Prior to the announcement of the 3DR Solo back at NAB this year, the 3DR IRIS+ was the enthusiast drone that went head-to-head with the DJI Phantom line of drones.
The IRIS+ has the ability to use a “Follow Me” feature when combined with a GPS-enabled Android device and the compatible Tarot-2D gimbal is a more reasonable $210 at retail.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOkTM7J_WA&w=700&showinfo=0&rel=0]
As the drone market continues to pick up, expect to see more and more advanced drones available and lower and lower prices. You can find the 3DR IRIS+ here at B&H Photo.
One of the biggest complaints that I have heard about the DJI Phantom series of quadcopters has been random flyaways that some users experienced. I have covered these issues ad-nauseam here on Photography Bay and there is a nightmarish forum thread here with dozens of first-hand reports. It is a real problem and something that can quite simply kill a passion of flying drones for many users after they helplessly watch a $1,000+ kit flyaway.
Quadcopter maker 3D Robotics has a teaser of its own for the opening day of NAB 2015. The teaser, which you can see below, features a black quadcopter with a camera mounted on a gimbal, which is rumored to be called the SOLO. [Read more…]