While the latest DJI drones like the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Spark are getting all the media attention these day, depending upon your budget you may want to look elsewhere for your next drone purchase. I recently stumbled upon a review of the older and lower cost Parrot Bebop 2 (as low as $429). For under $700, you can get equipped with a fully immersive Parrot Bebop 2 FPV bundle which includes FPV goggles (think Google Daydream View VR). If pricing is one of your major drivers, then you may want to consider the Parrot Bebop 2.
Coming in slightly larger than the DJI Mavic Pro, the Bebop 2 has the typical battery, offering 20-25 minutes of flight time as well as an HD camera that shoots 14MP wide angle still images. Unfortunately, the camera is not capable of shooting video in 4K, but it will shoot 1080p HD video at 30FPS. The camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal ,which allows you to capture smooth footage with ease. Using a wired USB connection, you can pilot the Bebop 2 FPV up to 1.2 miles away. The FPV goggles are interesting, as they use your mobile phone over micro USB to create an immersive point of view. It’s similar to the way the Google Daydream View VR works. The Bebop 2 also offers 8GB of flash storage onboard.
What are you getting feature wise with the Bebop 2?
- Parrot Bebop 2 uses seven sensors simultaneously to ensure maximum stability in flight
- Shoot full HD 1080p videos and 14 megapixel photos with the built-in wide-angle camera. Footage can be captured in RAW, JPEG and DNG format.
- Unmatched 3-axis digital stabilization system ensures smooth and stable videos regardless of the drone’s movements
- High capacity 2700 mAh battery with up to 25 minute battery life