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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter - Sand
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- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Remote control quadricopter controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
- 720p high-definition live video streaming & recording to smartphone or tablet while flying
- Record & share videos & pictures straight from AR. Free Flight piloting app
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The Ultimate Wi-Fi Controlled Quadricopter
Easily controlled by Wi-Fi using a smartphone or tablet, the latest Parrot AR. Drone 2. 0 Elite Edition collection offers enthusiasts a choice of three classic camouflaged styles: sand, snow or jungle. Inspired by desert, arctic and rain forest landscapes. Each individual product is supplied attractively packaged in its own specially designed printed carton with a distinctive indoor and outdoor hull, plus one pair of black propellers and another customized pair of propellers to compliment the colour scheme. The exclusive Elite Edition packaging includes one 1000mAh lithium polymer battery to provide up to twelve minutes of flying time, plus a convenient battery charger with international adapters. Featuring a high definition camera with a video recording capability, plus flight data sharing, a patented piloting mode, and an innovative pressure sensor for increased stability at any altitude, Parrot's amazing AR. Drone 2. 0 Elite Edition quadricopter can even perform four axis flips on command.
AR. FreeFlight is the primary application used to fly and pilot the AR. Drone 2. 0 Elite Edition. Use your smartphone or tablet to fly the AR. Drone 2. 0, with or without the accelerometer, and switch from the frontal camera to the vertical camera.
The Director mode lets you program automatic movements so that you can shoot great videos just like a movie director. The new AR. Drone 2.0 firmware will eliminate most of the hiccups due to light wind conditions or sudden stop to deliver the smoothest video you'll ever shot with an AR. Drone 2.0. The settings menu lets you fine tune exposure, color saturation, and white balance or choose from an array of presets to quickly find the setting that will fit your needs. *In-app purchase on ar. freeflight
HD 720p Camera
The AR. Drone 2. 0 is equipped with a high definition front camera that will let the pilot view exactly what the AR. Drone 2. 0 sees, just as if they were in the pilot seat. Download the free AR. FreeFlight application (available on the App Store and Google play) and take control of the AR. Drone 2.0 in just seconds. The user-friendly control interface will appear over the video feedback streamed straight from the AR. Drone 2.0 with no latency, thanks to the self-generated Wi-Fi network. The automatic stabilization system of the AR. Drone 2.0 will ensure an image of high quality indoors, or outdoors even in light wind conditions. Whether using a smartphone or a tablet, the pilot will see a clean, crystal clear image straight from the sky.
Absolute Control Piloting Mode
A brand new and exclusive piloting mode, patented by Parrot for the AR. Drone 2.0. The Absolute Control piloting mode makes life much easier for beginners, by only using your device position as a point of reference. The result is simple, regardless of which direction the front of the AR. Drone 2.0 is facing, you just have to tilt your smartphone in any direction to see the AR. Drone 2.0 fly towards it. A beginner can now become an expert pilot in a matter of minutes.
Record Directly on Your Device
AR. FreeFlight lets the pilot record video and pictures while flying the AR. Drone 2.0. Simply press the record button to start and end the recording, and use the dedicated photo/video section of the application to watch what you've shot immediately after you have landed. No cables, SD card or PC required. Everything has already been pre-programmed in your smartphone/tablet, so that can watch your performance instantly.
Higher & Faster
The AR. Drone 2.0 offers unique stability, thanks to its embedded sensors and navigation system. Any movement not solicited by the pilot will be automatically corrected by the AR. Drone 2.0 to maintain a perfectly still position in the air, while you are not controlling it. Push it, fly it in windy conditions (up to 15 m/h), and it won't move an inch until you decide to make it move. Thanks to its new pressure sensors, the AR. Drone 2.0 will provide this automatic stability even further, by making sure it remains stable whatever the altitude.
Record & Share on USB
For users wishing to shoot longer videos, without using their smartphone/tablet memory, a USB plug is located inside the AR. Drone 2.0 for easy USB recording. Shoot as much footage as you want, and share easily on YouTube or Picasa when finished, thanks to the embedded options of the application.
A unique acrobatic move specifically designed for the AR. Drone 2.0. Press a button to perform an impressive forward or backward flip, or barrel roll as you are flying. The embedded navigation system of the AR. Drone 2.0 will automatically recover, enabling any new pilot to enjoy this move.
Top Customer Reviews
During my first flight, I realized this thing is not immediately responsive to your inputs. Often times you have to give a flight input several times before the drone responds. If you've ever flown an RC aircraft, you'll understand the stress you endure when your model doesn't respond to your flight inputs. So having that in mind, I attempted to keep the drone a low altitude and a short distance away in order to maintain control. Unfortunately, that was unsuccessful. The drone slowly drifted away and would only partially respond to my commands. I managed to keep the drone from hitting the power lines adjacent to my home as it drifted in between them multiple times (I've got the video of these lines close up) before I was able to safely get it back on the ground.
Several weeks later, I had the opportunity to try the drone in a large open area with almost no wind. Two flights were made that ended in the need to utilize the emergency cut. This thing just doesn't respond to your commands and slowly drifts out of range. The second emergency cut was from an altitude of approximately 50 feet and it took a significant impact. The drone no longer flies like it initially did which wasn't very good to begin with. Once off the ground it continually wants to rotate in a clockwise direction.
For several hundred dollars, you'd expect a product that is reliable with predictable flight characteristics. The Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is an extremely frustrating waste of money due to its wifi control signal. If you're in the market for a drone, look for a product that utilizes the 2.4 radio system.
It's definitely quite finicky to connect with the app - I often have to reset my Nexus 5 and the ARDrone before the app lets me connect, even though I've connected to the ARDrone WiFi network and checked I have the right IP.
I've also realized that, while controlling with the app is pretty simple once you know what you're doing, it's not as accurate as stick/throttle combo.
My biggest bugbear is the fixed camera, which I knew was there but didn't realize how much more fun this would be if it had a gimbal camera.
All these points I knew about before I bought the drone, but it's just not as exciting as I had hoped it would be.
Its a good starter drone. To me, its more of a toy with a 720p camera, and a bit difficult to get the hang of. The pictures were average at best....choppy video and low resolution. I've found it wasn't what I was looking for my particular usage for my blog. I didn't love this thing. It's sitting in the box in my garage. I regret I didn't double the price and buy a higher end drone.
The battery is really adequate for the price, and the range is OK. The whole purchase was a learning experience, and I chalk it up to that. Great for a 12 to 16 year old kid. Its a good drone that will fly around and make video, but you're not going to blow anyones mind with the technology.
The shipper was responsive and fast. I just don't particularly love this done.
Here is the experience you will have with this:
You will fly it outside and have fun for 1-5 minutes until wifi briefly loses connection. Too late it has wandered out of site or crashed or fallen. The first part you will break is the Central Cross. Replacements are easy to find but will cost you $40 a days of shipping. To replace the central cross you must remove all four blades, hull, camera, mother board, nav board, all four engines and then put them all back. I did this six times and the quickest I could get it done is about an hour.
Get yourself a DJI Phantom. I bought one on Amazon it is awesome for these reasons:
1. Yes it costs more; unless you count down time, replacement parts and aggravation from the Parrot in which case the Phantom saves you money :) !!
2. Phantom is RC. Infinite better range and response than wifi. I have flown my Phantom so high I could barely see it and it never went out of range.
3. If it ever does go out of range it will return automatically to point of origin.
4. Phantom has gps stability. If you let go of the controls it will hover and maintain location and altitude on its own. Even compensating for wind!
Coming out of the box I had an issue with one propeller and amazon is great with the return/replacement policy.
However, I was sent a new A.R Drone the very next day, I could barely get it to fly straight. After several emails and 2 phone calls to Parrot, I had no other choice but to return this one as well.
I will not purchase this model again.
Loses wifi connection and drone takes off and I had to chase it down the street until it crashed.