It should come as no surprise that drones are in vogue right now and adults just can’t get enough of these incredibly powerful flying devices. Although drones aren’t necessarily new, they’re becoming more accessible in terms of pricing and the technology included is second to none. Drones have been in the news quite a lot lately with the recent stories such as the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle, Pizza Delivery by drone and even front page news stories being captured by these light weight hovering devices. With all this hype I had to get my hands on one, and if I could choose a Christmas present for myself, it would be the Parrot Bebop 2.
Weighing in at just 500g, this lightweight, compact drone is designed to travel with you. It offers a full HD camera to capture high-quality photos and video with an impressive 25 minutes of autonomous flying time. The Parrot Bebop 2 is incredibly easy to use for anyone who has no drone flying experience, simply download the ‘Free Flight Pro’ app on your smartphone or tablet, and you’re ready to go. Take-off and landing are simple with the push of one button, and steering is pretty simple built take a little time to get used to and perfecting your photos and videos may also take some time, but practise makes perfect.
Here are a few more cool features of the Parrot Bebop 2:
- This drone features a follow me feature which allows the Beebop 2 to automatically follow you using visual recognition technology and GPS tracking from your phone. This feature could come in handy during a bike ride or hike and if you’re adventurous possibly rock climbing.
- The Bebop 2 films in 1080p Full HD. Pictures and video in low light are incredibly sharp thanks to the 14-megapixel lens. While I haven’t tried this yet, you can take horizontal and vertical 180-degree images and video without losing quality; this is due to the inclusion of a new fish-eye brighter lens.
- Return to Home feature is one of my favourites. While these devices don’t come cheap, the return to home feature allows the Bebop to automatically return to its take-off location if the GPS or Wi-Fi signal is lost during flight. Now that’s smart.
- The App also features tutorials based on your device titles ‘Flight School’ – be sure to check it out for tips and tricks for your device.
- Weighing in at 500 grams means you don’t require a license in Australia to fly this product. For information about drone use in Australia visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website.
Since having this product in my home every male who has seen it has wanted to have a go. It’s a great gift idea who the husband, boyfriend, brother or even your father. It’s a guaranteed hit!
Parrot Bebop 2 RRP $899. Available online from the Parrot online store, selected JB Hi-Fi and Apple stores nationally.