Both Yuneec Q500 4K and 3DR Solo are make flying easier for beginners.For beginners,they are the right choice because they are cheap now and won’t hurt your pocket and they are sturdier.
They are not better than DJI drones but they are affordable for people with low budgets. So which one will you choose?
Yuneec Q500 4K
While, in my opinion, the Yuneec Q500 4K quadcopter is a little behind the Phantom 3 Professional in terms of overall quality, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it.
In fact, Yuneec’s Q500 4K has quite a few things going for it that may sway you to choosing it over the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.
For starters, the Q500 4K has two unique features called Follow Me and Watch Me. The Follow Me feature, when activated, will force the drone to follow you (or rather the controller) and the Watch Me will force the drone to keep you (the controller) in the camera’s focus.
The camera and gimbal on the Q500 4K are also detachable and the drone comes with a handheld device so that you can use the included camera on the ground as well as in the air.
And, perhaps the most important difference between the Yuneec Q500 4K and the DJI Phantom 3 Professional (and all of the DJI Phantom 3s for that matter) is the support department for both companies.
Yuneec on the other hand has received praise for their superior support department. Since these two drones are expensive pieces of equipment, having a support team behind you to protect your investment is definitely a big feature. And, while I’m positive DJI will improve their customer support (at least, if they want to survive they will), right now Yuneec clearly leads in that department.
Ultimately, though, I feel that if we just look at the quality of the drone, the Phantom 3 Professional is the better option. But with all of the unique features and the better support department, the Yuneec Q500 4K is definitely worth considering.
3DR Solo Overview
As the 3DR are no longer making Solo drone,now it comes in at a price of about $349,that price doesn’t include the camera gimbal or the camera itself.
3DR has partnered with GoPro and as such their drone and gimbal are designed to work with GoPro cameras. This is great for anyone who already owns a GoPro HERO3, 3+, or 4 (the GoPros that are compatible with the Solo) as it eliminates the additional cost of adding a camera.However, you will still need to purchase the Solo Gimbal.
On the other hand, the Solo has some unique features and qualities to it that make it stand out. As previously mentioned, if you already own a compatible GoPro, then that is one cost you can eliminate from the equation.
As the 3DR has taken off the consumer drone market,it has some concerns with on-going support. However,the current price of the Solo makes it a phenomenal first quad, and a very viable drone even for folks that are experienced.
Whether that’s enough to sway you to buy it over the Yuneec Q500 4K will come down to your own personal preferences.