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Are you an experienced flier or newcomer to the world of drones? Naturally, you’d want the best drone for GoPro. It’s possible the 3DR Solo Drone falls into that category. In fact, it doesn’t have a camera, but rather a cradle for a compatible GoPro. It’s almost like it was built to pair with one!

Why We Like It – 3DR Solo Drone

With a well-designed controller, the 3DR Solo Drone excels at being a great option for fledgling drone fliers, and yet provides performance that reaches and sometimes matches that of expensive drones.

Pros
  • Max distance of 1.5km
  • Long battery life
  • Open source code
Cons
  • Image stability isn’t the greatest
  • Doesn’t come with a camera

Speed & Power

In order to take full advantage of the power and speed of the 3DR Solo Drone, you’ll need plenty of open space. Once you’ve done that, you’ll get to watch as the 3DR takes off and maxes out its speed at 55mph. And that pairs wonderfully with its max distance and battery life of up to 25 minutes.

Range & Durability

Here’s why: its maximum range is about 1.5km. That’s three times the distance of the Altair Aerial Blackhawk’s maximum distance, but the Altair has better durability, using metal as opposed to plastic for its body.

Camera

The 3DR Solo Drone doesn’t come with a camera, but has a cradle for supporting GoPros. Unfortunately, image stability isn’t the greatest. Even with light winds, it’ll constantly be touch-and-go. The DJI Phantom 2, however, uses a 3-axis gimbal to circumvent that.

Features

On the flip-side, there’s a handful of flight modes packaged inside the 3DR Solo Drone. You get Orbit, giving it a path to fly in a radius; Follow Me mode has the drone follow above you; ; a Return Home button; Selfie mode is self-explanatory; and Cable Cam mode gives you control over the camera while the drone stays put or on a path. Most importantly, open source code allows for others to create software for the 3DR Solo Drone.

Value

The biggest letdown is the lack of a camera. The Yuneec Q500, for example, comes with a 4K camera, but costs an extra $120. But if you already have a compatible GoPro camera, it’s a moot point. Either way, newcomers and fliers with a bit of experience will find the 3DR Solo Drone to be easily accessible, especially the controller.

3DR Solo Drone Wrap Up

The 3DR Solo Drone finds itself right in the middle—easy enough for beginners, yet still valuable to experienced fliers, too. Its max distance and speed are phenomenal at this price, and the open source code adds extra value for those wanting to write software. It’s best to take it out on quiet days, just for better stability.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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