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Parrot Bebop 2


Parrot Bebop 2 Review

Here we go with the Parrot’s new drone in the market, Bebop 2. If you are not familiar with the Parrot, just a quick note that the company is not all about drones, their core is to create consumer technology products and communication services, however in just a few years they have attacked drone industry to get their own bite of this pie. Previously the introduction of Parrot bebop, in my idea, was not much satisfying as there were complaints about a few issues especially the loss of WiFi signal during the flight. Ok, I’m not here to bring them down, at the end of the day every drone has it’s own dark side, so let’s talk about the good stuff. To DJI lovers who were proud of 20-25 minutes flight time, now bebop 2 is also giving the same flight duration thanks to 2700 mAh battery, No fight! just saying. let’s dig out more;

Parrot Bebop 2 Specs & Features

Flight time :up to 25 minutes

Dimension: 382 x 328 x 89 mm

Weight: 500g (17.6 ounce)

Max horizontal speed: 37 mph

Max vertical speed: 13 mph

Max climbing: 6 m/s

Controller app : FreeFlight 3 ( iOS , Android)

Controller: Skycontroller

Operating range 300m (without Skycontroller), 2km (with Skycontroller)

Communication: WiFi, GPS

Battery:  2700 mAh LiPo

Bebop 2 is equipped with anti-shock propellers which lock in the event of contact, the three-blade 6-inch props are designed to be flexible for safe flights. There is also a rear flash LED which gives you a clear visibility of the drone when flying in low light. About theWifi signal, you can either connect the drone to your tablet, or, connect it to your Skycontroller and then make another connection from the controller to you tablet. The second option lets you use the powerful antenna enjoying the higher operating range, but the bad news is that the controller is not included in the package,  you need to buy it separately and it costs you around 250USD. One good thing about the controller is that there is a HDMI port where you can connect your goggles for FPV, and also if you are a developer you can connect it to your computer to control the drone through the ARDRoneSDK.

Bebop 2 Camera

The integrated fish-eye camera features 14 MP stills and takes 1080p shots @30fps storing the files in a 8G flash card. The camera’s 180 degree vision gives you wide field of view,  simply move you thumb on the bottom right of the screen and it lets you control the camera view without a need to move the drone. The Bebop 2 does not use gimbal for image stabilization, instead it uses a software to compensate. You may wonder about the vibration of the motors and their effect on the footage, inside the drone, the camera is separated with rubbers to absorb the vibration which give a surprisingly stable footage.

The Verdict

Parrot Bebop 2 is worth it for the price (549USD, as of todate), It has a eye-catching design, safe props, high quality and stable camera. However, with this price, you don’t have the controller, and you should use your own tablet, then there are two concerns here, first of all, the WiFi signal between the drone and your tablet is not much strong, on the other hand there is a little but noticeable lag between your command and the drone movement. One more thing is that if you want to use features such as waypoint, you need to make some in-app purchases. That doesn’t make sense to me, you can build a drone and add waypoint for free, its an open source software! why should customers who already chipped in over 500USD buy this features, something that can be easily found in many other drones. And about the Skycontroller, it adds to the cost up to 800USD, so this price puts Bebop 2 next to phantom 3 Standard, which is 700USD these days, and it has 2.7k camera, and making our buying decision even harder.

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