Meet Bebop, the newly announced drone from Parrot. This particular quad-copter has a built in 14 MP camera, 3-axis stabilization, creates its own WiFi hotspot, embedded GPS with flight control, can be operated at a distance up to 2km, and weighs under 400g.
In the past, we've been pretty excited by the various drone offerings from DJI, Hubsan, and the like. We've used them to light up scenes with speedlights, take wicked landscapes, and shoot in areas previously inaccessible.
Below is a comparison of a still from a more conventional drone setup, and that of the Parrot Bebop. Notice the distortion from the fisheye lens of the non-Parrot camera.
Here's the same scene shot with the Parrot fisheye, even though it boasts a crazy wide 180º FOV distortion is really well controlled.
The drone is made mostly of ABS plastic, as seen below. The drone weighs under 400g.
Perhaps the most unique part of the drone's design is the bumpers that surround the blades, helping to prevent an incident like this.
The drone is piloted via an app available for iOS and Android.
The drone can be piloted at distances of up to 2km with the SkyController, as shown below.
It's really amazing how far aerial photography/videography has come in the past few years. This sort of technology is really chaining the way we see the world. Drones are changing the way people photograph, giving us access to the types of shots that used to be reserved for multi-million dollar movies with a helicopter with a camera rig. The technology is progressing quickly, this particular drone looks particularly promising.
As of now we don't have any details on pricing / expected ship date. You can sign up on the Parrot Bebop website to be notified via email once available.