The company Parrot is a great alternative to the drone giant DJI.
They offer amazing drones at competitive prices, while still maintaining decent specs on their devices. They showcase professional-quality drones such as the Anafi, as well as fun kid-friendly ones like the Mambo which has its own toy cannon.
Parrot Mini-Drone Retirement
Latest news on the company Parrot however has been a bit grim. From sales numbers not meeting expectations, to projects shutting down, Parrot seems to be in rough waters. The newest on the company involves them discontinuing their mini-drone division. This is, as stated by Parrot representatives, a way for them to focus more on their top of the line Anafi quadcopter projects.
While this may sound good news to serious drone flyers, the loss of their mini-drone division may hurt them in the long run. Mini-drones are smaller and cheaper, giving it a broader market appeal. Those wanting to try out drones but do not want to shell out hundreds of dollars can simply purchase these cheaper ones to start.
A Not-So-Kid-Friendly Choice
Kids also would prefer ‘more fun’ drones (such as having built-in toy cannons) over professional-grade camera drones. These smaller drones are also a bit more tolerant of bumps and hits along the way. This makes them perfect for those trying to learn the controls. Having an expensive drone to utilize makes mistakes incredibly expensive. A cheaper drone provides its owner with a lot more freedom and willingness to learn since the idea of ‘expensive repairs’ would not be at the back of their minds.
A Look into the Future
What does the future hold for Parrot? With their ‘focus’ on the Anafi projects (and them alone), it would seem that they would be a more specialized company. This will provide them with the opportunity to fine-tune their best product, at the expense of having a more varied arsenal. Is this the right step for Parrot? Only time will tell.