The Solo vs Phantom 3

Solo and Phantom 3 Compared

Solo vs. Phantom 3

So far, Phantom 3 and Solo are the latest advance drones. For the most part, DJI and 3DRobotics have been using the same core technology building drones. There is tight a competition between these two companies, the challenge is to provide the users with better flying experience and ease of control. Many buyers also expect to get a very smooth and less chubby videos. Let’s see how these companies have differentiated themselves for the market demand by introducing their new quadcopters. Before reading any further, bear in mind that Phantom 3 comes in two types, Professional and Advanced. The only difference between these two Phantoms is only in their camera specs. 

Comparison of Camera, Solo vs Phantom 3

Solo is designed to hold a GoPro, and Phantom 3 – both Professional and Advanced – is designed with a Built-in camera. 

The GoPro 4 Sliver shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and the GoPro Black gets 4k video at up to 30 frames per second.

The camera for DJI Phantom 3 professional has the ability to shoot 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, similar to GoPro 4 Silver.

The camera used for DJI’s Phantom Advanced gets 4k video at up to 30 frames per second, similar to GoPro 4 Black.

All the cameras mentioned above have also the same ability to take 12 mega pixels stills.

Mobile App

3DRobotics have developed exclusive shot modes in their mobile app giving the users a few interesting options. One of options is called Orbit. It allows the user to lock the camera on one point and let the drone fly around that point while shooting video. The app also includes Follow and Selfie mode, focusing the camera on the user or an object while getting amazing footage.

DJI mobile app includes the function called Point of Interest, which has the same function as Orbit’s. DJI app also includes the interesting automatic video editor that helps modify the footage for the best output.

Both drones have helpful Information shown on their app interface including battery and Wi-Fi signal, distance from home, altitude and more.

Flight Log

DJI added new feature in their app that is called Flight Log, where the user can review all of the past flights, with the time, duration, and a preview of the photos and videos they took.

Live Streaming

Live streaming or FPV, is another feature that users can in both Solo and Phantom 3. 3DRobotics have designed the app to let users receive the live data from GoPro, whereas DJI uses its own Built-in Camera equipped to Wi-Fi device for FPV,  plus the ability to livestream the flights to YouTube  

Auto-Flight

Both Solo and Phantom 3 can be set to fly automatically from one point to another, while the user can focus on camera and professional shots. Solo can also remember the user framing at each end of the cable then smoothly shift the camera between the two points easing into and out of the moves.

Flight Simulator

Both 3Drobotics and DJI have flight trainer and simulator built into their apps giving users the lifelike experience of flying and pre-flight preparation.

As you may have already noticed that both companies are improving on three major facts;

Quality of footage, ease of control and a comprehensive user manual which includes a development of flight simulator.They are perfectly shaping their products according to the users’ expectations. Moreover, 3DRobotics gives the opportunity to the user to order for customized drone according to their need. DJI have Also provided an SDK (Software Development Kit) so that users can develop their own app for their drone.

Please note that, these two drones have a few more features which were not used for comparison here in this post. For full review of DJI Phantom 3 click here

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