Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k review

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K


Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Review

A superior customer support – this is what makes Yuneec a serious rival of DJI and with the introduction of the Typhoon Q500 4K you can’t fully lean on phantom series. Comparing Q500 4k with the previous model, Q500+, what brings this drone to the next level is the camera, also the additional settings for the remote, now gives the pilot more control. The value you get when buying the Typhoon may surprise you; some buyers said, the drone bundle is exceeding their expectations and this is what they needed to have. Read on Typhoon Q500 4k review to discover more interesting details.

Typhoon Q500 4K Specs and Features

Flight time: up to 25 minutes

Flight speed: 8 m/s

Flying height: 400ft (122m)

Dimensions: 22.2 x 16.5 x 8.8 inches

Weight: 60.0 oz (1700g) including battery and payload

Storage: microSD card

Battery: 400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo

Transmitter: 10-channel 2.4GHz with 5.8GHz video downlink

Q500 4k review

Image taken with Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K. The historic town of Korcula, by Roland Mäder

One critic about this drone is that it’s not equipped with VPS (Vision Positioning System). Unless you are an experienced pilot, it is not recommended to fly this unit indoor without a GPS. But, on the good side, the transmitter includes built-in GPS, with that, the drone follows you and with the Watch me feature, it keeps you in the frame while getting footage of your actions on the go. The built-in touchscreen display (5.5 inches) on your transmitter lets you have easy yet full control of your drone and view the live video (FPV). 

Safety Features

If you are a beginner and feel ready to fly a professional drone, the Typhoon is a perfect starter. The drone includes safety features that might come in handy when flexing your muscles with the first few flights. With no doubt, the Dynamic Return Home button will save you money, if for any reason you lose the sight of the drone. In addition to that, you can have a safe flight using No Fly Zone feature, which limits the flight not more than 400 feet above the ground. With this feature, the drone also avoids flying within the areas where it is not recommended due to FAA regulations. Moreover, the built-in GPS creates the Safe Smart Circle to protecting the pilot and creates a geo-fence preventing the drone to fly farther than 300 feet from your position. With the Safe Smart Circle the Typhoon won’t fly within 26 feet of you. 

Typhoon Q500 4K Camera

The CGO3 camera is capable of shooting 4k at 30fps and gives you 150° field of view, it produces 12 megapixel photos for stills photographers. About the video, we already know that 4k, also known as ultra high definition, is considered one of the perfect choices for taking videos, but more than a camera the concern is the smoothness of the video. Needless to say, the 3-axis CGO3 gimbal itself lets you get stable shots, more to that, the typhoon is not one of those responsive drones, it moves very gently and helps you take even smoother videos. DJI pilots see this as an disadvantage as they expect their drone to respond more immediate. 

One more surprise for video professionals is the Steadygrip; the hand-held mount for the 4K camera, which is used for ground shots giving the pilot a complete set of tools all in one package for both aerial and ground cinematography. In addition to the CGO3 camera the accessory is compatible with your GoPro Hero4 with GB203 Gimbal.

Typhoon Q500 4k price

When buying the Typhoon Q500 4k, the package offered by Yuneec will keeps you away from buying extra accessories. Although the battery gives you up to 25 mintues flight time, the extra battery comes with the package. The included Steadygrip doubles the excitement during unboxing and with the hard case you are all set to carry your RTF drone out there with you and begin your professional aerial photography. All that will cost you $1,299.

A Final Verdict

On one hand the Typhoon Q500 4k lacks VSP, which is not suitable for indoor flights, the unit is bigger than phantom series and it does not respond really quick to any touch on the controls. On the other hand, the 4k camera and stable flight makes an interesting deal. For aerial photographers and hobbyists the smart features including Follow me and Watch me are both helpful and fun. The price is fair, especially with the extra accessories.  So, my recommendation is with all that features, this drone is perfect for beginners who want to begin with a professional drone and have fun while learning. 

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