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3DR Solo vs Phantom 3
In this 3DR Solo vs Phantom 3 article we will look at the differences between the two drones.It’s no doubt that when it comes to the high-end consumer drone, 3DR & DJI reign supreme. Both have established a powerful foothold in the mind of consumers by developing and producing some two of the most beautiful, but high tech drones on the market. DJI with their record shattering Phantom 3, and 3DR with the SOLO.
Many beginners often find themselves stuck between the two and with little knowledge of the industry they find it hard to differentiate the pros and cons of each unit. Both are great aircraft, but they have each have some key strengths and weaknesses, let’s review.
The Phantom 3 no longer being the top tier phantom, has received a price drone since the release of the Phantom 4. The Phantom 3 Pro (4k) can now be had for as little as $999.00 USD ready-to-fly. This includes the aircraft, the integrated gimbal, camera, remote control, and battery. On the other side of the fence, the 3DR SOLO is structured a little bit differently, all of the components like the gimbal and camera are offered separately. However you can pickup the complete package for about $1,149.95, which does not include the camera. To use a camera you’ll have to purchase your own GoPro 4, which will significantly increases the cost.
Both aircraft fly outstandingly well, and thanks to some software updates now feature most of the same intelligent flight features. The Phantom 3 has a maximum flight time of about 22 minutes, where as the SOLO can keep airborne for a maximum of about 24 minutes. One big advantage however is that the SOLO offers more affordable batteries so you can get more airtime out in the field without spending as much of your hard earned cash. Both aircraft fly extremely well, but I must say the Phantom 3 has a slight advantage when flying indoors or close to the ground. This is due to the optical flow sensors, which do not come standard with the SOLO.
The Phantom 3 pro utilizes an integrated 4k camera system, on a Zenmuse gimbal. It produces incredibly smooth 4k video at up to 30fps, or 1080p at 60fps. The camera also comes included in the $999.00 price tag, which is a fantastic bonus. The 3DR SOLO however, does not come with a camera, and you’ll have to buy your own GoPro, which can be costly. You will then have to deal with fish-eye distortion, and 4k video that only captures up to 15fps.
This is the department in which the SOLO really shines. If you’re a big fan of extras, add-ons, and the ability to tweak things yourself, the SOLO promises endless potential. Unfortunately the Phantom 3 has little options in terms of expandability, and is limited to software additions only. The SOLO however will allow you to add a variety of sensors/payloads and even custom lighting systems. On top of that, it utilizes an open sourced flight controller, which will allow you to write your own code and customize the overall function and capability of the SOLO.
Overall the result is clear; the best drone will depend on what you’re looking to get out your aircraft. If you’re looking for stunning intuitive aerial video and photography, at the best possible price the Phantom 3 is for you. If you’re a tech savvy enthusiast looking to customize your system for specific operational needs, and have and infinite amount of expandability options, the SOLO should be your choice. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this review, and it’s helped to narrow down your selection. Happy Flying!
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