Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Review
Let’s say you have already grown out of using your affordable and child-friendly toy drones and want something more technically advanced to satiate your drive in flying the skies. Perhaps, now you want a quadcopter that can help you at your specific work, leisure or just plain day-to-day life.
Whether you are a budding aerial photo/videographer, bounty hunter, land surveyor, or a simple hobbyist, the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV is something worth considering adding to your arsenal.
- Comes with the Skycontroller 2 and CockpitGlasses
- Boasts a 25-minute battery life
- Can fly distances of up to 2 kilometers away from you
- Comes with the FreeFlight Pro app
- Has the option to download the Follow Me – GPS and visual tracking feature
- Can shoot high-resolution 1080p videos
- Installed with a 14MP, 180˚ fisheye camera
- Includes a Bebop 2 backpack in the package
- Comes with a smartphone/tablet stand
- Lightweight (~1 pound)
As an update to their flagship drone, Parrot unveiled the Bebop 2, a more slender, compact bodied, slightly smaller version. Aside from this, the Bebop 2 still mirrors almost everything the Bebop 1 has to offer.
It is still equipped with the 14 MP camera with the option of using the 180-degree fisheye lens, and it still has the 8 GB of internal storage.
Probably the most significant modification from its predecessor is the battery life. Initially, the Bebop 1 only lasted for around 11 minutes flight time. Thanks to the 2700 mAh battery, the battery life has been increased to 25 minutes.
This would have made the updated version, heavier, right? Fortunately, the Bebop 2 is still considered lightweight, weighing only around 500 grams or approximately 1.1 pound.
With the option of using the dedicated remote, the Skycontroller 2, the range of the flying distance of the Bebop 2 dramatically increases. Although the controller is somewhat bulky, its storage, including the drone itself, is not a problem thanks to the Bebop 2 backpack included in the package.
Moving on, the CockpitGlasses included may look like a standard VR headset. However, it supports most iOS or Android phones making it wide ranging.
Using it will give you a first-person experience of the drone’s view, as if you were the one piloting it inside a cockpit!
What we liked best about this drone in particular is the choice to use the Follow Me feature. Utilizing the GPS tracking system, as well as an advanced visual recognition technology, the drone can follow you by just syncing it with your smartphone.
From adventure hobbies like running, cycling, and hiking, to simply capturing candid videos, the Bebop 2 can film you wherever you go!
In terms of its design, we realized that the Bebop 2 is one of the least daunting camera drones because of its slender, toy-like features, more so, because the drone can take off and land on its own as well as it can hover easily in most places. The “return to home” button is a good feature as it saves the time of controlling the drone towards you.
As we have mentioned, the Bebop 2 still carry the same camera found in its prototype. With that, there is no option to shoot 4k videos, and when compared to other quadcopters in its price range, the camera of the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV is far inferior.
Images may look grainy and colors may sometimes become washed out and tearing may be observed.
Another dissatisfaction we had is that Parrot still did not include a removable storage slot in the updated version, so we had no option but to be content with the internal 8 gigs of memory. Alternatively, we had no choice but to download filmed footage to our phones every once in a while, costing us phone storage and device battery life.
In terms of flying the Bebop 2, we found that it was easy to sync, connect and take off. However, at around 250 meters, we experienced moderate disconnection.
In addition, the video feed became relatively choppy and pixelated. Albeit these technical issues, 250-300-meter distances are actually decent enough for a beginner/intermediate drone that falls within its price range. Using the SkyController 2 would of course increase the distance traveled of the drone itself.
However, Parrot failed to deliver on its promise of approximately 2-kilometer distance since we only managed to traverse up to 800 meters.
Lastly, the Follow Me feature is not integral to the package when bought; rather, you have to make an additional $20 in-app purchase to avail yourself of it.
Collectively, we would recommend the Bebop 2 to those who want an intermediate, yet family-friendly drone. Its controls and sleek, yet pleasant design is not too intimidating for first-time users. Consider the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV if you want a camera drone that can capture decent quality photos and videos, as well as be durable enough to endure occasional crashes.