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Parrot PF725100 BeBop Drone 14 MP Full HD 1080p Fisheye Camera SkyController Bundle (Red) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Parrot PF725100 BeBop Drone 14 MP Full HD 1080p Fisheye Camera SkyController Bundle (Red)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 78 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 20.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Camera4.7   above average
Controller4.4   above average
Control4.3   above average
Video4.3   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Flying4.0   average
Crash3.3   average
Battery2.9   below average
Motor0.8   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"-- One of the batteries you receive might be discharged so low that the charger doesn't recognize it as a good battery and you'll get a signal from the charger that the battery is bad."
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"And the velcro strap over the top of the battery is so obviously just a ridiculous kludge put in place when they realized their battery mount would never hold the battery in place."
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"p. s. The biggest negative comment out there is regarding the battery hook up, PEOPLE, use a needle nose and pull out the cable , it comes out about 1.5 which is plenty to hook up the battery."
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"One engine is totally damaged and the product has a missing battery pack."
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"I was amazed this actually worked and once there was some charge on the battery I never had the problem again."
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"im very happy with it so far, i have bought 8 xtra batteries and chargers, already have over 2 hours of flight."
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"A high capacity battery would be great for the drone and standard battery for the Skycomtroller."
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"Battery is very simple to attach and detach which complements the drones awesome form factor."
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"Battery life is good, got about 10 minutes of flying on full charge."
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Camera

Camera:
"The camera does not have a clear lens guard."
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"-- The image is clear and high resolution, so I can't say enough good things about the choice of cameras for the Bebop."
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"You are able to cause the camera to look straight down which is a special feature of the gimbal range."
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"But since it's a flying camera, it's pretty awesome."
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"it is good, but the cam with 1 month of use losted the focus."
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"I would like to compare it with a DJI Phantom in the future but for now this is a solid choice for someone looking to spend a little less and getting extended range and a good camera all in one package."
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Control

Control:
"Incredibly frustrating to consistently lose control of your $900 bill with wings...."
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"It works, technically, but it is very hard to control, and it will lose contact with the WiFi."
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"Luckily I did not have an out of control altitude problem, but I have heard many stories of these drones shooting straight up out of control."
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"-- If you take your hands off the controls the drone will hover in place pretty well if there are no heavier gusts."
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"It is a cool feature to be able to control the device with just your phone but I would save that for indoor flight."
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"All in one solution, just add a screen: I love the concept of real controls with visual feedback."
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"Once up in the air the drone is stable and very easy to control."
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"I can update the review when I get the product back and hopefully, I will be able to control it."
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Controller

Controller:
"Don't skip them, i recommend drone first then controller."
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"The few negatives i can think of right off are the size of the SkyController."
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"The SkyController is not so good."
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"There are a few drawbacks such as weight of the Skycontroller itself, and its size: while the drone is small, its remote is quite large."
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"Consider fabricating something of your own that you can look into to see your tablet or phone (with or without the Sky Controller) as it helps to be able to see what the drone sees to make sure you're getting the video you want."
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"The Sky Controller is also easy to connect to your mobile devices."
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"Pros:- Superior range with skycontroller- Skycontroller feels and operates very well- App has just the right amount of features information- Drone is stable in flight, as is the video it records- Return to home GPS feature could be a lifesaverCons:- Louder than I expected- Takes longer than I'd like for connection to app for flight- Live video during flight can be delayed and freeze- Only 8-10 minutes of battery per flight"
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"I *highly* recommend getting the BeBop AND SkyController if you want to take awesome aerial videos! "
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Crash

Crash:
"However, if the air is totally calm I would fly with the protectors because the chance of damage in crashes is significantly lessened."
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"There are lots of parts that will be easily broken in even minor crashes so it is good to see there are already providers selling replacements for every component."
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"I thought maybe i didn't check it well enough, I must say that nothing got damaged in the violent crash."
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"I was very lucky it did not get crashed, get damaged or flew away, so I could return it and get refund."
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"I landed it, then took off again, and immediately got the motor stall error (Google it, common error), which caused the bebop to crash and the stalled motor is now stuck."
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"I suggest however you take the time to thoroughly familiarize yourself before launching to avoid avoidable crashes."
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"There are lots of parts that will be easily broken in even minor crashes so it is good to see there are already providers selling replacements for every component."
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"And than the stars it is, because it will crash with or without pilot error."
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"The blades are thin and relatively flexible but provide plenty of lift and survive crashes surprisingly well."
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"All in all I would buy another one again, it is a very robust drone, it had some serious crashes and came out unscathed!"
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Design

Design:
"The things that are weak in the Bebop's design are fairly obvious, so I am betting this is an engineering decision to leave some of the diesign elements weak enough that you will be constantly buying replacement parts."
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"This is a good drone with some frustrating design flaws."
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"-- The FreeFlight 3.0 software is designed very well and is mostly intuitive."
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"It has some design features you should be aware of that make it less durable than it needs to be."
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"Maybe consider some upgrades in cost to accompany the exact same overall design with some added durability."
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"It's design is robust, it produces amazing video, and is very easy to fly."
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"i love quality & design & pricevery good goods"
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Flying

Flying:
"However, if the air is totally calm I would fly with the protectors because the chance of damage in crashes is significantly lessened."
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"This is a small drone and its rotational moment is relatively small so I wouldn't recommend flying in anything remotely like heavily gusting winds."
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"The weather in the northeast US hasn't been too good for flying but I've been able to fly my Bebop and Sky Controller for about two weeks now."
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"I need the warranty, because it was flying and sudendly turn off and broke a motor."
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"Unpredictable unreliable flying behavior."
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"-- In many of the videos Parrot shows the drone flying toward an objective from a great distance."
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"To fly the drone from a smart phone or tablet, it is easy to connect as in making a standard WiFi connection through your phone or tablet's settings."
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"To take on such a flight you would have to first be a real expert to get it off the ground, hustle to a reasonable altitude to fly over all obstacles and then take off like a bat-out-of-hell to get in position to take some of the videos shown as promotions."
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"Exceptionally fun to fly."
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"I'm not an expert quad pilot, but I take investments like this seriously and I took every precaution in the book, well aside from flying in an open field I suppose, but open fields are boring and no one wants an aerial picture of grass..."
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Motor

Motor:
"Problems that come and goThe same motor keeps loosing fan in flight."
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"this one will do the same and i have probably had over 12 motor stalled errors."
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"After a 5 min fligth, sundenly a motor error N11 occur , i dont recomend this drone, extremly delicated,"
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"I need the warranty, because it was flying and sudendly turn off and broke a motor."
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"The first time opening the app, a big red bar appeared across the screen saying Motor Problem (11) I will post a pic of the main screen and the motor settings screen."
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"Even considering the stalled motor, this drone is well worth the price."
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"I hope that Parrot resolves the motor issue quickly and includes spare motors in future bundles, but otherwise I wholeheartedly recommend this drone to anyone."
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Price

Price:
"Parrot's idea is great but they went the cheap route of manufacturing it and hence all the problems."
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"All pilots, even really good ones, crash at some point)The get over it, or for the Disney fans, the let it go:I've heard folks complain about the price."
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"SOME COMMENTS ON THE BEBOP's DURABILITY:-- You might expect at the drone's price point they would have done more to make the drone more durable."
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"The plastic has a cheap, brittle feel to it but has held up well over the past month."
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"I am very confident that i wont have any issues with the new unit, as from my brief experience, the bebop is great value for the money."
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"Parrot's idea is great but they went the cheap route of manufacturing it and hence all the problems."
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"You get a nice package for the price and it is a good upgrade from an AR Drone."
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Quality

Quality:
"Video quality isn't as good as say the Phantom 2 Vision plus, but it's well worth the trade to have a very smooth video - and I prefer the Bebop's technology for video stabilization then that of a gimbal."
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"photo and video quality is decent but no wear as good as you'll get with a go pro black edition and gimbal but that will run you $700-800 plus the price of a quadcopter."
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"Quality is decent, but again, it's aerial photography so it's pretty awesome!"
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"i love quality & design & pricevery good goods"
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"The camera is amazing; everything from the quality to the range of control."
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"The video quality is great."
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"The HD camera works great, the video quality is truly HD."
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Range

Range:
"The range extender seems like a weak point but shows no signs of deterioration after a month of solid use."
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"Not only does it provide a more enjoyable flight experience, it also extends the range of the wifi network to over a mile."
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"I would like to compare it with a DJI Phantom in the future but for now this is a solid choice for someone looking to spend a little less and getting extended range and a good camera all in one package."
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"Pros:- Superior range with skycontroller- Skycontroller feels and operates very well- App has just the right amount of features information- Drone is stable in flight, as is the video it records- Return to home GPS feature could be a lifesaverCons:- Louder than I expected- Takes longer than I'd like for connection to app for flight- Live video during flight can be delayed and freeze- Only 8-10 minutes of battery per flight"
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"The camera is amazing; everything from the quality to the range of control."
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"Seems like it should be half the cost considering the superior competition out there in same price range."
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"Range is good."
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Size

Size:
"This is a small drone and its rotational moment is relatively small so I wouldn't recommend flying in anything remotely like heavily gusting winds."
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"The few negatives i can think of right off are the size of the SkyController."
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"There are a few drawbacks such as weight of the Skycontroller itself, and its size: while the drone is small, its remote is quite large."
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"I loved the skycontroller has a take off button (beware the emergency button shuts down everything... can you say freefall, for making that mistake...) lol My galaxy Mega didn't quite fit in either spot, too big for cell phone place and too small for tablet place... Not too many of you will have that problem with your tabs or cells."
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"*Drone is pretty small."
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"I wouldnt recommend flying in a small area like a house using FPV because I did see a little bit of lag and when youre in such tight quarters that lag will be the difference between crashing into the wall and going around it."
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"I love the compact size of the drone as it makes it easy to pack in a small bag or backpack."
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Video

Video:
"Is a nice drone to play, he is fast and do somethings, but not is good for recording video."
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"Video quality isn't as good as say the Phantom 2 Vision plus, but it's well worth the trade to have a very smooth video - and I prefer the Bebop's technology for video stabilization then that of a gimbal."
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"photo and video quality is decent but no wear as good as you'll get with a go pro black edition and gimbal but that will run you $700-800 plus the price of a quadcopter."
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"But, it's aerial video, who cares how clear it is!"
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"It's design is robust, it produces amazing video, and is very easy to fly."
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"I also think that it should be easier to get videos and pictures off the drone like it was on the AR."
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"The video quality is great."
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"Took good video....BUT NO SOUND!"
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