The all new ‘3DR Solo Quadcopter’ consumer drone represents aerial photography at the next level. Designed ground up as a companion to the full – access GoPro camera in flight controls (a first); the Solo Quadcopter from 3D Robotics which features aerial imaging-specific flight modes including Cablecam mode (lets you set up a virtual line in the sky and then have Solo traverse it automatically, as if suspended on a wire) and Follow Me (Tracks Your Mobile Device) is one of its kind. A quad-rotor configuration, flight stability and autonomous flying are enabled, thanks to its onboard twin-computer flight control system which relies on GPS for navigational coordinates, plus uses data other sensors to keep the drone safely flying at speeds of up to 88.5 kmph.
The 3DR Solo Quadcopter is a ready-to-fly bundle, featuring a pre-bound transmitter (radio controller) that has been styled after a video game controller for more intuitive operation. In addition to the transmitter, there is a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app provides full control over the aircraft, gimbal, and even the GoPro itself. A mount is provided so that you can mount your smartphone directly to the transmitter. Moreover, the Solo is designed to be paired with the separately available Solo Gimbal, a 3-axis stabilizer compatible with a GoPro HERO3+ or HERO4 action camera to top it all.
The 3DR Solo Quadcopter can be purchased from the company’s website where they are also giving out one unit every month to a lucky guy who subscribes to the company’s news and updates.