3DR Solo Quadcopter Drone

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The 3DR is a ready-to-fly aerial photography drone with quadcopter, battery, controller, and charger. With features like push-button flight and computer-assisted Smart Shots, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get professional aerial photos and video. Solo is powered by 2 x 1 GHz computers for the best and smoothest aerial photography experience imaginable, including many world-first technologies and a host of built-in safety and support features. And it's the only all-in-one drone to offer wireless video streaming in vivid HD from your GoPro directly to your mobile device - at ranges up to half a mile. 3-axis gimbal head and GoPro HERO camera not included, sold separately. Recommended for ages 18+.
Hands-on with the 3DR Solo Drone

Hands-on with the 3DR Solo Drone

May 2015 - Billed as ‘the first drone that makes the entire experience of flying and filming easy, fun and enjoyable for anyone’, the 3DR Solo arrives with some grand promises. Wex’s Daniel Burke got his hands on one to find out more. View the full article here... »

NB: Pilots must adhere to the CAA Flight Regulations.

Key Features: 3DR Solo Quadcopter

  • Ready-to-fly drone for unique aerial footage
  • Support for GoPro cameras (not included)
  • Delivers livestreaming HD video to mobile devices
  • Smart Shot modes - Cablecam, Orbit, Seflie, Follow Me
  • User-friendly wireless updates
  • Powered by twin Linux computers
  • GPS satellite-guided flight options
  • Flight time: approx. 25mins / 20mins with GoPro and Gimbal
  • Controller battery life: up to 4 hours
  • Includes unstabilised mount for GoPro models
  • 3-axis gimbal head & GoPro HERO camera not included

3DR Solo - The Smart Drone Product Video

Meet Solo
The world’s smartest drone is also the easiest to fly. With features like push-button flight and computer-assisted Smart Shots, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get professional aerial photos and video from day one. Solo is powered by 2 x 1 GHz computers for the best and smoothest aerial photography experience imaginable, including many world-first technologies and a host of built-in safety and support features. And it’s the only all-in-one drone to offer live video streaming in vivid HD from your GoPro directly to your mobile device-at ranges up to half a mile.

'Smart Shots' Video Modes

Cablecam: Lock Solo onto a virtual cable between any two points in space. Now you can freely pan and tilt the camera on your known-safe flight path, or let Solo memorize your first and last frames and smoothly pan the camera between them for you - all you have to do is tap "play".

Orbit: Solo can automatically circle any subject of your choosing, keeping it perfectly framed to capture an iconic “wrap-around” shot. Adjust the circle’s radius to get the exact shot you want, even midflight.

Selfie: 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. Then Solo will reverse that shot as it comes back to you, landing right where it took off.

Follow Me: Go completely hands-free! Solo can follow wherever you go, automatically keeping the camera on you to capture your every move.

Experience effortless flight
Effortless flight means effortless filming – less flight control = more creative control. Solo makes flying easier than it’s ever been with smooth and authoritative GPS satellite-guided flight which also features auto takeoff and land, return home, and the ability to instantly hit an e-brake and pause your flight midair. All these features are immediately accessible through the Solo mobile app or dedicated buttons on Solo’s remote controller.

Computer-assisted cinematography
Solo’s intelligence unlocks powerful and one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shots (patent pending). Just set up the exact shot you want in real time, then tap 'play' on the app and Solo will execute it with a level of precision and a soft touch that even seasoned cinema pilots can’t match. And with a list of Smart Shots to choose from, the perfect shot is always just a few taps away. Cable cam and Orbit allow you to create a known and safe flight path along a virtual track in space, freeing you to shift your focus to getting the shot you want, or simply hit 'play' and let Solo fly itself while simultaneously working the camera for you, as smooth and even as an expert cameraman. Follow mode lets you go completely hands-free, while Solo keeps up with your every move. Solo also features a 1-touch aerial selfie for a dramatic and customizable establishing Smart Shot of you and your surroundings. It’s all in service of Solo’s guiding principle: Get the shot. Every time.

Stream HD GoPro video to mobile devices or through HDMI
Solo is the world’s first drone to wirelessly deliver HD video from your GoPro to your iOS or Android mobile device, at ranges of up to half a mile. Solo’s controller has HDMI output for live HD broadcast - to FPV goggles, high-quality field monitors, Jumbotrons at live events, even news vans – and with a staggeringly low video latency your live video is immediate and fluid for an 'in-the-moment' feel. For instant social sharing of your aerial videos, you can even record the live video stream directly from the mobile app to your device’s camera roll.

The Solo App for iOS and Android
3DR’s mobile development team has focused its efforts on providing a user experience never before seen with a drone. The Solo app lets you control your GoPro, choose between a live view from the camera or a satellite view of your selected shot and even change how the controller responds to commands. Solo’s app allows for automatic cloud-based logging of your flights, instant access to technical support, on-device recording of the live HD video stream, and even support for future web-based control of Solo.

Fly safely
We’ve made sure that even new users will be able to fly Solo with confidence. An app-based flight simulator will allow you to fly Solo virtually, before you get off the ground. And when Solo is in the air, the 'pause' button acts as an emergency airbrake, stopping the copter in its tracks until you’re ready to take control again. Additionally, you can create a virtual 'safety net' within the app that limits how high Solo is allowed to fly.

The Solo Gimbal: Smart Shots, perfectly stable footage, GoPro control & charging, HD video
We worked closely with GoPro, the world’s most popular action camera company, to make the first gimbal capable of fully controlling the GoPro. Solo gives you the exclusive ability to start and stop recording video while in flight, which means that when you land you have only the shots that you wanted to take; when it comes time to edit you now have 'fat free' footage, instead of dealing with huge, cumbersome files. You can also snap photos, change FOV, FPS and exposure compensation, and much more – through Solo’s mobile app at long range, or dedicated buttons on the controller. The 3-axis Solo Gimbal stabilizes the camera to within 0.1 degrees of pointing accuracy and charges the GoPro so your battery doesn’t die during flight. Combined with Solo’s controller you get fine-grain tilt control, including angle presets and instant speed adjustment; or you can just create a Smart Shot, hit 'play', and Solo’s computer will fully control the gimbal for the perfect shot. The Solo Gimbal delivers all of these advanced capabilities while providing a painless and tool-free method of installing and removing the GoPro.

The first-ever consumer drone run by 2 full-blown computers
With a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9-powered Linux computer running on both the copter and the controller, Solo’s intelligence unleashes nearly limitless possibility and future expandability. Because we use the onboard computer’s processing power to do the heavy lifting, the autopilot becomes the 'brainstem', exclusively focused on executing the rudiments of stable and reliable flight, while the computer serves as Solo’s 'frontal cortex' and handles the higher-level processing; this task distribution dramatically reduces the likelihood of autopilot system failure during flight. Solo’s smart technology not only allows us to introduce many industry-first capabilities today, but also gives us the ability to unlock future technologies – everything from a next-gen Follow mode to computer vision and true artificial intelligence.

User-friendly wireless updates
Solo only gets more advanced over time. Thanks to the foundation of the dual 1 GHz computers, a simple mobile app update includes updates for Solo’s computer, the controller’s computer, the autopilot system and even the Solo gimbal - all delivered wirelessly with on-screen feedback so you can see exactly what’s happening along the way. Gone are the days of using USB cables to update your drone.

Purpose-built aerial photography controller
With ergonomics inspired by popular video game controllers, the aerial photography-optimized Solo Controller feels natural even to new users. It simplifies flight and puts control of both the vehicle and the camera at your fingertips, with dedicated buttons on its face for Takeoff, Land, Return Home, and Pause, in addition to 2 user-definable A/B buttons. On the controller’s left shoulder is a paddle for fine grain tilt control; on the right shoulder are two buttons for presetting gimbal tilt positions and a knob to adjust the automatic tilt speed. Clicking the tilt paddle starts or stops recording on the GoPro and pressing both presets at the same time snaps a photo. The controller’s computer powers a built-in HDMI port, making live broadcast to nearly any type of screen as simple as connecting an HDMI cable. The computer also allows the controller to record 500 parameters of flight data to its internal memory as you fly, 10 times a second. Finally, the controller’s color display gives you contextual information about what’s going on in flight, eliminating the need to interpret blinking lights on the copter to get vital flight information, supplemented with haptic feedback – a gentle vibration that alerts you about critical things like a low battery and confirms all 'long-press' actions (takeoff, land, set a gimbal preset, etc.).

The Solo Smart Battery
The Solo Smart Battery not only monitors Solo’s remaining battery charge but also helps to account for location, so that the mobile app can give you relevant warnings about when to start heading home based on Solo’s distance from you. The battery communicates with Solo’s controller, which displays not only your remaining flight time but also your present power usage, for better and more informed battery management. If you’re cutting it too close, Solo’s controller will even begin vibrating to alert you of the need to land ASAP.

World-first features

  • The first consumer drone with a brain, Solo is powered by twin computers
  • The only drone to stream wireless HD video from GoPro direct to iOS/Android devices
  • Powerful Smart Shot technology makes capturing incredible cinematic footage easy and automatic
  • First with in-flight GoPro access: Start/stop recording and adjust camera settings from the ground (with Solo Gimbal)

Hardware features

  • Revolutionary, intuitive video game-style controller
  • Solo Gimbal (sold separately) delivers smooth footage, GoPro power and control, HDMI video, and intelligent camerawork
  • Future-proof accessory and gimbal bays make Solo ready for tomorrow’s technology
  • The smart drone gets smarter: Concepts under development include LiDAR for super stable indoor flight, ballistic parachute system, flight rewind, and more

Software features

  • Full-featured app for iOS and Android puts total craft control at your fingertips
  • Unique safety features like pause and "safety net" mean you can fly with confidence
  • Take to the air in seconds with effortless pushbutton flight
  • Follow mode enables Solo to automatically track and film a subject
  • Free software and feature updates ensure your Solo grows and adapts with advancements in technology
  • World-class customer support always has your back: live seven-day-a-week phone support from qualified engineers; in-app service tickets; and a 30-day money-back guarantee

Specifications

  • Top speed: 55 mph
  • Max altitude: 400 ft, per FAA rules
  • Weight: 1500 g, 1800 g with Solo Gimbal and GoPro
  • WiFi range: up to half a mile, depending on environment
  • Solo Battery: 14.8 V LiPo (5200 mAh)
  • Rechargeable controller battery: 2600 mAh / 7.2 Vdc; lasts 4 hours (8 hours with optional extendable battery)
  • Up to 25 minutes of flight time (20 with camera and Solo Gimbal)
  • HD video streaming to mobile
  • Controller with color screen and live flight data
  • Pixhawk 2 flight controller
  • APM fully-autonomous flight control software
  • Customizable color LEDs for orientation
  • 10x4.5" self-tightening props
  • 880 kV motors
  • Plug and play with 3-axis Solo Gimbal from 3DR (sold separately)
  • Works with GoPro HERO3, 3+ and 4 cameras (sold separately)

Why Solo?

  • The first drone with a brain, Solo is powered by twin computers
  • Only drone to stream live HD video from GoPro direct to iOS/Android devices
  • Revolutionary, intuitive video game-style controller
  • Take to the air in seconds with effortless pushbutton flight
  • Powerful Smart Shot technology makes capturing incredible cinematic footage easy and automatic
  • Unique safety features like pause and "safety net" mean you can fly with confidence
  • First with in-flight GoPro access: Start/stop recording and adjust camera settings from the ground (with Solo Gimbal)
  • Full-featured app for iOS and Android puts total craft control at your fingertips
  • Follow Me mode enables Solo to automatically track and film any subject
  • Solo Gimbal (sold separately) delivers smooth footage, GoPro power and control and HDMI video
  • Future-proof accessory and gimbal bays make Solo ready for tomorrow's technology
  • Free software and feature updates ensure your Solo evolves at the pace of innovation
  • The smart drone keeps getting smarter: LiDAR for super stable indoor flight; ballistic parachute system; flight rewind and more, all scheduled for release
  • World-class customer support means we've always got your back: live seven-day-a-week phone support from qualified engineers; in-app service tickets; and a 30-day money-back guarantee

New features added!

3DR Solo - The Smart Drone in Action in Malta

3DR Solo - Launch Film

UK CAA Drone Flying Rules Explained

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Product Specification

Battery Model 14.8V LiPo 5200mAh
Camera Included No
Controller Included Yes
Controller Mobile Device Holder Yes
Controller Power Supply 2600mAh rechargeable battery- 4 hour battery life. Extra long life battery available seperately
Controller Transmitting Distance (m) 800
Controller Video Output Port HDMI out
Flight time (Minutes) 25
Gimbal Details Hard mount with data connection allows live stream and control of camera from ground through tablet app
Gimbal Included Hard mount included - optional 3 axis gimbal available seperately
Included Accessories Controller with HDMI output, Smart Battery, Battery Charger, Controller charger, GoPro mount – fixed mount, Complete set of props, Soft shell carry case
Max flight speed (m/s) 24.6
Weight (g) 1500
Manufacturer Link 3DR
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