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3DR Solo Drone Review

3DR Solo3DR Solo is a great drone made for both novices and advanced flyers. Its vast feature set and excellent performance attracted us. Moreover, the flying time is incredible.

On the other hand, it requires a separate camera and a dedicated gimbal for stable aerial shots, which may not be convenient for everyone.

But given the feature set, it’s a good value for money drone.

Design:

3DR Solo is an attractive drone. It carries a sleek design language. Most of the body is made out of quality plastic with glossy finish all around. The drone feels well-made and sturdy.

The battery of the drone sits right on the top. The size of the drone is fairly large compared to its rivals which is a downfall as the competitors are indulged in creating smaller drones with time. Also, the drone is a bit heavy. Unfortunately, the 3DR Solo doesn’t come with a camera on board. Users will have to attach a separate camera for snaps and videos. For this reason, 3DR sells a separate go pro compatible gimbal.

Unfortunately, the 3DR Solo doesn’t come with a camera on board. Users will have to attach a separate camera for snaps and videos. For this reason, 3DR sells a separate go pro compatible gimbal.

Beneath the drone, there are two dedicated slots for attaching the gimbal assembly. Also, there two other holes left for adding any additional accessory.

Performance:

3DR Solo is an easy to fly drone right out of the box. The drone has several autonomous flying modes including auto takeoff and landing.

In the air, the drone hovers extremely well. It can handle strong breeze without any issues. The great thing about this drone is that it has two dedicated computing chips. One in the controller and one in the drone itself. Therefore, the drone is very responsive in the air. The communication between the controller and the drone is strong, even a slight push on the sticks makes the drone active again {when it’s hovering}.

Other than this the drone has quite a few intelligent flying modes too. In our testing, all of these modes worked pretty well. Some of the advanced modes may require some practice though. The range of 3DR Solo is approximately 800 meters according to 3Dr Robotics.

In reality, it can be flown for up to 1 km in the air easily.

Camera:

Unfortunately, 3DR Solo doesn’t come with any onboard camera

3DR sells an additional go pro compatible gimbal which can be attached beneath the drone. This means users can use almost any Go pro for their aerial shots.

But this setup costs approximately 500$ more.

In the end, all Go Pro deliver great image quality but the addtional price might be a “not to consider” factor here.

Also, the gimbal once attached to the drone with the help of a dedicated cable can be controlled by the controller also.

The controller:

The controller of 3DR Solo comes with is an excellent piece of hardware. It’s made up of great material. Despite the size of the controller, it’s easy to hold in the hand.

The controller also has built-in LCD monitor. It won’t display the live video feed. Instead, it shows the necessary information for the drone like its altitude and remaining battery life.

The controller has dedicated mount for attaching a smartphone or a tablet, as the smartphone connected with 3DR Solo app is used for live video feed. The 3DR Solo app use for flying is great. It didn’t crash even once in our testing. Coupled with such great controller, the 3DR Solo is very convenient to fly.

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Image credits: Digital Trends, The Video Mode, CNET , Unmanned Tech and UAHIVE.

9 Total Score
Good

Speed
9
Range
9
Controller
10
Ease of use
9
Flying time
9
Camera
8
Build quality
9
Design
9
PROS
  • Solid build, sleek design
  • Decent flying time
  • Great app compatibility
CONS
  • Short flying range
  • No onboard camera
  • No smart sensors
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