Tornado H920

Tornado H920 Review

It’s not long ago since Yuneec entered Drone business, their first drone was lunch on December 2013, and so far the company has become one of the market leaders in this industry. The recent release of Tornado H920, the hexacopter, made a buzz among drone lovers. What made everyone impressed with this drone is the long flight time with the use of three Lipo batteries ( about 40 mintues) , the modular design which lets the pilot use 3 different professional camera gimbals, and the smart radio controller. Moreover, the drone is capable to carry up to 5 kg and continue flying when one motor stops working during the flight. If you are looking for a serious professional aerial photography and cinematography, this incredible hexacopter is the one that you don’t want to miss in your list of choices. Read on the review of the Tornado H920 to learn more.

The Tornado H920 Specs & Features

Dimension: 38.1×33.4×18.1in (969x849x461mm)

Propellers: 17.3 inch

Weight (including camera and gimbal) :176.0 oz (4990g)

Transmitter: 24-channel 2.4GHz with 5.8GHz video downlink

Maximum Flying Height: 4000m (13124 ft)

Maximum Horizontal Speed: 11m/s 25MPH 40KPH

Control Transmission Distance/Range (Optimum Conditions) : 2km

Operating System: Android

Battery: LiPo 6s

Hexacopters mostly have huge frame and of course more arms than quadcopters which makes them bigger and not really easy to carry. The Turnado has made a solution for that, the foldable arms make drone much more convenient to carry. Plus, when it comes to taking aerial videos, the retractable landing gears gives you the opportunity to take 360 degree videos with no limitation.

Modular Design

Many drones in the market have limitation on their choice of camera gimbals, some have integrated cameras, others, the gimbal is only compatible with only one or two camera like GoPro. The modular design of the Turnado gives you more options, With GB603, you can mount a Panasonic Lumix GH4 micro four thirds camera sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens or Sony Alpha 7R II. You can also use V18 professional gimbal stabilized camera with 18X optical zoom. Lastly, there is an option to use CGO4 gimbal camera, and for ground shots you can use the Proaction, a dual handheld, which is compatible with all the gimbals that I mentioned earlier. With all that siad, you have everything you need to begin your professional imaging.


The Transmitter

The ST24 Transmitter has 24 channels to communicate with your drone on the frequency of 2.4 Ghz, which actually is the same for most of the drones. It also receives live video feed on the 7-inch screen with on frequency of 5.8 Ghz. The touch screen lets you easily have full control of the drone and check for all the necessary information including the RSSI, battery leftover, flight coordinates and all. You can also connect the transmitter to your goggle or TV to watch the live feed simultaneously, however, the screen is wide enough to give you a clear view.

How Much Is The Tornado H920?

Of course, you may have already come up with the thought that this is not going to be one of those cheap drones in the market, but the good news is, with all that capabilities you get with this drone, it is not as expensive as it supposed to be comparing to other drones with mind-blowing prices in the market using the same technology. The Tornado H920 with the bundled CGO4 camera will cost you around 5000USD, the package includes a travel case, the ST24 transmitter, Proaction handheld, two batteries and a charger.

The Verdict

In general hexacopters are more expensive than quadcopters, they provide more flight time and of course consume more batteries. If you fly a quadcopter and one of the motors fails during the flight, there is no way you can land the drone safely. The situation gets worse when you have your pricy camera on it. This is one considerable advantage that the drone can continue flying with 5 motors, at the end of the day you are investing on an expensive drone for a serious business, you don’t want to risk your business in anyways. About the flight time, having two batteries on board, the drone flies (realistically) 25 minutes including the camera, and it is said to be up 40 minutes of flight time with three batteries which is a big deal with that price. Most of professional drones give you around 20 -25 minutes of flight time but typically not more that. The long flight time has been a real challenge for most of the companies, and you can check other drones with long flight time, their price is just jaw-dropping.

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