In this article we will focus on Hover Camera vs 3DR Solo.
1. Size & Weight
Let’s begin with a very important factor in the two drones, their size.
This battle favors the Hover camera,its folded dimensions are indeed 135mm x 67mm x 36.8mm vs the 182 x 132 x 33mm .While the 3DR Solo ‘s rotor arms don’t fold into the body to reduce size,its dimension is 16.4×16.5×9.2 inches .
Weight wise, the Hover Camera Passport also comes out ahead with its 242g of weight (including battery), the 3DR Solo is at about 1500g.
2. Flight Speed
The 3DR Solo has an advertised speed of around 25m/s while the Hover Camera Passport can fly at up to 8m/s. Maximum speed in this case is very important if you want the drone to follow you during a bike ride or other kind of activities with fast movements. The 3DR Solo wins!
3. Flight Time
Though with a bigger 1360mAh battery compared to the 5200Ah present on the 3DR Solo, the Hover Camera Passport only get you about 10 minutes flight time (in perfect weather conditions), while the 3DR Solo is very close at 20 minutes of autonomy. The 3DR Solo will look to better.
4. GPS & Hovering
Another important feature for those who get into drones for the first time, is the presence of some sort of hovering assistance, as it may come hard to keep the drone in a determined position when there’s wind and you still aren’t fully trained.
Speaking of the 3DR Solo,its GPS takes a long time to lock on, and sometimes it can’t get a signal at all. A lack of a rock-solid GPS connection also makes it a bit erratic when left to hover in place, which could get you in trouble if you’re not careful.
On the other hand, the Hover Camera Passport doesn’t seem to feature GPS-supported hover modes.
Solo finishes ahead as better than nothing.
The Hover Camera can capture images up to 13 megapixels, and 4K video footage.However,there are drawbacks with the Hover Camera at this point of time – it has only one camera, so it can’t use additional cameras to see around and avoid obstacles.
In addition,Hover camera passport ’s camera isn’t good enough to take photos or videos you could use in a feature film, it’s good enough for the job. The camera lens is really small – about the size of an iPhone camera. And the footage it takes is about on par with what an iPhone 6S would take.
It also has a flash built in, which really helps with group or solo shots that are taken when the drone is just a few feet away from you. And the fact that Hover camera really has a flash really reiterates the fact that the drone was designed to be used for close-up photos and not true aerial shots.
As for 3DR Solo, you won’t find a camera on this drone. You’ll need to bring your own GoPro to the party, and it’s only compatible with Hero models 3, 3+ and 4. Obviously, the downside of this is that if you don’t already own a GoPro, you’ll need to drop an extra $400 or $500 before you can film anything from the air. The upside? You’re not married to the same camera forever, and can upgrade to a nicer model when better tech becomes available. And if you’ve already got a GoPro handy, you’re golden.
6. Wi-Fi & Flight range
The Hover Camera Passport’s WiFi connection will drop when it gets about 18m away from you, and it’s just not meant to fly that high. The WiFi connection did drop once or twice on me, but this was before I even asked the company what the limit was – so it was definitely occurring when I was pushing past that 60 feet boundary. But when the connection drops the drone will just hover in place so you can walk closer and reconnect the WiFi.
Hover is really meant to just fly a few feet away from you and take a photo or video of you or a group. Essentially like a flying selfie stick or personal photographer.
As for 3DR Solo,it has a max distance of about a half mile. The drone becomes difficult to see after about a quarter mile, but the live 720p HD video feed will stay intact on the controller for double that distance if you’re flying out in the open. If you don’t have line of sight, however, the feed gets choppy and cuts out much sooner. The good news is that if you ever lose contact, the drone will automatically fly back to its home position, and you’ll regain control as soon as it comes back within range.
At the current time the 3DR Solo can be found on sale for around $350.00(drone only) as it is no longer making consumer drone.
The Hover Camera Passport will, on the other hand cost $599 and the package includes the drone, protective case, case strap, easy-carry bag, two rechargeable LiPo batteries, charger, an USB 3.0 cable and 4 spare propellers.
Now, at the end of this Hover Camera vs 3DR Solo comparison, what are your thoughts? Are you going to buy any of them? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments below! Also, you might want to check some other comparisons out including the Mavic Pro vs Hover Camera and DJI Mavic Pro vs GoPro Karma!