The Quadcopter Parrot Bebop Review

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300m Control Range

90 min Recharge

20 min Flight Time

1080p Camera

Parrot Bebop Review Introduction

Since its first launch, the DJI Mavic pro has gained a lot of popularity in the drone user community. A truly portable drone, the DJI Mavic pro is one amazing little drone. It unfolds in all the right places and has the right technology, power and affordable price to make it anyone’s first choice if you intend to buy one. The manufacturer made it not as a starter drone but an up to standard gadget that meets your needs only comparable to the much-established drones such as the DJI’s Phantom 4. That is based on its functionality as a smaller drone.

One of the outstanding features of this drone may be its size, we have seen a lot before regarding technology and performance, but we have never seen all those features packed into such compact and portable size. With its ground-breaking design, relatively low pricing, and other impressive specs, the DJI Mavic pro is undoubtedly one of the most impressive drones we have currently. Despite its size and portability, it does not sacrifice any of its performance. It perfectly delivers what it’s meant for.

Drone Design

The DJI Mavic pro is a smaller looking drone characterized with more contours, and angular, sharp edges similar to those of a stealth bomber. In short, it looks more like a crab insect if we could describe in just a few words. Unlike its predecessor, the Phantom series, it does not rest on a built set of stands, but rather sleeps on its belly supporting itself on short legs that extend from the quadcopter arms.

The front quadcopter arms are easily folded into the body resting on top of the chassis while the back arms fold downwards tucking into the underside making the drone easily portable. You can comfortably fit the drone into your backpack and still have plenty of space to store your camera, the controller, and the spare lens. It’s not heavy to carry around. It perfectly fits your hand size making it your perfect choice to move around.

 

Parrot Bebop Review

Pros and Cons

Easy assembly of propellors

The propellors easily come of and on.

Easy to transport

The drone is easily transportable to take with you.

Spare parts available

If you break something, you can easily replace it.


(3.3/5)


$168.16
(as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET)
Price Disclaimer Product prices and availability are accurate as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Slightly low flight stability

Reduced weight makes it less wind tolerant.

Low flight range

The flight range could be slightly improved.

Slight low battery performance

The battery capacity and flight time could be improved.

Flight Control

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.

 

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Camera

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 system 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.

Parrot 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.

Thank you for reading our Parrot Bebop review.

 

Parrot Bebop Drone


(3.3/5)


$168.16
(as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET)
Price Disclaimer Product prices and availability are accurate as of 2018-09-25 at 11:25 CET and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Parrott Bebop Review Brief

Summary

The Parrott Bebop is a fantastic small, and lightweight drone that has good capabilities. It is very tough, but is also easily repaired if something does break. You can fly this drone with a typical quadcopter controller, or use a tablet or a smartphone. Is has a cool 14 megapixel camera, that will allow you to take amazing images and video from the air. This drone is ready to fly out of the box. There is nothign to assemble, or put together. Charge the batteries, and you are ready to fly.

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