I purchased mine in April, I just heard they not shipping til mid August now, for the 4th delay ive been told, Im so diaapointed with the release so far , pretty worthless without it, they rushed this one , hope it at least works not happy about the solo software no mission planning , not the best experience so far, would like to know how gimbal is performing if anyone has one.
YahHoo....the wait I'm sure will be worth it!
I am surely allowed to comment on it more than 3DR employees can.
Also, being a marketing person I am very familiar with how goalposts are moved from "delivery to you" to "starting production" (of what?).
If you don't have a shoot scheduled and have patience it's all good. But if you do....you better be an insider or first in line (or very lucky).
You asked....we answered. Believe what you want. Proof is always and only in the pudding, which has been getting sour as self-imposed goals are passed.
Isn't this about a delay of the gimbal from the end of July to the middle of August? i.e. 2 weeks?
I have been watching since before the release of Solo. Did I miss some announcements?
You must have since the gimbal was originally supposed to ship with the Solo - then the Solo was delayed and folks assumed the gimbal with it (late June) - then it was supposed to be delivered (to you) by End July which included a buffer (according to 3DR) so they wouldn't miss it.
Now it's "entering production".
If you are happy that's great. But a lot of buyers paid and are waiting and missing their summer shooting season.
"Solo will be available in over 2,000 retail locations worldwide starting in May in the U.S."
(still on their web site and it meant available RTF - with gimbal).
You may want to read some of that forum you hang out on...you can see it clearly there - guys being told of a slight delay (not even gimbal specific) in May:
Thats just it... You "assumed" many things... And you know what happens when you "assume".
Since long before the release, and ever since the announcement at NAB in April.... 3DR made it clear the gimbal was not going to ship with the first Solos.
I PRE ordered the Solo May 1st, and 3DR made it exceedingly clear the gimbal was not coming with it. They even gave a free battery as a "thank you" for the wait.
This is common knowledge, and "bending" history does no good...
Soo... lets test this.... Did you order your Solo knowing the gimbal was not coming with it? Of COURSE you did (asssuming you ordered one) because that is the ONLY way TO order it... Anybody not knowing the gimbal was delayed when they ordered, wasn't paying attention
PS: If you list anonymous posts from the Internet blogoshpere as "evidence" then clearly bigfoot is among us, I can be 20 again by taking a few pills, and I have a rich uncle in Nigeria.
I'm sure its very frustrating for those who were HOPING that they'd have the Solo with gimbal by now...especially if they've planned some work around it.
However, I can't imaging those frustrations can be too substantiated.
Being the tech sector myself I get excited when I go to shows and see new product. But I don't even tell my customers about them until they are proven to be shipping.
I think if we look at this soberly we could all agree that we can give 3DR a break because:
1. This is par for the course with ANY technology product
2. They are doing better than many others who rush things to market knowing there's a problem still to fix
3. They are keeping us informed as to the progress which I've NEVER experienced before from other manufacturers of tech
4. They're not THAT far off from their planned release date
Those who ordered and planned vacations or paid gigs are definitely not thinking right. They were wrong for trusting 3DR in this case.
They are/were optimists. However, even the less optimistic assumed they would be in business by about July 4.
Most of the delay announcements actually came after the dates when the gimbal was supposed to ship or be available.
Some of the timeline is in posts at this (very pro-Solo) site:
As you see, 3DR had not put anything out even in the middle of May. They allowed the rumor mill to guess at it first - and then they offered a free battery to make up for the "short" delay - many of those batteries have not been delivered yet.
I can't blame 3DR. They wanted a piece of the market and the only way to get it was to release the Solo early. At the same time, I don't buy the "have to get it right" scenario because - after all - they didn't do that with the quad itself. They didn't do even basic testing of the machine...to quote one insider:
"These are not hard things to discover and fix. If 3DR had done an actual customer Beta test as 3DR management assured investors was already done vs letting engineers test their own designs"
No one can save customers from themselves. But factually companies can deliver product on a reasonable timeline with a reasonable degree of reliability. That's where I think 3DR failed - their want of the $$$ (they wanted pilots not to buy competitor models announced at CES and NAB) overshadowed their quality control and care of what they put into the marketplace.
Agreed... It is difficult to blame 3DR for a plethora of people making assumptions. It is a bit funny to see people blame them for those assumptions being incorrect, and even funnier when people think they are responsible for stopping people (everywhere) from making assumptions.
I'm guessing the latter part of your post was aimed at me.
I'm just chiming in with useless opinion. So not sure why the animosity.
I brand spanken' new to this wonderful drone world and still getting a handle on the type of people in it and on these forums. So forgive me if my useless opinions step on toes. That's not the intent.
When I go to an industry show for my work (home theater / security) and hear "released next quarter, next month, etc." I usually double the time and then wait and see.
So to plan a vacation or paid gig around vaporware is confusing to me. If I had a paid gig I'd just get a P3 until the Solo came out...just saying.
I would however like to know what you're speaking of with regards to Solo's release without doing basic testing and quality control. I have only flown my a couple of times but the quality seems to be there. IMHO
Some of these dudes are wound up since they never got their gimbals yet - and, as predicted, it's unlikely any regular consumers will get them before Labor Day.
That was the topic of the thread.
Realistically, 3DR strung their customer along. Sure - no one should have scheduled shoots with this thing....I would have counseled that many months ago! But they did release the bird in theory at end of May - and they haven't been straight about the gimbal. Most delays haven't been announced by 3DR until well after the rumor mill and original promised dates had already passed.
I think some will be flown in September. The real key, though, is when stock of the gimbal will be sitting on the shelf at stores to be purchased by new buyers. So far it seems like we are rubbing up against the Holiday Season for that to happen....so I hope it's long out and proven before all those buyers line up!