Flying a drone for aerial photography and videography takes a lot of skill, even with the most consumer-friendly quad copters. Despite seemingly simple controls, lining up that ideal shot and making it look professional takes a lot of know-how and experience. 3DR is changing all that with the Solo Smart Drone. CINEMATIC INTELLIGENCE Traditionally, capturing multi-axis sweeping shots takes two: a pilot and a camera controller. Onboard the 3DR Solo are dual 1GHz Linux companion computers that provide the smarts needed to allow beginners and pros alike to take those complex breathtaking shots at the push of a button. The 3DR Solo is also designed to be open source, so expect more upgrades and peripherals from third parties in the future.
MARCH 2016 SMART SHOTS Going beyond making drones easy to fly, the 3DR Solo makes capturing beautiful shots, the kind that could only be achieved with a two-man aerial film crew, simple with its powerful and one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shots. Cable Cam creates a virtual cable for the perfect smooth shot; Orbit makes the drone circle an object while the user can still adjust its relative position; Follow makes the drone follow the smart device it is tethered to, effectively making it operate hands-free; and Selfie puts you in the center of an aerial reveal shot. CLEVER REMOTE The remote for the 3DR Solo controller has its own 1GHz computer, the first of its kind in the world. It also has built-in storage to keep your adjustments and save camera positions, as well as the intelligence to change sweep speed, record video, and snap photos with the push of a button. It also has a built-in LCD display to show the drone’s vital readings, effectively freeing the smart device’s display of clutter. ASTUTE DESIGN The 3DR Solo is a consumer quad copter with a stealthy design. It is portable, weighing a little under 1.5kg. It is also built and tuned to be use with the GoPro action camera. For the experienced drone pilot, this means that there is no longer a need to do that calibration dance.