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3DR Solo @ Best Buy includes additional battery, gimble, 2 props & Shutterfly $20 credit $399.99 + tax

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Last Edited by jersharocks September 23, 2016 at 09:05 AM
I know 3DR is having some trouble at the moment, but man, for a quad of this quality and price I'm willing to take the risk, especially for all the extras. I actually bought it last week while it was on sale for $499.99, but I'll be going in to get credit back (hopefully). I already had a GoPro so this would be a minimal investment for me to get into the hobby.

The Solo itself comes with everything you need to get started, but you will also get a spare battery ($100), an additional pair of props ($15) and a gimble ($200). There's a Shutterfly thing too. Stick Out Tongue I went back and picked up a backpack which is on sale for $100.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/3dr-s...Id=5351035

Click underneath the price that says Included Free: 4 items to show the extras.

I've flown it only a couple of times so far and it's been great in the air. Easy to fly compared to the toys I had been learning to fly with since it will hold altitude on its own. The only issue I've run into is the long time it takes to pick up a GPS signal before flight. I found a vid on a quick mod that can be done and the comments seem to indicate that it works so I'm going to try it myself:

https://youtu.be/vdfnssPs3Gw
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This is great if you know what you are doing and already have a gopro. Expect your warranty to be void when 3DR declares bankruptcy. The reason I stay away is the gimbal apprarently has big problems. Saving 100 on the Yuneec which also comes with the handheld unit doesn't seem like much of a bargain to trade for a shoddy gimbal.
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tempting as this would he my first big boy quad, coming from an x5s, is there any reason I should run away from this deal? From the reviews and what I can find online it's mostly user error or impatience of users that have the down falls ie, GPS hook up times. thanks for any input
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Quote from jcknows0 View Post :
This is great if you know what you are doing and already have a gopro. Expect your warranty to be void when 3DR declares bankruptcy. The reason I stay away is the gimbal apprarently has big problems. Saving 100 on the Yuneec which also comes with the handheld unit doesn't seem like much of a bargain to trade for a shoddy gimbal.
From what I understand they are just leaving the consumer market, not going out of business. In the end it's still the same result, no support. I only have limited flight time, but so far I hadn't had any gimbal issues. It was easy to install and it even keeps the GoPro charged while hooked up, something that the stock mount doesn't do.


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tempting as this would he my first big boy quad, coming from an x5s, is there any reason I should run away from this deal? From the reviews and what I can find online it's mostly user error or impatience of users that have the down falls ie, GPS hook up times. thanks for any input
I was in the same quandary as you. I originally had either the Phantom 3 Pro or a Yuneec Typhoon on my radar. The 3DR wasn't even on my list due to all the extra things you had to buy to make it equivalent to the DJI or Yuneec, but this bundle made it worth while for me. After doing a ton of research and watching reviews I decided at $500 I'd take a gamble. At $400 I feel it's a no brainer. As a product it is well worth that price. I'm sure there will be some DJI fans who won't care for anything else, but this is a fully featured quad that is very capable.
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I'm taking a gamble and hoping return policy pans out pending any issues
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tempting as this would he my first big boy quad, coming from an x5s, is there any reason I should run away from this deal? From the reviews and what I can find online it's mostly user error or impatience of users that have the down falls ie, GPS hook up times. thanks for any input
Lots of reasons to run away from this deal.

You can buy a brand new Phantom 3 Standard for about $460. - so let's say it's about the same price.

The P has a better camera for aerial photography.
The P has a GPS and other sensors that actually work.
The P has a company making it that will likely stay in business.
The P has an SDK which allows other apps (litchi, etc.) to work on it.

The Solo is a dog.
If you enjoy messing with stuff and then having to complain all over the internet when 3DR closes up or fails to stand behind it, buy one.

But remember - if your Solo sinks in the lake, it takes your $400 GoPro with it also.

Don't buy if you actually want to fly and take pics. Buy only if you like fiddling around and trying to solve problems (most of which you can't solve).

In short, your "deal" will likely end up costing you more in time and money than getting a real working consumer drone.
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I got one of these a couple weeks back for $499, I'm going to hit up BB for the price protection.

The fit and finish on this is nice. I was a bit disappointed that mine came with Rev 1 GPS, but it seems to get a lock quickly enough.

Dronekit API is very nice, and it's very easy to write some scripts that will automate your drone flight. I created a Raspberry Pi based custom ground station with a few lines of python code.

I think this is a lot of good technology for a really low price. I'm happy with my purchase.



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Don't do it. I bought one back when it first released. Absolutely a piece of shit. It malfunctioned, hit the height limit and triggered return to home while I was in control. It flew straight down into a tree, 3DR horrible support blamed the pilot. Good thing Best Buy took it back and I bought a dji.
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Lots of reasons to run away from this deal.

You can buy a brand new Phantom 3 Standard for about $460. - so let's say it's about the same price.

The P has a better camera for aerial photography.
The P has a GPS and other sensors that actually work.
The P has a company making it that will likely stay in business.
The P has an SDK which allows other apps (litchi, etc.) to work on it.

The Solo is a dog.
If you enjoy messing with stuff and then having to complain all over the internet when 3DR closes up or fails to stand behind it, buy one.

But remember - if your Solo sinks in the lake, it takes your $400 GoPro with it also.

Don't buy if you actually want to fly and take pics. Buy only if you like fiddling around and trying to solve problems (most of which you can't solve).

In short, your "deal" will likely end up costing you more in time and money than getting a real working consumer drone.
I completely agree with what you say, first timers especially should stay away from these....DJI is better in every way possible...just my 2 cents.
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Quote from CraigI View Post :
Lots of reasons to run away from this deal.

You can buy a brand new Phantom 3 Standard for about $460. - so let's say it's about the same price.

The P has a better camera for aerial photography.
The P has a GPS and other sensors that actually work.
The P has a company making it that will likely stay in business.
The P has an SDK which allows other apps (litchi, etc.) to work on it.

The Solo is a dog.
If you enjoy messing with stuff and then having to complain all over the internet when 3DR closes up or fails to stand behind it, buy one.

But remember - if your Solo sinks in the lake, it takes your $400 GoPro with it also.

Don't buy if you actually want to fly and take pics. Buy only if you like fiddling around and trying to solve problems (most of which you can't solve).

In short, your "deal" will likely end up costing you more in time and money than getting a real working consumer drone.
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thanks for the help and after doing more research on it, I'm going to pass on this...
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This company is GG. Don't waste money. May be if they sell it for 200 bucks firesale it'll be worth dropping the money to screw around with it.
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Quote from jcknows0 View Post :
This is great if you know what you are doing and already have a gopro. Expect your warranty to be void when 3DR declares bankruptcy. The reason I stay away is the gimbal apprarently has big problems. Saving 100 on the Yuneec which also comes with the handheld unit doesn't seem like much of a bargain to trade for a shoddy gimbal.
Actually, most bankruptcies will preserve the warranty.
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what is a good drone for beginner with good camera or go pro can be mounted for about $300?
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I just got back from getting my $100 credit, no problem. It's only been a week so I didn't expect there to be. I was tempted to pick another one up just for parts/battery/spares.

I hear a lot of discussion about the company going out of business, but I was under the impression that they were just leaving the consumer market. Now, that still may end up with the same result of no support, who knows?

I figure the worst case I can have a little fun with the unit then sell at a relatively minimal loss. Hell, the thing has got to be worth something as parts for someone who is looking to fix theirs, right? The sheer value for money is why I picked one up. I would love to have picked up a DJI or Yuneec, but their price point isn't to where I am quite ready to spend that much for a hobby I just got into. This is perfect for me, but it may not be for everyone.
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I don't have gopro. I won't buy this drone. but for those who have gopro, it should compete with Karma well.
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