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Parrot Bebop

Parrot Bebop Review

Parrot takes pride of its high performance drone known as the Parrot Bebop that is already available on the market nowadays. A 1080p video camera that has the power to capture motion at 30FPS, amazing image stabilization and a built-in GPS are just a few of what to expect from this drone. The Parrot Bebop is a full-sized flying quatrocopter. The interesting thing about this unit is the fact that it is considered a half-way house between a toy drone intended for entertainment and a drone specifically designed for carrying a camera. To determine whether this drone suits your needs or not, read on.

Specifications And Features

11-minute flight time;

8GB storage capacity;

Size: 14.4 x 13.2 x 3.8 inches;

Weight: 3 pounds;

Camera: 14 MP Stills and 2MP (1080p) for video recording;

Dual-band MIMO 802.11 AC WiFi;

1080p 30 FPS video capture;14 MP still camera;

Real-time FPV;

Navigation: Built-in GPS;

Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi ( 2.4 and 5GHz);

Piloting app: Freeflight 3;

Arm Cortex-A9 CPU with quad-core GPU;

Linux-based OS.

One of the significant features of the Bebop drone is its 14 megapixels “Fisheye” camera. It has the power to take quality images and record videos in a 180° field. It features a full-digital image stabilization technology in order to allow the quad to take clear and stable aerial footage.Another essential feature of this unit is its ability to post directly to social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube via photo and video stream syncing. It is therefore an ideal toy for everyone who loves aerial photography.

Design & Performance

In terms of design, although some users say that is it basically a camcorder with a huge battery and four rotors, this unit is known for its smart design. It is made of materials specifically chosen to make it safe to fly and lightweight. It is primarily made of ABS plastic along with a high quality, impact-resistant foam to house the camera. The rotors are housed in a sleek enclosure with wonderful lines. Moreover, every part of the unit can be removed for easy transport and assembly.According to Parrot, Bebop is 8 times more powerful compared to Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 onboard computer. They are confident that it can deliver the best performance. Its navigation computer comes with a Parrot P7 dual core CPU, a reliable 8 GB flash memory and a quality quad-core GPU.

The Pros & Cons

Just like any other drones on the market, the Parrot Bebop offers a variety of pros and cons. In terms of advantages, this unit is known for its super smooth videos for your hobby or professional needs. With this drone, you can take aerial photos and videos like a pro. In addition, this drone is easy to set up and astoundingly stable. On the other hand, some users complain that the unit is difficult to control with utmost precision. Plus, it is pretty expensive for a toy. Moreover, here are a few pros and cons stated by users:

Pros:

The drone is very durable and sturdy if you crash it into objects during the flight;It includes hull for prop protection;It holds up very well in the wind;The max height can be set by user;Easy to pair with smartphone;Easy to pull media off of the drone (either over wifi to an ipad or via USB to Mac) and immediately edit and share videos via iMovie.

Cons:

The drone sometimes loses WiFi connection;Lack of proper instruction;On-screen controls can be a little bothersome as they just aren’t as responsive as joysticks;The video stream sometimes has some lags on the phone but the recorded video is just perfect;The video quality is a bit grainy on low light or indoor flight;When the battery gets low there is not a long warning.

User advice:

Register at Parrot Drone Academy, you’ll receive email including 3 short tutorial on YouTube. These are critical to using the drone;If you use a phone/pad to control it, do not let it go very far from you and it will work as it should;It is not the best idea to fly inside; Make sure to updated the firmware before trying to fly this thing;Like many Console Games – the full manual is not in the box. Go to the website and you can download it there;User recommends using the optional hull/bumpers indoors and outdoors unless you are flying in an area with no obstacles.

What About The Price?

Like any other customers, you probably want to know how much it costs. The Parrot Bebop can be purchased at a price of USD499, which usually comes with 2 batteries for free. Plus, you can choose from 3 different colors – blue, yellow and red. You can purchase its spare parts from Parrot and other online stores. The Skycontroller is sold separately. Bebop combo + Skycontroller costs USD899.

*Note: The prices and packages vary depending on supplier, resellers, time and other factors. Please check the product carefully and do not make any purchases based on the above information.

A Last Thought

To date, the Parrot Bebop is probably one of the most useful quadcopter by Parrot. With ample knowledge and skills, you can use this quad to do a variety of applications, such as property surveying, aerial photography, amateur filmmaking, etc. In other words, it is a brilliant toy that can allow you to go beyond just flying around. With this, you can take interesting photos and create awesome videos from a whole new perspective.

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