Parrot Bebop 2

Last updated date: November 16, 2018

DWYM Score
6.9

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 92 expert reviews, the Parrot Parrot Bebop 2 placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.6
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.5
57 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Stands out for superb video quality and an accessory package that includes cockpit goggles for a real-flight experience. Drone is easy to fly, and app is easy to program to control distance and height.
- BestReviews
the Skycontroller 2 remote control, which makes for much easier piloting than virtual sticks on your phone.
- Trusted Reviews
December 13, 2017 | Full review
The longer battery life also makes it more enjoyable, providing time to get comfortable with the controls and take video and photos without worry.
- Tom's Guide
December 14, 2015 | Full review
For capturing cool video from the sky for sharing online or viewing at small sizes on a phone or tablet, you'll probably be pretty happy with what you get from the Bebop 2, especially if you're flying in full daylight
- CNET
May 9, 2016 | Full review
The accessory that makes a bigger impact is the SkyController 2 remote control. The SkyController 2 is arguably the biggest change to flying the Bebop 2 because it feels like a video game.
- Digital Trends
Here things get considerably better. The dedicated controller is big and awkward, but its antenna dramatically increases range, and its comfortable joysticks provide all the advantages of tactile feedback.
- Wired
January 28, 2016 | Full review
The Parrot Bebop 2 FPV is an attractive, compact drone for backyard and rural pilots
- PC Magazine
Let’s start with the things I like about the Bebop 2. It has double the battery life of the original Bebop, and the battery now locks into place, instead of being poorly secured with a velcro strap.
- The Verge
January 22, 2016 | Full review
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a small, lightweight camera drone and would be a great toy for a young kid, as the footage produced would be fun for kids to look at.
- Tech Gear Lab
March 13, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Range isn't as far as on costlier models (about 1/2 mile). Some reports of software glitches following update downloads.
- BestReviews
Unfortunately, the one area that the Bebop 2 Power is found lacking is image quality. Video isn’t as sharp as that of rivals such as the DJI Spark, with colours looking more subdued. The digital stabilisation does at least do an excellent job of keeping footage rock-steady. However, still images are also a little disappointing, lacking detail and vibrant colours.
- Trusted Reviews
December 13, 2017 | Full review
There are still some rough edges, though: the touch-screen controls lack sensitivity, and the fish-eye lens is rather prone to lens flares and similar glitches.
- Tom's Guide
December 14, 2015 | Full review
Though its camera has a new design for its lens covering making it dust-proof and a wider aperture, it is otherwise unchanged, featuring a 14-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens that covers a 180-degree field of view. That is, for me, what's most disappointing about the Bebop 2.
- CNET
May 9, 2016 | Full review
The same 14-megapixel camera with 1080p resolution is up front, though Parrot seems to have managed to improve image quality through software optimization
- Digital Trends
Worse, the app is incredibly ill-conceived. The layout on both Android and iOS is reminiscent of Windows 8, with big colorful squares as menu items. The design looks out of place on, well, every major mobile platform (and it doesn't run on Windows mobiles).
- Wired
January 28, 2016 | Full review
Very limited suburban operating range, it has difficulty with long distance flight in areas with crowded Wi-Fi signals.
- PC Magazine
Unfortunately, in my testing, the Bebop 2 suffers from the same critical flaw as its predecessor: a very unreliable Wi-Fi connection that frequently drops, leaving your drone stranded in mid-air. That makes it really hard to recommend, even for a novice drone pilot.
- The Verge
January 22, 2016 | Full review
It's lack of a gimbal makes the resulting footage very shaky and unstable.
- Tech Gear Lab
March 13, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Meet Bebop 2, a second-generation Parrot Quadcopter Drone. First in its weight class to surpass 20 minutes of autonomous flight time, this sleek and durable drone doesn’t just travel far, it travels well. The 3-axis digital stabilization offers pilots a fixed angle of the view, regardless of altitude or turbulence. The 14mpx, 1080p camera captures the moment via live streaming video or recorded clips. Take in the horizon with a stunning 186° field of view and keep track of your location with the new, powerful rear flash LED. Fly for up to 25 minutes at speeds of up to 38 mph

Overall Product Rankings

1. DJI Mavic Air
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
2. DJI Spark
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
3. DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Parrot Mambo
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Holy Stone Wi-Fi FPV Drone
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
6. DJI Mavic Pro
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Yuneec Typhoon H Pro
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 6
8. UDI HD+
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 8
9. 3D Robotics Solo Quadcopter
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Parrot Bebop 2
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 9
11. GoPro Karma
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Drones

Though their development dates back to World War I, drones — also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles  — have become increasingly popular in recent years. These small gadgets fly through the air without an onboard pilot. Instead, they’re steered and controlled by a user from the ground, often with a remote control or a smartphone app.

Drones are useful for a number of tasks, including surveillance, security, aerial photography, surveying and recreation. More recently, police departments and emergency services personnel have been using them for an array of tasks, including during searches, rescue operations and natural disasters.

Many commercial businesses like Amazon, UPS and Domino’s are considering how to use drones for day-to-day operations like package delivery. Drones are also useful for crop management, building inspections and storm tracking.

The distance your drone can fly varies from model to model, depending largely on battery life and the reach of its on-board receiver from the remote controller or your smartphone. Although most drones will offer very little in terms of battery life, you can get more from some models than others. It’s also important to pay close attention to charging time since a quick charge can get your drone up and going faster.

In addition, some drones come pre-equipped with a camera, while others require the use of a gimbal to manually mount a camera. The gimbal setup often leads to a clearer picture or smoother video capture because the camera is a bit farther away from the vibrations caused by the rotors.

Photography has become a top selling point for drones. Professional photographers have found them invaluable for capturing those otherwise hard-to-get aerial shots. If you’re interested in shooting photos or video from the clouds, know this up front and look for a model that supports high-resolution photography and high-definition video.

Editing is also a consideration. Some apps are better than others at this, including filters and sharing capabilities. Whether you’re a photography hobbyist or not, being able to easily share the images you’ve shot across your social media sites may make some drones better choices than others.

Before you start shopping, it may help to set a budget. Drones can range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. While the higher-priced drones do offer advanced features, if you’re just looking to have a little fun, you may be fine with a more basic model.

DYWM Fun Fact

The Federal Aviation Administration is the government body responsible for regulating drones. According to the rules, you’ll need to register your done and be sure to keep it below 400 feet off the ground. You’re also not allowed to fly over stadiums, large groups, events or anywhere near emergencies (which seems like it should be a no-brainer!). Laws can vary from one jurisdiction to the next, so check before you start flying. In addition to legal concerns, there are also some privacy issues associated with drones. If you’re flying your camera-equipped drone over neighbors’ homes, for instance, you may find you get complaints, especially if they’re trying to enjoy some private time in their own back yard. You may even get into legal hot water if you’re posting photos and video of your neighbors online without their permission.

The Drone Buying Guide

  • Before purchasing a drone, consider your skill and commitment level. Some are labeled “ready to fly,” meaning they require very little or no special training to use. Others are designed for more advanced users.
  • Another factor to consider when it comes to drones is portability and design, especially if you’re short on storage space at home or plan on taking it with you on a trip and won’t have a lot of room. The DJI Mavic Air folds up, with the thumbsticks able to be stored under the arms that hold your phone. The DJI Spark, on the other hand, doesn’t fold easily but is so small and lightweight, it’s still fairly portable. The only issue is that the arms don’t fold into its body, so you may worry about breaking the rotors if you don’t transport it in its carrying case. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is even less portable, since the landing gear and camera are attached to the body, making it not collapsible.
  • Because drones operate using a battery, it’s important to consider battery life when making a purchasing decision. The majority of consumer drones have a battery life between 5 and 25 minutes. Many drone users recommend purchasing spare batteries and having them charged up before you start flying so you can easily swap out the extras. The DJ Mavic Air flies a little longer than usual without a charge, at 15 to 18 minutes. The DJI Spark has a shorter flying time between charges and, unfortunately, charging time takes a while, so be prepared to be patient.
  • The most popular type of drone among recreational users is a multirotor drone. A drone with three rotors is known as a tricopter, while a drone with four rotors (an extremely popular model) is called a quadcopter.
  • Other types of drones include fixed-wing drones and single rotor helicopters.
  • Depending on what you plan to use your new drone for, you’ll also want to consider the payload of various models. Some are equipped to carry heavier payloads than others. This may be an important factor if you’re considering using your drone for something like aerial photography or videography.
  • One of the biggest issues with drones is maneuverability. If it’s a windy day, you need a drone that isn’t going to be easily blown around. The DJI Mavic Air holds its own against all but the strongest wind gusts, while many other drones struggle even in the lightest breezes. Best of all, if it’s too windy, you’ll get a warning in the app.
  • If you’re new to drones, you may prefer the Holy Stone F181W. The joysticks aren’t quite as sensitive to sudden movements, so it’s a great model to help you learn to navigate. Another model to consider as a newbie is the DJI Spark, which has intelligent flight modes to help you gain confidence in avoiding obstacles. It will also return to home and land itself if you can’t.
  • For some, aerial photography is the primary reason for purchasing a drone. If photography is your goal, you’ll likely veer toward the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, which shoots smooth 4K video. The DJI Mavic Air also excels in this area, offering 4K images and UHD-quality video. It also has a wider-angle lens that can more easily capture landscapes.
  • The DJI drones have gimbals, which hold the camera in place for a smoother shot. This is especially important if you plan to be capturing video during even moderately windy conditions.
  • As advanced as drones are, they do have their limitations. If you think you’ll feel the need to zip through the air, you may want to steer toward the DJI Mavic Air, which boasts speeds of up to 42 mph. But the DJ Phantom 4 Pro has a sport mode that lets you go fairly fast. You may find your drone a little harder to control at these speeds, though.
  • Unless you plan to just fly your drone in your living room, you’ll need a decent range for your drone-to-remote connection. DJI Spark includes an app that offers 720p live view on your smartphone or tablet, but that will only work for up to 109 yards. You can buy a separate remote control that will keep your video going at ranges of up to 1.24 miles.
  • As you’re flying your drone around, you’ll occasionally encounter obstacles like trees and telephone poles. Instead of relying solely on the app, with some drones you have the built-in safety of obstacle detection and avoidance. DJI’s drones excel in this area, with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro offering five-direction avoidance. The DJI Mavic Air has avoidance, but it doesn’t cover your drone from the sides or top. DJI Spark has Active Track mode, which automatically detects obstacles and tracks them. However, it’s not foolproof. In many instances you’ll find that drones are only able to see things in front of the drone.
  • Drone pilots rely heavily on the remote. The DJI Mavic Air gives you an app that you can use to adjust exposure, shutter speed and other factors. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro has an easy-to-use app, but if you want a touchscreen controller instead, it will be a $300 add on.
  • The DJI Spark offers gesture controls, which can make navigating easier. However, this feature can be bug-prone, with the app not always recognizing you.
  • If you’re planning to shoot video to share with friends, DJI’s app makes it easy to both edit and share the video you’ve just captured on social media. There are also built-in filters and templates to add that special touch.
  • Price may be one of the biggest differentiators among drones. At the high end of pricing is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, which retails in the $1,000 range. The DJ Mavic Air is also quite pricey, at more than $700. You can get the DJ Spark for less than $500, though. The Holy Stone’s low price is another reason this model is good for beginners, since it ranges around $100.