3DR Solo Aerial Drone
|Aerial photography is becoming more popular and the market is expanding rapidly. 3DR have added to this market with a truly intelligent drone in the Solo, with its on-board computer doing a lot of the brainwork. One thing they've hit upon is simplifying the experience as a whole, when you take off you aren't launching the drone into the air straight from the ground, risking an awkward launch, the 3DR Solo when launched actually raises itself vertically allowing you to take over the reins mid-air. It's features like this that make the 3DR Solo stand-out, and why we rate this as the most exciting addition to the aerial photography scene in a long time.|
Solo - The Smart Drone
Built specifically for aerial photography, the controller allows you to shoot like a pro from day one. Easily adjust camera tilt positions and speed, instantly snap a photo or even start and stop GoPro® recording during flight (requires gimbal). All while a crystal clear HD view of the action is streamed directly to your mounted mobile device.
A virtual cable for the automatic perfect shot. Fly the drone to one area, set position to A, fly elsewhere and set the position as point B and watch as the drone operates along a virtual zip-wire, enabling you to set up some very good looking aerial panning shots.
Circle an object for an iconic “wrap-around” shot.
Put yourself in the center of a scenic aerial pull-out. Once again, use this drone's intelligent capabilities to the full by using Selfie mode, the drone knows where you are because you have the controller, it will then plot its route towards (and eventually away from) you to take a remarkable selfie.
Don’t want to fly? Go completely hands-free. Let the drone follow you whilst you are doing something film-worthy.
Solo’s video game-style controller will feel familiar the second you pick it up, even if you’ve never flown a drone. Pushbutton commands put both camera and copter at your fingertips. Take off, land or instantly pause your flight midair with a single touch. Click to start and stop recording or snap a photo, even adjust camera angle while you fly.
By working directly with GoPro, we’ve made Solo the first drone to offer complete control of your HERO3+® or HERO4® camera during flight. The new 3-axis gimbal delivers fluid HD video to your mobile device, offers in-flight recording control and access to GoPro settings—and oh yeah, it powers your GoPro, too.
The robust new Solo app (for iOS and Android) makes it easy to get the most out of Solo’s smart features. Stream live video to your mobile device and enjoy sophisticated camera and copter control, often with the push of a button.
More Information on the law on flying drones in the UK
Drones are a relatively new addition to the UK's airspace, as a hobby, and whilst there is an incredible amount of fun to be had, there are also some legal considerations to be taken into account. At Park Cameras we'd be remiss not to mention some of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) guidelines on drone flying in the UK.
In summary, these are:
- You are legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight.
- You should check the drone for damage before every flight.
- The drone must remain within your sight at all times.
- You are responsible for avoiding collisions.
- It is illegal to fly your drone over a congested area, such as streets, towns & cities, and you must stay well clear of airports and airfields.
- Your drone cannot be flown within 50m of a person, vehicle, building or structure.
- You must be aware of privacy laws when taking pictures.
- If you are to use your drone for any commercial purpose you must get permission from the CAA.
Whilst these are clear rules, they aren't as restrictive as many will have you believe, they certainly allow for a fun and considered experience. For the CAA's full guide on being drone aware, please click here.
Thank you for flying 3DS Solo!