Disclosure: The reviewer, that’s me, has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Have you had the chance to fly a drone yet? They are so much fun! I have a small one (not the one shown here) and it is cool. Now at Best Buy you can get the new Solo (TM) by 3DR Smart Drone.
So what can you do with a drone? First, just enjoy flying it – like we used to enjoy remote control helicopters and airplane models. Once you add your GoPro camera to it though is when you are really going to be amazed. Think of the amazing scenic photos you can get around your own town or when on vacation. Need to check out something on the roof or higher story of your home? The drone makes this much safer and easier than climbing up on ladders to check things out. How about taking a video as you walk a path to share your journey hiking or along the beach.
The Smart Shot modes on the Solo has some great features to make capturing that video even easier.
Lock the Solo drone onto a virtual cable between any two points in space. This lets you then use just one stick on the controller so you can move up and down the cable and concentrate more on your camera. (see photo above)
Pick a subject and tell Solo to Orbit and it will automatically circle that subject and keep the camera pointed inward to capture an amazing 360 view!
Just tell the Solo you want a selfie and it will fly up and away while keeping the camera centered on you and capture you in your surroundings.
- Follow Me
You can go hands free and tell Solo to follow you. It will automatically keep the camera on you to capture your every move!
This drone retails for $999, a lot of money, but this one really is nice, and it is the first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux 1GHz computers. With the computer power the Solo can define its own flight which allows user to be able to focus on getting great shots.
If you are a GoPro fan you will also love that the Solo is the first to support full control of GoPro cameras and send the live HD video wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.
For more information check out the Solo by 3DR at Best Buy, follow @BestBuy and @3DRobotics on Twitter, and watch for the #SoloatBestBuy hashtag.
Get a free Solo Smart Battery (SKU: 5354101 Regular price of $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (SKU: 5351035). Offer valid June 7 – July 11, 2015 at Best Buy.
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