Autel Evo 2 Initial Review. Is it Finally a Mavic Killer?

autel evo 2 review

Well folks, the drone world in 2020 is going to get pretty exciting with a number of new models coming out, none of which (at this time at least) are from DJI and I like that.

Among the lineup of new drones that were officially announced at CES, the one which personally interested me and pretty much most of the drone world was the Autel Evo 2.

autel evo 2 review

There were “leaked” specs prior to the official announcement, but it wasn’t until CES took place, that we found out the leaks were true, and they basically told the following story about the Autel Evo 2:

  • That it would have a 40 minute flight time.
  • That it would have an insane range of 16 KM.
  • That it’s camera would be able to film at up to 8K footage and that it would be incredibly sharp.
  • That it would have no geo fencing (like the original Autel Evo).
  • That it would have 6 sides of obstacle detection.
  • That it would be able to take 48 megapixel photos.
  • And that it would also be able to follow people at a level close if not as good as Skydio 2.

Now all of these specs tell a pretty important story and that is that this new model, at least on paper does destroy the Mavic 2 Pro (and obviously Zoom). 

But here’s why at least for now, the Autel Evo 2 is not a Mavic killer…

Based on what I saw from initial reviews out there from people who HAD already be given this model to review and released their reviews on the day of CES, I have to say, thus far, the Mavic kill story is still a bit farfetched and I’ll explain why that is in a moment and I will show video comparison proof of what I saw that makes me say this…

But let me make something clear:

I was one of the many people anxiously awaiting the announcement of this model since the leaks came out. Since I own 5 DJI drones (a Mavic 2 Pro being one of them) and have considered numerous times on buying the original Autel Evo, I had elected to wait until the second version was released and when I heard the same specs I listed above, I was almost entirely sold. I was ready to buy this drone model on day 1.

But this is where I turn back to the reviewers who were given this drone before it’s official release and showed me their comparison videos, some of which compared the footage of the Autel Evo 2 to the Mavic 2 Pro. And well, I wasn’t impressed.

In fact, I though the Mavic 2 Pro footage was far better, and considering how it’s camera is close but not as good as the Phantom 4 Pro’s, which in my opinion is at this point in time the best drone camera out of any I’ve seen, that says something about the superiority DJI still holds in this market.

Now let me actually show you the video that made me believe this (Autel Evo 2 vs Mavic 2 Pro):

Now let’s get some things straight…

This is where Autel Evo 2 absolutely wins against the Mavic 2 Pro:

  • It can definitely fly further.
  • It can definitely stay in the air longer.
  • You will be able to change the 3 different cameras this drone has available for it (it’s easier to switch them than with DJI’s model).
  • Not that it needs to be said, but I’ll say it: This model already beats the original Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, the Mini, and more. So you can think of this is a victory for Autel in the “Mavic killer department”.

But compared to the Mavic 2 Pro, there are thus far only 2 obvious advantages you can spot right away, but as for the camera being better? 8K or not, I did not see it being better than the footage in the Mavic 2 Pro.

In fact, I saw the opposite, both for the video AND photo comparison:

The Mavic shows far more details, contrast and structure. You can tell me what you think below regarding this comparison.

Here’s the silver lining though: There’s 3 versions of the Autel Evo. 

You have the regular Autel Evo 2 model, which is the one you saw in the video above being tested against the Mavic 2 Pro.

You have the Autel Evo Pro which has not yet been released, so there’s no footage to compare yet, but this is the one I am most hopeful for. This is the model whose camera has a 1 inch sensor and likely the one which will give the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera a run for it’s money at least.

Then you have the third camera which is basically the same as Mavic 2 Enterprise’s version of things. But I don’t know enough about that one to make any comparisons. 

And the beauty is that you, the consumer will be able to buy these cameras and switch them to the same Autel Evo 2 body as you like without having to ship it to the dealer like you would with DJI.

If these 5 things are true with Autel Evo 2 (Pro), then it will be a Mavic killer:

1) If it’s 1 inch sensor camera is truly as good if not better than the Mavic 2 Pro’s camera (this is pending).

2) If it’s overall performance is better than the Mavic 2 Pro (this is so far the case, so we can add 1 point).

3) If it’s sensors perform as well as the MP2 if not better (this still has to be tested).

4) If it doesn’t have so many bugs when it comes out (this happened with the first generation model and it’s still pending).

5) If it’s autonomous flight modes like tracking are better and more intelligent than the MP2 and on the level of Skydio 2 (still this is pending).

If all of these 5 things will be prevalent with the Pro model, then I will officially call it a Mavic killer and I will definitely buy it. So far, because there are uncertainties, and I believe the regular Autel Evo 2 is not as good at the Mavic 2 Pro, I can’t make this claim.

But I am still hopeful because I own only DJI models for now and for the longest time have wanted to make sure that the 6th model in my collection is a none DJI product. 

Whatever happens, you’ll probably be hearing the following a lot from other drone enthusiasts and that is with this influx of new drone models into the market, DJI will be pushed to stay at the top, and this means we’ll likely be getting some seriously awesome models from them (A possible Mavic 3).  

Is The Mavic Mini Really All That? Read This Review.

dji mavic mini review screenshot

Ah yes, as soon as competing companies announced a drone (Skydio 2), DJI as it’s known to do rolls out the Mavic Mini. This review will tell you if you should get it.

As an owner of 5 drones at this point in time (all DJI by the way), I am going to examine the most common questions and points about this model so you will know if you can confidently buy it or wait on something else (or possibly buy a better model that already exists).

Anyway, let’s get to the most obvious things about the Mavic Mini out of the way first: 

Name: DJI Mavic Mini (Get it here).dji mavic mini review screenshot

Price: $399 for the drone and remote and about $599 for the extra package (extra batteries and other accessories).

Main features:

  • 3 axis gimbal.
  • 2.7k shooting capability. 
  • 249 grams in weight (I’ll address why there’s pros and cons to this).
  • 20 minute + flight time (unlikely to get to the 30 unless conditions are perfect).
  • Up to a 4 KM range, although owning a Mavic Air with the same type of connection, I’d put that to around 1KM in most cases.

Overall score: 70 out of 100 points.

This drone is definitely recommended to the following people:

  • Complete beginners who may or may have never flown a drone, but want that great beginner model. This is it.
  • Those who are avid drone collectors like myself (although at this point in time I am not buying it).
  • People who want to upgrade from the Spark (Yes I think it’s better than it). 
  • Those who wish to temporarily go around drone regulations (249 grams). But I did say temporary for a reason (coming up).

Who this drone may not be for:

Let’s get to the pros the Mavic Mini truly has:

1) Let’s start with the 249 gram weight.

Yes, this is an advantage, because you will not need to register it (until inevitable regulations say you do), but you still have to adhere to regular drone rules despite that.

If you plan on traveling to other countries, I would still be very careful and make sure you follow their guidelines to know if you need to register them or see if they are even legal to use in the country you’re traveling to.

2) The camera for the size is actually quite good.

Despite not being able to do 4k, a 2.7k capability and image quality that I would say is equal to or better than the Spark, this thing is great for beginners and even those who wish to take good photos in general.

3) Extremely portable.

Without a doubt, this drone’s size, folding capability and weight make it the current portable drone king there is.

4) Great drone for beginners.

Yes I am currently going to say that if you never owned one, get this if you’re a beginner. I’ll have to update my article on beginner drones worth getting and make this #1.

5) A really long flight time.

Considering the size of this drone, I expected it to have the same flight same as the Spark, but it does not. In fact, it’s twice as long, and even beats the Mavic Air from what I have seen. This is VERY impressive for such a small model.

6) There is pretty good range reliability.

This is a VERY important factor for me and should be for you. All these potential drone ranges should never be taken as is. You will almost always get a shorter flight range (here’s how to improve it), but in this drone’s case, it’s overall pretty good.

It’s about as strong as the Air in terms of range reliability and overall, I am happy with that drone’s range, as you will be with the Mini if you get it.

If these pros are enough for you to get the Mini, you can get it here.

Now for the Mavic Mini cons…

1) It’s just a matter of time before…

Governments force you to register the Mini. It won’t be long until someone does something very foolish and in large numbers to make governments take action. This current 249 gram advantage is temporary. Enjoy it while it’s here.

2) Sound. Why is it SO loud!?

I considered swapping my Spark for the Mini but when I heard that it’s only SLIGHTLY less noisy than the Spark, I decided against it. This thing is only a few decibals based on what I saw quieter than the Spark and consider that drone has one of the loudest and most annoying noises I’ve seen in all my drones (the Air does too), I can’t see myself getting the Mini for this reason.

3) People thinking of upgrading if they own Mavic Air or better models should think again.

Like I said and listed before, there are numerous and obviously way better drones on the market and if you already own a portable, high camera quality drone, I would not “upgrade” to this model. 

There is an argument to be made for people who have huge drone models like Yuneec or Phantoms and even in that case, I wouldn’t sell those. Just buy a regular Mini with the remote and you’ll be happy.

Oh and if you own less popular models like the Breeze and other none DJI ones that are small, yes, the Mavic Mini is absolutely going to be an upgrade in this case.

So is the Mavic Mini really all that?

Well for first time or beginner drone users it can be and I honestly think this is a very good drone model to get started with if you’re new. But as someone who earlier said he owns 5 models, I don’t really see myself getting this one anytime soon.

Certain firmware upgrades can and will be coming through to the Mini that will make it better and better overtime, and I will be sure to do comparison reviews between this model and the most obvious ones you can compare it to like the Spark, the Air, the first Mavic Pro and second, all of which I own.

So the 70 score this model gets is well deserved for this model. Again, don’t let the 249 grams this thing weights be the deciding factor for your purchase. I think any experienced drone flier knows this perk is temporary. 

But if you have questions about the Mini or currently own a specific model you’re considering swapping for it, let me know and I’ll help you make the decision.

Mavic Air vs Autel Evo. Which Drone Should You Get?

The Mavic Air came out in early 2018, and it just so happened to be released soon after the Evo was announced. The timing on DJI’s part was perfect, and the fact that it also matched the Evo in many spec areas, while also being on the market while people would still have to wait on the Evo would give DJI a bunch of new sales and more control over the drone market while they awaited for the Mavic Pro 2 to be released later in the year. 

While most people will compare the Autel Evo to the Mavic Pro, simply because of the size and spec similarity, I felt it would be cool to compare it to the Mavic Air.

While I will outright admit that as an overall drone, the Evo is way superior in just about every single regard, the gap between both models isn’t as big as it seems, especially when you compare the specs, the reality and especially the price. So let me list where exactly Autel’s drone wins and where DJI’s wins…

Just for the record, I scored both models pretty close, in spite of the big gap in many factors between both models, and the main reason why was because the gap isn’t as big as you may think and the fact that the Mavic Air is so much less expensive still makes it a worthwhile model to consider if you can’t spend a few extra $100. But anyway, let’s get to the comparison:

Where the Evo wins:

Camera. Yep, it’s better, sharper, and it can zoom, incredibly well, something the MA does not have. If better, sharper and cleaner footage is your goal, the Evo is your drone of choice here.

But on a 1-10 rating, the camera isn’t THAT much better. On the MA, I’d give it a 7 out of 10 while the Evo scores a 10 out of 10 (full review). Believe me, even if you elect to go with the MA, your footage will NOT be bad at all, it’s still a 4K camera, and add to it the 30 FPS shot in 100 mpbs is not too shabby at all.

Overall flight time. Consider the flight time to be twice as good as on the MA. Though as of now it falls short of the “30 minute” estimate it was given prior to release, it’s still going to fly way longer than the MA, 100%.

Range. Yet another prior to release spec claimed this drone could fly up to 7 KM, but it’s more like 4-5 KM considering the connection is clear. But it’s still a lot better than the MA, which while having a 4 KM will likely reach about half of that in most places.

One thing I will say is that the MA connection can be a bit flaky, but I usually get about 1 KM out of it in places with a lot of connection issues. The Evo should in similar places get twice as far, but still not near the amount it promised.

More wind resistant. Well, this should be an obvious advantage, since it is bigger after all.

Better controller with more “control”. The control on this drone is far superior to the MA which honestly seems like a bootleg version of the Mavic Pro controller. While it is decent and will give you good control, the visual aspect of the Evo remote and the information/perks it packs makes it far easier and more dependable to use. It’s like comparing a Playstation 4 to a Super Nintendo and I’m a MA owner saying this by the way…

Less flight restrictions. I mentioned this as an advantage this drone had over the MP but a lack of geo fencing makes flying this model way less of a headache. Never the less, you should absolutely know that this DOESN’T mean you can fly it anywhere, be an intelligent drone pilot and know the flight rules. 

It’s a lot quieter! Twice as big and yet its still so quiet. Almost as quiet as the Mavic 2 Pro or the Parrot ANAFI.

Note: If there’s something I missed on the advantages this model has, let me know below.

Where the Mavic Air wins…

How could I not boast about my little drone at least a little bit? The good news here is that I didn’t really have to scramble to find where it beats the Evo, because there are indeed some truly notable advantages it has. Let me go over them:

The price is several $100 cheaper. If you’re a on a budget and can’t go as far as $999, then you can settle on the MA for $799, and I suspect it’ll fall another $100 on the MP 2 is released. Sure I’d recommend you squeeze out a few more $100 for the other one, but believe me, you’re not getting a bad drone here at all. This thing flies very well, shoots footage very well and you would be pretty shocked to see how well it can film (here’s pictures).

3 sensors vs 2 and a half sensors. Wait a second, didn’t the Evo boast 3 sensors?

It did, but when it came out, it was discovered that the back sensor, aka the third wasn’t really working, it was more of a detection device, not a sensor that actually stops the drone. However, on the MA, you indeed do get 3 sensors, so it wins here. 

Fun flight modes and hand control. You just don’t get some of this stuff with the Evo and if you’re into doing Jedi type stuff and using your hand to regulate this drone, you’ll have a lot of fun with the MA.

More compact/portable. Let’s face it, at this point, we can agree that both models are quite portable, but this particular one is still twice as small as Autel’s and when you go backpacking somewhere, the size difference, makes a difference. 

I honestly wish it was more quieter. It’s so strange to think such a little drone can be so loud. It’s more loud than the Spark surprisingly. But that noise makes it tough to film in certain places (like animals).

Note: I know I probably missed some things that makes the MA better, so just like I said about the Evo above, let me know about the MA below.

How to pick which drone suites you better:

While I’m certainly not the definitive voice in the drone world, if my advice means anything (thank you by the way), I’d recommend examining each drone’s advantage over the other, your budget and to make a little check mark on each model. Whichever one gets more check marks is the winner. 

Overall, there’s 2 big points worth noting, 1 for each model:

  • You’re def getting a better drone in the Evo, hands down.
  • But you’re not exactly getting a bad drone in the MA, it still shoots amazing stuff and is itself an amazing little drone.

My opinion is that if you can afford it, get the Evo, if not, get the MA.

Overall, when I compared both these models, I gave out the following scores:

  • MA: 80 out of 100 points.
  • Autel’s model: 85 out of 100 points.

The reason there isn’t a bigger gap in points is because of the price and the fact that the MA doesn’t shoot or fly that much worse than Autel’s model. 

Phantom 4 Pro vs Autel Evo. Is The Smaller Drone Really Better?

So there’s an interesting comparison I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and that is between the Phantom 4 Pro, which I own and the Autel Evo which I’ve already compared to it’s likeliest foes:

The Mavic Pro. In this comparison (here), I basically concluded that the Evo was better in terms of camera quality, but otherwise, the Mavic Pro was still the better rated drone, so I rated it a little bit higher in points.

The Mavic Air. In this comparison (here), I believed the Autel drone was better in various functions:

Camera quality, overall flight time, overall reliability and so on and did rate it higher than the Air. It’s also A LOT quieter too.

But the air did have a few advantages such as smaller size and the fact that it’s backwards sensor actually worked as opposed to the Evo (updates to the Evo did clear this up I think).

So if you’re wondering how Autel’s new model takes on it’s DJI competition, you are welcome to check out those articles above.

But today, I want to compare it to what is currently DJI’s best CONSUMER drone: The Phantom 4 Pro, which is also the one I’ve rated highest on this site out of all the drones I’ve seen thus far.

Can Autel’s model beat the P4P? Let’s find out:

phantom 4 pro vs autel evo

Here’s some quick notes on both models:

I have a full review of the P4P here. In short, here is what’s most noteworthy on this model:

  • 20 MP camera, 4K @ 60 FPS and 100 mbps filming quality. To date this is the single best drone I’ve ever shot videos and photos with. See footage here.
  • It has a 30 minute flight time (closer to 27 minutes in most circumstances where I’ve flown).
  • The range is around 7 KM, but I usually get about 4-6 in open areas and 1-2 in areas with a lot of obstacles.
  • 5 sensors (everywhere but at the top, but they only work when it’s in tripod mode). 
  • Over 10 intelligent flight modes.
  • Strong against wind.

My rating for it is 95 out of 100 points.

Now for the Autel Evo (full review here):

  • 12 MP camera, also 4K @ 60 FPS and 100 mbps video capabilities. As of 2018, this model has the best camera on any PORTABLE drone models on the market. But in 2019, I will be saying the Mavic 2 Pro wins in that regard.
  • Also has a 30 minute flight time, although as I’ve said before, the tests I’ve seen shown it to be 20-25 minutes. 
  • Also there is a 7 KM range like the P4P, but this usually only happens in completely open areas with no signal interference. The usual range tests are between 1-4 km. 
  • This has 3 sensors, although upon release, it was noted the back sensor wasn’t really working, it just beeps to warn you, but it doesn’t stop the drone if you get too close to an obstacle (this may have been updated since).
  • Several intelligent flight modes too including a very smart return to home.

My rating for it: 85 out of 100 points.

Now if you just compare the specs based on the above things I listed, it’s pretty clear that the P4P holds more value and benefits, but this is where you have to look at both models more closely.

So this is where I want to note what happens if we compare specific things between both models such as the camera. In which case will it really be better?

Let’s do this, and we’ll begin with the camera…

In terms of video filming capabilities, both models, on paper have the same specs. However, when it comes to actual filming and picture taking, you’re looking at a 20 MP camera vs a 12 MP one, and I have to say, this isn’t a big deal because if you examine the footage, you may have mixed views.

Now I don’t own the Evo, but I have seen enough comparisons between it and the P4P. There is a difference and I honestly think the P4P shoots better and sharper (although some people would disagree).

So to showcase this, I’ve attached a YouTube video of one of my favorite drone channels (Captain Drone), where he compares these 2. You let me know in the comments which one films better:

By the way, this man has an awesome YouTube channel on this hobby so be sure to subscribe to him if you enjoy his content.

Now in spite of the fact that I believe the P4P shoots better, the Evo is right up there, so you’re not really getting that much of a different picture. While there are some noticeable differences, both these models are at the TOP of consumer drones when it comes to quality footage. If you’re OK with EITHER of these models and the way they film, but still can’t decide on which one to get, then there’s the next factor to consider which is…

Portability and I think we all know which model wins there…

Clearly the Autel model, hands down.

This is truly the kind of model you will want to have with you if you go on outdoor adventures and don’t want it to take up too much space. However, if portability isn’t a big deal to you, then go with the P4P (it’s about twice as big), because there is another factor to consider in all these comparisons…

Reliability of the actual drone (connection, range, sensors). 

In these regards, the P4P wins. I always go back to comparing how these models would work in the mountains (typically a bad connection area) and having a reliable connection is key to having a safe flight there.

I’ve seen numerous times DJI models (with the exception of the Spark and Mavic Air) connect really quickly to numerous satellites in spite of the fact my phone connection wasn’t working in the same area and this provided me with a safe flight I could rely on. Most noteworthy is the fact that the Mavic Pro and P4P are the best at this.

By the way, if you currently don’t own a P4P, do note that it’s upgraded to the P4P V2.0 (same price, same specs, but tiny extra benefits) which is the same thing, but with a more reliable connection (so it’s even better).

While I know the Evo will also do well in these areas, from what I’ve seen with the connection issues that sometimes arise, the P4P will be far more reliable in difficult connection areas and that will lead to a lot more flights being done, safely.

Do note that the P4P uses lightbridge for connection, while the P4P V2.0 uses ocusync which is even more reliable and the Evo uses advanced WiFi (least reliable). Know the difference.

One last factor…price.

If your wallet is severely affected by a few $100, then get yourself the Evo, it’s about $500 LESS expensive than the P4P. If not, get the P4P. 

2 major points for the P4P and 2 major points for the Evo:

  • Overall, the abilities both models have in terms of filming is phenomenal, but the P4P slightly wins here.
  • Also it’s overall capabilities in terms of flight, reliability also play a huge role in me recommending it in that regard.

Now as the for the Evo, it’s 2 main advantages of the P4P are…

  • The portability (whilst also filming very well).
  • And price. You’re looking at substantial savings with this one.

So in finalizing this comparison, these are the 4 factors I’d look at and see where you personally identify closest with, from that I would decide on which of these 2 models you’d buy.

I was very close to getting the Autel Model, until the Mavic 2 Pro was released in late 2018, so I got that one instead and I do think it is better overall, but will be comparing it to the Evo in later articles.

Parrot Bebop 2 Review And How it Competes With DJI Drones.

Stats and info on product:

Name: Parrot Bebop 2.parrot bebop 2 review

Company: Parrot.

Typical Flight Time: Average of up to 25 minutes.

Price: $359.99.

Size: Slightly smaller than a Mavic Pro. You can hold it in your palm and it is pretty portable, although the wings do not fold. 

Price: There’s 3 different packages, the first is for the drone itself, which is anywhere from $200-$250, the next is with an FPV and controller package, which is about $400-$500, and one with a large remote, and the drone for about $500 too. Official prices vary based on where you get it (Amazon, Best Buy, Parrot website, ect…).

My personal recommendation is to get the FPV package with the remote as it provides the most benefits. 

Camera quality: 14 MP camera that shoots at 1080p @ 30 FPS.

Rating of product: 55 out of 100 points. An ABOVE average drone, that shoots good footage and video. Very easy to fly around with if you’re a beginner, yet this is a 2016 model and in comparison to other look a likes (in the portable department) on the market, it is not as good.

I’ll do a review on the Parrot Bebop 2 first, then compare it to 3 other portable models on the market that are on that level or higher: The Spark, the Mavic Pro and finally the Mavic Air. However…

I believe the Mavic 2 Pro is the best choice in portable drones. See why.

The overall stats and pros of the Parrot Bebop 2:

1) Camera is decent (1080p @ 30 FPS with a 14 MP camera is no joke, it’s HD).

You should expect it to shoot at a level or a decent camera phone, probably not up to the level of a Samsung S8 or more present level iPhones, but still more than good enough. 

2) Flight time is awesome! 

25 minutes on average is amazing stuff. Thus far, the only model it’s size that gets that much flight time is the Mavic Pro (I compare them further below).

3) One of 2 remote options.

Depending on which package you get (I don’t recommend just getting the drone), the controller is pretty awesome. With it, the range and actual control of the flight is better. 

4) Range. About a mile with the controller.

1-2 KM I believe is the average distance you can fly this thing, that’s slightly over a mile far.

5) Camera is well protected behind another lens and can rotate sideways in addition to up and down.

One big advantage the Parrot Bebop 2 holds over DJI models is that it’s camera CAN rotate in more than just 2 directions (up and down), it can also go left and right, thus helping you have more customization in terms of shooting abilities. 

6) Sturdy.

The overall model is “hard” to break. Not that you should test this, but generally, at the speed it can fly up to, depending on what it crashes into (hopefully nothing), it has a strong chance or survival and continuing to fly after.

7) Good controls and flying ease for beginners. 

One of the things that makes this model enjoyable is that it’s easy to fly. Being that it can go at up to 30 mph and it takes some seconds to reach that, people can navigate with the drone much easier than with other, faster models. Just because certain drone models are faster doesn’t mean they are better since faster speeds inhibit the overall turns of the model. In this case, it’ll be a lot easier to fly if you’re a beginner.

The cons:

1) Wings cannot be folded.

2 years ago, this model would be considered VERY portable. Today this is not the case. Even models it’s size like the Mavic Pro are much smaller because the wings can be folded. Obviously compared to bigger models like a Phantom, the Parrot Bebop is a much easier one to carry, but in the realm of portable drones, it is not at the top, not even close (the 3 models I’ll compare it to below are more portable and also fly well).

2) Camera is good, but not exactly high level.

If you’re not really the kind of person who cares too much about “professional” level photo taking or filming, you’ll be OK here. The camera on this model is GOOD, but these day’s models are a lot better, especially the ones who shoot in 4k.

3) No sensors. 

Despite being beginner friendly in terms of set up and flying experience, you still have to be very careful, especially since this model (on it’s own) does not have safety sensors as far as I know. You can buy an additional accessory known as a “slam dunk obstacle avoidance module” which looks like a mini drone you attach to the top of the Parrot Bebop, but it’s a separate purchase. 

No sensors for me a turn off to be honest, because it inhibits a hands off type flying experience where you may want to do things like film yourself flying and have the drone follow you (which the Bebop 2 can do), but without that obstacle avoidance, you have to be really careful as to where it flies around while it follows you.

Overall thoughts on the Parrot Bebop 2: Who it’s perfect for.

As a first time drone, this is a great model.

If you’re a beginner and have never flown, this is also a good option.

If you like taking pictures but are OK with them being fine, and not too professional, this is good (again, let me stress that this drone takes good pictures and videos).

Overall, this is a good entry into the world of drones for beginners and FPV flying. You’ll have fun.

Parrot Bebop 2 (PB) vs the competition, starting with a DJI Spark.

The Spark is twice as small as the PB, but has a similar photo/video taking ability at 1080p @ 30 FPS. I rated the Spark the same, at 70 out of 100 points. While the scores are the same, it’s not because they are the same. It’s because:

  • The Spark is more portable the than PB. 
  • It’s also beginner friendly.
  • It has fun options like palm landing available.
  • It’s distance potential is similar to the PB as is it’s speed potential (in sports mode).

The only area where the PB is better is the price:

For a regular PB drone, you’re looking at $200-$250. A Spark is $399 for JUST the model.

With a remote attached to the package (and FPV), the PB is $500, while the Spark with a remote (no FPV Goggles) is about $550+. 

Overall, the 2 big things here are the price and the portability. If you are tighter on money, get the PB. If you are not and like portability, get the Spark (they shoot similarly). 

Parrot Bebop vs Mavic Pro:

Size wise, both models are the nearly the same (the Mavic Pro is slightly larger), but when folded, it’s smaller and more portable. It’s picture/video taking ability however is next level to the PB (4K @ 30 FPS with a 12 MP camera). I rated the Mavic Pro at 90 out of 10 points and here’s where it has advantages over the PB:

  • More portable when folded (easier to carry).
  • Much better camera.
  • Much more range potential (it can fly 2-3 times as far).
  • Similar flight time on both models. 

As with the Spark, the PB is superior in terms of pricing. A regular package of the Mavic Pro today will cost you $999, which comes with the remote and 1 battery, while a regular PB (just the drone) is nearly 75% less expensive, yet you SHOULD get the remote with a PB as it’ll make the flying experience easier and more fulfilling, so that’s about $500, which is still about 50% less than the MP.

If you value a higher level model and don’t mind the extra price, get the Mavic Pro, it’s an awesome model and frankly the best one out of the choices here. But there’s still one choice left…

And finally, my preferred alternative: The Mavic Air.

If you wanted to get the Mavic Pro because of it’s abilities, but the price was holding you back, you will likely find the Mavic Air to the best option for you, out of all 3 alternatives. I rate it 95 out of 100 points.

The Mavic Air has a nearly identical camera to the Mavic Pro, but my test indicate it shoots slightly better, so my opinion is that you get a better camera with the Mavic Air. It’s also twice as small as the PB and the Mavic Pro, so you really get amazing portability with this model. 

Overall, the Mavic Air has the following advantages:

3 safety sensors on the Mavic Air vs no sensors on the PB.

  • Way better camera than the PB and slightly better than the Mavic Pro (12 MP camera with 4k footage at up to 30 FPS).
  • Palm control abilities (like on the Spark, no remote needed).
  • More intelligent flight models.
  • It can fly 2x as far.

Update: I’ve reduced the rating of the Mavic Air to 85 out of 100. But still the PB has 2 main advantages to the Mavic Air:

1) The price. The regular package for the Mavic Air is $799 and being that I recommended you get the PB with the remote ($500), you’re looking at a 30% higher price point. If you’re OK with that, get the Mavic Air, no questions there!

2) The flight time is about 5-10 min more on the PB. If this is important to you, as is a tighter budget, get the PB. If not, get the Mavic Air, I am certain you’ll love it more and it is next level.

Why I compared the Parrot Bebop 2 to these 3 models:

The PB is a portable drone, and naturally with this whole market having numerous portable options, if you have the question on alternatives, the 3 I showed you are the likeliest ones to compete with it. I have given you their stats and explained my rating for each. 

I have also provided separate reviews on each model in case you wish to learn more, including pictures of how good the cameras are.

Again, I like the PB and I would have rated it higher had I done this review 2 years ago when it came out, but technology and the quality of the models coming out recently (and moving forward) has risen drastically and this has actually pushed the PB further down on the rating because the bar has risen.

My personal choice? Get the Mavic Pro if you can afford it!

Update: Parrot ANAFI.

I think the ANAFI is also a great choice and is in every way better than the Bebop 2. It’s another drone you should consider, especially if you’re already a fan of Parrot’s drone models.