Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 - Hands-On Video Preview

Parrot has let fly with its AR.Drone 2.0, the successor to its CES 2010 award-winning iPhone controlled quadricopter, featuring easier flight modes, enhanced optics and a connected new FreeFlight app.

We were among the first in the UK to get hands-on with surely the summer’s hottest gadget at an exclusive launch event last week. Here’s some video from the event of the AR.Drone 2.0 in action, including my chat with Julien Galou, the AR.Drone’s Marketing Manager:

Having filmed a video review of the original AR.Drone not long after its launch in 2010, I found the flying experience of the 2012 model to be superior, helped in no small measure by its new ‘absolute control’ flying mode (although the original mode is still available for die-hard pilots).

At 720p the quality of the HD camera is, as is evident in the video, pretty useful and it’s a smart move by Parrot to integrate into the core FreeFlight app the ability to record, geo-tag and upload flight footage to the usual social media sides.

The Parrot AR.Drone will be available online and in-store from June 2012 costing £279.99.