The Parrot quadcopter series tends to be pretty hit and miss when it comes to their overall drone quality and enjoyment. This – the AR Power edition – most definitely falls in the “hit” category for something under $400.
Equipped with a front facing 720p HD camera and another downward facing standard definition one (convenient for landing) which both capture satisfying video footage so long as adequate lighting is provided. It’s conveniently operated and controlled via your tablet or mobile device through Wi-Fi using its Freeflight pilot app. This RC is programmed to be very easily understood for beginner-mid level flyers and has a couple cool features such a the 360 barrel roll.
The battery life (about 15-18 mins) and range from the pilot are nothing impressive but that’s to be expected from a drone of its caliber. It’s still a blast to fly around and pull off some aerial tricks before your 15 minutes is up, at which point you can swap in the second HD battery that it comes with and go crazy again.
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter
- Autamatic stability system works competently
- Having 2 cameras is handy, especially the downward facing one for landing
- Absolute control mode is a handy way to fly for beginners
- Approximate 150 foot Wi-Fi range is a little discouraging
- Reported issues with extra battery not charging properly
- Drone gets overwhelmed if many Wi-Fi signals are in the immediate radius