3D Robotics' drone also features a gimbal that allows for in-flight control of a GoPro
3DR’s Solo quad-copter is set to be available in Australia from early August for a price of $1799. It’s a drone that’s suitable for carrying a GoPro Hero 3 or Hero 4, and it’s touted as having the ability to stream HD content wirelessly to an iOS or Android device. Not only that, the drone is meant to handle the flying mostly on its own for selected 'Smart Shots', allowing the user to focus primarily on controlling the footage.
Some of the most intriguing 'Smart Shot' features of this drone include ‘Follow’ in which the drone can be used hands-free to follow a subject; there is a ‘Cable Cam’ that allows the drone to follow a virtual cable between two spots, 'Selfie' mode, which can take in the user's surroundings for more dramatic shots, and also an ‘Orbit’ mode, in which the drone can do a ‘wrap-around’ shot of an object.
It’s battery gives 20min of flying time, maximum altitude is 120m, range for streaming is 800m, the top speed is 89km/h and the camera movement is tilt only. The gimbal offers direct, in-flight access to a GoPro camera's controls.
An example of Follow mode.
An example of Orbit mode.
An example of Selfie mode.
The drone's features.
The remote control layout.
Here's the drone at the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers exhibition that was held in Sydney recently.
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