Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone - Blue
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- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Explore the world in 14 megapixel full HD 1080p and capture any vista with Bebop's 180° field of view
- Cruise at your own pace and return home automatically
- Take clear photos and videos using advanced 3-axis image stabilization
- Fly farther and faster with quick charging Lithium ion batteries (included)
- Control your experience with our Free Flight Pro app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)
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The Parrot BeBop Drone Blue Quadcopter delivers the best performance: 8x times more powerful than Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 onboard computer, Bebop Drone navigation computer features a Parrot P7 dual-core CPU, quad-core GPU and 8 GB of Flash Memory. All are fixed on a magnesium shelf that acts as a radiator and electromagnetic shielding. Runs on Linux with SDK. Built with safety in mind Its feather-weight ABS reinforced structure (400g) makes Parrot Bebop Drone robust and safe. In the event of any collision, the propellers stop automatically. The emergency mode allows the drone to land immediately. Thanks to a GPS system, a Return Home function brings the Bebop drone easily back to its take-off point. Finally, EPP hulls included in the pack makes indoor flights safer. Parrot Bebop Drone generates its own Wi-Fi hotspot MIMO Wi-Fi connection: Parrot Bebop Drone embarks 2 dual-band Wi-Fi antennas that allow 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. Easy disassembly All parts of Bebop Drone are removable for easy assembly and transport. Pilots can focus on flying and capturing incredible images and videos. Astoundingly stable To ensure an optimal stability without compromising the maneuverability, the Bebop Drone analyzes data from numerous sensors automatically: 3-axes acce
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Cons: The camera does not record well in low light. The drone comes with two batteries but it came to me with a damaged one when I called the tech support they said it was a common problem. Each battery provides a flight time of between 10 and 15 minutes only.
Common sense dictated to me that a drone costing several thousands of dollars that could potentially crash and burn on a maiden voyage would not make me (or my wife) happy. I come across the Parrot Bebop quadcopter drone recently. This photography tool is actually designed as a flying camera (installed is a 14 Megapixel f/2.4 1080p HD 3-axis stabilized camera) - for just a few hundred dollars. Algorithms developed by engineers provides a 3-axis image stabilization system that maintains a fixed angle of the view regardless of the inclination of the drone or movement caused by wind turbulence.
As a side note: I notice online several people that purchased the Bebop complaining that ‘this thing doesn’t work”. However – this drone is not a toy. The device analyzes data from numerous 3-axis sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, an ultrasound sensor with a 26 ½ foot reach, a pressure sensor and a vertical camera to measure speed. I would assume that most of these ‘complainers’ about the Bebop drone took the device out of the box – charged the battery - pushed the ‘takeoff’ button and expected the drone to fly itself. The way I approached this task is by viewing as much information as I could about the drone (especially pre-flight setup) – and then took baby steps to get my head wrapped around how to pilot the drone in flight. Perhaps rather than saying the Bebop drone is ‘crap’ these people were experiencing operator errors as opposed to equipment failures - you think?
I did learn how to get the Bebop off the ground and land safely after it arrived at our home on Friday night. On Saturday morning I went outdoors to fly the drone from my backyard (see link below). This was the piloting process for me. I was cautious with the first flight - Setting the maximum hight and distance the drone could travel from me at 30 meters (about 99 feet). On the second flight I set the maximum hight and distance distance at 40 meters (about 131 feet) - and on this final flight in the linked video, I set the maximum hight and distance at 50 meters (about 164 feet) I did experience a drop in the wifi signal at 164 feet distance and about 100 feet in the air for several seconds - but my drone just hovered until it reconnected and I was able to continue the fight and bring it back to where I launched (most excellent!).
I am impressed by how well this drone is designed, durable and has seamless functionality wirelessly with my iPad Air.
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Second unit I got actually worked. And it's pretty nifty to fly. Image stabilization is incredibly well done, even though it's all in software. But you quickly find that its Achilles heel is the decision to use a phone/tablet as the controller. It's a nice idea in theory; it should save cost and that's one less piece of hardware that you have to carry with you. First off, with no feedback the touchscreen controls are truly awful. Maybe you can train youself to get decent with it, but F that. Fortunately that can be fixed (at least on Android, probably iOS too) but getting a cheap game controller. I got the iPega PG-9025 and it works great. I'm sure Parrot's own Sky Controller would work too, but it's way overpriced in my opinion. The second, more insidious consequence of not using a proper controller is the reliance on wifi. Even in the best of conditions wifi range is pretty short. And other times... I once had it lose connection when it was about 20 feet away from me. Awesome. And once the connection is lost, the software takes way too long to reconnect. That's assuming it can - if you have another connectable signal in the area (like, say, your home wifi) your phone will likely connect to that automatically when it loses the drone's signal, in which case your connection is never coming back unless you back out of the flight app and go to your devices wifi setting. Yay. Meanwhile your drone is holding still if you're lucky, but also quite possibly drifting away, as the station keeping seems so-so. And of course you can't even send an emergency land signal to it because that also relies on wifi.
Anyway, great fun when it's working, but decision to not use a proper dedicated controller is really boneheaded and really cripples this drone - the default controls are useless and I wouldn't trust flying it anywhere where a loss of connection could be detrimental.