Looking for an awesome drone to start flying and taking amazing aerial photos/videos? In our Parrot Bebop Drone Review, we find this quadcopter easily meets those requirements.
Unlike, some other parrot drones, the Bebop will stay updated with the most current software so your bugs/issue will quickly be resolved.
Keep reading to see if this drone could be right for you.
Who Is Parrot?
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot has been around a lot longer than many other drone companies. With its headquarters in Paris, it has over 900 employees all over the world.
Being a high tech company, Parrot focuses on creating, developing and marketing products that feature advanced wireless technology for both consumers and professionals.
These include not only drones, but also wireless headsets, car kits, products for business and, believe it or not, flowerpots that “tends to your plants while you’re away.”
With so many employees and a variety of products, it should be no surprise that Parrot has won the CES Innovation Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Parrot also has a big handle on its social media presence. It has pages on Facebook (with 910,919 followers as of the time this was written), Instagram (55.9K followers), Twitter (81.9K followers), and its own YouTube channel (with 159,352 subscribers).
All of these pages are well maintaining, updated regularly, and even encouraging their followers to share their experiences with Parrot products by using the hashtag #WeAreParrot.
But what does that mean for the Parrot? Let’s see.
With such an impressive profile, it shouldn’t be any surprise that it has some features that make it stand out. Especially when compared to other drones in the market. Here are some of its advertised highlights:
- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Full HD 1080p camera
- Advanced 3-axis image stabilization
- Automatic Return Home Feature
- Lithium Ion Batteries Included
- Free Flight Pro app available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1
- Embedded GPS with Flight Map control
- It can generate its own WiFi 802.11 network
- Access to Parrot Cloud
Though some might think that its lightweight and agile design might have compromised some of the quality, overall this is a durable and reliable drone that is great for beginners.
One thing to keep in mind about the drone is its controller. Or rather, its lack of a controller.
The drone does not come with one when bought at its most basic, and you have to pair it up with a smart device by a downloading the app.
How easy it is to fly it will depend on how you feel about controlling drones with smartphones and tablets. It’s highly recommended that you use something with a large screen if controlling your drone like this.
Some find it easy to use it with just their smart devices. Though others have more difficulty and tend to lose control of the drone. Therefore, preferring to use a manual controller instead.
Controllers are available for an additional cost and some do provide an extended range. You’ll have to buy them separately, though, so that will be an additional cost.
If you decide to purchase the drone, then I’d recommend trying it out without a manual controller first.
See how it feels, how easy you can fly the drone or if you think any difficulties you are having can be overcome with just a little bit more practice.
If after a while you find that the lack of manual controller is really hinging your ability to use it, then go ahead and buy the controller. Especially if these hiccups cannot be fixed with a bit more experience.
If you think you can do just fine without it, then at least you saved some money, right?
This is a good drone for children, beginners, and intermediate users alike. For its price, it has some very nice features and it flies very well. You’ll probably have a blast flying with this thing.
The camera for it is pretty decent. Though it may not provide professional quality video, it will be more than enough for amateur users who are just looking to enjoy their hobby.
I will say that the lack of clear instructions has frustrated more than a few users in the past.
It can be especially overwhelming for first time drone users who, on top of trying to learn how to fly and use the drone, also have to deal with the frustration of not having a clear cut manual for them to follow.
This might be a big source of frustration early on that might hinge on your enjoyment of the drone, should you decide to buy it.
Another thing to be aware of is the battery. This is by far the most common complaint buyers have encountered.
From batteries dying pretty quickly to not working at all, I’d say that this is probably the greatest weakness.
However, we always recommend buying additional batteries regardless of what drone you buy. This will limit the downtime and increase your fun time!
Parrot does it again with another high quality drone. Whether this drone is right for you will depend on your individual wants and needs.
However, with all of the reviews, you should at least be able to find some that you can relate to. Whichever drone you decide on, just make sure you take the time to learn how to fly it before letting it rip outside.