Review Parrot Bebop 2 FPV drone
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a smartphone-controlled drone with a 14-megapixel camera which offers 1080p video recording. The successor to the original Parrot Bebop model, it features a fisheye lens which allows for surprisingly judder-free footage and even boasts user-serviceable rotors.
Paired with the Parrot Skycontroller 2 and the Parrot Cockpitglasses, your Parrot Bebop 2 drone reveals new capabilities. Embark on long-distance courses combining extreme piloting precision and ultra-real viewing! By flying with the FPV goggles, you’re totally immersed: explore previously inaccessible places like never before and capture high-quality pictures perfectly.
The Parrot Bebop 2 Power can be considered more of a revision than a sequel to the original Bebop 2. It now comes in a two-tone black colour for a slightly more aggressive look and offers improved flight time, allowing for up to 30 minutes from a single charge.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is sturdy and reliable. Designed to fly indoors and outdoors, it’s the first leisure drone weighing less than 500 g with a 25-minute battery life. With the Parrot Cockpitglasses, discover FPV (First Person View) and view all your flights as if you were in the cockpit! Designed to be easily transported, the Parrot Bebop 2 will go with you wherever and whenever you want for you to capture your best moments from the sky.
There are two batteries included – meaning up to an hour up in the air – as well as the improved Cockpitglasses 2 FPV goggles and a remote control.
The USP of the Bebop 2 is the optional FPV pack, which includes a headset and professional-style flight controller, complete with sticks and buttons. Using this setup it’s possible to get a first-person view of what the drone is actually seeing, which is a surprisingly immersive experience.
It delivers more than 20 minutes of flight time on a single charge, boasts a 14-megapixel camera that can capture 1080p video, and is rated for a maximum range of 300 meters. At that price point it doesn’t have a 4K video camera, HD live stream, or two-stick remote control. But none of those things are necessary for someone who is just getting started.
Flight has been upgraded with a number of automated modes for more cinematic shots and easy piloting.
It makes the Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV an enticing package overall.
The catch is that, when you add the cost of the FPV pack to the price of the Bebop 2 itself, you’re rapidly approaching the kind of sum you’d normally expect to splash on a more capable drone.
The Bebop is almost the perfect starter drone: lightweight, low cost, and a good enough camera. Unfortunately, in my testing, the Bebop 2 suffers from the same critical flaw as its predecessor: a very unreliable Wi-Fi connection that frequently drops, leaving your drone stranded in mid-air. That makes it really hard to recommend, even for a novice drone pilot.
The Bebop 2 Power is great fun to fly, offers excellent battery life and lots of useful automated functions that let you concentrate on capturing video or images. However, the actual image quality lets it down slightly. Between the Bebop 2 Power and DJI Spark, the Parrot drone is the more fun to fly, whereas the DJI Spark captures the better footage.
- Brand: Parrot
- Manufacturer’s Product Type: Bebop 2 FPV
- Category: vehicles
- Subcategory: vehicles – drones
- High-level Tag: vehicles
- Low-level Tag: drones
- Package Content: 8 propellers, Parrot Cockpitglasses,
- SKYCONTROLLER 2, USB cable, battery, charger, power
- adapter, propeller assembly tool
- Outdoor: yes
- Power Source: battery
- Remote Control: 8 GB
- Max Vertical Velocity: 20 feet per second
- Max Horizontal Velocity: 52.5 feet per second
- Interface: Wi-Fi
- Supported Protocols: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE
- 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
- Wi-Fi Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
- Max View Angle: 180 degrees
- Camera: included
- Sensor Resolution: 14
- Capture Formats: H.264
- Still Image Formats: DNG, JPEG, RAW
- Video Recorder Resolutions: 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Rechargeable Battery: rechargeable
- Capacity: 2700 mAh
- Run Time (Up To): 25 min
- Width: 15 in
- Depth: 12.9 in
- Height: 3.5 in
What’s in the box?
- 1 Bebop 2
- 1 High-capacity battery
- 1 Charger
- 1 Charger
- 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2
- 1 Smartphone and tablet mount
- 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses
- Nimble and easy to fly
- Stable flight performance
- Good value
- Great battery life
- Approachable app and controls
- FPV accessories work well
- Disappointing image quality
- Video is glitchy at long distances
- Only 7GB of available storage (no microSD)
- Fisheye camera suffers from lens flare
- Autonomous functions cost extra
- No storage case
The Bebop 2 Power is a fun, easy-to-fly drone – but its image quality is a little lacking.
On its own the Parrot Bebop 2 is a likeable smartphone-controlled drone that captures good-quality stills and video, but it’s the addition of the FPV kit which really makes it stand out, offering a better control experience and an amazing perspective on the world from above.