A review of the Parrot Bebop 2, with 3 key advantages over previous models.
It is the newest member of the Parrot Bebop family.
A uniquely featured drone either for a season gift or for flying it yourself.
Parrot says it’s the drone that everybody can fly.
The new Parrot Bebop 2 comes just in time for the holiday shopping season.
This new Bebop 2 drone recently showed off in press event, in San Francisco by CEO & Founder of Parrot, Henri Seydoux. ( Video ).
He said “The most important feature is the camera; consumer drones are used for taking pictures that you can put on YouTube or Facebook. Bebop 2 is built around a camera; everything done to stabilize the image is through image processing. It’s a flying image processing device.”
The Bebop 2, smaller, faster, has been completely redesigned weighing in at at just 500 grams (17.6 ounces). It is light and small enough to carry in a backpack.
It is capable of flying outdoors as well as indoors, with a speed of 56 kilometers per hour horizontally and 20 km/h vertically (well, at least outdoors).
The Bebop 2 has four larger 6 inch propellers. They offer better thrust-to-weight ratio and when combined with its more powerful motors will allow it to reach 100 meters (330 feet) in 18 seconds. These propellers are flexible and if anything touches one of them, all four are stopped to avoid accidents. This not only reduces the chance of injury, but also saves Bebop itself while performing acrobatic tricks outdoors – preferably in a field without nearby people or trees.
One feature that hasn’t changed much is the Bebop’s unique, fish eye camera. Users control the angle of the camera from a mobile device in a 180° field with remarkable image quality just using their thumb.
The New Bebop 2 “fish eye” comes with a design that better protect the lens of the 14Mpixel camera.
It is capable of sending video streaming technology in high resolution 1080p in a tablet, smartphone or VR device. The drone alone has a storage space of 8GB. Its sensors operate at 1 kilohertz to feed the image stabilization software. This fully digital image stabilization technology allows the Bebop 2 Drone to take remarkably stable and clear aerial footage regardless of the drone movements.
One of the biggest issues with the first Bebop was battery life, which maxed out at about 11 minutes. The new drone has a 25 minutes flight time from its 2,700mAh battery.
Some interesting features include:
- Vertical camera that watches the ground to help in stabilization
- Ultrasound sensor that measures altitude up to 16 feet (about 5 meters – great for indoor flights)
- 3-axis gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer
- GPS chip-set
- Graphics processor
Now, on the user’s side, a friendly application allows you to control the Parrot Bebop 2 very easily.
This is a free app that runs on your iOS or Android device. It provides simple-to-understand touchscreen controls so you can fly you Bebop like a pro. Of course it can also be controlled by the optional Skycontroller accessory. This gadget houses an iPad in the middle and let users pilot Parrot’s devices by using traditional physical joysticks.
This user-friendly gizmo (Parrot Bebop 2) will be definitely available on December 14th, at a starting price of $550 including one battery.
If paired with the Parrot Skycontroller Black Edition with the external flight controller it will go for $800. The Skycontroller promises to extend Wi-Fi flight range by 6,561 feet and adds fine physical controls for both the drone and camera system.
Parrot has also other well-known entry level models in its big chunk of toy and mini-drones. It is really fun to fly and/or drive a drone like the Rolling Spider or the Jumping Sumo.
Also, the newer in line of Hydrofoil mini-drones, selling from just $90 up to $200.
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