Yuneec Typhoon H Drone: Review Great Features

Yuneec Typhoon H Drone: Review Great Features

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Typhoon H is much more user-friendly. It contains a very good 4K video camera (records 30 fps or 60 fps in 1080p and offers still images with 12 megapixels) and flies well with only one person in control. However, it can also be combined with a second controller, which opens up the possibility of a separate pilot and camera, which is simply not possible with any other drone with a similar price on the market.

The Typhoon H Done is way above what you can find in the DJI Phantom range. There are also other awesome features. The camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that allows 360-degree panning. It has a retractable landing gear, an object avoidance based on sonar and, like the current Phantom 4, many autonomous flight modes. The result is an impressive platform for solid aerial photography.

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The Typhoon H is the first Hexacopter we flew with, so I can’t compare it to professional models, but I can say that it is much more stable and much faster than the old four-rotor Typhoon Q500 4K . It was as agile as the Phantom 4 and could remain calm under similar wind test conditions.

The camera is also a completely different animal from the one you are used to if you mainly pilot fixed-gear quadcopters like the Phantom or older typhoons. With the H, you can retract the landing gear at the touch of a button and let the camera rotate freely 360 degrees in the frame. You can rotate the drone whenever you want, just like a quadcopter. However, with the retractable undercarriage, you can experience new types of spectacular shots. For example, take off and focus the camera on a large arc while flying in a completely different direction. It’s a lot to check right away, and I suggest that you feel comfortable piloting the Typhoon H before trying. Fortunately, there are automated modes for the camera and drone that allow you to take the photos you want, even if you’re not the best pilot. For example, you can configure the camera to rotate while you continue to fly forward, or you can put the Typhoon H in one of its autonomous flight modes and simply focus on the panorama of the camera.

The Typhoon H has five automatic flight modes, including travel mode, which starts automatically and then takes a selfie. Orbit Me mode tracks and revolves around the controller, even when you are sitting in the back of a moving truck. Point of interest mode orbits around each subject you select (i.e., GPS point). Curiously, the Curve Cable Cam flies along a route traced by predefined coordinates.

Team mode is by far the most exclusive. In this mode, the Typhoon H can be “linked” to a smaller additional remote control (included for a limited time) called Assistant. The person with the assistant controls the flight of the drone, while the person with the main controller can use the camera freely. Typhoon H can be instructed to simply follow the wizard. When the person is windsurfing, climbing a mountain ridge or riding a motorbike through a salt desert with the assistant, this offers quite dramatic filming opportunities.

And about this main controller. The ST16 transmitter (also included) is one or two steps from the controller supplied with older typhoons. The same Android-based screen still exists, but now has 720p resolution and is much brighter and easier to use in direct sunlight. There is also a useful umbrella in the box.

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Yuneec Typhoon H has two drawbacks. The first is the construction, which is strong enough to withstand a hard landing, but remains a bit weak. I managed to get the gimbal out just to get it out of the box (to be honest, the gimbals were also likely to come out on older DJI models, a little rotating loop can fix this).

The other drawback is the battery charging time: a full charge takes more than two hours. It takes twice as long as the Phantom 4 takes to fill up with fuel. However, the flight time itself is comparable to quadcopters. Yuneec claims 24 minutes, but my tests lasted on average 22 minutes. Of course, yours depends on what you do and the conditions in which you work on a particular day. More wind means less flight time because the drone has to work harder to remain stable.

With a charge time of two hours, you definitely need one or three additional batteries.

The Typhoon H is first and foremost a lot of drones that you have to control, but once you master it, it is clearly much more sophisticated at this price than anything else on the market. Spend time mastering all of your skills and you will never want to return to quadcopters again.

At the top of the consumer drone market, two big names (sometimes controversial) fought for dominance. DJI has made drone flying popular as a hobby with its phantom line, but lately, Yuneec has reduced its DJI market share with its competitive Typhoon line. The two companies’ flagship quadcopters are equipped with excellent video cameras, both are inexpensive and have autonomous and reliable functions that facilitate the flight of inexperienced pilots.

DJI remains the market leader so far. But Yuneec’s latest offering, the Typhoon H, could change that. The company’s latest drone isn’t just different or full of unique features (which it actually is). It is also much more powerful than any other drone in its price range – it costs $ 1,300 and is almost compared to the DJI Phantom 4 for $ 1,400.

The first thing that distinguishes the Yuneec Typhoon H Done : it is a hexacopter with six rotors instead of four in the popular design of quadcopters. In addition, the Typhoon H only needs five of these rotors to stay in the air. So if an engine is stopped during the flight, it does not crash or spray. The H also has retractable rotor arms which reduce the size of the carrying case and make it roughly the size of a typical quadcopter when stored.

Most drones with more than four rotors, like the DJI Matrice 600, are intended for professional filmmakers. These hexacopters generally lack an integrated flight system based on a camera, the characteristic of a consumer drone, with which the pilot can use the same camera to navigate and take aerial photos. Instead, these filmmakers’ drones have a gimbal with a separate professional camera attached for taking pictures. It also means that you need two operators: one to fly and one to film.

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Hexacopter design offers added stability in flight. 360-degree camera with optional Team mode makes possible shots you just can’t get with quadcopters. Automated flight modes and integrated camera/flight controls mean a single pilot can still do everything themselves. Folds down into a neat backpack case, sold separately.

  • TIREDBattery recharge time is significantly slower than the competition. Construction feels less sturdy than other


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Product specification:

  • Carbon fiber construction
  • Wingspan: 410 mm / 16.1 inches
  • Weight: 1,850 grams / 4.1 pounds
  • Max Speed: Angle mode: 30mph 13.5m/s; Follow Me: 43.5mph 19.4m/s
  • Flight Time: 17-20 mins (mfr claims 25)
  • Operating Range: 1km
  • Live View: 720p at 30 frames per second over a 5.8 GHz channel (with HDMI mirrored output)
  • Video: 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24p, 25p, 30p
  • Still Photos: 12MP (not geotagged)

Best Features

  • Excellent 4K video camera (30fps or 60fps in 1080p)
  • Dual-operator option (using ST Ground Station + 2nd controller or Wizard)
  • Hexacopter design means better redundancy + safety
  • Excellent ergonomic transmitter w/ built-in 7″ display and a great touchscreen interface; adjusting camera settings and controls is a snap

Not So Great

    • Slow startup time (1-2 minutes)
    • Somewhat limited range of 3000 feet / 1km
    • Video downlink is not as nice as Lightbridge used on DJI quads; range is limited due to 5.8GHz
    • Cannot ID + track objects, like the Phantom 4 can
    • You have to remember to put the landing gear down before landing – or use Return To Home
    • Battery recharging takes 2+ hours, twice as long as DJI’s Phantom


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9.5

TOTAL SCORE

Yuneec Typhoon H

  • Reliable 6-rotor design
  • Support for 1 & 2 operators
  • Object detection & collision avoidance
  • Unobstructed 360-degree 4K camera
  • Suitable for amateur & professional applications

PROS

  • the Typhoon H is a 6-rotor design
  • the Typhoon H has a full 360 degree unobstructed camera
  • the Typhoon H’s landing gear retracts
  • the Typhoon H takes longer to startup (1-2 mins)

CONS

  • Slow startup time (1-2 minutes)
  • Somewhat limited range of 3000 feet / 1km
  • Not the fastest platform; max speed is about 22 mph
  • Battery recharging takes 2+ hours

Our reading
5/5

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Yuneec Typhoon H

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February 14th 2020


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