Drone for everyone.
The Swing is another addition to the growing line of quadcopters released by Parrot. But the Swing sports a different design that somehow reminds me of the X-Wing fighters from Star Wars.
The Parrot Swing can be safely used indoors and the fixed propellers can let the drone fly upwards or point it forward. Its arms are lightweight making the entire drone easy to fly.
The front part of the main console includes two LED lights that resemble eyes especially when flown in a dark area. The LED lights also allow the drone to give you status updates through different colors that it emits.
Also part of the main console is a camera, a micro USB port and a pressure sensor near its rear. The sensor can measure altitude so that it can correctly know if it’s flying too far away. Also found inside is a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope.
You can control the Parrot Swing using an app that you can install on your smartphone (available for iOS and Android device) or you can use the Flypad controller that’s included in the package and will allow you to control the drone for up to 60 meters away.
If you ever used a game controller then you wouldn’t have any problem using the Flypad controller. It features a dedicated take-off and land button, with the joystick allowing you to control height and directional movements. There are even pre-programmed patterns included.
The app is also easy to use, and works better if you have a smartphone with a bigger screen.
Flying the Parrot Swing was no hassle at all – outdoors and even indoors. I managed to crash it a couple of times, but the sturdy and lightweight structure meant that it was able to survive it.
There are two batteries included with the Parrot Swing which is needed since one flight usually lasts up to 5 minutes only. You can opt in to purchase more batteries, but of course that will cost more. Camera quality is strictly okay, but nothing that would make us go ‘whoa’.
The Parrot Swing is geared towards hobbyists that are not looking for something too professional like the DJI Mavic Pro. Still, it’s a nifty gadget that should bring lots of fun for the family.