When In Manila, how many of us have always dreamt about flying? How many of us have always dreamt of flying a plane or flying a helicopter? It’s never an easy task and it would take you years of studies and tons of money to fly a real one. Now, Pismo Digital in Shangri-la Mall takes this dream into reality! Not just that, with the ease of control and taking photos and videos using your mobile phone! I present to you the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.
Well, nowadays, there are a handful of drones, quadcopters, helis being sold by hobby shops. The problem with these is that, a lot of them require building and some of them require purchasing parts to make them ready to fly. Let’s be honest and say that not all of us has the patience and knowledge about building a small machine. Moreover, kids won’t enjoy a too serious drone. This is where the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition comes in. It is ready to fly out of the box and is easy to set-up and give a go! The 2 bulit-in cameras are also good for aerial photos and videos. One pointing straight, and another downwards. A simple download of the app on your iOS or Android devices works as the controller and also works as the application to download the photos and videos straight to your mobile device, neat! Let’s get on with how the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition performs then.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition comes with 2 kinds of hulls (bodies), one with propeller protectors which is for indoor, and another for outdoor which exposes the propeller. The outdoor hull is more bare in the sense that, Styrofoam is easily gusted by wind. With this outdoor hull it lets the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition be more preventive of gusts and maintains balance. Setting up the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition was quick. Charging the battery, plugging it in place, putting on the hull, and downloading the app and pairing it. Good to go! Launching and landing is easy at it has a button for that and the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition lands and takes-off by itself. Controls need a lot of practice at it does have a slight lag using wi-fi. Originally you control the drone using the gyroscope of your mobile phone or tablet, but I switched to the more conventional touch controls as I kept crashing the drone a ton of times in the gyroscope configuration. Another great thing about the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition app is that; it allows you to configure everything about the drone on-the-go. From the flight limits, maximum velocity, etc. Adjusting is on-the-go. Check-out my sample below of the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition‘s take-off and flight!
Moving to the built-in cameras, I was not personally enthralled by it. I’ve seen a lot of mobile phones taking better photos and videos, but this is just my own opinion. Most people will be satisfied with it though as it does 720p HD video recording and 2MP photo stills. both front and bottom cameras adorn these specifications. I liked the bottom camera for its positioning, straight downward for over the head shots and videos.
Overall, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition might not be excellent in air maneuvers and stunts, but that’s not what it was made for. Fun flying, simple aerial photos and videos is what it aims and delivers. If you want a great gift to receive or to give this Christmas, I assure you that the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is a ton of fun! The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition retails at Php 27,990.00 and is sold at Pismo Digital Lifestyle at Shangri-la Mall.
Since Christmas is coming near and we need protection for our gadgets, Pismo Digital Lifestyle is giving away an SP Gadgets GoPro carrying case! I will be picking the winner with the best comment about how he/she will rock Christmas with the SP Gadgets GoPro Carrying Case! All options below are a requirement, failure to do even 1 will result to a disqualification. Join below!
Winner is: Denise Alessandra
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition: Fly, take photos and videos, controlled by your mobile phone