Effortless flight means effortless filmingless flight control; more creative control. Solo makes flying easier than its ever been with smooth and authoritative GPS satellite-guided flight, which also features auto takeoff and land, return home and the ability to instantly hit an e-brake and pause your flight midair. All these features are immediately accessible through the Solo mobile app or dedicated buttons on Solos remote controller.
Solos intelligence unlocks powerful and one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shots (patent pending). Just set up the exact shot you want in real time, then tap play on the app and Solo will execute it with a level of precision and a soft touch that even seasoned cinema pilots cant match. And with a list of Smart Shots to choose from, the perfect shot is always just a few taps away. Cable cam and Orbit allow you to create a known and safe flight path along a virtual track in space, freeing you to shift your focus to getting the shot you want; or simply hit play and let Solo fly itself while simultaneously working the camera for you, as smooth and even as an expert cameraman. Follow mode lets you go completely hands-free, while Solo keeps up with your every move. Solo also features a one-touch aerial Selfie for a dramatic and customizable establishing Smart Shot of you and your surroundings. Its all in service of Solos guiding principle: Get the shot. Every time.
Solo is the worlds first drone to wirelessly deliver HD video from your GoPro to your iOS or Android mobile device, at ranges of up to half a mile. Solos controller has HDMI output for live HD broadcastto FPV goggles, high-quality field monitors, Jumbotrons at live events, even news vansand with a staggeringly low video latency your live video is immediate and fluid for an in-the-moment feel. For instant social sharing of your aerial videos, you can even record the live video stream directly from the mobile app to your devices camera roll.
3DRs mobile development team has focused its efforts on providing a user experience never before seen with a drone. The Solo app lets you control your GoPro, choose between a live view from the camera or a satellite view of your selected shot and even change how the controller responds to commands. Solos app allows for automatic cloud-based logging of your flights, instant access to technical support, on-device recording of the live HD video stream and even support for future web-based control of Solo.
Weve made sure that even new users will be able to fly Solo with confidence. An app-based flight simulator will allow you to fly Solo virtually, before you get off the ground. And when Solo is in the air, the pause button acts as an emergency airbrake, stopping the copter in its tracks until youre ready to take control again. Additionally, you can create a virtual safety net within the app that limits how high Solo is allowed to fly.
We worked closely with GoPro, the worlds most popular action camera company, to make the first gimbal capable of fully controlling the GoPro. Solo gives you the exclusive ability to start and stop recording video while in flight, which means that when you land you have only the shots that you wanted to take; when it comes time to edit you now have fat free footage, instead of dealing with huge, cumbersome files. You can also snap photos, change FOV, FPS and exposure compensation and much morethrough Solos mobile app at long range, or dedicated buttons on the controller. The 3-axis Solo Gimbal stabilizes the camera to within 0.1 degrees of pointing accuracy and charges the GoPro so your battery doesnt die during flight. Combined with Solos controller you get fine-grain tilt control, including angle presets and instant speed adjustment; or you can just create a Smart Shot, hit play, and Solos computer will fully control the gimbal for the perfect shot. The Solo Gimbal delivers all of these advanced capabilities while providing a painless and tool-free method of installing and removing the GoPro. The Solo Gimbal is sold separately for $399.
With a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9-powered Linux computer running on both the copter and the controller, Solos intelligence unleashes nearly limitless possibility and future expandability. Because we use the onboard computers processing power to do the heavy lifting, the autopilot becomes the brainstem, exclusively focused on executing the rudiments of stable and reliable flight, while the computer serves as Solos frontal cortex and handles the higher-level processing; this task distribution dramatically reduces the likelihood of autopilot system failure during flight. Solos smart technology not only allows us to introduce many industry-first capabilities today, but also gives us the ability to unlock future technologieseverything from a next-gen Follow mode to computer vision and true artificial intelligence.
Solo only gets more advanced over time. Thanks to the foundation of the dual 1GHz computers, a simple mobile app update includes updates for Solos computer, the controllers computer, the autopilot system and even the Solo gimbalall delivered wirelessly with on-screen feedback so you can see exactly whats happening along the way. Gone are the days of using USB cables to update your drone.
With ergonomics inspired by popular video game controllers, the aerial photography-optimized Solo Controller feels natural even to new users. It simplifies flight and puts control of both the vehicle and the camera at your fingertips, with dedicated buttons on its face for Takeoff, Land, Return Home and Pause, in addition to two user-definable A/B buttons. On the controllers left shoulder is a paddle for fine grain tilt control; on the right shoulder are two buttons for presetting gimbal tilt positions and a knob to adjust the automatic tilt speed. Clicking the tilt paddle starts or stops recording on the GoPro and pressing both presets at the same time snaps a photo. The controllers computer powers a built-in HDMI port, making live broadcast to nearly any type of screen as simple as connecting an HDMI cable. The computer also allows the controller to record 500 parameters of flight data to its internal memory as you fly, 10 times a second. Finally, the controllers color display gives you contextual information about whats going on in flight, eliminating the need to interpret blinking lights on the copter to get vital flight information, supplemented with haptic feedbacka gentle vibration that alerts you about critical things like a low battery and confirms all long-press actions (takeoff, land, set a gimbal preset, etc.).
The Solo Smart Battery not only monitors Solos remaining battery charge but also helps to account for location, so that the mobile app can give you relevant warnings about when to start heading home based on Solos distance from you. The battery communicates with Solos controller, which displays not only your remaining flight time but also your present power usage, for better and more informed battery management. If youre cutting it too close, Solos controller will even begin vibrating to alert you of the need to land ASAP.
Flight time: up to 25 min without payload, or up to 20 min with GoPro and Solo Gimbal
Controller battery life of up to 4 hours; built-in rechargeable battery (8 hours with optional extended battery)
Weight: 1500 g; 1800 g with Solo Gimbal and GoPro
Autopilot: Pixhawk 2
Video latency: 180 ms
Wifi range: up to half a mile, depending on environment