reviewing this product based on the state of its right now, not what it was months ago, which is all that is important to me. I've just finished my 10th flight and feel like I have a firm grasp of the platform and feel educated enough to share my experience and opinion. I bought this as tool for my videography/photography background. I didn't buy this as a toy or for a fun hobby, (there is nothing wrong with that, just providing context).

    I've had the Solo for a little over a week now. I received it ironically on the day the 1.3 firmware update came out which contained a lot of performance and feature improvements and additions. The update was quick, easy and flawless. Took minutes. I have been lucky enough to ONLY experience 1.3 so I haven't experienced any bugs or problems and I'm only aware of them because of my past research. So from my perspective, Solo has been nothing but amazing. I've never owned or flown a UAV before and I feel very confident with Solo after only week. I've flown it at night and over the ocean now without a single problem. I've lost signal once in a highly populated suburban area at around 800 ft (which is very common based on what I've read) and Solo returned immediately and a few seconds later, I got connection back. No panic, no worry, it was just perfect and awesome. Everything I've read works as advertised. First person flying on your tablet or phone is an amazing rush and works so well. The smart shots are simple and easy to execute, yet extremely powerful in practice. And for a first time UAV/Drone operator like myself, Return to Home and PAUSE are amazing features that help me so much. I can't say enough about this platform and I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves and improves further. Great product and some of the best customer service I've experienced. Win/win
    on Tuesday 8th Mar 2016