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3DR Solo vs. DJI Phantom 1

Posted on December 15 2015

The Phantom 1 from DJI is considered one of the brand’s more “basic” models, though it still comes with a plethora of features and a hefty price tag. The 3DR Solo from 3D Robotics is the brand’s latest innovation and meant to compete with the DJI Phantom 1 and similar drones. So how do the two stack up against one another? Is one superior to the other, or do they offer essentially the same features and benefits?

Let’s review some of each quadcopter’s features, including what seasoned drone reviewers have to say:

Gimbal

The gimbal, or in the Phantom’s case the drone GoPro camera mount, is not included with the drone. The 3DR Solo, in comparison, features a high-quality gimbal you can switch out for other models if desired. A 3-axis gimbal, it works very well.

Apps

While the Phantom 2 Vision+ and the Phantom 3 4k feature their very own apps, the Phantom 1 does not. The 3DR Solo comes with two apps, one for flight simulation so you can practice before your first flight, and a system control app. The latter app allows you to control every part of the Solo from your mobile device.

Battery Life

The 5200 mAh battery is certainly respectable as far as capacity goes, and the 3DR Solo makes efficient use of it, thanks to the computer controlled flight system. You get about 25 minutes of flight time with the Solo when it doesn’t have a camera aboard it, and approximately 20 minutes with a camera and gimbal installed. The battery in the controller is 2600 mAh, and lasts for about 4 hours. --Drone Examiner

Battery life for all of my flights was about ten minutes, which is right in keeping with DJI’s figures.--Gizmag

Both quadcopters include autopilot and high-intensity LED light system features.

 

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