Parrot's Bebop 2 drone flies into Australian stores later this month, starts at AUD$899

Parrot's Bebop 2 drone flies into Australian stores later this month, starts at AUD$899
Parrot's Bebop 2 drone flies into Australian stores later this month, starts at AUD$899

Parrot’s latest drone, the Bebop 2, is now available for preorder and will land in Australian stores later this month. Parrot says the Bebop 2 has been remodeled to be lighter, more stable in flight, and more robust than the previous model.

As with Parrot’s past drones, users control the Bebop 2 with an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Out of the box, the drone has a 300m range, but the optional Skycontroller (pictured below) takes this to 2km. A 14MP front-facing camera records Full HD video and beams it back to the companion app.

The Bebop 2 packs a lot of technology into its small frame, with digital camera stabilisation, and automatic flight stabilisation via a new navigation system. Notably, the Bebop 2 achieves 25 minutes of flight time per charge, while the previous model was only able to last between 10 and 12 minutes. The Bebop 2 is bundled with a single removable battery.

While Parrot’s companion app is available for free, it has a AUD$30 optional in-app purchase for automated flight planning. Flight planning allows users to create waypoints for the drone to follow via its onboard GPS, and to set the speed at which it goes between them.

In terms of specifications, the Bebop 2 is able to reach speeds up to 60 km/h horizontally in 14 seconds and 21 km/h vertically, ascending to 100m in under 20 seconds. It can resist head winds up to 63 km/h.

The Parrot Bebop 2 has a retail price of AUD$899.99 on its own, or AUD$1299.99 packaged with the Parrot Skycontroller. Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and Apple will range both the Bebop 2 and the Skycontroller.

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