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Review of the Quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2
Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

The Bebop 2 pre­sent­ed in the review received a num­ber of improve­ments and a new FPV pack­age. Find out more about the Par­rot Bebop 2 Pow­er here!

About company

The French com­pa­ny Par­rot CA dates back to 1994. Offi­cial­ly, Hen­ri Sey­doux is con­sid­ered the founder of this com­pa­ny, but in fact, three peo­ple found­ed Par­rot — Jean Pierre Tal­vard, Hen­ri Sey­doux and Christi­na De Tourvel. Par­rot — trans­lat­ed from Eng­lish — a par­rot, and this name is not giv­en by chance.

The com­pa­ny spe­cial­izes in the field of speech recog­ni­tion tech­nolo­gies. Par­rot is a leader in nav­i­ga­tion and enter­tain­ment sys­tems used in cars. The com­pa­ny sup­ports and pro­motes a new gen­er­a­tion of wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion — Blue­tooth Smart, pro­duc­ing high-qual­i­ty wire­less audio devices based on it.

Since 2010, the com­pa­ny has firm­ly estab­lished itself in the home UAV mar­ket. The first drone was the “for­ev­er” pop­u­lar — Par­rot AR.Drone. Using his exam­ple, first-per­son con­trolled flight over Wi-Fi was imple­ment­ed for the first time. In 2014, Par­rot CA announces — Par­rot Bebop, which sub­se­quent­ly received no less recog­ni­tion from the con­sumer, even despite the minus­es present. A year lat­er, based on crit­i­cism of the first ver­sion, the devel­op­er announces a com­plete­ly updat­ed — Par­rot Bebop 2.

Imme­di­ate­ly after the release, the Par­rot AR.Drone was award­ed the CES Inno­va­tions award in the Elec­tron­ic Gam­ing Hard­ware cat­e­go­ry. And two years lat­er, the devel­op­er will final­ize the quad and present the user with an updat­ed ver­sion — AR.Drone 2.0, the demand for which con­tin­ues to grow today.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review

The build qual­i­ty of Bebop 2 is at a very high lev­el, the plas­tic is of high qual­i­ty, you imme­di­ate­ly under­stand that you have a high-tech prod­uct in your hands. Quad is aimed at a wide audi­ence of users with­out ref­er­ence to expe­ri­ence. In oth­er words, even those who have nev­er held a remote con­trol in their hands will be able to mas­ter pilot­ing Bebop 2. The whole process of oper­at­ing the quadro­copter is intu­itive and sim­ple.

Quad con­trol implies two options: using a smart­phone / tablet (IOS / Android via the FreeFlight 3 appli­ca­tion) or in tan­dem with the Par­rot Sky­con­troller 2 remote con­trol. When con­trol­ling one smart­phone / tablet, the dis­tance will be no fur­ther than 100 meters. The Par­rot Sky­con­troller 2 remote con­trol will allow you to move away to a max­i­mum dis­tance of 2 km. The con­trol equip­ment sup­ports the con­nec­tion of an FPV head­set — Par­rot Cock­pit­glass­es (via HDMI port), pro­vid­ing togeth­er the most com­plete and inde­scrib­able flight expe­ri­ence.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Advantages

Unlike its pre­de­ces­sor, the advan­tages of Par­rot Bebop 2 are obvi­ous:

  1. He got big­ger.
  2. More pow­er­ful — due to the high wind­ing den­si­ty in brush­less motors, as well as due to the instal­la­tion of more effi­cient speed con­trollers.
  3. The cam­era has been improved on it, now it shoots notice­ably bet­ter, even in low light con­di­tions. And due to the new optics and a larg­er tilt angle of the cam­era itself, much more infor­ma­tion will now enter the frame.
  4. The devel­op­ers equipped the drone with a pow­er­ful bat­tery, which made it pos­si­ble to dou­ble the flight time com­pared to the pre­vi­ous mod­el.
  5. A pow­er­ful LED light has been added to the rear of the drone.
  6. A new GPS con­troller was installed — Ublox Neo 8M, with the advent of which the num­ber of satel­lites cap­tured was increased — up to 19 (against 12 for its pre­de­ces­sor), there­by ensur­ing expo­nen­tial posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy.

Bebop 2 was test­ed in a wind tun­nel, where it was test­ed for wind resis­tance. As a result of improve­ments, lat­er­al wind resis­tance has been notice­ably increased. Now a sta­ble con­trolled flight is pos­si­ble with a cross­wind speed of up to 16.2 m/s. For the Par­rot Bebop, this lim­it was up to 13 m/s.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Equipment

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

On the offi­cial web­site of the man­u­fac­tur­er, the Bebop 2 drone is avail­able in 2 trim lev­els:

  1. Par­rot Bebop 2 FPV (includes Par­rot Sky­con­troller 2 + Par­rot Cock­pit­glass­es)
  2. Par­rot Bebop 2 Adven­tur­er (includes Par­rot Sky­con­troller 2 + Par­rot Cock­pit­glass­es + trans­port back­pack + 2 sets of rotors + access to the paid “Fol­low me” fea­ture)

Drone Par­rot Bebop Drone 2 is avail­able in 2 col­ors:

  • Black with white insert
  • Black with red insert

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Specification

Drone

GPS:

there is

FPV:

there is

Flight plan function:

there is

Return home function:

there is

Auto takeoff/landing function:

there is

Max flight range:

up to 2km

Follow me feature:

yes (paid)

Waypoints function:

yes (paid)

Altitude hold mode:

there is

AV signal transmission frequency:

5GHz (Wi-Fi 802.11)

Radio frequency:

2.4GHz (Wi-Fi 802.11)

FPV display:

any gad­get (IOS/Android)

Drone battery type:

3S 11.1V 2700mAh LiPo

Max flight time:

25min

Max. horizontal flight speed:

64.8km/h

Stabilization:

6 axis gyro­scope

Motors:

brush­less type

Drone lighting:

LED

The weight:

500gr

Dimensions:

328×382×89mm

Flying environment:

Out­doors

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Camera

Matrix:

14MP F/2.3 CMOS

Video:

1920 × 1080 at 30 fps

FOV (vert/horiz):

180°

Photo resolution:

4096×3072

Media type:

built-in 8GB

Video Format:

mov H.264

Appearance

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Motors

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2Bebop 2 brush­less motors, in-house devel­oped by Par­rot CA. They proved them­selves excel­lent­ly on the first ver­sion of the Par­rot Bebop. Espe­cial­ly for the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion drone, the pow­er plant has under­gone refine­ment, there­by mak­ing it pos­si­ble to improve the already indica­tive flight char­ac­ter­is­tics by an order of mag­ni­tude.

Food

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

The char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Par­rot Bebop 2 bat­tery deserve spe­cial atten­tion 3S 11.1V 2700mAh LiPo. With the 25 min­utes of flight declared by the man­u­fac­tur­er, in prac­tice, with a mod­er­ate wind with gusts (up to 10 m/s) in a calm pilot­ing mode, the drone showed 40 min­utes of flight (bat­tery charge at the begin­ning of the test — 100%, at the end — 5% with a warn­ing and auto return ). We think oth­er com­ments are unnec­es­sary!

Camera

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

On board the Par­rot Bebop 2, a 14MP cam­era with dig­i­tal 3‑axis sta­bi­liza­tion is installed at an angle in a polypropy­lene box. The all-new wide-angle Fish­eye lens has real­ly improved low-light shoot­ing. The cam­era shoots video in 1920 × 1080p res­o­lu­tion at 30 fps in H.264 for­mat, as well as pho­tos in res­o­lu­tion: 4096 × 3072 in for­mats: JPEG/RAW/DNG.

The qual­i­ty of the video record­ing deserves respect, but you can’t say the same about the pho­to, it could be bet­ter. Dig­i­tal sta­bi­liza­tion from Par­rot works flaw­less­ly. We were pleased with the shoot­ing angles of the cam­era, it can shoot almost under itself.

Control

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

As men­tioned above, the Par­rot Bebop 2 can be con­trolled:

  1. Smartphone/Tablet (IOS/Android)
  2. Smartphone/Tablet + Par­rot Sky­con­troller 2

flight properties

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

In flight, Bebop 2 is flaw­less, due to the com­pe­tent set­ting of the flight con­troller, low weight (500g), pow­er­ful pow­er plant and a new bat­tery. Dynam­ics will please many. Speed ​​ceil­ing: up to 64.8 km/h (pre­vi­ous mod­el: up to 47 km/h). Depend­ing on the user’s skills, 3 drone activ­i­ty modes are avail­able: Simple/Standard/Advanced.

  • For safe­ty rea­sons, any forced block­ing of the rota­tion of the motors leads to their emer­gency stop.
  • The drone over­comes a height of 100 meters in 18 sec­onds.
  • Max. the lift­ing speed is 21 km/h.

Flight modes

Ear­li­er func­tion fol­low me was not avail­able for Par­rot Bebop 2. The devel­op­ers have final­ized the FreeFlight 3 mobile appli­ca­tion to freeflight Pro and now thanks to visu­al recog­ni­tion tech­nol­o­gy and GPS track­ing sys­tem the drone can rec­og­nize and track the object for shoot­ing. Select one of the flight modes on the screen of the paired gad­get, define the object and the drone will shoot its move­ment accord­ing to the select­ed set­tings.

There are 5 modes available in total:

  • Auto-

    Follow

    using a com­plete­ly new track­ing tech­nol­o­gy based on the GPS posi­tion­ing of the smart­phone and visu­al recog­ni­tion, it ensures the acqui­si­tion of the object with high accu­ra­cy through­out the entire route.

  • climbing

    – in this mode, the drone, ana­lyz­ing the baro­met­ric data of the paired smart­phone, will obe­di­ent­ly shoot the ver­ti­cal ascent of the object. The mode is rel­e­vant for climbers.

  • Perfect

    side

    – choose from which side of the object it is bet­ter to shoot and the drone will shoot unique shots with its par­tic­i­pa­tion.

  • Auto

    Framing

    - The drone uses a unique visu­al recog­ni­tion algo­rithm to keep the sub­ject in the cen­ter of the frame.

  • Magic

    drones

    – 4 self­ie options are at your dis­pos­al: Orbit (shoot­ing 360º around the sub­ject) / Boomerang (shoot­ing in front, behind and oppo­site the sub­ject) / Parabo­la (shoot­ing in an arc above the sub­ject) / Zenith (shoot­ing the sub­ject from top to bot­tom and from bot­tom to top).

The “Fol­low me” func­tion that allows the drone to fol­low the object is paid — $ 19.99. But before buy­ing, the devel­op­er offers the user a free 15-day test dri­ve. Note that sim­i­lar­ly, you can acti­vate the func­tion — “flight plan“thanks to which it becomes pos­si­ble to fly to points.

Price

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

On the offi­cial web­site of the man­u­fac­tur­er, depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion, Par­rot Bebop 2 is sold at the fol­low­ing prices:

  • Par­rot Bebop 2 FPV — 3$99.99
  • Par­rot Bebop 2 Adven­tur­er — 579.99$

Conclusion

Par­rot Bebop Drone 2 from $399.99

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Func­tion­al­i­ty

9/10

Flight time

9/10

flight qual­i­ties

8/10

com­pact­ness

8/10

Equip­ment

9/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

8/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Design/Modular design
  • Build Quality/Weight
  • Elec­tron­ics work
  • Posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy
  • Cam­era (Sta­bi­liza­tion)
  • Flight time
  • Flight modes
  • Auto takeoff/landing
  • Security/Ease of Use
  • Ready to fly out of the box

Minuses

  • Price
  • Paid fea­tures: Fol­low Me and Flight Plan
  • Built-in mem­o­ry (total 8GB)

An excel­lent drone for action flights, an inde­scrib­able feel­ing when pilot­ing is done using a remote con­trol and FPV gog­gles. Bebop 2 is a very dynam­ic and, at the same time, remark­ably sta­ble drone, which is what catch­es it. The ease of use is amaz­ing, you don’t have to learn a lot on sim­pler mod­els to under­stand the intri­ca­cies of pilot­ing. It is worth not­ing that Bebop 2 is more “sharp­ened” for dynam­ic FPV flights, it should not be con­sid­ered if you are look­ing for a UAV for large-scale high-qual­i­ty shoot­ing, although, as prac­tice has shown, it does not do a bad job with this either.

A photo

Pho­to of the Par­rot Bebop 2 quadro­copter.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Bebop Drone 2

Video

Video with the Par­rot Bebop 2 quad­copter.






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