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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 w/Driod2
on January 5, 2013
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 w/Driod2 worked perfectly right out of the box. Following the instructions at the "Parrot USA" website it connected flawlessly to my Droid2 from Motorola using "FreeFlight" for Android software (app). I only had one problem when trying to adjust the flight settings the software hung and became unresponsive. I had to remove the battery from the Droid 2 to reset it but that's the software. I have only flown it a few times indoors but it was easy to master using the "Absolute Control" feature and lowering the "Flight" settings (responsiveness). With the absolute control function the drone always moves in relation to the phone and it doesn't matter what the orientation or position the drone is in. That makes it easy for new non-RC flyers. One caution; make sure your Droid compass is calibrated properly and the flight setting are low or the Drone will crash into a wall real quick. Been there, done that. But, if set up properly a 8 year old could fly it easily. I was surprised at how responsively the Droid could control the movements of the Drone. Just the slightest tilt of the phone and the drone would respond. The camera work well in low light conditions but I had to place some objects on the floor for the drone to see and maintain hover position. I may add comments as I go through the "Record" and USB functions but so far I'm well pleased with the advanced technology the drone offers. And, if you research other products with the same capability the price is right also. I have no affiliation with any entity that sells this product monetarily or otherwise. J. Daniel, Florida.
Update 1/5/13 2 PM EST
The USB function worked flawlessly (Plug & Play) using Kinston thumb drive ( DT 101 G2) 8Gb. Video is clear sharp HD MP4 file. Video was clear close up and at a distance, worked well in low light conditions and surprisingly stable if you don't jerk the drone around. I used the USB function because a video file is quite large and didn't want to load up my phone with large files. It's also easer to download the files to a computer. But, if you are always on the fly you may want to use the direct record function i.e. to the phone.
All in all I would recommend this product to anyone who can put a child's bicycle together on Christmas day, is ready to research and read a lot of instructions, has some phone and computer literacy. As it states in the manual, " This not a toy". It requires proper set up and supervision if you give it to a child. It's also not a professional photographer's dream-- those cost 7 to 10k dollars. But, it does produce high quality video and entertainment for the average person.