How Does the Competition Measure Up to the GoPro Solo 3DR?
The GoPro Solo 3DR is a state of the art aerial photography drone featuring a full complement of the latest features and built as the premium product in its class. The Solo Drone is the world’s first smart drone, featuring dual processors that give it precision controls as well as advanced stability measures such as Safety Net.
The GoPro 3DR works with an Android or iOS app that serves as a viewfinder as well as a control unit, and features such as Follow Me and Pause make operations that are nearly impossible for other models a matter of pressing a button with the Solo Drone. However, before you go out and get a GoPro drone from Harvey Norman, a good first step is to find how this top flight aerial camera stacks up to the other professional drones.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter is designed as a high quality drone camera complete with 1080p video capture and a 14-megapixel still image capturing function, nearly mirroring the toolbox of the Solo Drone. The DJI also has a version of the 3DR’s Safety Net feature that returns the drone to the controller automatically whenever the signal is lost or the battery is low. Nevertheless, the GoPro Solo 3DR has an active time nearly double that of the DJI unit, making it a better choice for extended sessions.
3D Robotics Iris+
The Iris+ by the renowned drone makers at 3D Robotics is a line mate of the Solo Drone, but the GoPro unit outpaces it in almost every aspect. Although the Iris+ can exceed the maximum cruising altitude of the Solo and also shares its wind compensation and stability features, the 88km/h top speed of the GoPro Solo 3DR makes it a much more agile craft. The Iris+ does shine in customization potential, however, as the unit is nearly legendary in drone tuner circles for its open source interface and range of features that closely rivals that of the Solo.
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter
The AR.Drone comes to photographers from one of the original names in drone building, and so this sequel to the flagship AR.Drone is a popular option for professionals. While it also features integration with a smartphone app and its’ 720p HD camera is almost a match for the 1080p digital video transmitted by the Solo Drone, its paltry 165 foot flight range is blown out of the water by the robust range of the GoPro 3DR, which can venture nearly a full kilometer from its controller.