Shooting aerial footage from a drone is tricky. Pilots have to worry about throttle, pitch, yaw, and roll of the drone. When filming, they also need to consider camera focus and gimbal axis. The 3DR Solo Drone automates those chores, leaving you free to take killer shots of any scene.
With more than a dozen presets, the drone can fly in a circle, glide between two points, follow a person on the ground, and loop away from you for a selfie—all from its app and all with the push of a button. It is also the first drone to stream HD video from a GoPro camera, letting you monitor the live feed from any smartphone or tablet.
This article was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title “A Drone That Flies and Films For You.”