Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone with Sky Controller Bundle (Blue)
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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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|Color||Blue||Red / Black||Red||Red||color||—|
|Item Dimensions||16.1 x 15.4 x 11.4 in||15 x 12.9 x 3.5 in||13.2 x 3.8 x 14.4 in||12.8 x 15.04 x 3.5 in||—||—|
|Item Weight||2.43 lbs||1.1 lbs||2.65 lbs||1.16 lbs||—||—|
|Style Name||Sky Controller Bundle||Base||Drone Only||Fly Longer Pack||—||—|
The Parrot Bebop Drone & SkyController bundle allows you to fly further, higher and pilot with the most advanced immersive controls. Please download the latest firmware ,the latest version can be downloaded at http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-bebop-drone/ . For any further queries, please reach out to Parrot's Customer Service and Technical Support Number @ 877-9PARROT (972-7768); customers can also reach out online athttp://www.parrot.com/usa/support/hotline For technical support visit: http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-skycontroller/
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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
Quad - for the price, you'd expect more than plastic and styrofoam but in Parrot's defense, this thing is durable! And than the stars it is, because it will crash with or without pilot error. The battery fits somewhat loosely on the battery tray but the velcro strap holds it in place even in the event of a crash. The lense is exposed on the nose of the quad, leaving it susceptible to scratches or worse. The little rubber pads under the landing gear will come off, and no you will not be able to find them when they do. The blades are thin and relatively flexible but provide plenty of lift and survive crashes surprisingly well. The motors are powerful and smooth despite their small size.
SkyController - again, a $500 piece of equipment *should* feel like a $500 piece of equipment but Parrot didn't seem to think so. Many have stated the power switch falls off, and it does. It's literally just a switch extender because the power switch sits below the plastic frame. Design flaw? Don't know. The plastic has a cheap, brittle feel to it but has held up well over the past month. The range extender seems like a weak point but shows no signs of deterioration after a month of solid use. The joy sticks are sensitive and tight and give you a feeling of control. It's a large device and you'll need to treat it with care to prolong it's life.
Interface/Connection - This isn't a review of the app, I just want to sate some concerns with the interface and connectivity. Connecting and maintaining connection with this set up can be troublesome. A lot of that depends on the device you choose to use to control the quad. For instance, my Nexus 10 secures and holds a connection much better than my Note 3. It's so bad with my Note 3 that it's unusable. The connection drops seconds after take off and reconnecting is nearly impossible. With my Nexus 10, connection is solid 90% of the time. Nothing is perfect, so that works for me! The app interface can be cumbersome if you need to reconnect in flight or make changes to your settings on the go. Again, some of this may be very dependent on your Apple, Android, or Windows device. My advice would be, if you have multiple options for a controlling device, test each before taking your quad out of your yard. First Person View (FPV) is delayed, fairly low quality, and severely impacted by distance. You shouldn't anyway, but you cannot rely on the FPV to fly this out of line of sight.
Battery - nothing special. It lasts about as long as stated depending on your flying habits. Charge time seems faster than stated. A second charger or multi charger and spare batteries is a must.
Flight - when she works, she works! It's absolutely amazing to watch this thing hold dead steady in 20mph gusts. It's fairly responsive until you really need it to be, becoming sluggish resulting in collisions in some cases. Again, take time to learn how it handles before setting it free. It's fast too. This can be a lot of fun, or an expensive accident but watching it zip around the sky above your head is pretty impressive. Return to Home (RTH) function is pretty neat and functions well as long as you secure a solid GPS lock before flight.
Video/Photo - If this was a hand held camera, no one would be impressed. But since it's a flying camera, it's pretty awesome. Due to the digital image stabilization, 1080p is not 1080p. It's cropped down so much due to the stabilization and fish-eye removal that it's closer to 720p or less. But, it's aerial video, who cares how clear it is! Photos are decent, again severely cropped to remove fisheye. However, it does save a copy of the uncropped full fisheye photo as well for post processing. Quality is decent, but again, it's aerial photography so it's pretty awesome! 8gb of storage is all you get. No expansion slots. I did call Parrot and asked about a micro usb flash drive and was told very shortly that a micro usb flash drive could be used as expandable storage. I have not tried this but it would be awesome if that would work!
Customer Support - You won't get their name when you call. Many have reported their service department as rude and difficult to work with. I've called many. many times, and have yet to have a CS rep answer with their greeting and name. No big deal, however they give you the sense that they're sick of deal with us "winey customers", and they probably are. But that's not entirely our fault. Parrot, in my opinion, has released a very advance product to the mass market without working many of the bugs out. That's not to say they aren't trying. Firmware updates are being released regularly but often fall short in many areas. My advice in dealing with their CS department, don't take anything personally, and be very polite as long as you can.
I can't recommend this to anyone at this point. It shows some serious promise. It packs a ton of high end features, it's very portable, strangely durable, but it goes freaking nuts sometimes.