ParrotBebop 2 Power

  • Flight time
    30
    minutes
  • Slow-mo resolution
    30FPS (no slow motion)
  • Video resolution
    1920 x 1080
  • Control range
    2
    km
  • Gimbal
    simulated gimbal
  • Camera resolution
    1920 x 1080
6.8
Rating
camera
drone
6
Retail Price
$
599.95
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What makes the Bebop so Impressive? 30 minutes of flight time in a small cheap package.

The Parrot Bebop 2 Power is one of the more technologically advanced drones for sale right now. It doesn't have a lot of the features that the Spark has (palm control and gesture recognition), but it makes up for that with the extremely long flight time of 30 minutes. This means you can fly farther without worrying about needing to come back in just a few minutes.

Just Parrot's AR Drone, you can control the Bebop 2 with your iPhone or Android device. But with the Bebop 2, there’s an optional SkyController which will allow you to have real joystick controls, extended range, and a few other cool things.

The Bobop has a 14 megapixel camera with a 180 degree field-of-view fisheye lens, but since the camera lens has such a wide field-of-view and a really fast processor, it can take the full 14 megapixel image, fix the image distortion (eliminating the fisheye effect), stabilize the image, then send the live video back to your phone. What all that means is that you’ll be getting a digitally stabilized 720p video feed straight to your phone. At the same time, It also records digitally stabilized 1080p video to the 8GB of onboard memory.

The most interesting feature is the video stabilization.

The video stabilization is not like what you'll find on the Yuneec breeze or the Passport Drone. Although the Bebop doesn't have a gimbal, it does a very good job of simulating one. Using the 180 degree lens and an onboard image processor, it will crop out the full image and record in a 1080p window of the image sensor. By doing this, the video is extremely stable. You can even make the camera look up and down or left and right without moving the drone.

The biggest competitor for the Bebop 2 is the DJI Spark. Although you can’t use hand gestures to control the Bebop 2 and there’s no obstacle avoidance, you do get features like follow me and visual subject tracking. For $599, it also comes with the controller, two batteries, and goggles that work with most smartphones. If you really want to shoot good videos, the Spark might be a better option because of the 2 axis gimbal, but the digital stabilization of the Bebop 2 is almost just as good.

Overall, I think that the Bebop 2 Power will be very popular for the Christmas season, but I can’t see it being used for professional video in the same way that people use DJI’s drones. However, I have seen some pretty nice videos shot with it.

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Bebop 2 Power
Rating
7.0
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Product quality
6
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Camera Quality
8.0
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Ease of use
8.0
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Flight Time
5.5
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Speed
7.0
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Range
5.0
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Flight Autonomy
7.0
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Portability
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