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Parrot BeBop Drone 14 MP Full HD 1080p Fisheye Camera Quadcopter (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Parrot BeBop Drone 14 MP Full HD 1080p Fisheye Camera Quadcopter (Blue)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 141 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.3
Returned or considering to return: 21.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Wind5.0   exceptional
Video4.5   above average
Controller4.4   above average
Quality4.4   above average
Control4.1   average
Camera3.9   average
Flying3.7   below average
Battery3.6   average
Price3.6   below average
Crash2.6   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I am unable to seat the battery even by manipulating it- which I obviously wouldn't want to have to do going forward."
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"-- 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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"On the negative side - Battery life and extra parts...its so new you are stuck with what you get."
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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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"It's well designed and has a decent battery life."
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"Extremely easy to use (with the exception of the battery connector) and easy to control."
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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 life is good, got about 10 minutes of flying on full charge."
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Camera

Camera:
"The drone works well, but we damaged the camera lens during a simple rough landing."
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"Also worth noting the camera isn't that great to begin with & costs $160 to replace."
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"It flies well, has an amazingly stable camera that performs well outside (not so well in low light or interior locations) and is surprisingly stable and easy to fly, all things considered."
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"The only downside is the camera is not the best but purely from a fun stand point you can't go wrong."
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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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"First was a decent sized drone...nice camera, but no FPV (First Person View), I like to take pictures and could never view what I was taking pictures of."
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"It is basically a camera with rotors...but is amazing!"
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"The Bebop is awesome, nice size..love the camera."
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Control

Control:
"But it has a estrange glitch that it loses control when is hovering at 10 mts and still air."
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"I tried it with just my tablet and it was not very user friendly actually it difficult to control with just the touch screen."
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"The calibration that can be performed seems to help with this a little bit, but it far from solves the problems with the flight 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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"Extremely easy to use (with the exception of the battery connector) and easy to control."
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"This is way more compact and offers the same amazing control."
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"There are a lot of poor reviews and the main problem for them seems to be not knowing how to fly it even though the controls are extremely self explanatory (however I recommend putting it in joystick mode) Another problem was the drone unexpectedly shooting in the air this has never happened to me and I don't know what they're talking about (temperature could be a factor I have had problems with disconnection in tempuratures below freezing for extended time)."
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Controller

Controller:
"It is $400 more for the sky controller but after I got this I would not recommend getting that at all."
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"Not as many as you would with other drones that use a separate controller but, the expected it just works market will not be happy if they don't read up on this puppy first or at least watch the online videos."
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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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"Considering what the sky controller will cost you in combination, you might as well get a Phantom 2 with a gimbal and a go pro."
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"You pretty much need the skycontroller for any real flying with this, I had about 20 decent flights but after the last loss of connection I returned it and got a dji phantom 2 vision for $700 from amazon."
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"Native android controller support makes it super easy to just you really just have to pair it with your phone or tablet and then it works great no programming or anything."
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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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"so far all the crashes seem to have been my fault by trying to go pass ranges that are visible on screen."
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"My Bebop return a Amazon for change for other for this problem, made circuit crash and burned"
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"I did have a few pilot error crashes...."
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"I have crashed the unit a few times, all due to pilot error, but the BeBop remains like new."
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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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"After a couple of crashes, I was able to flight the unit around the house, in a clumsy kinda way LOL... but fun."
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"While it works most of the time, you must assume that at some point, it will not and if it's in the wrong place when that happens it will crash."
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"It's only happened once, but was able to recover without crashing."
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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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"It kept doing weird things and I was worried it would fly away."
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"There are a lot of poor reviews and the main problem for them seems to be not knowing how to fly it even though the controls are extremely self explanatory (however I recommend putting it in joystick mode) Another problem was the drone unexpectedly shooting in the air this has never happened to me and I don't know what they're talking about (temperature could be a factor I have had problems with disconnection in tempuratures below freezing for extended time)."
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"Despite the above, It is still a very fun drone to fly and has some very neat capabilities, just don't expect to be able to pull it out of the box and have a perfect flight with it everytime."
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"so now it's been a week still with my standing two flights still getting same flight times but with a new unit no crashes so far picture even looks higher quality when I'm guessing is the first crash is what does it so if you do crashes returned it get another one if you can don't give up on it because it's a wonderful drone its compact fast flies with ease and now I've added the nvidia shield portable which is a 5tablet with analog controllers like on gamessit's awesome...."
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"Really nice piece of equipment of hobby flying"
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"This is my first remote controlled helicopter and it turned out to be much easier to fly than I expected."
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"Though the drone is pretty stable and has a decent flying range."
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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 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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Price

Price:
"In summary, this is a piece of junk and you shouldn't waste your money."
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"Wasn't expecting a top rate product for this price but I'm still disappointed."
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"Cheap toys can be affordable & fun, expensive malfunctioning toys not so much."
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"The Good:- Great quality video and pictures for the price (1080p and 14mpx) - the software image stabilization is pretty impressive- Easy to fly (although I highly recommend reading online manual, waiting for GPS lock outside, and calibrating often)- Real-time FPV from the camera- GPS stabilization and features- Comes with two batteries and extra propellers- So far it has been extremely durable (hit a house and fell 2 stores, hit a wall, and hit a tree... all pilot error)- Price point is excellent for a GPS drone with HD video camera- Easy to pull media off of the drone (either over wifi to an ipad or via USB to Mac) and immediately edit and share videos via iMovieThe Not-So-Good:- Occasional drift - maybe 3-4ft (but in its defense it was really windy outside when I've tested it)- Not the best idea to fly inside because it tends to drift up to a foot or two inside which could spell disaster- Limited to range of wifi on device (using Ipad Air 2 currently and can get about 75yds away and 10yds up) and takes a little bit of time to reconnect (best if you forget your home wifi network so it doesn't automatically connect to that if the Bebop signal drops)- On-screen controls can be a little bothersome as they just aren't as responsive as joysticks"
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"However, buying or building a RC plane is not easy and it's not cheap."
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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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"I think parrot has still a lot to improve, but for the price (compared to DYI drones) is a good buy."
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"The skill level needed compared to flying a model airplane is very modest andthe thrill of controlling a flying machine is well worth the effort and price."
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"All in all I love it at does exactly what they say and it is sturdy (I have hit trees and stuff and it just starts up again with no damage at all) DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY ($570 with the controller and tax)GET ONE YOU WONT REGRET IT! "
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"Overall lots of fun if you can afford the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"He must be fired by his CEO Henri Seydoux immediatley in order to relax our rage, anger, and disappointment to this company, its product's quality and stability."
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"If I have one complaint it has to be the video quality, I was expecting more."
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"It handles very well and the video quality is simply the best."
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"The camera quality is very good, and it's lots of fun seeing the world from a different perspective."
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"The video is pretty great quality."
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"The video quality is great."
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"Great fun, great quality video."
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Range

Range:
"so far all the crashes seem to have been my fault by trying to go pass ranges that are visible on screen."
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"Though the drone is pretty stable and has a decent flying range."
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"It's got a good camera and an excellent range."
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"The transmission range is good too."
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"Before this happened, I was having constant disconnection issues while the drone was well within range of what is stated in the specs."
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"Even in the best of conditions wifi range is pretty short."
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Software

Software:
"the hardware is great but the software is a failure."
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"-- The FreeFlight 3.0 software is designed very well and is mostly intuitive."
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"The internal software and the FreeFlight software are fully capable of delivering a great experience."
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"Image stabilization is incredibly well done, even though it's all in software."
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"the first row not flown blue fawn picture was brilliant video lag on controller and around 80 meters altitude this was great in love with a drone all of a sudden in between 65 in 70 meters software froze up pop-up came on screen and said cannot take picture when this came up i press OK to close it but I could not regain control of droneis now just sitting there in mid air 70 meters in about 800 feet away first thing I do just like many people will do is panic!"
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"The Bebop is a product very good in video and image, the after update of software of Bebop and App its very good."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"HERE ARE SOME COMMENTS IN THE BEBOP's FUNCTIONAL FEATURES:-- The stabilization algorithms work well even in slightly breeze, however in most cases you will want to remove the outer foam hull protectors when flying outdoors because the hull protectors cause the drone to be affected more by gusts."
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"Not as rock-solid as the Phantom, but the stabilization produces great video, and it's much easier on my wallet."
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"Image stabilization is incredibly well done, even though it's all in software."
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"Stabilization is superior, even with some wind."
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"Rock steady hover, easy indoor flight, stabilized and good enough pictures."
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Video

Video:
"I enjoy using this bebop drone the only downside is that when your video editing the drone video clips is don't look look when doing slow motion."
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"If I have one complaint it has to be the video quality, I was expecting more."
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"This is a bug that needs to be fixed ASAP, otherwise it's something that makes the Parrot Bebop Drone unable to be considered a flying video rig."
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"I enjoy using this bebop drone the only downside is that when your video editing the drone video clips is don't look look when doing slow motion."
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"It handles very well and the video quality is simply the best."
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"It really takes amazing videos!"
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"Not as rock-solid as the Phantom, but the stabilization produces great video, and it's much easier on my wallet."
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"Ive got some terrific video already."
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Wind

Wind:
"It's pretty light, so best to avoid heavy winds if you are like me, first time flyer and want to be on the safe side."
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"-- I experienced a number of times the drone suddenly and unexpectedly rising a good distance, usually in conjunction with gusts of wind."
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"The drone can handle small winds and flies great."
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"Camera is okay, fish eye lens easily distorts pictures add wind condition to the equation and your 1080P become 480P at best...."
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"Thus the best time to fly is no wind, no clouds and ample space, most backyards not recommended."
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