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As far as the best professional drone or the best VR drone should go, features like operating distance, stability, and image quality are important features. The Parrot Bebop 2 Drone fulfills these features and even exceeds them in some circumstances, making it a contender for highly-rated drones. Sure, 4K isn’t an option, but for someone just getting the piloting skills off the ground, is it really necessary?
The Parrot Bebop 2 Drone is zippy, long-lasting, and lightweight. You can have all sorts of fun watching it soar through the air at max speed for quite a bit of time. At half a pound, it’s lightweight enough that it won’t weigh you down if you decide to bring it outside the confines of your backyard, too!
The Bebop 2 Drone is pretty zippy for an almost entry-level drone. With a max speed of 37 miles per hour, it’s just a tad faster than the Freefly Alta 8. But, it should provide you with great fun while soaring through the air. This speed almost matches more high-end DJI drones, too, such as the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. The Bebop 2 can also operate from 300 meters away. Considering most laws restrict a user from being no more than 500 meters away, 300 is more than enough. Check out our Parrot Ar Drone 2.0 review if you are a pro and can handle a fast drone.
Battery Life on the Bebop 2 is quite good for, again, an almost entry-level drone. It is quoted as having 25 minutes, but that’s under optimal conditions. Twenty sounds like a more realistic number, but 25 shouldn’t be impossible. The Bebop 2 may earn distinction again because this flight time is comparable to more high-level drones like the DJI Inspire 2.
The Bebop 2 is more robust than its predecessor. It weighs a modest half pound, but still has impressive flight performance in inclement weather. Unfortunately, the main body is still made of plastic which results in the Bebop 2 feeling a bit flimsy in your hand. When flying, the Bebop 2 is quite responsive and capable of sharp turns should the need arise.
The Bebop 2 uses a fisheye lens with a 170-degree field of vision and a 14-megapixel camera for incredibly smooth video recording. This recording is done in full HD at 30fps. It’s very good quality, but 4K isn’t an option with this drone. If you want to record in 4K, check out our Ruko F11 Pro Drone review. You should note, too, that the fisheye lens on the Bebop 2 is prone to heavy lens flare.
The Bebop 2 is a very affordable drone that can fill the niche of someone wanting to begin their drone piloting head-on without having to start at a bottom-level drone. There’s plenty of room for a pilot to grow with the Bebop 2, and they won’t have to spend any extra money when they’ve finally mastered their beginner-level drone. Overall, the Bebop 2 will save you from having to buy both an entry-level drone and a medium-level drone! If you want a drone that can reach up to 50 miles an hour, then check out our Parrot Disco FPV review.
The main drawback I find with the Bebop 2 is the plastic body. Perhaps I just have a bias against plastic, but it makes the drone feel cheap. Still, I can’t complain about how stable it is in the air despite this and the fact that it’s only half a pound. If you’re a beginner and decide to invest in this drone, you’ll be happy with your purchase.