|3DR Solo||DJI Phantom 3 Advanced|
|Add Your Own Camera||2.7K UHD|
|Add Your Own Camera||12 Megapixel|
|~20 Minutes||~23 Minutes|
|~3.1 Mils||~3.1 Miles|
|~2.8lbs without Camera||~2.8lbs|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
3DR Solo OverviewWhile the 3DR Solo comes in at a price of about $1,000, that price doesn’t include the camera gimbal or the camera itself.
3DR has partnered with GoPro and as such their drone and gimbal are designed to work with GoPro cameras. This is great news for anyone who already owns a GoPro HERO3, 3+, or 4 (the GoPros that are compatible with the Solo) as it eliminates the additional cost of adding a camera.
However, you will still need to purchase the Solo Gimbal, which comes in at an additional $400.
So, all-in-all, if you don’t own one of the compatible GoPros, the total cost to get the 3DR Solo to a similar place as the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, you’re looking at spending close to $2,000… which is quite a bit more expensive that the Phantom 3 Professional price tag.
On the other hand, the Solo has some unique features and qualities to it that make it stand out. As previously mentioned, if you already own a compatible GoPro, then that is one cost you can eliminate from the equation.
Also, with the option to swap out cameras, the Solo will allow you to upgrade your gimbal and camera in the future to keep up with modern technology. The Solo also comes with an “accessory” bay which no doubt will be come extremely important when third party companies (and 3DR) start offering helpful accessories for your drone (i.e. parachutes, LED lights, optical flow, etc.). And, perhaps most importantly, the Solo’s motor pods can also be swapped out and upgraded in the future to ensure that it’s hardware can keep up with modern drone technology.
So, while the Solo isn’t as complete of a package as the DJI Phantom 3, it’s ability to upgrade definitely gives it a unique edge. Whether that’s enough to sway you to buy it over the Phantom 3 will come down to your own personal preferences.
DJI Phantom 3 AdvancedThe DJI Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 3 Advanced are identical drones. They use the same controller, have the same design, utilize the same 3-axis gimbal, and sport the same flight features. The only difference is in the camera.
The Professional version can shoot 4K video, whereas the Advanced can only shoot 2.7K video. But ultimately, 90% of users probably won’t be able to utilize 4K UHD video anyways (let alone 2.7K), so why not save a couple hundred bucks and go with the Advanced version?
In my opinion, the Advanced is the better bang for your buck for most prospective buyers. It’s ready to fly out of the box, it can stream live video at 720p (same as the Professional), it has the same 12MP camera for stills as the Professional, and it can fly the same distance for the same amount of time as the Professional.
The only other real difference between the two is that the Professional version comes with a better charger. But if you purchase some additional batteries that should cover you.
In the end, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is perhaps the best price-to-performance quadcopter currently on the market. It’s easy to fly, ready to fly right out of the box, has the ability to shoot excellent video footage and take awesome stills, and it has a class-leading flight time and flight range.