Spark vs Bebop 2 Power

DJI Spark vs Parrot Bebop 2

A lot of people ask us which is better, the Spark or the Bebop 2. The answer really isn’t that simple. They are probably the two best drones you can get for under $500, but when you are talking bang for the buck you’ll have to dive a little deeper. The DJI Spark can be found as low as $399 and the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV package often can be found on sale at $299. Which one is best for you? Let’s take a look.

If you want to learn more about Parrot’s newest drone, the Anafi, and how it compares then click here.

parrot anafi camera looking up
Props to Parrot for letting the Anafi look up through the props.

The Cameras

DJI Spark obstacle avoidance
Take a look at the camera, gimbal and front obstacle avoidance sensors on the Spark

Let’s start with the arguably the most important part of a camera drone, the camera. The DJI Spark uses a 12 MP camera operating on a mechanical two-axis gimbal. It will shoot 1080p video at 30 fps and is surprisingly good. We have even used it to do real estate photography in a pinch.

Bebop 2 vs Spark
The camera on the Bebop is pushed forward to avoid seeing the propellers.

The Bebop 2 relies on a 14 MP camera. While it may have an extra two megapixels on the Spark, it will be using them to stabilize the video. The wide angle fish-eye lens captures an incredibly wide field of view then stabilizes the video by cropping the image to a fraction of its original size. The electronic image stabilization is impressive and you can even pan and tilt like you would if you were using a mechanical gimbal.

Bebop 2 camera test with drone pitched forward
You can see that with the Parrot pitched forward the image of the test target is on the top of photo on the left and uses only a fraction of the field of view even though the video looks normal and is free of distortion.

The quality of the video from the Bebop suffers a bit but it is still pretty solid as a hobby drone. At the end of the day, you definitely can’t get as good a video out of the Bebop, but you can capture smooth footage while flying at higher speeds than the Spark. The Bebop’s gimbal-free camera is a feat of engineering, and better than anything else you’ll find for $300 or less.

The Specs

Spark vs Bebop
You can see the DJI Spark is much smaller than the Parrot Bebop

The Spark is a smaller and lighter drone. It only weights 0.66 lbs. Coming in at 1.1 lbs, the larger Bebop 2 isn’t heavy but is definitely a bigger quadcopter.

Lava Red Spark
Check out the Spark in Lava Red with the “necessary” remote.

When it comes to flight time, the Bebop 2 has the Spark beat. With an impressive flight time of 25 minutes, it has the Spark’s 16-minute flight time beat by a solid 9 minutes. The Bebop 2 Power edition has a flight time of 30 minutes, but that model will cost you more than the Spark’s current $399 price tag. Other than some firmware updates and a better battery, the Power Edition doesn’t add much else. Unfortunately, Bebop batteries aren’t known for their longevity so you can expect diminished flight time after several flights.

Both the Bebop 2 and the Spark can be flown via WiFi using your smartphone but we do not recommend it. You’ll lose range and precision. If you pick up the Spark remote or the Skycontroller 2 for the Bebop you will get a range of 2000 meters for both. That is about 1 1/4 miles.

Bebop 2 fpv vs spark
The Bebop 2 FPV package comes with the much needed Skycontroller 2 and Cockpitglasses.

Top speed is something that is fairly misunderstood. The Spark in sport mode will top out at 31 mph and the Bebop will hit 37 mph. However, don’t expect to get good video at those speeds. The Spark gimbal doesn’t have enough travel to fully stabilize the video. The quality of the Bebop 2 video at top speed will be significantly affected as well.

Flight Modes

DJI Spark vs Parrot Bebop
Both the Parrot Bebop 2 and DJI Spark are solid options.

Because both of these quads have dual GPS technology, they are capable of a handful of excellent flight modes. There are a handful of flight modes that utilize DJI’s Active Track technology. You can track subjects or have the drone follow you. You can do also do dronies, rockets, circles and a handful of impressive flight modes.

The Bebop is capable of follow me and flying via waypoints but those are only available via an in-app purchase. It will cost you an extra $20. Like the Spark, you’ll get a return to home and an orbit mode without having to pay extra.

Do You Want Obstacle Avoidance?

spark or bebop 2
Take a look at the Bebop 2 design.

The build of the Bebop is interesting. It doesn’t have the high-quality feel that the DJI Spark does. There is a lot of flimsy plastic and styrofoam in the construction of the Bebop. The Spark has a more polished look and feel to it. The Spark also has obstacle avoidance in the front. While I think side and rear avoidance are more important than front, it can certainly come in handy. The Bebop has no obstacle avoidance. So you are completely on your one with the Bebop

Flying FPV

Spark vs Bebop
The Cockpitglasses are one of the many nice additions to the Bebop 2 FPV package.

The Bebop 2 FPV package comes with FPV goggles. We were skeptical about the Cockpitglasses after our sub-par experience with the Parrot goggles that came with the Mambo FPV quad. Cockpitglasses surprised us, with a nice fit and a good FPV experience. You won’t see any glare and the experience of flying FPV is exhilarating. To be able to fly with goggles with the Spark you’ll have to pick up the DJI Goggles or Goggles RE and that is going to cost almost as much as the Spark, or more if you opt for the RE edition.

Latest goggles from DJI
Goggles RE support 360° Viewing and give an awesome FPV experience.

Which One is Best for You?

Both of these drones are excellent flyers and we would recommend either to a beginner. Which one is best for you largely depends on one thing, budget. If you need to stay under $300 then the Bebop 2 FPV package is an excellent deal. You won’t find a better drone in this price range. Learn more about the Bebop 2 HERE.

Parrot Bebop 2 FPV
Take a look at the Parrot Bebop 2 from above

Check the price of the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV

Check the price of the Parrot Bebop 2 Power Edition

dji spark
Take a look at the Spark from the top.

If you can stretch your budget to $399 then we’d recommend the Spark with the remote. The mechanical gimbal and the DJI flight modes make this a spectacular option and you won’t find one better for under $500. Learn more about the Spark HERE.

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2 thoughts on “DJI Spark vs Parrot Bebop 2”

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  2. According to me the xiaomi drone 4k costs less and is significantly better than these two. what do you think about it?

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