|Flying Time:||10-12 minutes|
|Max Flight Velocity:||5m/s|
|Battery Type:||11.1V LiPo|
|Charging Time:||90 minutes|
|Controller:||IPhone or Android|
|Front Camera:||720p 30fps|
|Additional Sensors:||Ultrasonic, Barometric|
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter – 2 HD Batteries – 36 minutes of flying time – RedI have been a quadcopter fanatic for a while now. Ever since this fascinating technology became available to consumers, I have been flying.
It all started with RC helicopters and cars, but when I also became interested in photography, my interests turned more towards quadcopters.
They are known for being sturdy and stable which makes for great aerial video and photography. In the beginning, I started off with the cheap, toy quadcopters to practice on.
They were fun to fly and great to learn on, but they were terrible for photography. In order to work on my aerial photography, I quickly upgraded from a small toy quadcopter to a Parrot AR Drone 1.0.
Parrot has been a leading company in the world of wireless devices for cell phones since 1994. They’re not the typical RC company, as they do not specialize in helicopters and quadcopters.
The cutting edge technology that they have been creating the last two decades has been creatively innovated into quadcopters, creating a completely unique experience.
The new Parrot AR Drone 2.0 has an entirely unique flying system that you can can’t find anywhere else, which is why I advanced to the Parrot 2.0 as soon as it was released.
Being the only quad on the market that can be completely controlled with your smartphone, the Parrot 2.0 is leading the pack in advancements.
The only quadcopter that has come close to this is the Phantom 2 Vision where only the camera can be controlled with your smart phone. With the Parrot 2.0, you can control the tilt of the camera and take pictures with your phone, but that is all.
Using your android or iPhone, you can download the FreeFlight 2.0 app which allows you to control every aspect of your Parrot 2.0 quad.
A perfect choice for any novice for expert flier, this app also allows you to switch from beginner to expert mode, allowing you to slowly learn until you become a pro.
Some of the preferences you are able to change in the control app are flight ceiling, rate of ascent, and tilt. This functionality will help even the newest flier avoid having a broken quad due to crashes.
Although I have crashed once or twice, I quickly realized that spare parts for this quad are readily available, which was very convenient.
When I first downloaded the app, I quickly noticed how user friendly it was. The whole design was very simple and practical and it didn’t even make me miss using a “real” transmitter.
All you have to do is tilt your phone or tablet in the direction that you want your quad to fly; it’s just that easy.
There is an auto pilot feature which allows for a smoother take-off and landing, which I know I had trouble with when I first began.
My favorite feature about the Parrot 2.0 is the high quality built in camera which can also be controlled via phone. The high definition camera that is included is 720p and 30fps.
There is also a wide angles lens with is 92 degree diagonal. Most quads that come with built in cameras are either high quality but extremely expensive or cheap and low quality.
This is the first quadcopter in a reasonable price range that has a high quality camera that can take professional grade videos and photography.
Flying RC quadcopters can be an expensive hobby but this Parrot 2.0 made it possible for me and many other people to fly.
Almost all quadcopters require extensive additional work in order to achieve first person view.
This is not an easy mode for beginners to fly in, but for experts like me, fpv is a feature that is fun to play around with.
Although it is more likely to crash when flying in fpv, it’s almost like you’re in a real life video game. You are also able to fly further than you would usually be able to because the quadcopter doesn’t need to be in your physical line of sight.
The Parrot 2.0 comes with the capability to view real time footage of your quadcopters flight, right from your tablet or phone.
While doing this, you are also able to record the footage of your flight. Besides just this, you can also save and share photos and videos directly from the piloting interface.
Parrot only produces high quality products and this quadcopter is no exception. The design of the Parrot 2.0 is made to last.
There are two different casings, one made for outdoors, and one for inside. The outdoor hull is completely made of foam to protect the inside electronics from the engine’s vibrations and also in case of a crash.
The electronic motor controller is completely water resistant and also fully reprogrammable. The ultrasound sensors also have a liquid repellent Nano-coating which helps make it waterproof.
The Parrot 2.0 is run off of a 1,000 mah LiPo rechargeable battery which is included, along with a charger.
Flight time is pretty reasonable at around 10 minutes, which is around what you’d get with much more expensive quads. One complaint that I do have is the low battery warning.
Typically, you would think this would be a nice feature, but I have found it very unhelpful. As soon as the warning pops up, you pretty much need to land immediately because it is only a matter of seconds before the auto-cutoff feature enables itself.
With only one little thing to complain about out of all the features on this quad, I am extremely happy.
Typically I am a very hard to please person but I can easily say that this is a great quad and I will continue to fly it until the next best thing hits the stores.
With the high quality design and structure, this is sure to last for years. Once I eventually move on (maybe when the Parrot 3.0 is released?) I will surely pass this along to my young son who will be able to enjoy this just as much as I have.