3D Robotics new Solo drone comes with a very ambitious new device that would have sounded like magic a few decades ago. It is a brand new drone that comes with a promise that was never made before – to make aerial videography easy for every consumer that purchases it. It was announced only a week after 3DR’s biggest competitor – DJI came up with its latest similar device. However, the 3DR Solo has a bigger and more open view, which makes it more appealing on the market.
For those who are interested, it must be noted that this device comes with a lot of new options, as it enables you to record 3D camera movements while flying. It is the first 3DR to have a controller that can gives indications and it can pause the device’s routes just by clicking the button for panic attacks. It is also the first drone that enables one to install its updates wirelessly, thus avoiding the risk of making errors in the process. For those who are already amazed at this quadcopter’s innovative features, there is yet another important detail that makes it far more superior to other drones of the kind – it is the first drone that has control over a GoPro camera. You can monitor the GoPro settings while the drone is in midair and is sending a live feed directly to your tablet or Smartphone that is connected to it. This can be carried out with the help of a 3-axis Solo gimbal. Another unique trait is its top-loading battery, which puts aside the boring task of changing batteries. Other characteristics include automatic takeoff and landing as well as the ability to return in case there is a problem of some sort that prevents it from functioning properly. The details of the flight are also logged in the controller. Therefore, if a crash occurs, the support team can always look into the flight data and see whether the cause was your fault or a problem with the machine. If something was wrong with the drone, it will be replaced or repaired without you having to pay for it.
These maneuvers in midair are called Smart Shots. The first Smart Shot is Orbit – which leads the drone around an object in a 360-degree spin and the second one is Selfie, where you press a button to have the camera start with a close-up on you and then fly away, creating a very dramatic stream.
The main aim of the latest drone launched by 3DR was to create a device that is user-friendly. It is easy to maneuver for beginners and you can get very professional with it once you’ve got used with what it can do. Thus, it gives you the chance to create amazing clips and movies, making it the perfect tool for both beginners and pros.
The maximum flight time is now 20 minutes if the drone carries the camera and gimbal and 25 minutes if it flies on its own.
The Solo now costs $1000, but this does not include the gimbal, which is an additional $399. It will be available for sale in the U.S.A. in May. People from other parts of the world interested in it can purchase it starting with June and July.
Although quite expensive, the 3DR Solo drone is probably here to stay and has a platform that enables extensions and developments. It wants to become, according to some reviews, “the Android of drones”. The truth is that for those who are passionate, this kind of technology will draw customers to the sale like a moth to a flame.
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