As the name suggests, the Parrot Bebop 2 drone is the second model from the Parrot company and is the successor of the original Bebop device. Consumers may correctly assume that this is a superior design with enough improvements to make keen flyers want to upgrade.
First impressions from photos can be a little disappointing as the product looks incredibly similar, but the company is quick to assure people that this is a more capable and desirable model. Test flights have shown that this new creation lives up to many of its claims, but there are still some flaws.
Design And Functionality
The design of the drone and the shape are pretty much the same as before, but the makers have worked on the frame to make it tougher without increasing the weight or size of the product. The drone is only 17oz and measures 13x12x4 inches.
They have even added a locking mechanism to the propellers to improve safety and Velcro straps to secure the battery compartment. In addition to this, it is possible to get a backpack to store and transport the drone and all necessary tech.
The improvement that is perhaps the most noticeable and the biggest selling point here is the increased battery life. The 2700 mAh battery now allows users to fly for up to 25 minutes at a time.
Not only is this impressive compared to some top models, but it is also a massive leap from the original flight time of 9 minutes. As always, this can depend on conditions and the demands on the battery, but many have reached at least 20 minutes of flight time.
With so much more time in the air and the chance to explore over longer distances, it helps that this model has a GPS system and automated system that lets it return to its take-off point. This, plus the LED light, means that users shouldn’t ever lose track of the device.
These improvements help to ensure that users can create the footage they need via the camera and video function. The tablet controls give users live streaming of the image and 180degree vision so that budding directors are always in control, but there is also the option of using the Skycontroller.
The images can vary from flight to flight, and sometimes the systems image stabilization will take effect and overcompensate, but there is a lot of potential for sharp, clear images. All files are stored on the device’s 8GB memory and can be wirelessly transferred for editing with the FreeFlight app.
Camera And Controls
Many users appreciate the fact that this model has easy-to-learn controls via a mobile device, as this eliminates the need for any complicated transmitters and joysticks.
This means the drone should have a smaller learning curve for younger users, especially teens that are used to mobile gaming. The biggest issue here is that these touch screen controls lack a little sensitivity so it can be difficult to fine tune the filming for the most accurate shots.
There are also plenty of positive comments about the quality of the video stream and photos, but some would like to see some small improvements.
Lens flare may have been a bit of a fad in Hollywood films for a short time, but it would be good to avoid this issue when creating these HD 1080p videos. It should also be noted that the 14mp camera is a fish-eye model, which may not suit everyone’s needs.
Should Parrot Bebop Fans Upgrade To This Model?
There is still some work to do to this drone to perfect the images that can be produced, but it is clear that the designers have done a lot to improve the user experience.
The new battery life and the intuitive tablet-based controls are both highly desirable for young buyers that want to build on their skills and push their drone to the limits.
With this, the sharp image quality and the improved construction, it is hard to not to see this as a worthy successor to the original Parrot Bebop drone.