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Parrot Bebop 2 drone announced

Parrot has unveiled a the Bebop 2, a new drone that stays in the air for significantly longer than before.

The original Parrot Bebop hit the UK last December, and was perhaps most notable for its eye-watering price tag. This pitched the drone somewhere in between a general consumer and serious hobbyist device.

Parrot’s follow-up is hardly a massive departure from the original. The design is very similar (albeit more rugged), and it comes equipped with a familiar 14-megapixel 1080p camera.

That camera also continues to be situated in the nose of the device, providing a 180-degree field of view, rather than suspended underneath like most rivals (such as the DJI Phantom 3 Pro).

There’s also the same 2km maximum range, which is achieved through an optional flight controller. Otherwise you must rely on the free Android and iOS app, with a far more limited range of 300 metres.

As for improvements, Parrot reveals (via WSJ) that the Bebop 2 can stay in the air much longer than the original. Flight time is up from 12 minutes to 25 minutes. It’s also faster than the original.

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Parrot has gone with digital image stabilisation to keep footage stable. The reason it didn’t go with superior hardware-based optical image stabilisation, it seems, is in the interest of keeping weight down.

The Parrot Bebop 2 is due to hit shops from December 14, with prices starting from $549.99 minus the Skycontroller. That works out to £361, but we suspect it will end up closer to the original’s £430 price tag when it hits UK shops.

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