If we were to classify it, the HGLRC Parrot 120 FPV Quadcopter is part of the twig class FPV drones. To make it as clear as we can, twigs are somewhere in the middle between toothpicks and micro FPV quadcopters. This means that their weight can be between 50 and 100 grams and they can fly on 2 or 4S batteries. Now that you got a little insight on the category, we must say that the HGLRC Parrot 120 is amongst the top models in it. Do not take our word for it, of course, but rather see for yourself.
|Camera||Caddx Turbo EOS2|
|Battery (not included, recommended)||2-3S LiPo|
|Motors||HGLRC 1103, 800 KV, brushless|
The first look at this drone really makes us think of a parrot. The red and black combination and the unique shape of the case slightly resemble the exotic bird, but there is more left to say about it. While the camera looks well incorporated and protected, we could not say the same about the inner workings. Unfortunately, they are left exposed almost entirely. Even so, the forte point here is the material that the frame of the drone is made of: carbon fiber. This means that the small, but fierce twig will be able to take a crash here and there without too much trouble. The canopy is TPU printed, and while it might be off-putting for some, it has been proved to be actually ideal for this kind of drone.
It does not have as much raw power as you would expect, but it is also lighter than most of the twigs out on the market. Therefore, it scores extra points on agility. Overall, the HGLRC Parrot 120 looks and performs like a full-size FPV quadcopter, but it is quieter and safer to fly.
While a battery is not included in the package of this drone, many say, from experience, that the best option would be a 3S battery. While tests have been made also on 2S and 4S batteries, it looks like the 3S is a sweet spot. With it, the HGLRC Parrot 120 handles itself extremely well and it can even be fun in freestyle mode. Of course, the choice is ultimately yours, and the flight time will also depend on it.
The VTX on the HGLRC Parrot 120 is switchable from pit/25/100/200/400 mw. What can we say? The high-powered 400 mw option is good to have. This is especially true because it allows better video reception even when flying at a distance, or around obstacles. Overall, the drone feels solid, thanks to the good quality parts. It is also perfectly tuned right out of the box, so no need for any extra settings before your first flight.
If you have been looking forward to trying out or learning some new tricks, this model is just the right choice. Not only does it fly exceptionally good in freestyle mode, allowing you to perform all kinds of aerobatics, it will also be able to handle the crashes when you fail them. Also, all of this will happen in silence, without drawing attention from anyone around you due to the motors buzzing. One thing we would advise is to keep the HGLRC Parrot 120 in close proximity, as the flight range is not too big and you would not want to see your twig suddenly fall off from the sky.
The camera is decent enough for a good FPV experience. If you want to make it as interesting as possible, you can try out some goggles. Surely enough, do not expect the camera to be something out of the ordinary, or shoot some unbelievable photos and videos. There are other drones with a 4K camera for that. With the HGLRC Parrot 120, you will be able to have fun in FPV mode and maybe capture something here and there, but just for making some memories with your family and friends.
The package of the HGLRC Parrot 120 FPV quadcopter includes:
- Parrot 120 frame kit
- FD411 flight controller
- FD13A 4 in 1 BLS ESC
- FD VTX
- 4 x FD1103 8000KV brushless motors
- Caddx Turbo EOS2 FPV camera
- 6 x Gemfan 65mm propellers
- IPEX antenna
In conclusion, the HGLRC Parrot 120 is a good quadcopter in the twig category that will allow you some great fun. The not so powerful motors might seem a little bit suspicious at first, but taking into consideration how lightweight this model is, agility is definitely not a problem. This characteristic is extremely important when we are talking about a model that is frequently used for freestyling. Some compare it to the Eachine Twig, but the overall impression is that even though the Eachine has a lot more power and an HD camera, it is simply not as refined and agile. Try it out and see for yourself! You can find it on Banggood for a great deal.