Parrot Bebop 2 Drone review

Parrot Bebop 2 Drone review

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On its own the Parrot Bebop 2 is a likeable smartphone-controlled drone that captures good-quality stills and video, but it’s the addition of the FPV kit which really makes it stand out, offering a better control experience and an amazing perspective on the world from above. 

Parrot Bebop 2 Design

A drone that- will make you think you can fly

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Having flown drones from the Phantom range extensively, I’d considered them to be impressively compact and lightweight for their capabilities – but the Parrot Bebop 2 is in a whole different league when it comes to portability.

When the postman delivered the box to my house I thought there’d been some mistake – surely this package, smaller than a shoebox, couldn’t contain a £1,000-plus quadcopter, a controller, and a battery charger? But it did because the Parrot is shockingly tiny compared to its Mavic cousins – about one-sixth of the size when folded.

My immediate concern was that its small size would detract from its in-air stability and/or its image quality. But even with that niggling in the back of mind I couldn’t help but be impressed by how neatly the drone and its controller folded down. This is the first 4K drone I’ve seen that feels like it could genuinely be carried all day without any thought. The Phantoms require being lugged around in special, bulky backpacks or cases, but the Parrot Bebop 2 will happily fit in the smallest of bags.

It’s solidly built too, with the majority of the quadcopter being constructed from tough plastic – handy to know, given that anyone who buys a drone is likely to have at least one or two slight aerial mishaps during their ownership. The gimbal-mounted camera feels more delicate, but Parrot supplies a clear plastic cage that protects it from harm while you’re carrying it around.


The bodywork is now almost entirely plastic, save for some deformable polystyrene-type material around the camera. Each rotor has three blades, and these can be removed when the drone isn’t in use. The massive 2700mAh battery slots onto the back of the unit itself, and has to be detached for charging.

Features

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The Bebop 2’s design is very awesome in that it’s not a single solid unit but two main elements which are connected via a series of shock-absorbing rubber balls.

The main body – which houses the camera and electronics and onto which the battery clips – sits on top of these balls and they reduce the impact of vibration on the camera itself.

The Bebop 2’s- Take-off and landing are easy, and the unit is clever enough to know when there’s an issue which could cause problems – for example, if you try to take off in long grass that catches one of the rotors, the motors will turn off and you’ll get an error message until you move the drone to a clear space.

The Bebop 2’s motors are pretty powerful and it’s able to hold its position even when being buffeted by relatively strong winds.Some other drones- like the ZeroTech Dobby, lack this feature and can flip over as a result, potentially causing damage.

The Bebop 2 is fast and responsive when airborne, and is capable of some surprisingly swift turns.

Gallery

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Videos

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Our Score

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9.5

TOTAL SCORE

Best drone

On its own the Parrot Bebop 2 is a likeable smartphone-controlled drone that captures good-quality stills and video, but it’s the addition of the FPV kit which really makes it stand out, offering a better control experience and an amazing perspective on the world from above. 

PROS

  • Great battery life
  • Stable flight performance
  • FPV accessories work well

CONS

  • Video is glitchy at long distances
  • Fisheye camera suffers from lens flare
  • Autonomous functions cost extra
Our Rating
5/5

Where to Buy

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Parrot Bebop 2

$699.99

March 04th 2020​

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