Parrot Bebop Drone Landing at Apple Stores in December for $499

Drone maker Parrot today finalized the pricing for its upcoming Bebop drone, confirming a $499 price tag for the standard package and $899 for the more expensive SkyController version with an extended range wireless controller.

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The Bebop drone is Parrot's third-generation quadricopter and the successor to the popular AR Drone. The Bebop offers noticeable improvements in camera recording, including a 14-megapixel camera with 1080P full-HD video support and the ability to stream a captured feed to a compatible smartphone or tablet device.

Other notable features include an f/2.2 fish-eye lens with an 180-degree angle of view and three-axis image stabilization. The stabilization allows users to digitally pan and zoom in a semi-circle without the need for a bulky gimbal underneath the body of the drone. The Drone also connects to an iPhone via the updated FreeFLight 3.0 software, which allows the user to control the drone, view flight details, and execute complex maneuvers via on-screen touch controls.


For those looking for enhanced piloting controls, Parrot has also developed a new SkyController that extends the range of the drone from 200 meters to 2 kilometers. It also connects to first-person view glasses like the Oculus Rift, providing pilots with an immersive flight experience.

The Parrot Bebop drone will go on sale in December and will be available in both Best Buy and Apple retail and online stores. Pricing starts at $499 for the standard edition and climbs to $899 for the SkyController edition. Parrot's competitive pricing undercuts its closest competitor, the DJI Phantom 2, which retails for $679.

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64 months ago

surely not having a camera on a stabilised gimbal severely limits this drone? Seems like a daft design for this price point.


Surely you missed the part about 180 degree field of view and it takes a 1080p area using digital stabilization. The sensor is 14mp. Allows one to pan around left right up down 180 degrees. Could be better than a gimbal. Watch some of the videos and the are real stable.
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64 months ago
I ..... want ..... one!
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64 months ago

Surely you missed the part about 180 degree field of view and it takes a 1080p area using digital stabilization. The sensor is 14mp. Allows one to pan around left right up down 180 degrees. Could be better than a gimbal. Watch some of the videos and the are real stable.


Surely I didn't and realised an independent gimbal physically moving a camera is far superior to limited digital tricky.

For a cheap drone its fine, at this price Id go to the competition.
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64 months ago

The total flying weight of this drone is under one pound. Their "payloads" are a couple of ounces at most.


Well, I suppose you could use it to drop some firecrackers on neighborhood kids. Of course when I was growing up we called that "fun" instead of "terrorism".... ;)
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64 months ago
Name association game.
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64 months ago
For a hot minute there I thought this was a drone made to look like the Cowboy Bebop spaceship.

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64 months ago
Faa?

Hmmmm - the embedded video clip (commercial) may be in violation of FAA rules at the moment - Feb 25th there will be a summit under auspices of Congressional Entertainment Caucus on filmmaking and UAVs/Drones see http://dciff-indie.org at US Capitol
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64 months ago
surely not having a camera on a stabilised gimbal severely limits this drone? Seems like a daft design for this price point.
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