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Solo, the world’s first Smart Drone, also has the ability to follow and film your every move. It’s not the only drone out there that can do this — 3DR launched the world’s first follow drone software in June of last year, which worked with 3DR’s IRIS and IRIS+ personal drones that preceded Solo. Follow (sometimes called “Follow Me”) has since become such a high-demand feature that several companies have developed their own versions; some drones are even built now to function exclusively as follow drones.

A Step Ahead of Other Follow Drones

Those drones, however, are are still following 3DR. Solo’s Follow mode — one of its four computer-assisted Smart Shots — is a step ahead. Smart enough to work dynamically with the subject you’re filming, Solo’s Follow doesn’t simply keep the camera on you so you stay in the center of the action; you can interact with Follow in real time on the Solo app, changing its parameters for truly dynamic shots that you can’t replicate with any other system. 3DR’s Follow is like giving your GoPro a superpower.

Here’s what we mean — and watch the video below for Follow in action, from setup to execution.

Go completely hands-free. Whether you’re taking the road less traveled with your friends, cruising your boat around the lake or just out exploring the world, Solo will automatically keep up with the action from the air — at air speeds up to 55 mph. By taking the camera operation out of the equation, Solo frees you to focus on doing what you love. Now your aerials can track with cars and other vehicles without incurring the expense or risk of a manned helicopter.

But this follow drone is also a truly dynamic storytelling tool. Solo’s exclusive onboard computer intelligence gives you the added flexibility of changing angles, distances and altitudes while in flight — even have Solo orbit you for a wraparound shot as you move; all possible because Solo can control camera position. Right in the Solo app you can change the length of Solo’s virtual “leash” and even its position in space. The app even lets you combine Follow with an orbit, so with just a couple of taps Solo will circle your subject at a distance you select, even as your subject moves.

Taken all together, this means that with Follow you’re not just the director behind the camera; you can also be an actor and participate in the adventure that you’re filming. And as a director, you can now do a whole lot more with a truly dynamic Follow. Plus, Solo can really haul, keeping up with the action even at highway speeds.

It’s this easy: Launch Solo and choose Follow. Now Solo is locked onto the GPS signal from your mobile device — which must remain with your controller — and you’re ready to film all the action. The GPS signal refreshes 30 times every second, and it changes based on velocity as well — this ensures that when Solo is in Follow it will always be keyed on your position. And unlike any other drone system out there, Solo also controls camera position and tilt (through the Solo Gimbal), so all of your follow drone shots are sweeping and smooth. And since all of the flight and camera control are fully automated, you’re completely hands-free to focus on the activities you love as Solo captures it all. Check it out below!