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Some of the best drones on the market don’t come setup for mounting a camera, but if you’re looking for the best drone for GoPro (and don’t mind doing a couple of modifications) then the Parrot AR Elite Edition could be a great project for you! Far cheaper than some drones like the DJI Phantom 2, this drone offers decent stock performance for an extremely low price (at just under $100).

Why We Like It – Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is a great option for someone who’s just getting into the drone hobby. This AR drone offers a variety of AR games/features, can easily be controlled from your favorite mobile device, and even comes with separate hulls for indoor & outdoor use.

Pros
  • 720p Video Recording & Streaming Capabilities
  • Analog or Gyroscope Mobile Remote Control Options
  • Comes With Both An Indoor Hull & An Outdoor Hull
Cons
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Short Legs
  • Requires Minor Modifications to Add Additional Camera(s)

Speed & Power

Although it won’t be able to keep up with the 3DR Solo Drone, the Parrot AR still packs a decent punch despite its cheap price. Powered by a 1000 mAh lithium-polymer battery, the Parrot can take off at 6.7 MPH from a standstill and reach a maximum speed of just over 24 MPH! The performance will decrease slightly if you’re using the indoor hull (due to the added weight and reduced aerodynamics) but these numbers are still extremely impressive for a drone at this price point.

Range

Many drones come with a dedicated 2.4 GHz controller but that is not the case with the AR Drone 2.0. There isn’t a dedicated controller available; rather, the quadcopter is controlled by your choice of mobile device. Since the device is controlled over wi fi, the range is somewhat limited with a maximum control distance of 165 feet. Realistically, you should probably expect between 100 to 150 feet of range unless you’re in the ideal flight conditions with no obstructions or interference.

Durability

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is a fairly light-weight device, coming in at four pounds. Both of the frames appear to be made of a polystyrene material, but the outdoor frame also has an additional plastic cover to increase durability (although it doesn’t protect any of the blades). The indoor frame doesn’t have any plastic, but it does provide blade covers for all of the propellers. You should try to avoid crashing this drone because it’s not the most durable design.

Camera Features

Unlike the YUNEEC Q500, the Parrot AR doesn’t offer a 4K camera. Instead, it has two 720p cameras that provide an OK image. You will need to make sure to keep the bottom-facing camera clear of obstructions because the drone uses it for stability control. Unfortunately, since the drone uses the cameras for stability you won’t be able to fly this drone at night (unless you have adequate lighting). The front-facing camera is built into the frame, so if you want to upgrade your camera you will have to mount one on the bottom.

Value

While the Parrot AR may not be the best drone around, it’s certainly worth picking up. The product has actually been discontinued, so this may be one of your last chances to grab one for yourself. Originally priced at $300, you can pick up this drone on Amazon for just under $100 today. For that price, you also get free shipping, which is good because this drone scores relatively low at 3.6 out of 5 stars (based on 196 Amazon reviews). We were unable to find any warranty information.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Wrap Up

It certainly isn’t the best drone out there, but for the price, it’s hard to beat. If you’re just getting into drones (or looking for your first), the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is a great way to start the hobby. It also has the advantage of being discontinued, which in a sense makes the drone a “limited edition”. For beginners and collectors alike, we think the Parrot AR is worth the money.

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Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is a writer from Florida who specializes in working with small businesses regarding finance, marketing, & technology. When he's not working on a project for a client, he can often be found listening to podcasts, enjoying time outdoors, or planning his next big adventure

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