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​3DR Solo Review​

Last Updated: February 3, 2024
​3DR Solo Review​

3DR Solo Review: 3DR's Solo makes capturing awesome cinematic shots easier than ever, with this easy to fly and use quadcopter.

Compared to other quadcopters available, the 3DR Solo boasts a distinctive military-inspired appearance. Featuring self-tightening props, you can easily unscrew and carry them with you on the go. The Solo's controller stands out as one of the best, enabling the attachment of larger screens such as the iPad, enhancing the ease of capturing camera shots and overall control.

3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)
  • Solo’s video game-style controller...
  • In case you missed it in the...
  • Full-featured app for iOS and Android...

If you are working with a GoPro camera on a gimbal, flight time on the Solo should be around 20 minutes after a 90-minute charge. GoPro partnered with 3DR on this project, which means the GoPro camera has full compatibility when working with the Solo drone, in fact the 3DR Solo won our award for the best GoPro drone. You ​can even remotely control the camera’s settings remotely. The controller’s battery should last four hours of use and functions at a range of up to 0.5 miles under optimal conditions.

Battery Life

​The Solo uses a large, heavy 5,200mAh Lithium Polymer battery that latches into the top of the drone. We timed an acceptable 22 minutes of flying time in our tests, which is fairly average for this type of drone, and is comparable to the DJI Phantom 3. The DJI Phantom 4 claims it will get 28 minutes, but we'll have to wait to test that to confirm.

3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)


​The 3DR Solo cannot take photos and video without an added device. Instead, it works with a GoPro camera, which connects to a control cable and an HDMI cable that feeds the video back to the drone and the controlling app. This allows the Solo to control the GoPro 4 and change settings. The older GoPro Hero 3 doesn't get the same level of control, but the drone can still stop and start video recording on the drones camera.


​Minimal is the word that springs to mind when you see the Solo. It’s an angular lump of matte black plastic that would look perfect hovering over the lifeless body of John Connor on the set of a Terminator movie. A large 5,200mAh battery attaches on top of that sleek body, right next to the power button.

3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)


​The Solo is a simple drone to fly, with automated takeoff and landing. To take off, you let the drone sit for a minute after you turn it on (to acquire a GPS signal), then press the fly button. This starts the motors. Press the fly button again, and the Solo will take off and hover about 4 feet off the ground. The controller sticks are very responsive to subtle movements and small changes.


​The controller that comes with the Solo is a similarly styled hunk of black matte plastic, with a glossy plastic top. It is replete with eight buttons and dials, as well as the two control sticks and a small OLED display in the middle. This display doesn't show the live video from the drone. Instead, it shows the status of the drone, indicating things like the battery life, the number of GPS satellites it can see and flight mode.

3DR Solo Quadcopter (No Gimbal)
  • Solo’s video game-style controller...
  • In case you missed it in the...
  • Full-featured app for iOS and Android...


Does the 3DR have its own camera?

Yes it does but it is primarily for GoPro cameras.

Does the 3DR include a gimbal for GoPro?

Yes, the 3DR already includes a gimbal for any GoPro camera?

What is the best GoPro camera for the 3DR?

The best one is 4 or 5 but you can also use the GoPro 3.

Is it okay to use the 3DR without the GoPro?

Sure you can, but don't expect it to be cheaper if you are just going for its camera and headless mode, pick another drone instead.

Is it easy to use?

Yes, the 3DR is a very simple camera drone to control. Great for beginners.

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