Today, we’re pitting the 3DR Solo and Phantom 3 Advanced against each other to see their unique features and specs.
The DJI Phantom 3 comes with an all-new 4K camera that can stream HD video to the controller from a mile away. It comes with an array of sensors and is generally an extremely reliable piece of video equipment. When it comes to the aerial photography drones, this one surely soars to the top of the lists.
Not to be outdone, the 3DR Solo comes with its own set of features that can go toe-to-toe with the Phantom 3. The bird packs two 1GHz open source processors, HD video streaming capabilities, pre-programmed flight paths, full GoPro integration, and a whole lot more.
Based on numerous drone reviews, one thing we can claim with certainty is that both units make good on their promise of providing a great flying experience for pilots of all skill levels.
Both 3DR and DJI know that the ability of a drone to capture spectacular aerial videos and photos pushed drones to new heights in terms of popularity. The two companies have expended great efforts to ensure users get a seamless, intuitive, easy, and most of all, fun aerial photography experience.
Both birds carry 4K-capable cameras, but the Phantom may edge out Solo when it comes to the little details. The Phantom 3’s image sensor is the same as the one in Inspire 1, while the gimbal is similar to the Phantom 2 Vision+. This allows for videos and photos captured in outstanding clarity and quality.
Right now, based on several quadcopter reviews, the video capture function of the 3DR Solo does not look as smooth as the Phantom 3, or even the Phantom 2. The technical video quality for the Solo is fine since it uses the GoPro Hero 4, but stability could be a problem as shakes and twitches can be noticed in videos. Some enthusiasts even agree the promo video for the Solo has been digitally stabilized.
A point of contrast worth noting: the Phantom 3 has a pre-installed gimbal that can only accommodate the pre-installed camera. The Solo, meanwhile, is designed to be compatible with other cameras and gimbals. Whether this will be a pro or a con will depend on the pilot.
Both drones are able to shoot 4K videos at 30fps and 12MP stills; the Phantom 3 using the included DJI camera and the Solo via the GoPro Hero 4. Live HD streaming to a mobile device is also provided for both drones via their respective apps.
There’s not much comparison we can make between the Phantom 3 and the Solo when it comes to flight capabilities until we actually get our hands on the Solo and run both birds through a series of flight tests.
Based on some drone reviews, though, there could be some questions about Solo’s stability, based on its launch video. Both come with their respective set of flight modes, which is pretty impressive for drones in this class. The two units are, indeed, ideal for pilots of any skill level.
The Phantom 3 has a flight range of about one mile, while the 3DR Solo stops at half a mile. Top speed for the Solo has yet to be set, but it can probably fly as fast as the Phantom 3 at 16 m/s, if weather conditions permit.
We’re giving this round to the DJI Phantom 3 just because it delivers on the great qualities DJI is known for, and because many quadcopter reviews agree this one performs generally better than 3DR drones.
On a feature to feature basis, the 3DR Solo drone missed the boat this round, with its shorter range, fewer camera features, and user friendliness. The Solo has great potential.