Yuneec – Yu-what?
If you don’t know Yuneec, it’s about time for you to familiarize with this brand, especially after the release of the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K. Yuneec (pronounced yU-neec) it’s one of the world leaders in electric aviation with huge experience in electronics and electric propulsion.
It’s a company that focus on reliability, doing all the R&D (research and development) and testing in-house. They have been in the multirotors industry for some time now with the Thypoon Q500 quadcopter and the Tornado H920 hexacopter (both RTF), and their latest product, the Typhoon H hexacopter. But, they also offers other products like cameras, electric airplanes and even an electric skateboard!
“We are very excited to be introducing one of the world’s first 4K camera drones,” said Tian Yu, CEO of Yuneec International. “The Typhoon 4K has elicited the attention of everyone from professional cinematographers to techie geeks to virgin dronies. No matter the audience, Yuneec can produce complete aerial and ground imaging solutions.”
Yuneec just announced the launch of the Typhoon Q500 4K and QuadHangar got first-hand information for you all!
Typhoon Q500 4K
The Typhoon Q500 4K was first presented at NAB 2015 back in April (video below), and since then flyers all around the World are expecting this to be one of the most serious competitors to the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced.
The newest member of the Typhoon family produces awesome 4K video (@30 FPS) and still images (12 Megapixel resolution), while keeping the family tradition of being RTF, easy and safe to fly.
The Q500 offers up to 25 minute flight time while recording 4K video with its CGO3 camera. The remote control (included of course) is a ST10+ Personal Ground Station featuring a 5.5-inch Android with touchscreen display.
The Typhoon Q500 4k comes with several smart features:
- Geo-fencing: a virtual fence that keeps the quadcopter to a safe distance from the pilot
- Speed Control: set the maximum speed controlling the inclination during flght
- FollowMe: automatic pilot, the drone will follow the position of the ground station
- WatchMe: while maneuvering the quadcopter, the 4K camera will stay pointing at the pilot
- Dynamic Return Home: automatically fly back where the ground station is (or was detected last)
- Low-Battery Return Home: quite obvious feature!
- FAA NoFly: no-fly zones are pre-loaded and the flight height is limited to 400 feets to comply with FAA regulations.
What’s in the Box
The Q500 4K is available in two bundles: Standard and Alu-Case versions.
Here what’s included:
- TYPHOON Q500 4K RTF Set
- 3-axis CGO3 gimbal camera
- ST10+ 10-channel 2.4GHz Ground Station (video downlink and FPV function)
- 1x 5.400mAh 3S 11,1V LiPo battery (2x in Alu-Case Version)
- AC/DC charger
- 12VDC (car socket) and 230V~ power cord
- USB adapter cord
- Neckstrap and sunscreen for ST-10+ Ground Station
- 2 Rotor Sets (4x CW/4x CCW)
- 8GB Micro SD-Card
- ProAction SteadyGrip (read more below)
- Aluminium Case (guess which version will include that?)
The 4K Camera
No doubt that the Typhoon Q500 4K is made with aerial photography in mind, while keeping it accessible for both advanced and novice pilots. I expect this model to be pretty popular among real estate videos and photographers.
The CGO3 camera is secured to a 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3 gimbal, provides optimized fixed focus lens for excellent video and pictures, that are stored in the internal memory card (8GB microSD expansible to 128GB) as well as streamed in real-time to the ST10+ Ground Station.
The camera is quite advanced and can even shoot videos in slow motion in Full-HD quality (1080p) @120 FPS. Video resolution, white balance, white light exposure, ISO and shutter speed can all be adjusted. Still pictures are saved in RAW (DNG) and JPEG format. All features expected by a product clearly made for photographers.
And when not flying, the SteadyGrip handheld device ensures ground shots are as good as those taken from the air. That’s surely an excellent accessory to have!
The CGO3 mobile APP allows the SteadyGrip user to capture images, shoot videos and control the CGO3 gimbal camera.
Here a video taken with the Q500 model (not 4K), just to give an idea.
Thypoon Q500 4K Specs
Ready for some specs?
|Size:||9.45 in (210mm) x 16.54 in (420mm)|
|Flying Time:||Up to 25 Minutes|
|Weight:||40.0 oz (1130g) without battery|
|Flight Range:||FCC Compliance: Up to 800m (2624.67 ft) / CE Compliance: Up to 400m (1312.34)|
|Battery Type:||5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo (included)|
|Controller:||10-channel 2.4GHz with 5.8GHz video downlink (included)|
|Camera:||UHD 4K 30 FPS, Full HD 1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 FPS – 12.4 Megapixels|
|Storage:||microSD Class 10 (4 to 128GB) – 8GB card included|
|Additional Features:||SteadyGrip handled, Follow-Me, WatchMe, GeoFencing, Return-To-Home|
|Price||1.419,00 (Standard Version / 1.499,00 (Alu-Case Version)|
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