April 2, 2023

3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter Review

3DR IRIS 915 Quadcopter 300x300 e1436018797746 Best Drones Review : 3DR IRIS+ (915) Quadcopter3DR IRIS+ (915): The 3DR IRIS+ is your aerial passport: All you need to get started shooting photos and video from incredible new perspectives. Powered by 3DR’s world famous autopilot, IRIS is a robot that will automatically fly itself where you tell it to go, while keeping a camera steady with 2-axis gimbal stabilization. And it?s so smart that it’s simple. Advanced 3PV Follow Me mode turns IRIS into your own hands-free flying camera crew, and tablet-based software makes flight planning exactly this easy: If you can draw it, you can fly it. The IRIS power system gets you 16 minutes of flight time fully loaded, and you?ll want to fill every second.

Product Features:

  • IRIS+ Hardware Set: Complete set of replacement hardware for IRIS.
  • Pixhawk External LED and USB: This kit includes external LED and USB modules to connect to Pixhawk. Use the provided four-position DF13 cables and connect to the I2C splitter module to set up a bright, multicolor LED and convenient USB port for your vehicle.
  • Safety switch for Pixhawk: This safety button replaces the unit included with the Pixhawk kit. The safety button provides an additional measure for helping you power your vehicle on and off safely. Required for Pixhawk.
  • Android OTG Cable: Micro-USB to Android adapter. Use with a ground station radio to view data and control a vehicle in flight. Connect the blue end to the Android device and the black end to the radio.
  • PPM Encoder: This Pixhawk-compatible PPM encoder allows you to connect your PWM-only RC equipment to Pixhawk. Smaller than our previous PPM, our encoder will enable you to reduce all your channels to a single wire, excluding ground and power wires. Includes a PPM Encoder module, 10-position input cable (7 cm), and three-position output cable (12 cm).
  • Cable pack: Complete set of 10 replacement cables for IRIS.

Product Specifications:

  • Motor to motor dimension: 550 mm
  • Height: 100 mm
  • Weight: 262 g
  • Weight (with battery): 1282 g
  • Average flight time: 10-15 minutes (no gimbal), 7-8 minutes (with gimbal), 16-22 minutes flight period (overall)
  • 425 g (.9 lb) payload capacity
  • Battery: 3-cell 11.1 V 3.5 Ah lithium polymer with XT-60 type connector. Weight: 262 grams
  • Propellers: (2) 10 x 4.7 normal-rotation, (2) 10 x 4.7 reverse-rotation
  • Motors: AC 2830, 850 kV
  • Radios available in 915mHz or 433mHz
  • Next-gen 32-bit Pixhawk autopilot system with Cortex M4 processor
  • uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer.
  • Camera: GoPro Hero 3 or 3rd party brands (not included)
  • 3d Robotics IRIS FPV Supported?: Yes (using FatShark FPV Parts, not included)
  • Payload Capacity: 425 g (.9 lb)
  • 3D Robotics IRIS Battery: 3-cell 11.1 V 3.5 Ah lithium polymer (XT-60 type connector included)
  • Charging Duration: 45-60 minutes


You can operate the IRIS+ Quadcopter from 3D Robotics to old way, using the included transmitter (radio controller), or you can take advantage of GPS navigation and autonomy to plot an autopilot course using waypoints and an Android mobile device. The IRIS+ comes with a static GoPro mount as a simple way to mount the camera, plus it’s compatible with the separately available Tarot Gimbal for aerial video applications where motorized stabilization and the ability to move the camera is required. A 5100mAh LiPo flight battery comes in the box and is estimated to provide between 16 to 22 minutes of flying time. This version features a 915 MHz radio for U.S. (Region 2) regulatory compliance.

Thanks to GPS and an ARM Cortex-powered flight computer not only is autonomous flying possible, the IRIS+ can also land itself automatically at the press of a button, or fly back to a pre-specified home point should contact with the transmitter be lost or if the battery drops below a certain threshold. It also enables GPS tracking, whereby the IRIS+ will follow a subject on the ground who is carrying a GPS-enabled Android device.

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