The Parrot AR 2.0 is not small in size as it is 23 X 0.5 X 23 inches. It has a good camera with 1280 X 720p and 720 p of 30fps video camera. The battery life is not bad at all with 12-18 minutes of flight time. It is priced reasonably at $459. The Parrot AR Drone is the first quadcopter that is fully controllable by a smartphone or tablet device. You can control the direction of the device by tilting the device and releasing it. The Parrot AR 2.0 drone can be stabilized instantly. The Parrot AR drone has a unique autopilot feature which most people can use as it enables an easy landing and take-off.
- Easily updates to meet FAA requirements
- Remote control quadricopter controlled using an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
- 720p high-definition live video streaming & recording to smartphone or tablet while flying
- Record & share videos & pictures straight from AR. Free Flight piloting app
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is an extremely powerful quadcopter which inhabits a niche in the helicopters and is best suited for professionals and amateurs alike. The drone is considered as a toy sometimes maybe owing to its plastic rotors and foam body, but actually it isn’t a toy or a childish thing. In fact, it has many serious applications and playable features so as to make it useful for both professionals and amateurs. There are many different uses that the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is put to such as spying and amateur filmmaking. The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is priced at a reasonable $299 and is bundled with 2 hulls, 1 battery, 1 charger and instructions. There is yet another variant of the Parrot AR 2.0 that is priced at $329 and includes an extra battery.
The Parrot AR 2.0 comes with a LiPo rechargeable battery that is included along with the package and also a charger. The battery would easily last for about 10 minutes that is a decent enough considering that it’s a low priced model. The AR 2.0 drone also includes a low battery indicator but this feature is not considered as very useful by the owners. The reason maybe that the indicator signals the low battery only seconds before the device stops working. Once there is a warning signal on the AR. FreeFlight app the device must be landed immediately or it may come crashing down.
The drone has a feature of connecting to a smart phone or tablet for its controls and has a range of about 100 meters. The range however may vary depending on the atmospheric conditions, device used and some other factors that may cause wi-fi interference. The device is also equipped with a flight recorder of 4GB capacity with a usual USB interface that assists in recording of flight movement.
The new feature of a Director mode in the AR Drone 2.0 piloting app has also been included in the Parrot drone. This enables the users to adjust the camera’s white balance, saturation and exposure more precisely. The Director app also enables the users to edit their favourite videos and allows them to create a quick highlights package from long flight video recordings. A new rescue mode is available as a free update that activates the propellers in different directions to make the drone dislodge itself when caught in a tree or something.
The Parrot AR 2.0 is a nice quadcopter that is included in the mid-price drone category. The drone is easy to fly and very useful to take pictures or record videos. The recordings can be saved directly to the memory of your smartphone or tablet in HD quality. The phone or a tablet device can also be used as a transmitter to control the flight operations.
The flight time is not too bad and with a powerful battery it is a good feature. Initially, the aircraft was built for intermediate users only but now almost all types of users are seen flying the device. The AR drone can also be controlled via a portable Nvidia Shield gaming device with its physical analog sticks that gives navigating the drone feel more receptive.
The camera functionality of the Parrot AR 2.0 is also really nice. The users may record everything the AR Drone 2.0 sees via a forward and downward facing camera and that too in 720p quality. The mobile app oversees all recording and storage so any pictures or video taken are automatically included in the memory of your smartphone since the drone has no internal storage capacity. It can also not record sounds since its rotors drown out any sound that is thinner than it. The video quality indoors of the drone’s camera is just acceptable and it looks just same as a recording from a smartphone.
Users would truly find flying and shooting videos from the AR drone 2.0 very intuitive. The drone stays stable when in the air and it hovers at a specific area when not being controlled. But, even then you must be prepared for some crashes as you fly it more and more. You must keep the indoor covering on until you know you can take control of the device. An exceptional feature of this drone is that it may auto-shut down when it crashes thus, preventing the damage to the rotors and other parts. If space is available in your backyard or have a big enough room you can learn how to fly it in an entertaining and informative way.
The AR Drone 2.0 can fly non-stop in the air for about 12 minutes that is not exceptional but decent enough when compared to other similar priced drones. The battery can be recharged with an included AC adapter and it takes about half an hour for it to be charged. This drone also comes with 2 high-capacity batteries which may give a flying time of 36 minutes. However, without this separately sold battery, the drone would give shorter and sweeter flying time only. The AR drone 2.0 is a nice middle segment drone that is useful for both amateurs and professionals alike. This quadcopter is very nice for those who are looking for some fun along with serious functions and it is highly recommended.