Thank God Parrot is here! One of the things that I absolutely love with Parrot is its willingness to stand out from its competitors with original and innovative drones. For instance, check out my reviews of Parrot Mambo and Parrot Swing. They are very different from the other minidrones available on market. And once again with Parrot Disco, this French company has come up with a very unique drone for our greatest pleasure! So Parrot Disco drone review, here we come!
Design and Camera
Parrot Disco is actually a wing-shaped drone, I say wing-shaped and not fixed-wing drone as the wings can actually be removed for easy transportation. Imagine carrying this huge drone around! Measuring 11.5 cm * 5.8 cm * 12 cm but weighing only 1.6 pounds (750 g), Parrot Disco owes its relative lightweight to its body made of expanded polypropylene foam and carbon tubes. Very durable, Disco can take a few crashing which happens to all of us. Parrot Disco has only one propeller in its rear. We’ve grown so used to quadcopters with 4 propellers that this one rear propeller looks funny to me! When lifting the cover of the main unit, you will find the removable battery and a big C.H.U.C.K which is actually short for Control Hub and Universal Computer for Kit (phew that was long!). This is actually the brain of Parrot Disco.
With a 14MP camera and a 32GB internal storage capacity, Parrot Disco takes good quality pictures. Parrot Disco shoots very good 1080p videos as well.How? Because unlike quadcopters that can fly in any direction, Parrot Disco flies forward only like a real plane and thus the quality of video looks smooth and professional but the footage you take is quite limited as you can’t shoot backwards or sideways. In fact, as soon as Parrot Disco takes off, it starts recording video automatically which is a plus.
Let’s talk take off and landing
You just need to toss Parrot Mambo or Swing in the air and off it goes. Well imagine doing the same with Disco. This part can be quite tricky because of the humongous wings. You actually need to throw it like a Frisbee with panache and not awkwardly! And once it’s in the air, don’t freak out thinking you need to rush to control it, Disco is actually in Loiter mode; flying automatically in a slow circle while waiting for you to take control. This great feature actually makes flying Disco easy and thus a good option for beginners who want to fly more than just minidrones. Flying at an amazing max. speed of 50mph (80km/h) with a battery life lasting for 45 mins (which is more than what other drones offer), Disco will surely keep you entertained for quite some time. Control range is 1.2 miles (2 km) which is good.
You need to pair Parrot’s FreeFlight Pro app – meant for flying advanced drones – with Disco through WIFI and stick it to the SkyController 2 which is included in the package to fly your drone. With the Home Button, Disco comes back to where it was launched with help from GLONASS and GPS. If you need to scratch your nose, just move the left controller right or left and the autopilot ‘Loiter mode’ takes over. Parrot Disco can actually be flown with third party remote controls but then all features will be forsaken. The Flight Plan is an in-app that can be purchased for $20 and allows you to create your own pre-programmed flight where parameters on altitude, speed, camera angle can be specified.
To make the most of the flying experience, Parrot came up with the new FPV headset CockpitGlasses. All you need to do is connect the smartphone with the app and place it in the CockpitGlasses to enjoy the feeling of being in the cockpit of your drone. The CockpitGlasses is compatible with various smartphone brands thanks to its adjustable smartphone dock.
As with any drones, the trickiest part is the take off and landing and this is no different with Parrot Disco. To land Parrot Disco properly, you need some kind of runway – preferably a couple of meters of grass (ideally some open grassland). Disco does not have any sensor to avoid obstacles so it will run into anything in its way.
So let’s recap:
- Unique design which is easy to fly
- Impressive flight time of 45 mins
- Loiter mode works brilliantly and thus a good choice for beginners in search of bigger drones to fly
- Take-off and landing can be quite tricky
- Ideally meant to be flown in open spaces (not that easy to find nowadays)
So there you go for my Parrot Disco drone review. Hope this was helpful to you. As usual I look forward to your comments folks!