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In this article, we present the Parrott Bebop review which will provide you further information about this amazing quadcopter. The Bebop quadcopter strikes a balance between a fun, and agile quadcopter, and an image capable drone. The Bebop is a combination of fun flying, ease of use, and dynamic agility. However, balancing flight performance with image capture requires some tradeoffs. This quadcopter is priced higher than other toy drones, but comes with more features and better handling characteristics, but does not have the same photo video quality as a quadcopter specializing as an aerial video platform. The all-round nature of the Bebop makes it suitable for novice quadcopter pilots, with particular design attention given to ease of use.
The lightweight construction of the Bebop, along with a small 390-gram battery makes it small than a DJI drone. The propellers are easy to remove, and all components are modular and easily replaced. The propeller guards have an interesting design, and serve to save the propellers and surroundings from damage. One on battery charge, you can expect to get 11 minutes of flight time.
What Is In The Box
- 1 x Quadcopter
- 4 x Spare props
- 1 x 3.7 volt, 700 mAh LiPo battery
- 1 x USB charger
- 1 x Simple user manual
The Parrot uses proven control and design elements from past models in the series. The position stabilization is provided for with ultrasonic sensors for level control, and a second camera that allows for ground tracking for vertical stabilization. The second camera uses ground patterns information for position hold. This is useful indoors, where GPS signals may not be available. A GPS is available for outdoor position hold, and gyroscopic sensors for attitude stabilization. Only high end drones, such as DJI models, have this combination of flight stabilization systems.
The basic version of the Bebop is controlled using a smartphone or tablet application for Android and IOS devices. Dynamic control including flips and loops can be executed at the press of a button. Waypoints can be set using the application, and the Bebop can be returned to home at the press of a button.
There is a direct stream of the video feed to your smart device, giving you a first person view of the drone camera. This gives the feeling of sitting in the cockpit of the quadcopter. Telemetry data from the quadcopter, along with battery status data is available at a glance.
The flight controller application is good for novice flyers, but for anyone with drone piloting experience, a regular remote controller is more useful. There is the option of the Sky Controller with some Bebop models, which provides two control sticks, a smartphone or tablet holder, and an additional interface for connecting FPV video glasses. The joystick controllers are more comfortable to use, and more accurate to fly with. All of the smartphone app functionality are also available.
The Bebop camera has a 186 degree fisheye lens along with a 14 megapixel sensor. Video stabilization is provided for digitally with capture resolution of 1920 x 1080p at 30 frames per second. Photo resolution can be captured at 4096 x 3072 pixels. Rotor vibration and wind movements can affect image stability rendering the recorded images useless. Typically, photo drones have gimbals to provide for mechanical image stabilization. This provides a suspension systems for the camera, which dampens out drone movements.
The camera on the Bebop is mounted and protected with rubber dampers so suppress vibrations. The wobbles induced by drone motion are negated from the image in real time by software. Also, the fisheye effect of the lens is removed. The software works surprisingly well, and instantaneously. The camera does not have the ability to rotate or tilt as with other photo drones, so you will need to pilot the drone accordingly.
Parrott Bebop Review Summary
The Bebop Drone from Parrot provides great flying fun especially for beginners. The system and accessories are well designed, and the small size makes the drone easily transportable. The Bebop is suitable for both indoor and outdoor flying. With the live image feed from the drone, you can fly with FPV. For extending flying and additional range, you will want to opt for the Sky Controller. Accessories and spare parts are also available for this drone. The Bebop strikes a good balance between flight performance, and image quality.
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