Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Can Yuneec push the Parrot out of the market?

Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2
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Yuneec recently (August 2016) released a new quadcopter, the Yuneec Breeze. And with that release the question “Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2, which one should I get” came up for a lot of people.

In this post I’ll help you answer that question.

At first glance it appears to share a lot of features with another drone, the Parrot Bebop 2.

Both the Yuneec Breeze and the Parrot Bebop 2 are flown without a separate remote controller. You just use your mobile device instead. This is obviously a very convenient solution as it means one device less you have to carry around. Something that appeals to a lot of casual flyers.

And both the Yuneec Breeze and the Parrot Bebop 2 are relative small drones that provide stabilized footage.

And they’re also more or less in the same price range.

So why did I ask if the Breeze can push the Parrot Bebop 2 out of the market in the title of this post? And why would you want to get the Yuneec Breeze over the Parrot Bebop?

Although they share all the traits I’ve mentioned, that’s also where the comparison ends and they both have stronger and weaker points.

Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Camera quality

The Breeze royally outshines the Parrot Bebop 2 when it comes to camera quality.

While the Yuneec Breeze has got a 4k camera that 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 30fps  and can also shoot 1280 x 720 @ 60fps, the Parrot Bebop 2 can only shoot FHD;: 1080p@30 fps.

The only thing that could have made the Breeze even better in this comparison is if it could shoot 1080p at 60 FPS but unfortunately that’s not an option. At least not know. Perhaps it comes with a future firmware update but I have had no indication of that so far.

bebop vs breeze flight timeYuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Flight time

Unfortunately flight time is where the Breeze loses to the Bebop 2 again. And when I say “loses” I mean that the Parrot Bebop 2 blows the Breeze out of the water.

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The Yuneec Breeze offers 12 minutes flight time vs the 25 minutes of the Bebop 2.

So while you’ll need 5 batteries for the Breeze (only one is included so you’ll have to buy 4 spares) to fly for an hour, you can fly for 50 minutes with just 2 batteries for the Bebop 2. Quite a difference.

Parrot Bebop 2 insideYuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Camera Lens

Unless you like the Fish-Eye look you’ll prefer the Yuneec Breeze to the Parrot Bebop

The Breeze’s  117° field of view which is sufficiently wide but without the Fish-Eye effect.

Some of you might worried that means you can’t see what’s happening underneath the quadcopter (i.e. the ground) but there is no need to worry about that as the camera moves up and down. So you can control what you shoot without having to change flight direction.

And although the Fish-Eye effect can be fun at times, I think it gets old really quickly so this is another point in favor of the Yuneec’s Breeze.

Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Flight Range

Unfortunately Yuneec gives away its lead again when it comes to range.

According to Yuneec, the Breeze has have a maximum range of 80m while Parrot advertises 300m for the Bebop 2.

But, there is something I have to mention here. Yuneec tends to be conservative with it’s range estimates.

Other manufacturers (Parrot, DJI, Walkera, etc) often advertise the maximum range under ideal circumstances. So, in an area free from any interference. But in my experience, Yuneec tends to advertise realistic maximum ranges. This means that in ideal circumstances Yuneec will often get a much better range than they advertise.

Whether that’s smart or not is open bo discussion but it is honest. And it also means that it’s likely the Parrot Bebop 2 and the Yuneec are much closer in maximum range than would appear when just looking at the specs.

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Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Special modes

This is where the Yuneec Breeze really comes into it’s element.

The Breeze has “Fully Automatic Creative Modes”.

Selfie Mode, Orbit Mode, Journey Mode, and Follow Me mode. All modes that you normally find on the more expensive drones (like the Yuneec Typhoon H and the DJI Phantom 4) but that make perfect sense on  a drone aimed at recreational flyers.

After all, it simplifies flying a lot. Especially when it comes to some of these maneuvers (Orbit) that are already hard enough with a regular controller, let alone with just a phone.

So this point definitely goes to the Breeze.

Parrot Bebop 2 skycontrollerYuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – External Controller

It’s possible to get an external controller for the Parrot (SkyController) but not for the Breeze.

With the SkyController you can extend the range of the Bebop to 2Km. A huge improvement. But, it’s also an improvement that’s not allowed in a lot of places where you can only to fly Visual Line of Sight.

But, a regular controller also makes it easier to fly so this point goes to the Parrot. With one disclaimer: the SkyController is not cheap and for a lot of people I don’t think it’s a smart investment.

Yuneec Breeze vs Parrot Bebop 2 – Conclusion

Although I like the Parrot Bebop 2, I like the Yuneec Breeze better.

Yes, it will come down to personal preferences but for more range I’d get a DJI Phantom 4 or a Yuneec Typhoon H instead of  the Parrot Bebop 2 with SkyController. Those 2 offer just so much more value for money, even though they are more expensive than the Bebop 2/SkyController combo.

And even if I was stuck in that price range I’d get something else instead. Both the Yuneec Q500 4K or the DJI Phantom 3 Professional offer more value for money.

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And for convenience the Yuneec Breeze beats the Parrot Bebop hands down because of the special modes. Orbit and Follow me are especially handy and are something the Bebop 2 doesn’t offer.

As for range, I don’t care much about range in this segment. These are fun drones and long range explorations are not what they’re intended for. Because of that, range is not nearly as important to me. Besides, as I already pointed out, range difference won’t be as big as the specs indicate as Yuneec tends to be very conservative with it’s estimates.

Aside from that, I think this drone appeals mainly to casual flyers and beginners. Two groups of pilots for which I think this is a great drone. Both casual flyers and beginners usually don’t need to fly further away than the length of a football field from where they’re standing anyway. So range really becomes irrelevant for me when looking at these Bebop vs Breeze.

Is it enough to push the Bebop out of the market? I doubt it. Parrot has a loyal following and the Bebop 2 is still a lot of fun to fly.

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5 Responses

  1. Praedor says:

    I have the Bebop 2 and while the camera of the breeze makes it tempting, I think I prefer the NON-geofenced Bebop 2 waypoint autopilot mode. I can program the Bebop to fly beyond signal range of my sky controller and know it will get the video and return to home when it’s over.

    IWhile I like manual flight just fine, the real work is done via waypoint/autopilot. I used my Bebop to search for my lost dog over a huge cornfield, something that required me to have it fly beyond manual control range.

    Now, if other similar priced drones can do that, with a 20-25 minute flight time then I’ll look at it. The Phantoms aware just too expensive and many of those priced like the Bebop2 are geofenced or lack the full autopilot/waypoint flight system. If only the wireless connectivity was more reliable on the Bebop2 it would be golden.

  2. Joe J says:

    Does the parrot BeBop 2 have a return to home mode

  3. JTology says:

    I recently bought the Breeze and as beginner enjoy the simplicity of its features. The pilot mode range is limited but is as advertised. The other modes are limited to its preprogrammed limits. Video quality is really good and stable at default setting. The price is currently $399 although I was able to get Best buy to honor a 10% discount based off a Horizon Hobby promo code on RetailMeNot. Currently BestBuy has the Bebob2 with the controller and virtual perspective goggles on sale for $499. That’s about $300 off its regular price. Considering the distance difference and hardware package with the Bebop for $100 more… I may have to swap the Breeze out for the Bebop.

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