Today We Are Looking At The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Range!
This is their latest quadricopter which allows you to record HD video.
It’s also controlled via your smartphone or tablet and that works on Android or Apple devices, and we’ll be showing you a little bit more of that later on. And also stick around towards the end of the video because we’ll be showing it you in action. So, we’ll start by opening it up, and the first thing you see when you take the box is that it is quite big but it’s light, certainly not to difficult to carry around.
They’ve also provided a handle on the top there, so it makes it easier to transport it wherever you need it to be. And if we open the box up, The first thing you see inside is the copter itself. I’ll just show you the bottom as well, you can see the the four propellers and they just give it balance in the air so that your shots come out stable. Also attached to it as it comes out the box is the indoor hull, so if you are shooting indoors with it, put this on and it will provide some protection against objects that it could potentially crash in to, whether it’s things on the side, walls that sort of thing so that’s just there as an insurance policy. If you look also on the front you’ll see the camera, that’s positioned there and that is streamed live to the smartphone when you film with it, so it gives you an impression that you’re actually piloting the copter.
Also included in the box is the outdoor hull. This is much smaller as you can see and it just gives it more freedom of movement outdoors. Also in the box – and this is a really handy feature – you get four electrical adapters so you can plug it in, charge it and use it anywhere in the world. And that is a useful feature that Parrot have included in this model. You also have your rechargeable battery. They only give you one of these in the box. Now, I would recommend maybe buying a second one because these only last for about 10 to 12 minutes. It does take a bit of time to get used to this, so I’d recommend getting a second battery just as a backup, because the chances are you will need it. Also included of course is the battery charger, so that’s there. Here we’ve got some stickers. Now you can use these to play games with the Drone, just put that on the side and you can download games for it via the AppStore, it just adds a bit more of a fun element to it.
Finally, you get your instruction manuals, and also a few more documents just to go with it as well. So we’re going to show you how to attach the battery now. We’ve just taken the hull off just to make it a bit clearer. So the Drone has a Velcro strap which just holds the battery in place, so you open that up. Just bear in mind that it is a bit tricky this, so be prepared to fiddle. You just line it up there, clip it in place, slot it in and then just bring the Velcro strap back across and that should keep it secure.
Now we’ve secured the battery in place it’s time to reattach the hull. It’s fairly simple to do, there’s a hole at the front just where the camera goes through. Just line that up with the camera and you just push that through. Move the battery out of the way and that sits snugly on top. So now that’s in place we’re ready to give it our first test flight. We’ve come to a local park to test out the Drone and to pilot it, you use either an iPad or an Android device and there’s an app that you can download.
I’ll just show you the app now, and it takes you into the main screen. To pilot the drone, just click on ‘piloting’ – it gives you a tip there – and then this is the piloting screen. Now the camera is facing away from us and as you can see, it shows you a view of whatever the camera sees, just to give you a perspective, as if you were piloting the Drone. So to start, all you do is press ‘Take Off’ – the drone will fire up and as you can see, it’s now airborne. To move the Drone backwards and forwards, use your left thumb and hold the button in the bottom left of the screen. Tilt it forward to move it forwards and tilt the iPad back to move it back. You can also rotate the Drone, I’ll just show you after I’ve tilted it forward. The right stick here, hold it to the left and it turns left, hold it to the right to turn it the other way. Hold the up button to make it go higher and hold the down button to bring it back towards the ground and when you’re finished filming, just press ‘Landing’ and it will automatically land safely.
So there we have it. The Drone really is a fantastic piece of kit and if you want to add creative shots to your work, we recommend that you get one of these.
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