Flying Parrot's Disco Drone: An Enormous Amount of Almost-Affordable Fun

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Yesterday morning, Parrot announced everything that you get with its new Disco drone, and it’s more than just the drone itself: You also get Parrot’s Skycontroller 2 and Parrot’s Cockpitglasses, which work as a FPV (first-person view) headset after you insert your smartphone in it. The kit will be available this September and will cost US $1,300. We were in Palm Springs, Calif., for the announcement, and we spent several hours with Disco out on a golf course in 106-degree heat, trying to find out whether the drone is worth the price, especially for someone who might be new to fixed-wing flight.

We came away with a bad sunburn and lot of impressions. There’s a reason that Disco is so expensive: Parrot stuffed it with some really sophisticated hardware and software, and that comes at a cost. But the result is a drone that is incredibly simple to fly for beginners and still a ton of fun for experienced pilots. The Disco is astonishingly robust, has spectacular video-capture capabilities, and comes with an FPV system that works great right out of the box. Is it worth it? Everything we learned is right after the break.

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