"Parrot Bebop drone finally ready for takeoff"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Parrot Bebop drone finally ready for takeoff
With Parrots couple consumer drones they were basically toys you piloted with your smart phone that happened to have cameras on board.
The Bebop, on the other hand, is made to be a flying camera.
I'm Josh Goldman with CNet and the Parrot Bebop packs a 14 megapixel camera with a Fisheye F/2.2 lense.
With that camera, you'll be able to capture stills and 1080p video to its eight gigs of internal storage, and despite the camera being stationary, Parrot is using the camera's resolution to let you digitally pan and tilt the picture and stabilize the image on three axes.
Like its AR drones, the Bebop can be flown indoors with its removable bumpers.
Or outside, but its motors are more powerful, so it can handle stronger winds and fly faster.
Controlling can be done with a tablet or smart phone as usual, but for an additional cost you can get the Bebop with a sky controller.
That gives you full physical controls for the drone and camera, increased WiFi range,.
And you can wirelessly connect to a tablet or to a screen via HDMI basically giving you a ground control station.
Battery life is somewhat brief at about eleven minutes but the BeeBop will ship with two batteries when it arrives in the US in December for $499 alone or $899 with the sky controller and three batteries
It will be available in the UK and Australia in 2015 and pricing for those regions is still being determined.
I am Josh Coleman and that is quick look at the new Parrot Bebop Drones.
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