For a beginner drone that does just what you need without overburdening you with tech and features, the Parrot Bebop 2 is a great drone option for beginning flyers. This affordable drone option uses efficiency of design in tandem with quality engineering to offer a solid drone-flying experience and exceptional beginner's skills. While there are plenty of drone options on the market, and a few that best the Parrot Bebop 2 in several categories, if you are just interested in learning how to fly and looking for an inexpensive way to do so, the Parrot Bebop might just be an excellent drone option for you.
What Is the Parrot Bebop 2?
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a quad-propeller drone with an HD camera and WiFi-connected controls operated through an app download on your smartphone. In so many ways, it behaves like more expensive drones in its class; it offers HD footage, can acquire moving and attractive footage, or hover for high-up footage. If you are just looking for something fun to use and capture memories to share with friends and family, the Parrot Bebop 2 might be a great option for you. That said, we consider this product a fun device and otherwise not apt for acquiring high-quality and reliable footage for video editing.
This drone is a quadcopter that has a 600-foot range and uses an HD 1920 x 1080 camera to acquire aerial footage and photography for non-professionals interested in a fun way to capture moments. It has a 14-megapixel camera that can shoot both stills and footage, and its 500-gram body houses a 2,700mAh battery capable of providing 20 minutes of sustained flight. You can opt for a headset and controller so you can fly with a first-person perspective and the internal dampeners provide shake-free video recording. It is not a bad camera on paper, but it is worth evaluating its competitors and considering your own needs before diving right into its reasonable but still arguably expensive price tag.
At around $350, you can find the Parrot Bebop 2 online brand new. This is not unreasonable compared to other drones, but having a price tag like that would incline owners to want this device to be versatile and to last.
How It Compares
As always, we believe the best way to consider the merits of a product is to pit it against other products of similar design and ability on the market. We have compiled a list of other leading drone models of varying prices so you can see what is available and discern whether the budget-friendly Parrot Bebop 2 is the right model for you, or if you need something more robust. Our list includes:
Parrot Bebop 2
- Enhanced 14 megapixel fish-eye lens offers 1080p video recording and stunning image capture
- 25 minutes of flight time thanks to a powerful 2700 mAh battery
- Equipped with powerful motors for flight in greater altitudes
Ease of Use
It lacks a lot of additional features, and for that reason, the Parrot Bebop 2 can be easier and more navigable to use. However, without the robust safety systems that have become a staple of so many other devices, it can be a challenging drone to navigate for beginners.
This is a major stitch for this drone. You can expect to get about 50 meters reliably before you lose connection. At about 150 meters, it is noted to be out of range. With the sky controller, which is a separate purchase, you can hope for a little closer to 300 meters of control. This is the main reason the Parrot Bebop 2 loses a lot of support in the drone community. It would be less of a problem if users could rely on the return home feature that most drones use when they fly out of range.
The lack of automated features, rigid and non-portable frame, unimpressive camera and troublesome range weigh down many opinions of this drone. It is cheap and can be fun for new users, but much of that excitement wanes quickly as the limitations of this camera become overly burdensome.
Parrot covers this drone for 12 months for defects in manufacturing, except in parts like the propellers and battery which it only covers for six months. This warranty is challenging to find and likely challenging to use if something comes up.
DJI Mavic Air
- 32.0MP sphere panoramas - In addition to horizontal, vertical, and 180° panoramas, Mavic Air stitches 25 photos...
- Lightweight and compact foldable design - You can take it anywhere with you.
- Supports 4K video at 30 fps - The 12.0MP camera with Adobe DNG RAW support is ready to shoot. The three-axis gimbal is...
DJI is a name readily associated with specialized videography techniques and gear, and their drone line is no exception. In that regard, the DJI Mavic Air is a testament to drone enthusiasts who enjoy quality footage with fun and enjoyable video capture. This foldable drone is light and portable but also powerful; it can shoot 4k video and has a wide range of pre-programmed tricks to acquire and anticipate shots without compromise. The flight time can be brief, but it's nothing some extra batteries won't cure. It is hard to beat the 6.2-mile flight radius. There are cameras more suited for video capture, but few as exciting and fun to fly as the DJI Mavic Air.
Ease of Use
It flies like most other drones, but the superb obstacle avoidance systems ensure you won't be destroying your device by accidentally flying too close to your subject. Meanwhile, pre-programmed stunts like the boomerang and flyover make it great for trying and re-trying shots.
How can you deny 6.2 miles of range? This is a superb device for exploring the wide world of aerial photography without limitation.
Portability, power, and reliability all wrapped in a sleek and original body mean you will be proud to bring this device out and show it off for friends and onlookers alike.
You are covered for factory defects for a specified warranty period, which can be challenging to discern without talking directly with a DJI rep. However, this is a reputable company, so they are unlikely to be unfair if you make a reasonable claim.
- 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
- 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video.Maximum Ascent Speed 9.8 ft/s / 3 m/s. Maximum Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s / 3 m/s
- Gesture and TapFly Control,Maximum Speed:31 mph (50 km/h) in Sport Mode without wind
For a drone more focused on fun flying over full-video focus, the DJI Spark is a delightful camera that incorporates all the entertaining elements of flying a drone for a reasonable price. With exceptionally fun features like gesture control, all assembled in a soda-can-sized 300-gram package, you can expect hours of fun and delight from the moment you open the box. It uses a 12-megapixel camera and can acquire quality HD footage, but its small size means you are at the mercy of good weather when you are shooting. Overall, it is a fun camera for drone hobbyists, but otherwise, this camera is not advisable for professionals interested in crystal-clear footage for commercial production.
Ease of Use
The gesture control is cool and the intuitive remote control features work well, but the automated features are not renowned. Meanwhile, its vulnerability to high wind makes it a nerve-racking endeavor if you fly in anything but perfect weather.
1.2 miles is not the best, but it is much further than the Parrot Bebop 2's 150 meters.
The small size makes it great at first glance, but once you are out in the field, you suffer in the wind and stormy weather.
DJI will cover you for factory issues for up to a year, but they are otherwise not inclined to repair any issues that come from issues with piloting.
DJI Phantom 4
- Auto takeoff and auto return home with GPS technology, makes controlling easy. App enables monitoring/camera operation...
- Capture 4K ultra HD video at 30 fps, supported resolutions include: 12.0MP (4000 x 3000) photos. The f/2.8 lens with a...
- Gimbal stabilization technology, along with a hover function allows you to capture smooth, clean footage while the...
A powerhouse in the DJI line and a force to be reckoned with across all drone considerations, the Phantom series is arguably the drone series that brought about the revolution in drone piloting. Amongst its predecessors, the Phantom 4 is no slouch and packs powerful videography in a user-friendly package. 4k shooting, built-in slow motion, superb stabilization, and quality object avoidance features mean you will fly and film like a professional in no time. It is a great drone for up-and-coming drone pilots and if the price tag is not an issue for you, it'll be a drone you love using for years to come.
Ease of Use
The automated features are great, the included controller is much better than a smartphone, and the design itself is streamlined enough to welcome pilots of all degrees and background.
3.1 miles of reliable control is built into this drone Goliath. With few dropouts, you will love exploring untethered videography with this device.
The now classic design of this camera is easy to enjoy, and on other lists, the rating would probably be higher, but to compare this boxy, 1380-gram device against smaller and more portable devices on our list means that the Phantom 4 lacks portability against its competitors.
DJI has you covered for up to a year for factory defects, but you are liable for damage you cause yourself, so be careful flying near trees.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a solid camera that owners will enjoy for its small size and inexpensive list price. But with competitors on the market like the DJI Spark and DJI Air, you can find the best of this drone in other devices on the market. Meanwhile, the notably limited range and frequent dropped connections in tandem with the failure-prone automated return systems means you might be likely to break this device before you even have the chance to use it. We give the Parrot Bebop 2 two stars for its design and portability and encourage users interested in a low-cost starter camera to consider this device and to otherwise to avoid it if you are interested in pursuing a deeper career in drone videography.