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The white BeBop Drone 2 with 14 Megapixel Flight Camera from Parrot is a Wi-Fi-based, mobile device-operated RC quadcopter capable of capturing 1080p aerial video and taking 4096 x 3072 resolution still photos. Avoiding the added weight and power consumption of a motorized gimbal, the camera features an electronic image stabilization system that relies on a 3-axis motion sensor and a 180° fisheye lens from which it crops a Full HD image. Updates from the original BeBop include a lower camera angle for direct shots at the ground and a larger battery for up to 25 minutes flying time.
Rather than requiring a special transmitter, the BeBop Drone 2 is controlled from an Android or iOS mobile device running the FreeFlight 3 App (see Parrot website for latest list of supported devices). In addition to letting you control the quadcopter, the app provides a real-time preview from the flight camera, and you can even record a low resolution feed directly on your device. For high-res recording you can use the 8GB of built-in memory.
Note: Please address all technical issues directly to Parrot. Contact technical support by phone at 877-9Parrot (877-972-7768).
I love this quadcopter and Parrot's service. I've got a defective charger that wouldn't charge the battery properly. Contacted Parrot's CS and after some debugging got a new charger in less than a week. CS representative was friendly and helpful.
I love how this thing is durable. I was flying around the house with my phone and lost connection. Bebop went into failsafe and landed on a three and then dropped about 20 feet on the ground making "breaking bones" sound, battery came off. Immediately I thought this thing is totaled...
To my surprise, only bent two props and I was lucky not to scratch the lens. Advice: don't fly with your smart device in congested areas, it needs a room to land safely in case of wifi link problem.
I flew it down the street under the trees following my son skating with SkyController. Very stable even without GPS. No WiFi problems even in urban area. I was more comfortable following my son with Bebop than let's say Phantom which is 3 times heavier.
The only real downside is video quality. Low sampling rate is noticeable. Poor dynamic range makes it hard to shoot during high contrast time of the day.
* Lightweight and durable
* Stable and good 3 axis video stabilization
* Flexibility to fly with smart device or with SkyController for longer range
* Long flight times about 21min
* Rich autonomous features with optional app purchase
* Awesome CS support
* Cheaper parts and spares than DJI products
* Poor video quality with low dynamic range and low sampling
* SkyController is bulky and heavy
* Fewer accessories (backpacks) as for DJI products
Overall a good buy for family photos and videos. Unknown on 8th Mar 2016