3DR Solo Vs. DJI Inspire


3DR Solo Vs. DJI Inspire

The two flying machines 3DR Solo and DJI Inspire debuted in 2015, but their reign and fame have spilled into another year. Could it be as a result of their quality or the rivalry of their producers? This review will be the judge. PCMag.com rated the DJI Inspire excellent, while it rated the 3DR Solo very good. But we will give them another fair chance by examining the two heavyweight drones. DJI Inspire was released as a total package with it 360-degreee rotating 4K Camera, the automated flight features, and a dedicated controller with the app. Its contender is not a camera drone but could function as one due to it gimbal support and blazing speed, which makes it one of the fastest among its peers. This review will be judged by the flying machine’s price, design and feature, battery strength and flight time, speed/height, and camera capabilities. 


The price of Solo might be a little bit lesser than that of its competitor regarding price. Without a GoPro, the cost of the 3DR Solo is around $1000, but with the GoPro, be ready to cough out around $1400. On the other hand, the cost of DJI Inspire is $1649 on Amazon. When it comes to price, the 3DR Solo takes the lead. 

Design and Features

DJI Inspire is a well-crafted flying machine. Its structure was built using carbon fiber materials, even though 50 Cent makes it look like a toy while flying it. The DJI Inspire is a serious piece of hardware, which is adaptable for any use. It’s going to be tough here as the 3DR Solo is also one of the best built flying machines, and the flying propellers were crafted with a glass re-enforced nylons which cannot break easily. In this regards, it’s a win-win for both contenders.

Battery Strength and Flight Time. 

When fully charged, the Solo will fly for around 15 to 18-minute, even though it was estimated to have a 25-Minute flight time. The 5,200 mAh 14.8Vdc lithium-ion battery will charge fully in 1 hr 35-Minute. DJI Inspire TB47 battery requires about an hour to charge, but can only fly for around 15-minute. There is no much difference between their flight time, but DJI Inspire wins as it charges faster and performs at the same rate with the Solo. 

Speed and Height

DJI Inspire is fast but not as fast as the 3DR Solo. Very nimble in the air but also very steady, DJI Inspire can fly as fast as 50mph, which is 10mph slower than the 3DR Solo which moves as fast as a racing machine while in the air. While Inspire can only climb as high as 500ft, 3DR Solo can get to an altitude triple of that height. We think you know which drone is the winner in this category. If you don’t know, it is 3DR Solo. 

Camera Capabilities

The 3DR Solo would have to be a great tool in the hand of cinematographers. But as explained above, the battery life will not permit it to do so. With the GoPro in place, it avails a beautiful view with its eyes. DJI Inspire has various recording options for video, but the bottom-line is that the 4K Video capability and the 12megapixel pictures it can take from any height. If cinematographers and photographers adjudge this, DJI Inspire will be their choice. 

The two flying robots perform awesomely as a top range product when tested from all possible angles, but one will surely be better than another. If we are to adjudge, there is no clear winner. This is because they both have their strengths and weaknesses as well as some similar features. 

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  • Becca Parkinson
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