Parrot has released a new version of its Bebop drone called the Bebop 2. The new drone has a tall order to climb since the previous version is very popular among drone-buying consumers.
The main draw of the original Bebop had a lot to do with its size, the way it looks, and the pricing. However, what has the Bebop 2 brought to the table to ensure owners of the original will want to make the jump and upgrade?
From what we have come to understand, the original Bebop had around 12-minutes of battery life, 9-minutes if users go all out. In terms of speed, the Bebop could only travel at 24-miles per hour, which is quite fast for a drone of its size.
When it comes down to what the new Bebop 2 is capable of, the makers doubled the battery life to 25-minutes. A huge achievement over the first drone from our point of view. As for the speed, this little thing can move at speeds up to 37-miles per hour.
Those are the main differences, so let's look at what both drones have in common.
Parrot did a great job with the Bebop's 14-megapixel 1080p camera. That same camera has made its way to the Bebop 2. The downside here is the fact that Parrot kept the lens on the nose of the drone. This is not a good idea since a lot of drones' crash into walls and other objects by the nose first.
The camera comes with built-in image stabilization software for smooth videos at all times. The first Bebop had a mechanical image stabilization feature, but this was changed to software for the Bebop 2 because Parrot wanted to keep the weight down.
For those looking to grab the Bebop 2 when it hits retail in December, bear in mind that it requires an Android, iOS, or Windows device to function properly. Devices are used to fly the drone, which may not be as accurate when compared to a physical controller.
Pricing wise, the Bebop 2 will cost consumers $550, or the Parrot Skycontroller Black Edition for $800.