Parrot Bebop 2 Review
I was one of the lucky few who bought the Parrot Bebop 2 on the day it was released to the public, in December 2015, just before Christmas. I had a great time flying it; so I generally have good things to say about it in this Parrot Bebop 2 Review. I used to fly the Parrot Bebop 1 earlier, and I was glad that with the Bebop 2, Parrot has doubled the flying time to 25 minutes – which is about the minimum that hobbyists and drone enthusiasts such as myself would expect.
Bebop 2 was fast, powerful and remarkably stable in the air. I was also impressed with the high quality shots that I was able to capture with its fisheye lens. Let’s talk a bit more about Parrot Bebop 2 and its features.
The Parrot Bebop 2 has practically the same body as its predecessor, except that it is a bit lighter and more compact. The rotors were color coded, so I could make out which one goes where while setting them up. I was impressed at how stable it was in air, despite its small size.
The Parrot Bebop 2 uses a radically different approach to drone photography. It uses a fisheye lens that is attached to the nose, rather than a gimbal-mounted external camera as most drones do. So this means you don’t have to worry about the position of the camera, about panning or tilting it – the fisheye does this by itself and offers a much wider field of view than you would normally get with a camera mounted on a gimbal. So I could shoot some remarkable videos panning the fisheye lens to the ground, which wouldn’t have as easy with a camera mounted on a gimbal.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is controlled by an app on an iPhone or Android phone. The Bebop 2 is connected to your phone through the Wi-Fi MIMO and this connection should hold for at least up to 950 feet. You can control the Bebop 2 by simply tilting and pivoting your smartphone in the right direction – it’s really that simple. If you want to change the angle of the fisheye lens, you can do so using the app. The Bebop 2 can capture 8GB of video content, which it transfers to your iPhone or Android through the app.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is remarkably composed in air and that’s because it is powered by four engines, which make it capable of flying at high speeds without losing control. It flies up to top speed of 37 mph horizontally and climbs at a speed of 13 mph. It accelerates at pace and can reach top speed in just 14 seconds. It flies well even in windy conditions, and is capable of resisting head winds up to 39 mph.
The Bebop 2 comes with an automatic landing option. The landing is controlled by a button that’s on the app and it lands smoothly and efficiently no matter the attitude it is at when you use this option. For beginners, there’s an autopilot system which allows them to fly the Parrot Bebop 2 with ease.
As I said earlier, the Parrot Bebop 2 has twice the battery life and flying time of its predecessor – 25 minutes. So pretty impressed with that.
Should you buy Parrot Bebop 2?
Yes, I heartily recommend that you should buy the Parrot Bebop 2. It is one of the best intermediate drones available in the market right now and I think Parrot is selling the Bebop 2 at the right price, $529.99.
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