3DR has created the one and only drone that can automatically control both copter and camera positioning in flight. Dual 1 GHz Linux companion computers power one-of-a-kind Smart Shots for sweeping multi-axis aerial cinema.
It’s not just on or off, manual or autonomous. You can tailor Smart Shots in real time to work for you, using as much computer-powered flight or camera control as you need to bring your creative vision to life.
1. You Do It All – Fly and film like any consumer drone. Control the drone and the camera by yourself, using unique Solo features like preset angles and fine-grain tilt control.
2. Split the Work – You can choose to have your copter’s computer be a second operator, either a pilot or cameraman. Let Solo fly itself (locked on predetermined paths for consistent and safe flights) while you operate the camera, or fly yourself while the drone’s computer controls the camera for you, easing between keyframes or staying locked on a subject as you Orbit or Follow.
3. Drone Does It All – Quickly set up a shot exactly as your creative mind envisions it (position in space, how the camera pans and tilts, and speed of the shot) and let Solo execute it. Reveal subjects, orbit subjects or ease in and out of two keyframes.
No matter how much you’re letting your drone do, you can override it at any time, choosing to tweak, tune, shape and direct your shots for ultimate creative control.
See what we mean: Watch it in action on set as our team works on a short film shot entirely on Solo.
It’s not enough anymore to make a drone easy to fly. Solo solves a bigger problem: Make it easy to tell your story. To do this we developed Smart Shots, automatic scripted camera moves that let you use a drone to mimic the tricks of Hollywood directors. Create and capture pro shots without years of flight practice. It’s almost unfair.
Solo is also a virtual two-pilot aerial film crew: It can work the camera as you fly, or fly itself while you work the camera. And for incredibly complex camerawork, design the exact shot you want, press “play” and let Solo handle both the flight and the filming. While other drones demand two controllers for these kinds of shots, Solo expands the storytelling possibilities for a single user with a creative mind.
Even if you’ve never flown a drone, the Solo controller will feel natural the moment you pick it up. It has its own 1 GHz computer, the first controller designed specifically for the photographer in you: Adjust and save camera positions, change sweep speed, record video and snap photos with the push of a button. All while crisp HD video streams on your mobile screen. Look down: It’s more like holding a camera than holding a drone controller. Learn More >
In case you missed it in the picture…that’s a high-quality HDMI port directly from the controller so you can view live video in-flight on practically any screen.
HD Wireless straight from GoPro® to the 3DR Solo App
720 HD streaming on mobile, 1080 HD from HDMI out
Up to 12MP Photos from GoPro
Record video up to 4k (depending on GoPro model)
The camera you know and love — and use. We worked directly with GoPro to make Solo the first and only drone to deliver crisp HD from your GoPro straight to your mobile device, along with in-flight control of your HERO4® camera.
We built your Solo to grow over time. The open gimbal bay means we can offer an array of fully-compatible cameras and sensors as tech evolves. And our Made for Solo program already has several new Solo accessory platforms in development.
Live HD video
Satellite view for location accuracy
Smart Shot planning
One-touch shot control
Flight School: Solo tutorial videos and info portal
Real-time airspace safety information
Record straight to camera roll
Advanced settings for Solo and camera
Critical in-flight information
Wireless updates for all Solo components
In-app alerts and access to customer support
Time Lapse Cable cam
A drone that flies in your best interest. We give you industry-first safety features like Rewind, custom in-flight geofencing and in-app flight zone information and alerts. You can also watch tutorial videos in the app, from unboxing to Smart Shots and advanced flight. Fly with confidence from day one.
The dual built-in computers constantly monitor your flight — 500 parameters of flight data, 20 times a second. This is the only drone that logs these data on both the controller and the copter, so no matter what happens to your drone, you’re covered. If you crash or lose connection, the app prompts you to submit a service ticket instantly to our support team straight from your mobile device. If the data show that a system malfunction caused the loss of your copter, 3DR will replace the copter and the gimbal if one was installed, and we’ll even give you credit to buy a new GoPro.
Thanks to the foundation of the dual 1 GHz computers, a simple mobile app update includes updates for the Solo computer, the controller’s computer, the autopilot system and even the Solo Gimbal — all delivered wirelessly with on-screen feedback so you can see exactly what’s happening along the way. Since launch we’ve added many new features and improved existing ones, with more to come. Gone are the days of using USB cables, cryptic lighting patterns and SIM cards to update your drone.
To accommodate future technologies and expansion options, we’ve also included an open gimbal bay, an open accessory bay and easy-to-swap motor pods with integrated speed controllers. And the platform isn’t only receptive to future 3DR technology: We’ve also established the “Made for Solo” incubator program, which leverages our platform and encourages the creation and incorporation of new Solo accessories from businesses and partners around the world. After all, one of the most exciting things about the Solo platform is that we’re still not sure where this technology will lead, but we do know the direction: above and beyond the expected. Check out our Made For Solo products >
Solo isn’t a standalone product. Tap Solo and you tap a network that goes far beyond our California headquarters. 3DR is just one portal to an interconnected worldwide creative team: developers, owners groups, tech support groups, tutorials, blogs, pro tips, reviews, social sharing, behind-the-scenes videos and creative briefs. Below are some excerpts from our users and 3DR team on the #fly3dr hashtag. Come join the family.
The 3DR Solo app provides a user experience never before seen in a drone. A simple and streamlined mobile interface for aerial photography.
We’ve fully integrated the Solo app into both copter and camera for a seamless shooting experience.
Change Solo’s speed and agility, set Solo’s maximum altitude and assign controller button presets.
Our 3-axis gimbal ensures solid GoPro performance. Capture smooth and fluid HD footage every flight, stabilized to within 0.1 degrees of pointing accuracy.
We worked directly with GoPro so that the Solo Gimbal would be the first in the world with in-flight access to GoPro controls. Now you can start and stop recording while you fly so you can pick and choose the shots you want. This reduces unwanted footage for a “fat-free” editing experience, and the smaller file size lets you save these short clips directly to your phone for easy storing and sharing. The Solo Gimbal even powers your GoPro so the battery won’t die midflight.
The Solo Gimbal is designed to work intelligently with the GoPro and Solo’s controller. The combination gives you fine-grain camera tilt control, including angle presets and instant speed adjustment—or just hit ‘play’ on the mobile app and let Solo’s Smart Shots fully control the gimbal for an automatic perfect shot.
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