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Save £260, RRP £789 The 3DR is a ready-to-fly aerial photography drone with quadcopter, battery, controller and charger. With features like pushbutton flight and computer-assisted Smart Shots, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get professional aerial photos and video. Solo is powered by two 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+. Pilots must adhere to the CAA Flight Regulations. More
- 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.
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The world’s smartest drone is also the easiest to fly. With features like pushbutton 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 two 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.
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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 one-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.
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 two 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 1GHz 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 two 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.
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New dimension in photography opens!
from Newcastle upon Tyne
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Comments about 3DR Solo Quadcopter Drone:
Questions do not really match the product at all.It's just great fun and a really exciting device.I'd really recommend it!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Levis Rodrigues
About Me Casual user, Getting started, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Best drone ever, easy to fly by anybody..
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Excellent with a few glitches though
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Used this product to shoot in Iceland, doesn't get easier the smart shots work well however for some reason the follow me feature didn't work that well i suspect this was due to a software update needed. All in al excellent build and easy to fly!
All I wanted it to be and some
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
This is a fantastic piece of kit. I attended the launch and was impressed by the simplicity of flying the drone. After nervously flying my own drone for one or two flights I was flying like a seasoned pro. Really easy to use, intuitive controls. I'd recommend this drone all day long.
Bloody good fun
from Essex Coast
From great aerial footage to pro topo surveys..Love it.
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The wait has been worth it
By Oliver Pederson
About Me Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
I have been following this product since the announcement in April, and while it has taken a bit to reach the UK, I believe it was worth the wait. I'm a rather new pilot and I found the 3DR Solo to function as displayed. - easy to fly- setup was simple and short- the instruction videos were very helpful- can't wait for the 3DR Solo Gimbal! Thank you 3DR for a fantastic product! Looking forward to my trip to the country and flying my Solo!
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