Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone with Sky Controller Bundle (Red)
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- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Enjoy a truly immersive piloting experience - Increase BeBop's range up to 2 km with Wi-Fi Extender - Take control of the drone using the 2 joysticks for an intuitive RC piloting - Dock station for tablets and smartphones
- 14 megapixel Full HD 1080p "fisheye" Camera and outstanding 3-axes image stabilization
- Records videos and pictures in a 180° field with remarkable image quality
- Built-in GPS for automatic return home and high altitude flight control
- Control your experience with our Free Flight Pro app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)
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From the manufacturer
Our goal is to provide pilots with a comprehensive FPV experience. For the moment, FreeFlight 3 App and Skycontroller are compatible with FPV glasses fitted with HDMI input, for example, Zeiss Cinemizer and Sony Personal Viewer. And many more soon!
A true piloting experience
Thanks to algorithms developed by Parrot engineers, the Bebop Drone benefits from an exclusive 3-axis image stabilisation system that maintains a fixed angle of the view regardless of the inclination of the drone and its movements caused by wind turbulence. Dock and connect your smartphone or tablet, and sync with your Bebop Drone over Wi-Fi on FreeFlight 3 app or use Skycontroller as a standalone remote control.
With Skycontroller, take control of the drone via two ultra-precise joysticks: the top right stick lets you control the angle of the camera within a 180° field and the top left stick enables you to navigate the app in FPV (First-Person-View) mode.
4 new ways to pilot your Parrot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller!
1. Pilot Bebop Drone with only the Skycontroller: benefit from a long Wi-Fi range
2. Pilot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller and a smartphone or tablet (not included): enjoy more control over a short Wi-Fi range
3. Pilot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller and FPV glasses (not included): benefit from FPV on your glasses via HDMI port for Bebop Drone camera video streaming with telemetry (distance, altitude, cape, horizon management, battery level and more)
4. Pilot Bebop Drone with Skycontroller, FPV glasses (not included) and a smartphone or tablet (not included): enjoy even more immersive FPV flights. Add more fun by sharing a live video stream of your drone's view with your friends through the smartphone or tablet!
Freeflight 3: An ultra intuitive application
Parrot Bebop Drone comes with a free piloting application 'Freeflight 3' for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The user-friendly application was developed for usability allowing the pilot to be entirely focused on the pleasure of flying. From the home page of the app the pilot can access basic functionalities: piloting, photos/videos, flight plan, Cloud 'Pilot Academy'...
'Freeflight 3' offers users complete control of their altitude and speed settings and piloting mode (accelerometer, virtual joystick...). It also includes fun features such as one-touch Flip! The Parrot Bebop Drone photo and video stream is synchronised in real time with your smartphone: instantly share your best photos on Facebook or Instagram and showcase your flights on Youtube with the touch of a finger.
State of the art GPS functions
During flights, the user receives real time data which is very helpful for more accurate piloting. This never before seen flight data is crucial to insuring the Bebop Drone image quality thanks to its 3-axis unique stabilisation. The User receives sound alerts and the piloting HUD displays all relevant information, making it easier to pilot Bebop Drone. Includes: where is my Bebop Drone, distance, altitude, horizon management.
Skycontroller benefits from a doubled WiFi connection. Optimised for a perfect connection and latency reduction, Skycontroller is safer and adapted for long distance flights. Enjoy a robust Wi-Fi link specially designed for Bebop, the long distance or short distance Wi-Fi connection maximises interoperability with your tablet or smartphone.
When “Return Home” is selected the Bebop drone returns directly to its starting position when the altitude is greater than 10 metres. If the altitude is less or equal to 10 metres, it will rise and stabilise itself at 10 metres before returning to its take-off position in a straight line. Once it has reached its take-off position, it will stop and hover 2 metres above the ground.
Parrot Bebop Drone generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot
MIMO Wi-Fi connection: Parrot Bebop Drone embarks 2 dual-band Wi-Fi antennas that allows it to handle both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz MIMO frequencies. It generates its own Wi-Fi 802.11 network. Depending on the network interference, you can select the frequency of your choice.
180° vision controlled by the pilot
The pilot can control the angle of the camera directly in the piloting application with a simple movement of the thumb. The horizontal movement on a 180° angle is fully digital and does not affect your drone's movements.
Skycontroller is an Android-powered device and the FreeFlight 3 app is installed by default. Parrot's open-source software enables developers to extend the functionalities of the Skycontroller. Plug any USB device to enhance piloting possibilities.
The Parrot Bebop Drone & SkyController bundle allows you to fly further, higher and pilot with the most advanced immersive controls. It’s important to read the attached user guide or watch the following videos to see how to set up Bebop & SkyController http://youtu.be/QRNziFTIi5s and also how to pilot it http://youtu.be/Dyggq1-VXJI We recommend Parrot users to make sure they’re using the latest firmware as we keep on improving it on a regular basis. This information is available on the main support page of Bebop and SkyController: http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-bebop-drone/ Parrot Customer Service and Technical Support is 877-9PARROT (972-7768); customers can also reach out online at http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/hotline if they need any technical assistance for all Parrot products.
Top Customer Reviews
I am not new to flying drones. My first drone was the DJI Phantom 2 vision plus - a much more delicate and breakable drone when crashed then the Bebop, but it is also bigger, a lot more powerful, takes better video quality, and originally costing about $400 to $500 more then the Bebop with a Skycontroller.
*The Bebop is very durable for a drone and can take a good amount of crashes without breaking parts. This is huge, because as a new drone pilot you will crash, period.- and probably quite a bit too. Where with other drones, like the Phantom 2 Vision plus, parts will break (like the gimbal) and camera and that alone costs, about $600. to replace.
*The Bebop's video is extremely stable and sturdy without a gimbal. This is huge too. No moving parts, less things that will break when you crash. Video quality isn't as good as say the Phantom 2 Vision plus, but it's well worth the trade to have a very smooth video - and I prefer the Bebop's technology for video stabilization then that of a gimbal.
*Drone is pretty small. Some might think this is a downsize, but I found it a lot more convenient then with my Phantom. It's easy to carry from place to place. I have more confidence using this around my smaller kids, then I do with the larger Phantoms. It's less spicuous to use when out in public and in parks.
*Skycontroller - The Skycontroller really is the only way to use the Bebop.It has decent distance and makes the Drone much easier to use.
Cons - in this order:
*Price - This is the biggest concern.
With the introduction of DJI Phantom 3, they have set a new standard of quality and value for your money - like it or not. The Bebop with Skycontroller currently is $899.00. The Phantom 3 Advance is $999.00 and it is incredibly superior for only a $100.00 more. It's like buying a Moped for $899.00 or buying a Ducati for $999.00. Are you getting it now?
*Skycontroller \ Price.
The Bebop without the Skycontroller is really just a ridiculously over priced $500.00 toy.Sorry it's true. Without the Skycontroller you don't have the range or distance to really use the drone seriously.. Again, think of buying a Corvette but then being told you can never leave the Cul-de-sac (dead end street) that you live on with the Corvette. Ya, it's exactly like that. And if you want to buy the Skycontorller separately it's $400 and stupendously expensive - so no win here.
For $899.00 I'd expect Parrot to make the Bebop drone feel like I was getting a block of gold, yet instead what I got feels very cheaply made as others have stated. 2 rubber landing gear lost on it's maiden flight. People have complained about this from the beginning and Parrot has done nothing to fix the wrong, at least with DJI, they came out with several versions of the Phantom 2 Vision Plus, in trying to correct problems and make a better drone, but not here with the Bebop. The battery connections has to be held on with a $0.25 Velcro strap. REALLY??? A $900.00 package and I am holding the battery to my Drone with a $0.25 Velcro strap. I would of respected Parrot more if they included a role of duct-tape, but then again that cost more then $0.25 and the price of the drone might of gone up another $50 bucks.
*Lastly Flight time.
With the stock batteries you're lucky if get 7 to 11 minutes of flight time. I'm sorry, $900.00 not acceptable for the price when Phantoms are hitting 16 to 20 minute flight times and the Yuneec Q500+ (you can now get at $999.00) can do 25 minutes of flight time. 7 minutes, 10 minutes, really not enough time to set shots you want to take video of and or pictures. It's just ridiculous .
Would I buy this product again? No, I just can't for it's price.
As much I like the Bebop and in many ways prefer it over DJI's Phantoms for everyday flying and want to give it 5 stars, good common sense tells me, no way - just not worth the money. If the whole package, (Bebop and Skycontroller) was $500.00 I'd still think twice in light of the Phantom 3 Advance, but at least it would be at a price point enough to temp me if I really didn't know any better and had no way of getting $1,000 to buy the more expensive drones. Remember, Moped or a Ducati. But then again, sometimes it just might still be worth the save $1000.00 for the Ducati then to buy a $500 Moped.
Personally, I would like to see what Parrot does with the next version of the Bebop. hopefully they will learn some lessons and, they will price more line with what they are offering in compareds to the competition and make the product with more quality so it can feel like a premium product for it's price.
The Skycontroller has a very professional feel, the bebop drone itself is quite small, I actually like the look of the AR Drone 2.0 a bit better but I do like that the Bebop battery fits better into the bay by clipping and a Velcro strap.
One thing I noticed is that the Bebop is a bit louder (Sounds like a loud bumble bee) than my AR Drone 2.0 was, not sure why but it’s noticeable if it’s hovering above you whereas the AR Drone 2.0 could be more stealthy. The Bebop drone, however, is more stable in flight and the camera stability and quality blow away the AR Drone 2.0.
The Bebop with Skycontroller takes an extra minute or two to get up and running. You turn on the Skycontroller which then finds the bebop drone, then you connect your phone/tablet to the Skycontroller via Wifi and you’re ready to go on the Free Flight 3 App., Sometimes it takes a minute or two for all the connections to be made but following this order seems to be the fastest way to get up a running. GPS locks on pretty quickly for both units, I always turn the drone on outside so it can find GPS right away and set where it should return to using the “return to home” feature.
Once up in the air the drone is stable and very easy to control. I have recently gotten it to its ceiling altitude of 150 meters (~500 ft.). It is definitely high but would like to fly even higher but haven’t found a way to do so. The live video feed sometimes struggles the further away I fly it but it is still flyable even if out of my line of sight for a moment or two. The other day I got it a bit too far away and was not able to see it, luckily the Bebop has the GPS “return to home” feature” I simply hit the button for this on the Skycontroller and I could see on the GPS map that it was heading back to where I took it off. I’m hesitant to trust this feature too much but so far it works well when I ensure the GPS indicates green on the Free Flight 3 App before and shortly after taking off. I get about 10 minutes of flight time with the included batteries, I recently bought an extended battery (1600 mah) and it does seem to add a few extra minutes to flight time.
After landing, I download the videos I have taken during each flight from the drone to my phone by finding the “internal memory” category on the app and transferring the videos to my phone over the wifi connection between the two for viewing later. It usually takes about a 2 or 3 minutes to download 30 seconds of video just as an example.
Overall I am pretty happy with the Parrot Bebop Drone. You get a nice package for the price and it is a good upgrade from an AR Drone. I would like to compare it with a DJI Phantom in the future but for now this is a solid choice for someone looking to spend a little less and getting extended range and a good camera all in one package.
- Superior range with skycontroller
- Skycontroller feels and operates very well
- App has just the right amount of features / information
- Drone is stable in flight, as is the video it records
- "Return to home" GPS feature could be a lifesaver
- Louder than I expected
- Takes longer than I'd like for connection to app for flight
- Live video during flight can be delayed and freeze
- Only 8-10 minutes of battery per flight