Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone - Blue-Black (Certified Refurbished)
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- Explore the world in 14 megapixel full HD 1080p and capture any vista with Bebop's 180° field of view
- Take clear photos and videos using advanced 3-axis image stabilization Control your experience with our Free Flight 3 app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)
- Factory Refurbished by Parrot and includes Bebop Drone , 2 batteries , Charger , Micro USB cable , 2 hulls , 4 replacement propellers , Quick Start Guide
- Control your experience with our Free Flight Pro app (iOS, Android, Windows 8.1)
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Parrot Bebop Drone is a lightweight yet robust quadricopter with 14 megapixel Full HD 1080p "fisheye" Camera and 3-axes image stabilization.For any further queries please contact Parrot's Technical Support Number @ 877-9Parrot (877-972-7768) or email at http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/hotline/ . Please update the device to the latest Softwares version available on the Parrot website: http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-bebop-drone/ NOTE: Before each flight session, check the following points: 1. Do not fly the Parrot Bebop Drone at night. 2. Check the weather conditions. Do not fly the Parrot Bebop Drone when the weather is rainy, snowy, or foggy. Do not fly the Parrot Bebop Drone if the wind speed exceeds 24 mph(40 km/h). 3. Ensure there is no obstacle in your flight area that could disturb piloting or visual flight. 4. Ensure the use of the Parrot Bebop Drone is allowed in your flight area. 5. Check the Wi-Fi use restrictions in your flight area. 6. Ensure the propellers are correctly installed and locked. For further information, see Before you begin> Changing the propellers. 7. Ensure the battery is correctly attached to the Parrot Bebop Drone. For further information, see Before you begin> Installing the battery. 8. Ensure the Parrot Bebop Drone and your smartphone batteries are charged. 9. Calibrate the Parrot Bebop Drone. For further information see Flying > Calibrating the Parrot Bebop Drone.
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I wanted the Bebop for several reasons. I wanted something compact, with good video quality but was not overly concerned with long distance flights, (out of line of sight). I also did not have a particular need to have to stay in the air for an extended length of time on a single battery. There are some good deals around on Bebop 2 combos right now, but I was really not certain how well I would like the Bebop, and there is a lot of difference in spending $159 and $499, so I went with the refurbished Bebop 1.
On the positive side, this quad is very easy to set up and fly, extremely portable and has very good 1080 HD video quality. Another plus to me is the lack of a heavy gimbal and camera hanging down underneath. Instead, the Bebop has built in electronic image stabilization which is amazing and even the ability to "move" the viewing angle of the camera. It does this by using a 180 degree fisheye lens, but only outputting a selected portion of it. There is no fisheye effect to the outputted video. Also consider, in a serious crash on a quad with a external gimbal and camera, they are the most vulnerable parts, and some of the most expensive to replace or repair. Another plus is even though the stock batteries only give around ten minutes of flight, extra batteries are available for around $20 each as opposed to paying $100 or more for some "smart" batteries for other larger camera drones. As an example, for $100 I could have 5 Bebop batteries giving me approx. 10 minutes flying time each which is 50 minutes, opposed to spending $100 for a battery that gives around 25 minutes of flight. I realize that if you NEED to stay in the air for 25 minutes uninterrupted, this logic doesn't apply, but to me, normally 10 minutes is plenty of time on a flight. There are aftermarket batteries that will yield a few minutes longer flight, if you need it. Parts for the Bebop are available, and most of them are reasonably priced.
Cons: For some users interested in long distance flights and / or extended flight times, obviously battery life would be an issue. Also, the Bebop operates via wifi control. This means it is not going to get as much range as other more expensive drones, and it means it is subject to interference and reduced range in areas of high wifi congestion. It does however have the capability of using the 5 ghz band as an alternative, but by nature the range of this band is not as much as the 2.4 ghz band. Another con is that it does not come with an external controller. For a casual user just wanting to put it in the air and take selfies or close range flights this might not be an issue, but for the more serious user or hobbyist used to an external controller it is an issue. The positive thing here however is that you can use a Parrot Flypad Bluetooth Controller ($40) that connects to your phone and gives you the traditional controls. Two different Parrot Sky Controllers are also available, but are priced pretty high. Another negative is the method used to attach the batteries to the Bebop. You plug the battery into a connector, and then slide it onto the drone and cinch it down with a provided velcro strap. The problem is that the battery does not lock into position, and during hard flying can come out and disconnect or get in the props...horrible design on their part. There is however a project on thingverse for a set of 3D printed clips that totally eliminate this problem.
One thing I would like to mention...if you start to research this drone on Youtube, you will see a bunch of negative comments, and you will see a bunch of ragged fpv video being sent back by the drone. There have been several firmware updates since the introduction of this drone and apparently some major improvements made. I have not flown mine at long distance yet, but so far the fpv feed has been silky smooth with no freezes or dropouts and very little lag.
To sum it up, this is a very nice drone for some people, but would be a terrible choice for others. This is true of most anything though. Weigh what is important in a drone, and consider carefully your intended uses. Drones are not a one size fits all item. The Bebop is much more compact and easy to transport than say a Phantom 4, but it will not approach the performance in any category, so it all comes down to what you need in a drone.
as i grabbed drone put it back together came apart ripped off completely