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 review you will find out everything you need to know about the Parrot Bebop drone, starting with looks and ending with 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 about 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
|$327.99||22 min||Indoor/Outdoor||Fisheye 14 Megapixel 2.3-inch frontal camera||1200 mAh lithium-polymer battery||30 min||422 grams||
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.
The Parrot Bebop drone is only 28x32x3.6 centimeters without the hull, reaching a maximum size of 33x38x3.6 centimeters after the outer hull is attached. Even though it has been designed to take quite a beating, the drone’s surprisingly light, weighing approximately 400 grams without its hull and 420 grams with the hull one.
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
- The drone is very easy to use;
- The drone is tough;
- Great autonomy;
- VR support is a big plus;
- The Skycontroller enhances the flying experience;
- Great recording quality.
- Accessories like the controller are sold separately;
- Small battery;
- Not very good against stronger winds;
- Hard to take apart.
Parrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
The Parrot Skycontroller does not come in the pack, users having to pay up to 500 dollars in order to get their hands on one. Basically, the additional remote control, thanks to its improved Wi-Fi antenna, extends the range of the Parrot Bebop drone by up to two kilometers.
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 to 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.
As a UAS, the Parrot Bebop drone has a decent flight autonomy thanks to its 1200 mAh lithium-polymer battery that lasts approximately 22 minutes after a full charge.
As far as connectivity is concerned, 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.
The immediate advantage of flying the drone using a smart device is, without a doubt 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 an 180-degree freedom and 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 springs out of 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 poly-carbonate.
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.
We don’t think that the Bebops will go out of fashion pretty soon now that VR support is here. Yes, apart from the Skycontroller remote control, you can also attach a pair of FPV glasses, Oculus Rift included. This means that flying the actual drone has received a totally new meaning, thanks to the VR experience.
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;
- Drone Manual;
- 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. Although it’s pretty light, this type of drone can take quite a beating. Moreover, picture and video quality are decent and thanks to its fisheye camera the FOV 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. Before buying this drone, remember that you’ll first have to register it before you’re actually able to take it for a spin. Furthermore, if you want to transform this experience into something unique, you should also consider buying out the controller and a pair of FOV glasses.