It is very easy to get caught up in the wave of options available for quadcopters or drones from JHML around the $300 – $600 mark, such as the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter, that you can lose sight of other brands which have their own plus points. One company is Parrot, and in particular the release of their eagerly anticipated upgrade to the Parrot Bebop, the Parrot Bebop 2. Now this we like, a lot! In particular, we are impressed with the over 25-minute flight time combined with a top speed approaching 40mph. Now that to us is a great combination, but there’s more.
The built in camera is a beauty, delivering HD 1080p imagery from a 14-megapixel camera and an on-board memory capable of storing up to 50 minutes of film on an 8gb flash storage system. Add a 180o fisheye lens and the picture is complete, so to speak!
We like the fact you can fly this drone from any handheld device such as a tablet or smartphone, though for maximum fun and despite its price tag of around the $400 mark, we do recommend the ‘Sky Controller’ if you are more of a ‘touchy-feely’ pilot who prefers to have what feels like greater control. Certainly the Bebop 2 is more than a toy, and while some refer to it as an ‘entry-level’ drone, we have to disagree. Yes, sure, it is not difficult to fly if you already have grasped the basics, but it is what it can do that matters most. Being half the size of DJI Phantom 3this drone just scrapes in as being possible to fly indoors, and its size makes it ideal as a ‘take anywhere’ drone.
What we are also taken with is the actual look of the Parrot 2, which is no different to the original Parrot drone, and it unquestionably looks the part as an uncomplicated and smooth operator. It doesn’t look like a fixture from the latest Star Wars movie and more like a flying bug, with a much more appealing look.
Okay, it is easy to be seduced by the stylish video Parrot have produced, but it is difficult to ignore this drone’s potential. With a standard range of 300m, which can be extended to over 1km with the Sky Controller, one thing you need to be careful of with this drone is the line of sight laws which mean that your drone has to be visible at all times. That can be easier said than done, though with a little careful programming, it should be easy to make sure you have ‘return to base’ acting not just when the battery begins to run low.
In short, if you like to stand out a little from the crowd and are not a believer in size being too important, this compact and zippy drone is a great buy.
- 14 megapixel “fish-eye” camera
- Full HD 1080p video stabilised on 3 axes
- 25 minutes of flight time with 2700 mAh battery
- Live video streaming on your smart phone or tablet
- 180° vision control on your smart phone or tablet
- Designed with safety in mind: flexible propellers which lock in the event of contact
- Powerful rear LED light visible from a long distance
- Latest generation GPS built-in to control flight altitude and automatic return to the take-off point
- Easy to take control with the Freeflight 3 application
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Wi-Fi antennas: Dual-band MIMO with two 2.4/5 GHz dipole antennas
- Transmission power: up to 21 dBm
- Signal range: 300m
- Maximum horizontal speed: 16m/s
- Maximum climbing speed: 6m/s
Other drones you might like to consider include:
- Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter
- Blade 350 QX RTF R/C Quadcopter Firmware 2.0 Drone
- BLADE FPV Nano RTF QX Quadcopter
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