Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Drone Review

January 17, 2018
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Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Drone Review

The Bebop 2 by Parrot is a compact FPV racing drone that’s ready to fly and weighs in at just one pound. It comes equipped with the best VR headset and the popular Sky controller, which offers controls that are more intuitive and responsive. This racing drone features a design that was built for speed. Powerful, fast, and easy to use. The Bebop 2 is loaded with features that the seasoned pilot will definitely appreciate.

Overview and Features

The drone is powered by four motors. Each of the motors comes with propellers that are detachable. A pair of black propellers is located in the rear, while a pair of white ones is placed on the front. During assembly, make sure you match the right propeller with the right strut.

Inside the box, you’ll find that each of the motors is covered in alternating yellow and blue covers made out of rubber. They also have stickers that are used to match the motor to the right propeller. Installing the propellers can be a bit tricky. You’ll need to use a special tool to twist the propeller as you hold the motor in place and lock it into position. If you purchase a solid carrying case then this won’t be much of an issue, but if you don’t use a dedicated case then you must remove the propellers before you transport the drone.

The drone’s internal memory can hold up to eight GB of data, which should be more than enough space to store your aerial footage. To transfer video footage, you need to connect the drone to your PC via the included USB cable.

Pilots can fly the drone using the FreeFlight app and a smartphone, or with the phone connected to the Sky remote. Another option is plugging a smartphone into the remote and placing the phone inside the included VR headset. This is a great drone VR that offers intuitive controls and a number of setup options. Many pilots prefer the FreeFlight app and the Sky controller together, but it’s great to know that the drone can fly even if the pilot’s phone runs out of juice.

Flying just with the smartphone isn’t the best option. It doesn’t offer any type of tactile feedback from the on-screen joysticks which can make it difficult to precisely control the droid.

The Popular Sky Controller

If you want to work on your piloting skills, going with just the Sky controller is a good choice. This drone can barrel roll in either direction and can flip backward and forward. But if you want to get a look at what the camera is seeing or adjust other settings, it only takes a few seconds to connect your smartphone.

The Sky controller features a couple of control sticks. The right stick will move the drone right or left and backward and forward, while the left stick yaws the drone right or left and controls altitude. Seasoned drone pilots will get the hang of these controls very quickly.  The controller also features A and B buttons, landing and takeoff buttons, and video and photo controls. You’ll also find a return home button.

The right and left control wheels will work the camera’s angle, so you can digitally pan the camera or mess with the brightness settings. Additionally, there are a couple of bumpers that are used during FPV flight. The right bumper will allow the pilot to make changes to the amount of info that’s displayed on the live video feed, while the left bumper is used to switch camera views, choosing between the drone’s camera or your smartphone’s camera. This feature will come in handy if you lose track of your drone and need to quickly locate it in the sky.

VR Drone Flying

If you decide to use the VR headset during a flight, you’ll instantly see what your drone sees. But for some pilots, this view can be very disorienting. If you’re a racer and you want to use this model, you’ll definitely love the FPV mode as it helps you expertly guide the drone through challenging obstacle courses at low altitudes. If outdoor racing is more up your alley, keep in mind that if you use the drone in FPV mode you’ll need to have a spotter with you at all times.

Transmission Range

The manufacturer states that this model has a 1.5-mile transmission range when used with the Sky controller. While higher-priced drones are able to fly much further, we feel that 1.5 miles is plenty of distance for a racing drone.

In terms of flight time, this drone offers up to twenty-five minutes in ideal conditions, and around twenty minutes in windy weather. Charge time is about an hour which isn’t too bad for a drone in this price range.

Pros

  • The included FPV headset allows you to look through your eyes of your drone, which can make racing more exciting or it can allow you to take pro-quality aerial footage.
  • Pilots can try out a few different control options and choose the one that best fits their piloting needs and style.
  • The Sky controller is easy to use and very versatile.
  • This drone is incredibly fast, mainly due to it’s aerodynamic, lightweight design, making it the perfect choice if you’re looking for an affordable racing drone.
  • The Bebop 2 can reach speeds up to twenty-five miles per hour.
  • The camera shoots video at 1080p quality.
  • Video quality is stable.

Cons

The photo quality is best described as decent, just as long as you don’t mind a visible border.

If you’re looking for a more versatile drone, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Quadcopter Drone is a great FPV kit that also received a high rating for speed and quality.

The Bebop 2 by Parrot is a compact FPV racing drone that’s ready to fly and weighs in at just one pound. It comes equipped with the best VR headset and the popular Sky controller, which offers controls that are more intuitive and responsive. This racing drone features a design that was built for speed. Powerful, fast, and easy to use. The Bebop 2 is loaded with features that the seasoned pilot will definitely appreciate. Overview and Features The drone is powered by four motors. Each of the motors comes with propellers that are detachable. A pair of black propellers is located in the rear, while a pair of white ones is placed on the front. During assembly, make sure you match the right propeller with the right strut. Inside the box, you’ll find that each of the motors is covered in alternating yellow and blue covers made out of rubber. They also have stickers that are used to match the motor to the right propeller. Installing the propellers can be a bit tricky. You’ll need to use a special tool to twist the propeller as you hold the motor in place and lock it into position. If you purchase a solid carrying case then this won’t be much of an issue, but if you don’t use a dedicated case then you must remove the propellers before you transport the drone. The drone’s internal memory can hold up to eight GB of data, which should be more than enough space to store your aerial footage. To transfer video footage, you need to connect the drone to your PC via the included USB cable. Pilots can fly the drone using the FreeFlight app and a smartphone, or with the phone connected to the Sky remote. Another option is plugging a smartphone into the remote and placing the phone inside the included VR headset. This is a great drone VR that offers intuitive controls and a number of setup options. Many pilots prefer the FreeFlight app and the Sky controller together, but it’s great to know that the drone can fly even if the pilot’s phone runs out of juice. Flying just with the smartphone isn’t the best option. It doesn’t offer any type of tactile feedback from the on-screen joysticks which can make it difficult to precisely control the droid. The Popular Sky Controller If you want to work on your piloting skills, going with just the Sky controller is a good choice. This drone can barrel roll in either direction and can flip backward and forward. But if you want to get a look at what the camera is seeing or adjust other settings, it only takes a few seconds to connect your smartphone. The Sky controller features a couple of control sticks. The right stick will move the drone right or left and backward and forward, while the left stick yaws the drone right or left and controls altitude. Seasoned drone pilots will get the hang of…

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Conclusion & Rating

The pilot looking for a portable, compact racing drone should consider the Bebop 2 by Parrot. It offers a solid battery life, stable video quality, and features a decent operating range for a drone in this price range. We gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.

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