Parrot Bebop - Preview

by FliteTest | May 12, 2014 | (23) Posted in News

Product: Parrot Bebop Drone 
Josh Bixler and Dave Knop are in Orlando, Florida today covering the releasing of the new Parrot "Bebop Drone". Featuring a 14 MP camera, 180-degree FOV fish-eye lens, 3-axis digital image-stabilization, Oculus Rift input, and much more. 

It seems like the core of the technology in the 3.0 is the in camera stabilization of the image. Instead of using a gimbal with gyros and motors to stabilize the camera body, the image is stabilized by taking an HD frame of the screen and stabilizing within the camera signal. 


Check out the episode for more details. The moment this hits the market we will be sure to bring you a full review. If you haven't already, subscribe to our YouTube page to get the update when it is released!

Facts & Specs 
14 Mega pixel camera with 3 axis stabilization. 
Stabilization is executed by GPU
Lens correction is achieved by GPU
1080p Video window
180 dgree vertical view
120 degree horizonal view
Camera point of view is directional  

Saftey features:
Plastic propellers
Shock detection
Emergency mode  

802.11 b,g,n,ac
26 dBM
2.4GHz & 5Ghz
Selectable by software
Ceramic high grain antennas
Micro coaxial connector


What do you think of this new tech? Let us know! Chat it up in the forum


rkk on May 14, 2014
I've always struggled with the Parrot due to the tablet/phone wifi control but this looks incredible. The Oculus tie in is spectacular! I've been hoping to use it for FPV since it was announced. The video footage from the golf course looks great, a tiny bit shaky but the quality was suburb.
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TEAJR66 on May 15, 2014
Great to see that FT has gained the notoriety that gets them invited to do this sort of thing. You conducted an excellent review. Keep doing what you guys are doing.

The "Bebop Drone" Looks great. I enjoy the other two versions and I am eager to try this one. Is the head tracking with the rift always on? Does the video support an artificial horizon and other HUD info?

Be safe and have fun.
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PaladinDG on May 14, 2014
A buddy of mine had the the 2.0 version, which was impressive... look forward to hearing/seeing more about this one too!
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Imaxinar DM on May 14, 2014
Always pays to have a bag packed for a quick trip. Very glad you all were able to go and give us a look at the future.

One of our members is working on an AR Drone's software mod, so we will see where that leads as well.

Also great to see the Oculus used with R/C... hopefully more to come from them on that (not fond of current goggles video "quality")

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Eddy Current on May 15, 2014
Well Josh Bixler, please tell us how FPV with the Oculus Rift compares to FPV with the FatShark goggles? You now have experience with both, how do they compare?
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Tactical Ex on May 15, 2014
What else are you all doing in Florida? Orlando is practically my backyard, I would have driven out if I knew!
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Cbretr2 on May 15, 2014
I just want the controller setup for my own Quad. Somebody get on that. That would make a nice FPV setup.
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sleb on May 15, 2014
That looks great with the controller and oculous rift!
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Parrot Bebop - Preview