The quadcopter drone market is swamped right now with different products from many drone manufacturers. Deciding which one to buy can be very confusing. However there are brands that have proven to make good products with usable and practical features hobbyists can really appreciate. Even a single Parrot AR drone 2.0 review is enough to prove that this model’s build quality and applied technologies is impressive. Read on and find out more about this new quadcopter from one of the most trusted names in drone manufacturing.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Features
The Parrot AR drone 2.0 quadricopter is a second generation quadricopter made by Parrot. The first generation AR drone from the same company was an impressive flying machine that made a mark in the world of RC enthusiasts. However the 2.0 version received a lot of upgrades and refinements that make this flying machine one of the best in the industry for its price point. But what are the features that made this quadricopter stand out from the rest?
- It is very easy to fly – although most quadricopter share this quality thanks to the advanced computerized flight control systems that exist today, this specific quad rotor helicopter by Parrot can be singled out because its ability to fly well is comparable to the more expensive quadcopters in the market now. The reason for its very stable flight is the many electronic assist systems it has on board. It has a 3 axis gyroscope, a 3 axis accelerometer, 3 axis magnetometer, pressure sensor, ultrasound sensors, and a QVGA camera for ground speed measurement. All these systems can work for the pilot controlling the Parrot AR drone quadricopter thus giving him complete control.
- It has an app based control platform – spending on expensive RC transmitter to control the quadcopter is not necessary with the Parrot AR because its control system comes as an app that can be easily downloaded to any smart phone or tablet. iPhone, iPad, and android based phones and tablets can integrate the control system for the Parrot quadcopter, a very convenient and practical solution. The control app can adjust flight settings and view the two cameras on board, which provides for the ability to have a first person view experience with the machine.
- Wi-Fi powered control – no digital antenna system for this quadcopter because it uses Wi-Fi signal for flight control. This is not only more reliable, it also has better range.
- It records videos in HD – the Parrot AR drone 2.0 elite edition has a 720 p 30FPS HD camera on board that allows for high definition video recording directly to the remote device. It has low latency streaming and has a wide angle lens capable of a 92-deg diagonal shot. It can also take JPEG photos in flight. Thanks to its Wi-Fi based control system, the video feed is also transmitted thru this stream making the video feed clearer and reliable.
- It has reliable motors – the Parrot AR drone has 4 brushless inrunner motors that is equip with ball bearing, low noise nylatron gears, tempered steel propeller shaft, self lubricating bronze bearing and pressure sensor that can detect drag in the props and turn it off in case of it being getting caught into something thus preventing damage.
Parrot AR drone PROS and CONS
Like any other product, this quadcopter also has its own sets of pros and cons. These can help you decide if this quadcopter is for you or not. It can also help you make some compromises on your buying decision. The Parrot AR drone is priced at the $250-$300 range making it a very good buy for its price. The following list details some of its positive qualities and also misgivings.
- Indoor and outdoor use – the Parrot drone has two specially designed casings that are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. These are made from polypropylene foam and it can keep the electronics and battery of the quadcopter protected at all times. The casing made for indoor use wraps around the edges of the propellers protecting them even if it will hit walls and other obstacles, a common occurrence while piloting indoors.
- Easy control via app – by the time your Parrot AR quadcopter is done charging its battery you are also done downloading the app to fly it. This level of ease is unheard of before making flying this thing pleasurable and fun. Calibrating the flight controls and setting flight parameters can also be done easier with the app.
- HD camera – the HD camera should provide a pleasant FPV experience. The refresh rate is decent and the still photo shots are also great. It is not just a fun quadcopter to fly, its features also add to the experience of flying the drone.
- Easy to fly – the myriad of electronic assist flight system makes this quadcopter very easy to fly. When you leave your hands from the control surface installed in your smart phone, it hovers in the air solidly, auto pilot kicking in automatically. There are also flight restrictions available for the control system. You can set the altitude limits and landing speed limits to make sure you are always in control of your drone.
- Short battery life – the pleasure of flying this quadcopter is also the very reason why many owners of the Parrot AR are unsatisfied with their flight time. The current battery pack included in the AR 2.0 can only provide for an 8-minute worth of flight time, a short run for a 90-minute charge on the battery. It is however possible to have multiple batteries for the quadcopter so that you can go on flying with short breaks in between the battery changes.
- Bad quality bottom camera – the look-down camera has low quality picture. This camera however is there primarily to help the quadcopter guide itself in the air using what it sees on the ground. It is also there to assist pilots to practice their landing skills with the Parrot drone, not necessarily use it as a viewfinder or a camera for shooting amazing stills.