3D Robotics, the company behind the upcoming Solo quadcopter, claims this is the world’s smartest drone. Mount your own compatible GoPro camera onto the Solo to create an incredibly flexible and versatile camera drone.
Two powerful computers housed in the main body and the controller means the Solo can offer a number of advanced features, such as Smart Shots and the Pixhawk 2 autopilot.
The Smart Shots technology allows you to capture footage using a range of camera setpieces, which the Solo automatically performs, including Cable Cam, Orbit and Selfie. Cable Cam, for example, will lock the drone onto a virtual cable between two waypoints, allowing you to freely control the camera and record the perfect footage.
You can further enhance the camera stability by investing in the additional solo gimbal, which helps the GoPro to achieve even smoother video footage.
The Solo comes with an innovative remote control, designed to look and feel like a videogame controller. It adds familiarity and removes the learning-curve associated with using typical drone controllers. True to the videogame theme, it even features a dedicated pause button, which activates the air brake and stops the Solo mid-flight. In addition, onebutton flight controls allow you to take off, land and return home without any user input. These autopilot functions mean the Solo is easier to use, regardless of your flying experience.
Extend the functionality
As well as flying the Solo from the bespoke remote control, you can dock your phone or tablet onto the controller and download the free app for iOS and Android devices to access even more functionality. From the app you can access the GoPro’s camera controls as well as viewing a live HD feed, allowing you to fly the drone in fi rst-person view (FPV).
The four, ten-inch diameter propellers and large 5,200mAh battery provides the Solo with a maximum speed of 55mph and a flight time of 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the payload and weather conditions. With a range of over half a mile, it’s capable of capturing both high-speed and long-distance video. LED spotlighting helps you track the drone and makes using it in low-light conditions easier.
- S mart Shots provide you with a range of preset camera angles.
- The videogame-themed remote control makes flying a much more familiar experience.
- Choose from a range of compatible GoPros to mount to the Solo.
Best suited to users with some fl ying experience, you’ll have to dig deep as the Solo will set you back around £980/$1,000.