Flying around with drones might look tedious at times, but not when you’re running around piloting a Parrot Bebop drone. From the very first time, you’ll literally fall in love with this little flying apparatus, which has all the chances of becoming one of the greatest drones out there on the market. The Bebop drone is not about flying proficiency, but about making every flying experience memorable. From this Parrot Bebop drone review, you will find out everything you need to know about its looks, features, specs, accessories and even more.
Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone Main Features & Specs
The Parrot Bebop drone is widely considered a milestone when it comes to recreational UASs. It is among the first to spell the importance of cross-platform connectivity when it comes to drones.
Being lightweight and silent above all else, this type of drone can be used in all kinds of circumstances, from a short trek through a dense forest to observing the nesting habits of indigenous birds. The only aspect that doesn’t recommend the Bebop drone as a research apparatus is its short autonomy (around 150 minutes).
|Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone Specs|
|22 min||Indoor/Outdoor||14 Mp Fisheye full HD 1080p||1200 mAh Li-po||30min||2.97 lbs||13.2 x 3.8 x 14.4 inches||8m|
Also, being designed to be lightweight and fast, there’s no chance you can put any more attachments on the drone’s hull, but, as fortune favors us, the Bebop drone already has everything it needs. If you prefer Parrot products, check out our Parrot AR Drone 2.0 review as well.
Still, if you want to try the Parrot Bebop, you’ll need to register your drone on the FAA’s official drone registration page, as the Parrot drone weights more than 0.55 pounds.
Arguments Pros & Cons
- Easy to use;
- Great autonomy;
- Skycontroller enhances flying experience;
- VR support;
- Great recording quality.
- Controller is sold separated;
- Need to register with the FAA;
- Battery is small;
- Hard to take apart.
Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
You can control the Bebop drone either using an iOS, Android or Windows Phone compatible device or by purchasing the all-new Parrot Bebop Skycontroller remote. This does not come in the pack, users having to pay for it separately. Basically, thanks to its improved Wi-Fi antenna the additional remote control extends the range of the Parrot Bebop drone by up to two kilometers. Or you can also check out the Parrot Bebop 2 drone that comes with the Skycontroller.
Unfortunately, with the Skycontroller remote and FPV HDMI glasses attached, the drone’s flight autonomy is dramatically decreased. For example, any Bebop drone has an autonomy situated between 22 and 150 minutes depending on what type of battery it sports.
Upon attaching the controller and the FPV glasses, your battery’s life will be reduced by 50 – 70 percent. But the experience is far beyond words can describe. The drone might run smoothly when piloted via a tablet or smartphone, but with the Skycontroller, it feels like you actually own the skies.
Featuring two highly-sensitive axial joysticks, the Skycontroller basically behaves like an overgrown port for your tablet. Just stick your smart device in, fire up the application and start piloting.
Flying the Drone
The immediate advantage of flying the drone using a smart device is accessibility. Everyone has a smartphone, and the Bebop drone flight application is free on the store. However, controlling a drone using a smartphone or tablet is trickier because you can’t precisely control the drone’s pitch and inclination while in mid-air.
The Bebop drone really takes the limelight when it comes to snapping great pictures and filming your experience. Thanks to its Fisheye 14 Megapixel 2.3-inch frontal camera that has a 180-degree freedom of movement, all those memorable experience are seconds away from being caught on tape.
And if that’s not enough for you, the Bebop Drone, especially those from the third generation can even film in 4K at 30 frames per second. You don’t even have to worry about disk space because the drone comes in the box with an 8GB flash internal memory storage.
The Bebop drone sports out four brushless outrunner motors, which can achieve a maximum speed of 13 meters per second. Bebop’s amazing performance is partly achieved thanks to the glass fiber reinforced structure and the three-bladed block made from polycarbonate. In order to compensate for wind resistance, the outer hull has anti-vibration bumpers. Also a high-resistance EPP outdoor hull.
If you’re still wondering what keeps the drone ticking, then you should be glad to hear that the Parrot Bebop drone has Parrot P7 dual-core CPU Cortex 9 motherboard, a Quad-core GPU, and magnesium shelving technology that protects the drone’s components from EM surges and UV radiation.
Moreover, apart from the Skycontroller remote control, you can also attach a pair of FPV glasses, Oculus Rift included. Another amazing drone that also uses FPV glasses is the DJI Phantom 4.
Furthermore, if you really want to see what the drone is capable of, you can try and download the flight path in-application extension. This extension lets you preprogram flight paths for your drone and adjust various in-flight parameters like speed and altitude.
What’s in the Box?
- The Parrot Bebop drone;
- Micro USB Cable;
- Start Guide;
- Propeller mounting tool;
- Two indoor hulls;
- Two Batteries;
- One charger is compatible with JP/EU/ANZ/US/UK sockets.
All in all, the Parrot Bebop drone is a good asset whether you’re a beginner or a professional drone pilot. Moreover, picture and video quality are decent and thanks to its fisheye camera the FPV is pretty wide. We strongly recommend this type of drone for anyone who wants to experience the thrill and joy of flying around without having to actually get a pilot’s license. Furthermore, you should also consider buying out the controller and a pair of FPV glasses to transform this experience into something unique.