Quick Look: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

By on July 6, 2012
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HD 720p recording for serious spying.

Earlier this year we had a look at the Parrot AR.Drone, and impressive as it was, the AR.Drone had been available worldwide for quite a while. Today I’ll be looking at the recently launched AR.Drone 2.0 which comes with many improvements over the previous version.

First and foremost the basic design for the AR.Done 2.0 remains pretty much exactly the same as the old one. You have a basic body made of Styrofoam, which houses the cameras and sensors as well as the extensions which house the four rotor blades. You’ll see at the center of the main body there’s a small cavity where the battery fits into place.

Notice the USB port? That’s where you can plug in a USB flash drive and anything that you see on the camera while operating the AR.Drone 2.0 can be recorded directly onto the flash drive.

There are two hull covers for the main body, one where the top part is covered, with the four rotors out in the open, and then there’s the indoor hull which borders the rotors in Styrofoam circles. Once the battery is charged and plugged in, all you need to do is download the AR.Drone 2.0 app, join the WiFi connection of the AR.Drone 2.0, launch the app and you’re good to go.

Take a look at the video below for more details.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIWcuTPUj98&w=550]

The recorded video from the AR.Drone 2.0 is actually very impressive, with a wide angle lens recording in 720p @ 30fps. No audio us captured, however, which is not really surprising because any built-in mics would’ve only captured the loud noise from the rotors.

The Ar.Drone 2.0 is now available in all major retailers including Sharaf DG and Carrefour, retailing for AED 1,499.


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  • gregzeng

    Read the many reviews first; most users have major complaints: easily damaged, breakdowns, limited flying weight & time. Perhaps the dangerous software errors of the early versions might be fixed by now.

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