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3DR Solo vs. DJI Phantom 3

Posted on November 13 2015

Can’t decide whether to spend your hard-earned money on the 3DR Solo from 3D Robotics or the Phantom 3 from DJI? Both are the latest offerings from their respective brands, and feature a variety of fabulous features. 

The DJI Phantom 3 4K is the first quadcopter with a camera equipped to shoot 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, while the 3DR Solo is the first drone to wirelessly deliver HD video from your GoPro camera to your mobile device at distances “up to half a mile away.”

Is one better than the other, or do the features cancel each other out? Let’s see what top drone reviewers have to say, specifically about the controller and overall system:

System

At first glance you’d think the Phantom 3 is just the Phantom 2 Vision+. Look underneath it, though, and you’ll see a trio of new sensors on the tail, which let the drone see the ground. This means that the drone should remain stable, even if it doesn’t have GPS lock. Like if you’re flying it indoors. --Gizmodo

The 3DR Solo comes with dual Linux computers: One in the controller, and one in the 3DR Solo drone itself. The benefit of dual CPU’s, instead of just one, is that all commands and functions are processed extremely fast, and there’s never any “bog down” or lag.--Drone Examiner

Controller 

The [Phantom 3’s] new controller requires a cable to connect to your phone or tablet for FPV viewing. Technologically, this may seem like a step back from the Phantom 2 which connected via WiFi, but the image display quality (720p) and delay on your phone/tablet is so much better (to say nothing about how many steps a physical connection takes out of setting up a wireless connection) than the previous method, you will wonder why DJI ever bothered with WiFi in the first place. The front of the controller features a collapsible mount for your phone/tablet, LED lights that indicate battery life, and two big buttons.--DroneLife

Solo’s controller has an HDMI output for live HD broadcast—to FPV goggles, high-quality field monitors, Jumbotrons at live sports events, even news vans—and 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 device’s camera roll.--Quadcopter HQ

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