The world of drones is always evolving. While it might have been impressive to get a camera view on your phone just a year or two ago, now it’s possible to do so much more. The Parrot Bebop 2 drone is one that aims not just to put the user in control of the drone, but allow the user to feel the freedom of flight through its first-person-view headset. This Parrot Bebop 2 review seeks to determine how well this drone accomplishes its task through an objective view of its capabilities, features, and design. In doing so, our aim is to provide you with a substantive look at this product as well as an idea of whether or not it will fit your needs as a consumer.
Parrot Bebop 2 Drone Main Features & Specs
The Parrot Bebop 2’s main feature is actually not part of the drone. The included Parrot Cockpitglasses allow pilots to fly their drone in virtual reality, which we considered one of the best parts of our Parrot Bebop 2 review. The drone also features a number of high-tech flight options like GPS flight and self-follow in its premium app.
Parrot Bebop 2 Drone Specs
|25 min||Outdoors||HD 1080P 14MP||2700 mAh LiPo||55 minutes||1.1 pounds||15 x 3.5 x 12.9 inches||2 km|
Finally, the drone also features an extended range – about two kilometers on a clear day – that allows a pilot more freedom to capture video and explore the world around himself or herself.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
- Amazing first person view;
- Works with most newer smartphones;
- Has the great Parrot Skycontroller 2;
- Spectacular video;
- Includes a headset;
- Incredible range, especially when using smartphone apps;
- Stellar overall design;
- Ability to follow or fly via GPS is a great extra.
- Best features cost extra;
- Battery life could be longer;
- Does require a lot of set-up;
- No prop guards;
- Not enough internal memory for video;
- Some inconsistent issues with camera focus.
Parrot Bebop 2 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
If we’re going to talk about the controls on this drone for our Parrot Bebop 2 review, it’s best to split them up between the regular controller, the various app options, and the FPV mode. Each controls very differently and each will give you a very different flying experience. We did try out all three during our drone review, and we found that each has its own benefits and drawbacks.
The standard controller for this drone is fairly simple, which was one of the best parts of our Parrot Bebop 2 review. It hooks directly onto your phone and functions a bit like a video game controller.
From left to right on the controller there is a pitch stick, the on-off button, and the yaw stick. Below them going from left to right are the Settings button, Return Home button, Take-Off/Land button, video, and photo buttons. Using the controller is easy and doesn’t take much time to master.
It’s also possible to fly this drone through app commands. You’ll have to pay extra for the service, but you can set the drone up to follow a GPS path or to track your movement. These are great additions and we had a lot of fun with them during our review, but they’re ultimately just technical tricks that won’t have much impact on how you fly.
The Parrot Skycontroller 2 and Parrot Cockpit Glasses; Smartphone/Tablet Mount and Charger included
Using the FPV goggles is similar to using the remote controller, but you’ll get quite a bit of data fed to you through the goggles. You’ll get telemetry and radar information, for example. Which will give you a better idea of exactly where your drone is in comparison to your starting point. It can take some time to get used to flying in first person view, but it’s a worthwhile effort.
Flying the Drone
This is an outdoor drone with a significant amount of range, but we didn’t want to take the drone out too far for our Parrot Bebop 2 review. We chose a large field with relatively few obstructions on a clear day for flying – that made the whole process much easier.
There’s a bit of work you’ll have to do before you start flying. You’ll need to charge the batteries and get to work installing the propellers on the drone with the included tools. You will also need to download the drone’s FreeFlight Pro app before you start.
Once assembled, put the drone on a flat surface and sync it to the controller. You will also need to connect your smartphone to the controller via USB cable – this holds true even if you use the headset.
We highly recommend jumping in the deep end and trying out the FPV mode first. It’s unlike any other drone flying experience you’ve ever had, but the tricks you learn there will carry over to the regular flight mode.
The other modes are nice too, but they do cost extra – therefore, get some flight time in before you decide on spending more money on this drone.
What’s in the Box?
While we got a fairly full box for our Parrot Bebop 2 review, we were surprised by what isn’t in the box. There are plenty of high-tech toys included, of course, but there are no extra parts for those who are a little harder on their drones. This is perhaps because the drone maker feels confident in how strong the drone is, but it’d be nice to have a few extra propellers. Included in the box are:
- The Parrot Bebop 2 Drone;
- The Parrot Skycontroller 2;
- Parrot Cockpit Glasses;
- Smartphone/Tablet Mount;
- USB Cable;
- The battery;
The verdict of our Parrot Bebop 2 review is fairly clear – this is a great drone! The FPV mode is a fantastic way to fly, and even the basic modes are a lot of fun. While it’s certainly unfortunate that some of the better features are locked behind a paywall, you’ll still have a fantastic experience when flying this drone. Have you flown this drone before, or maybe the first Parrot Bebop drone? Did you have an experience that was different than ours? If so, let us know in a comment below!