Cheap Entry Price, Many Improvements And A Very Successful Design Label The New Parrot Bebop 2 .We Have Taken The Quadrocopter To A Praxistest And Clarified Not Just The Benefits, But Also The Disadvantages.
At the end of the Christmas season in 2015, the flying robots were a selling point. Again and again we were asked questions about the best possible quadrocopter. But not only the price is important: many beginners also want easy operation, high resolution fisheye camera and a long battery life. The Parrot Bebop 2 is equipped with an entry price of 549, -Euro in the middle segment and at the same time equipped with an integrated 14-megapixel camera. Parrot also has a flight time of around 25 minutes. Smearings have to be made in terms of 4K resolution or HD-Livestream-things to which beginners really should not value.
Is The Parrot Bebop 2 The Perfect Quadrocopter For Beginners And Beginners?
The biggest drawback of the first bebop drone was the very poor battery life. The predecessor generation stayed in the air for an awkward twelve minutes-after that the battery had to be back on the string. With the new Bebop 2 it looks different: 25 minutes gives Parrot, in practice-depending on the flight behavior-at least 23 minutes are possible. The battery of the Parrot Bebop 2 ensures not only for a longer flight time, but also gives a qualitatively a higher quality impression. In addition, the battery is now held in place by a fixed click, which underlines the outstanding value of the model-revised generation. A cheap hook and loop fastener like the predecessor is no longer necessary-bravo!
Clear Quality Improvements In Terms Of Optics And Materials
Also the Parrot Bebop 2 is an RTF-Quadrocopter toy. This means that the scope of delivery contains everything necessary for the flight. Quadcopter, battery, charger, propeller and other accessories is included.
High quality is also encountered when the housing, boom or various electronic elements are examined more closely.To ensure that the Parrot Bebop is not immediately useless after a crash, the Quadrocopter has very flexible materials in many places. Apart from the impact-resistant ABS plastic, the Parrot Bebop 2 also has a nose made of EPP (expanded polypropylene), which combines robust properties with low weight and thus ensures a very high crash safety. And if something breaks, Parrot offers almost every single item for subsequent purchase. Repair parts for the Parrot Bebop 2 enable cost-effective replacement-good for beginners, who want to break it down and want to get some know-how during the repair.
Improved Flight Stability And Many Security Features
But how often does a crash occur? How safe is the Parrot Bebop 2 compared to its predecessor? One thing we have to say is that the first generation of the Bebop quadrocopter was characterized by recurring disconnections, uncomfortable wind speed and a very unstable flight behavior. But Parrot has learned this and has improved it effectively in the second generation: disconnections are only rarely encountered, the vulnerability to winds has improved noticeably, and the flight behavior is much more stable. Stronger winds balanced the Bebop 2 impressively despite the low weight-no comparison to the old AR.Drone 2.0, which in adverse weather conditions would hardly have a flight.The new components have a direct impact on the data sheet, which reads as follows:
Speed horizontal: 60 km/h
Vertical speed: 21 km/h
Maximum speed in 14 seconds
Full braking in 4.5 seconds
Height of 100 meters in 20 seconds
Withstands upwind speeds of up to 63 km/h
Tip for beginners: The very small landing legs combine with the low height for little distance between propellers and ground. It is advisable to start and land the Parrot Bebop 2 on a flat surface, such as asphalt or a so-called “Landing Pad”. A start or a landing between branches, grass or foliage should be avoided!
Impressive Sensor Technology
The Parrot Bebop 2 offers all sorts of safety features that you will not find in other quadrocopters of this price class.In addition to a vertical stabilization camera(takes every 16 milliseconds a photo of the ground) to determine the speed, the Bebop 2 is equipped with an ultrasonic sensor as well as pressure sensor for the analysis of the airports. At low altitudes has the decisive advantages, because here the Parrot Bebop 2 is like a board in the air.Beginners will be enthusiastic, as the start at the push of a button (“Autostart”) is just as possible as automatic landing (“Autoland”) or the reliable hovering in the air.Apart from that, the Parrot Bebop Drone 2.0 accommodates a 3-axis gyroscope , an accelerationsensor , dual navigation with GPS and Glonass as well as a 3-axis magnetometer. The latter can be calibrated at any time and within a very short time-the corresponding steps are self-explanatory in the app and are easy for beginners to understand.
Moderate Picture Quality
Yeah, the picture quality. Even with the Parrot Bebop 2 one can not expect miracles, finally hidden in the nose of the quadrocopter no digital SLR camera. The quadrocopter is still equipped with a 14-megapixel camera with image stabilization. The latter, according to the manufacturer, is supposed to make “remarkably stable and clear air-images independent of the movements of the drone”. 4K recordings are still not possible – the maximum video resolution is 1920 x 1080p (FullHD resolution) at 30 frames per second.
The digital image stabilization does their service, but is by no means comparable to a picture stabilization à la DJI Phantom. Shaking during the flight can hardly compensate for the digital image stabilization, so that gentle camera movements with the Parrot Bebop 2 are only possible to a limited extent. The photos of the Parrot Bebop 2 are muddy, hardly saturated and in terms of noise and noise suppression anything but high-quality.After all, thanks to the raw data format (DNG), photos can be adjusted afterwards-for example with Adobe Lightroom-in white balance, saturation and co.
Anyone who has understood the official promo video as a purchase for great photos and videos should not be deceived. For one or the other recording is enough-for professionals or beginners with high expectations, the Bebop 2 is however not suitable. One thing, however, the Quadrocopter has to take into account in terms of photo quality: comparable models of this price class can hardly do better.
Control By App And Intuitive Operation
The app (free for iOS and Android) of the Parrot Bebop 2 is called “Freeflight 3” and has hardly developed further, but offers as usual great functions and is very intuitive to use. The connection between bebop and smartphone is established via wifi network (802.11a/b/g/n/ac ), so that access to the drones control ( “free flight” ), the “drone academy” (only With registration via email address) as well as saved photos and videos ( “gallery” ). If you want, you can also select the “Flight Plan” mode, so you can set the waypoints on a map and complete the flight automatically. Great drawback: the waypoint function can only be booked by in-app purchase and costs a whopping 19.99 euros extra charge-a pity! We did not use the Flightplan mode and were mainly in free mode.
Here, the app offers besides the control by display all other features, such as the live display of the camera image or the possibility of starting and landing at the push of a button. An “emergency” button as an additional safety feature also ensures that the motors stop immediately. However, the motors stop automatically when the resistance is adequate or when the flight behavior is unnatural. Telemetry data-such as altitude, distance or speed-are displayed in the display or FPV image.
Optional Or In Bundle With Skycontroller
By default, the Parrot Bebop 2 can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet. The so-called SkyController is available as an option-thanks to the physical controlstick, it offers not only more sensitivity when piloting, but also a significantly higher range of up to two kilometers thanks to the built-in range extender and amplified antennas. In addition, external monitors or video vias (including VR eyewear such as Oculus Rift) can be connected via HDMI connection. Although the SkyController of the Parrot Bebop 2 in the bundle is executed in the limited “Black Edition”, the SkyController of the first bebop generation still works. If the Bebop 2 is controlled with a Smartphone or Tablet and App, Parrot ranges up to 300 meters are possible according to Parrot.In practice, we could make adequate ranges between 180 and 200 meters. Contrary to other test reports, neither the connection terminated nor a frozen image of the app-here seems to have improved Parrot.
Conclusion And Recommendation
The Parrot Bebop 2 is an ideal quadrocopter for beginners and beginners. With a price of at least 549, -Euro however a model, which is not exactly favorable. But the significantly improved quality, the diverse app-functions, the extensive sensor technology and the long flight time could be many reasons for well-beginner beginners, the Parrot Bebop 2 zuzulegen. The excellent spare parts supply as well as the comprehensive accessories are also praiseworthy. Disadvantages are only the quality camera and FPV picture or the quite small range.
Minus points the Parrot Bebop 2 collects by the SkyController (949, -Euro), which is only available as an option or as a bundle, which increases the price of the quadrocopter unnecessarily. For the bundle of Bebop 2 and SkyController, one can already enjoy the most favorable variant of the DJI Phantom 3, which offers no control by smartphone display, but a much better image stabilization and a significantly better image stability.
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