A Comprehensive Rundown of Parrot Drones
When it comes to UAV technology, Parrot is one of the leading brands with some of the most innovative product offerings on the market. Drones are not created equal, and they come at various price points, with differing features and all serving different purposes. While once upon a time the technology was used exclusively by the military, it has quickly become a tool and a toy for the civilian population. Today, UAVs are used by farmers, sports enthusiasts, law enforcement and the media, and are enjoyed by many for both their practicability and the hours of fun that they provide.
If you want to purchase a drone but are having trouble selecting just one of the hundreds of offerings on the market, that is understandable; after all, each drone comes with unique features and benefits. This guide focuses on UAVs strictly from Parrot and is designed to help you choose the best technology for your hobby, passion or profession by focusing on the characteristics of each.
Parrot Bebop 2 Power
The latest of Parrot’s offerings in the Bebop line, this particular UAV is the most advanced of the brand’s quadcopters and comes with a whopping 60 minutes of battery life, an advanced flight assistance system and PFV goggles that allow users to explore the world from a birds-eye-view. This drone provides for more than double the amount of flight time than any other consumer drone on the market today and can fly up to 65 kilometers per hour when in sports mode. If you’re worried about high winds, don’t be, as the durable design of this model was made to withstand winds of up to 60 kilometers per hour.
The custom-made lenses on this bad boy include a wide-angle lens and anti-distortion system for epic aerial shots. The stabilization technology enhances image quality by reducing vibration and other factors that may result in a shaky or distorted image. You can begin filming from takeoff with a single click of a button or wait until your eyes are high in the sky to hit record. Either way, you are guaranteed fantastic footage of just about any sight you choose to record—including yourself (or rather, your aircraft)! Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 allow you to fully immerse yourself in the view below or to change perspectives and catch a glimpse of your quadcopter up in the sky.
That’s not all though—the UAV’s intelligent flight modes allow you to launch auto-shots with a single click. Whether you want to capture a 360-degree panorama shot of the cityscape or set your camera to take images while you’re on the go, you can do it all without ever bringing your aircraft back to the ground.
Follow Me technology allows you to sync your drone to your smartphone and have it record you in action. If you’re a biker, runner, mountain climber or cliff diver, this convenient feature lets your UAV capture the action from above. If you do set your drone to auto-pilot, optical ground recognition technology will ensure that it returns safely to Earth, and without conducting a crash landing. Geofence allows you to define a flight zone so that your aircraft doesn’t go where it is not safe—such as a no-fly zone.
If you cannot find your drone, the handy Locate My Bebop feature lets you locate it on a map, while the Return Home trait ensures that your drone automatically flies back home when you lose connection with it.
You can purchase the Parrot Bebop 2 Power by itself or in the following packs:
Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV:
Comes 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 2 power batteries, 4 propellers, a charger, cable and 4 plugs, 1 assembly tool, 1 USB cable, 1 smartphone and tablet support and 1 quick-start guide.
Parrot Bebop 2 Power Extreme Adventurer:
Comes with 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 3 power batteries, 8 propellers, a backpack, a charger, cable and 4 plugs, 1 assembly tool, 1 USB cable, 1 smartphone and tablet support and 1 quick-start guide.
Parrot Bebop 2 Power Adventurer:
Comes with 1 Bebop 2 FPV backpack, 2 power batteries, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses 2, 4 additional propellers, a backpack, a charger, cable and 4 plugs, 1 assembly tool, 1 USB flash drive, 1 smartphone/tablet support and 1 user manual.
Parrot Bebop 2
The Parrot Bebop 2 is ultra-lightweight at less than 500 grams and comes with a 25-minute battery life. Though not as durable and long-lasting as its successor, it’s compact size makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, and perfect for easy transport. Whether you want to take this drone with you to the game or want to use it to record footage of you hitting the trails, this lightweight can do big things—such as fly a distance of up to 1.24 miles.
When paired with the Parrot Skycontroller 2, this drone has a secured Wi-Fi connection that allows you to sync it with your smartphone so that you can enjoy the stunning views from anywhere. The Parrot Skycontroller 2 also allows you to control your drone’s movements from the ground using two joysticks. When you want to bring your UAV home, simply press a button and it will return to you.
As with the Parrot Bebop 2 Power, this drone can be equipped with Parrot’s Follow Me and Return Home technology.
You can purchase the Parrot Bebop 2 by itself or in the following packs:
Parrot Bebop 2 FPV: Comes with 1 high-capacity battery, 1 charger, 1 USB cable, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 1 smartphone/tablet mount and 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses.
Parrot Bebop 2 Adventurer: Comes with 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 1 Parrot Bebop 2 backpack, 2 sets of 4 propellers, 1 Follow Me GPS and visual tracking in-app promo code, 1 high capacity battery, 1 charger and 2 cables, 1 USB cable and 1 smartphone/tablet stand.
Parrot Bebop 2 & Skycontroller Black Edition: Comes with 1 Skycontroller Black Edition, 2 batteries, 1 charger, cable and adapter, 1 USB cable, 8 propellers, 1 propeller assembly tool, 1 strap, 1 sunshield, 1 7” tablet dock adapter and 1 quick-start guide.
Tiny but mighty, this little UAV can fit squarely in the palm of your hand. Make no mistake though—this little guy is destined to do big things and is just as capable of helping you explore the world as the Bebop drones. If you’re a novice UAV pilot, the Mambo is a great aircraft to start with, as it is inexpensive and, thanks to its small size, fairly easy to man.
This FPV drone comes with three different modes:
Easy, to ease you into flying and to allow you to get to know your controls;
Drift, which turns the horizontal stabilization technology off and allows you to navigate tight turns; and
Racing, which, like it sounds, lets you assume complete control of the drone and really put your flight skills to the test.
You must be warned though: racing mode should only be used once you’ve mastered easy and drift, as each mode gradually reduces the technology’s innate stabilization feature until you are completely in control.
Parrot Mambo is designed to fly over a distance of 100 meters and for up to ten minutes longer than any of its predecessors.
You can purchase the Parrot Bebop 2 by itself or in the following packs:
Parrot Mambo Mission: Comes with 1 battery power, 1 cannon, 1 FLYPAD, 1 grabber, 4 bumpers, 1 user guide, 1 USB cable, 1 clip and 1 smartphone stand.
Parrot Mambo Fly: Comes with 4 hulls, 1 battery, 1 USB cable, 1 clip and 1 user guide.
Parrot Mambo Code: Comes with 1 USB cable, 6 months Tynker Subscription, 3 introductory courses, drones and robotics courses, 6 game design course, 4 Minecraft course & private Minecraft server, daily missions and 1 quick-start guide.
Parrot Disco may be another FPV drone, but it is the first with fixed-wings. Thanks to its sleek design, it can reach speeds of up to 50 mph and cut through the sky like any commercial airliner. Take straight lines, cut corners, speed up and come whizzing down or just cruise up in the air with this plane-like drone. Enjoy your in-flight adventures while you’re planted firmly on the ground by connecting Parrot Cockpitglasses via the FreeFlight Pro application on your smartphone. Capture stunning images of everything below thanks to the Full HD 1080p camera installed in the drone, and live-stream the video directly to your smartphone with the help of the drone’s secure Wi-Fi connection.
The battery life on this particular model is also exceptional, though not quite as powerful as the Parrot Bebop 2 Power, at 45 minutes.
Using the Parrot Skycontroller 2, you can man your UAV from up to 1.2 miles away and take off and land with the single push of a button. Like with all of Parrot’s aircraft, the Disco can be equipped with the Return Home and Follow Me features, both of which enable you to operate with peace of mind.
Parrot Disco FPV: 1 high-capacity battery, 1 USB cable, 1 user guide, 2 additional propeller blades, 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses, 1 charger and charging cable, 1 smartphone drawer and 1 removable mount for smartphone/tablet.
Parrot Disco Adventurer: Comes with 1 Parrot Skycontroller 2, 1 Parrot Cockpitglasses, 1 Parrot Disco backpack, 1 FlightPlan In-App voucher, 2 batters (1 extra), 1 charger and charging cable, 1 extra propeller, 1 smartphone/tablet holder, 1 USB cable and 1 user guide.
Another small but mighty aircraft, the Parrot Swing is a minidrone with big capabilities. Designed with the beginner in mind, this UAV is surprisingly inexpensive and easy to fly. It is also the only UAV within Parrot’s collection that is fully equipped with autopilot and vertical take-off and landing modes.
This aircraft is designed in the shape of an X, a design that makes vertical landings and take-offs even possible. It is also what makes this UAV so easy to fly, as it leaves very little room for instability.
Just because it’s an aircraft for beginners, however, does not mean that it wasn’t made to have fun! Whether you’re a novice or a veteran pilot, there is no doubt that with a few moves of the control your drone will be performing aerial stunts that will impress all those who witness them. Whether you want to loop back down to Earth, perform barrel rolls with the birds or do half-rolls through tight spaces, you can, thanks to the ease with which this aircraft moves.
In addition to being a great toy for showing off, the Parrot Swing is also relatively speedy for its compact size and even comes equipped with a Boost Mode. If you want to outfly all your friends’ drones, just give your aircraft a little kick from the controls.
The Swing was designed to fly a distance of up to 60 meters. Hook the mount directly up to your smartphone for easier control and to keep an eye on the battery life while your drone is in the air.
Parrot doesn’t just offer some of the sleekest UAVs on the market—it also offers some of the most innovative add-ons and accessories, each of which is designed to make for a more comprehensive and immersive flight experience. Some features you can add to the brand’s more advanced drones include:
- Locate My Bebop
- Return Home
- Skycontroller 2
- Cockpitglasses 2
Whether you are a newbie to the drone world or are a veteran pilot, Parrot has the technology you need to enjoy your time in the sky. From full-sized drones with advanced features and capabilities to minidrones that come with affordable price tags and surprisingly large capabilities, this brand set out to create civilian drones ideal for all—and it is clear by their offerings that they succeeded.