The 3DR Solo differs from every other drone on the list because it isn’t feature-heavy. It’s a companion piece designed to complement an entirely different product. The 3DR matches the needs of the GoPro HERO with essential features like fight stability, GPS, and autonomous flying enabled by the twin computer flight control system.
If you want to attach a GoPro, then you’ll need to buy another piece, the Solo Gimbal, which works with either the HERO3+ or the HERO4 camera.
Because the drone is light on features, it is incredibly robust. 3DR makes products for construction sites and surveying, so you know it’s not a toy. It offers comparable but slightly better specs to the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, which comes at a far different price range.
The attractive minimalist design also allows it to be fast and easy to fly. Even though the design is sleek, it is a huge drone. It runs 19 inches across, and it weighs 3.35 pounds when you operate it with the gimbal and camera. You’ll need to register it with the FAA because it exceeds the minimum weight by 0.5 pounds.
What’s the battery life like? You get 20-22 minutes of flight time on a single charge from a 14.7v 5200-mAh battery. Not bad for a heavy-duty work drone.
Note: You can no longer buy the 3DR Solo consumer product directly from 3DR. It now only sells the worksite and commercial models. However, these are still available from retailers, and the warranty still stands on new products.