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AR Parrot Bebop

$250

  • Excellent, durable entry-level camera drone that’s a lot of fun to fly
  • WiFi controller limits range
  • NOTE: If you want a full FPV headset experience, consider the new Bebop 2 (about $450), instead
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AR Parrot Bebop

AR Parrot Bebop

8

Easy to Learn

8/10

    Easy to Operate

    8/10

      Value

      8/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Customer Reviews

          8/10

            Pros

            • Durable & lightweight
            • Perfect for indoor use, racing
            • Easy to operate
            • Waypoint / autopilot usually found in higher-priced units
            • Swappable batteries work in controller and drone

            Cons

            • Cannot swap/upgrade cameras
            • Not a true gimbal, so some image shakiness
            • Professionals should look elsewhere
            • Sensitive to wind


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            Our Take

            Parrot takes aerial HD video it to the next level with the compact, easy to fly AR Parrot Bebop.

            AR Parrot Bebop RED - app controller Android

            The Bebop is an easy to use, ready-to-fly FPV camera drone capable of taking mostly stable 1080p video and stills from up to 2km away (with optional SkyController station).

            AR Parrot Bebop - app waypoint control
            AR Parrot Bebop: Waypoint Control

            Everything is integrated and ready to go.

            Using AR’s downloadable controller app, Freeflight 3, the Parrot Bebop can be controlled using your iOS or Android device. You can also view live video streams and program & track flight paths.

            Worried about radio interference? You don’t have anymore, thanks to the Bebop’s selectable 2.4GHx or 5.0 MIMMO frequencies.

            Parrot BeBop SkyController

            The optional (and recommended) dual-joystick Skycontroller FPV transmitter/reciever extends the range to 2 km and connects the drone with a variety of FPV glasses, providing a completely immersive piloting experience.

            And speaking of racing, the Parrot BeBop is pretty fast (29 mph) and aerobatic. With FPV glasses on, it’s a hoot to fly.

            Our only quabble is with the camera quality – the images are not quite as good as more expensive but much heavier GoPro drones – and you can’t swap the camera out. That said, the video quality is still pretty darn good – take a look:

            Specifications

            • 14 megapixel Full HD “fisheye” Camera records 1080p video at 30 fps.
            • 8 GB onboard flash memory
            • 3-axis digital image stabilization
            • Records videos and pictures in a 180° field
            • 180 degree camera panning is separate from drone movement
            • Built-in GPS and autopilot using programmable waypoints
            • Programmable autonomous flight paths
            • Automatic return home
            • Emergency Land
            • High altitude flight control
            • Controlled using Freeflight 3, a free app available on iOS, Android and Windows 8.1
            • Ultrasound ground detection within 8 meters
            • 8-10 min flight time
            • 200m ceiling
            • 29 mph top speed
            • 2 km range (with optional Skycontroller)

            Features We Like

            • Lightweight construction and EPP rotor guards make the Bebop extra-tough
            • Suitable for beginners to experienced pilots.
            • Awesome racing drone
            • Built-in 1920x1080p 14 megapixel camera with Fish-eye lens produces clear video and stills, with just a bit of shakiness at times
            • Controlled via iOS/Android app FlightTime 3
            • Skycontroller + HDMI glasses delivers a cool, immersive FPV experience
            • Selectable operating frequency (2.4 or 5 GHz) eliminates interference concerns
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            Watch It In Action





            Built with safety in mind



            Its feather-weight ABS reinforced structure (400g) makes Parrot Bebop Drone robust and safe. In the event of any collision, the propellers stop automatically. The emergency mode allows the drone to land immediately. Thanks to a GPS system, a Return Home function brings the Bebop drone easily back to its take-off point. Finally, EPP hulls included in the pack makes indoor flights safer.

            User-controlled 180° Camera Panning



            Control the angle of the camera directly from the piloting application with a simple movement of the thumb. The shifting on the 180 angle is fully digital and independent from drone movements.

            Freeflight 3: An ultra intuitive application



            The Parrot Bebop Drone comes with a free piloting application, Freeflight 3, for iOS and Android Smartphones and tablets. The user-friendly application has been developed to be very easy to use allowing the pilot to focus on the pleasure of flying. Complete user settings for altitude and speed, piloting mode (accelerometer, virtual joystick...). FreeFlight app also includes fun features such as one-touch Flip!  FreeFlight 3 is also the piloting app for Parrot MiniDrones.

            Pilot to the map with Flight Plan



            The Bebop Drone integrates a GNSS chipset that associates the GPS + GLONASS data. Plan your flights on your smartphone/tablet by touching waypoints on your screen and let the drone do the hard part. In addition to increasing the stability in high altitude, it also allows autonomous flights and automatics return to the take-off position. With the recorded data (altitude, speed...), you are able to replay your flights modeled in 3D on the Parrot Academy map. Flight Plan will be made available soon as an in-app purchase in FreeFlight 3.

            Return Home



            When “Return Home” is selected, the Bebop Drone returns directly to its starting position when the altitude is greater than 10 meters. If the altitude is less or equal to 10 meters, it will rise and stabilize itself at 10 meters before returning to its take-off position in a straight line. Once it has reached its take-off position, it will stop and hover 2 meters above the ground.

            Always connected



            Parrot Bebop Drone photo and video stream is synchronized in real time on your smartphone. Share your best shots instantly on Facebook or Instagram.

            Ready for YouTube



            Showcase your flights on Youtube with the touch of a finger.