Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K Review
The Typhoon Q500 4K is a stylish, feature-packed quadcopter from Yuneec. Aesthetically, it’s got a futuristic design, but some critics have voiced concerns that it looks more like a children’s toy than a professional drone. We disagree.
The Q500 is very easy to fly, we even got it airborne quicker than with rival products like DJI’s Phantom series. There’s no need to calibrate anything, download an app, or remember your iOS/Android device – everything is included here and ready to go. To make piloting even easier, the Q500 has several simple flight modes. “Smart Mode,” for instance, allows you to use the same controls regardless of which way the drone is facing – so forward on the joystick is always forward on the drone from your point of view, regardless of whether the drone is facing forward or not.
The ST10+ has a built-in 5-inch touch screen for monitoring the feed and controlling some of the drone’s features. Alternatively, you can also connect your smartphone or tablet to access the drone’s features.
In terms of battery life, this model of the Typhoon will give you up to 25 minutes of battery life in ideal conditions. Realistically, you can expect somewhere between 21 and 23 minutes per battery, which is consistent with other drones in this price range.
In addition to the drone, camera, and controller, the Typhoon also comes with the CGO SteadyGrip, a separate steady cam stabilizer. You can actually disconnect the camera from the drone and attach it to the steady cam to get stable walking shots from the ground. In addition, the CGO SteadyGrip can also be used with GoPro cameras.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k comes with the CGO3 camera attached to its gimbal. The camera shoots 4k video and captures 12 megapixel photographs. It also transmits a live feed to the screen on the Typhoon’s ST10+ controller.
The CGO3 camera is capable of 4k video at 24 and 25 fps, and 1080p video up to 120 fps, the latter of which is great for capturing footage in slow motion. Unlike other drone cameras, this one records also records audio. While nice in theory, the majority of what you are able to hear is propeller and motor noise.
Some faint noise is visible in the drone’s video, but it’s not extremely noticeable, and the picture is still very high quality. The photograph quality is spectacular.
Should You But It?
Yuneec’s Typhoon Q500 4k is a great drone, and we definitely recommend it, but it’s important to consider the pros and cons when comparing it to other high-end quadcopters currently on the market.
The Q500 really makes flying simple. It definitely has a smaller learning curve when compared to the competition. It’s got a some cool autonomous flight features and boasts a 4k camera that’s capable of slow motion video and 12 megapixel images. The 4k video is not quite as good as DJI, but it is still very high quality. It does, however, capture beautiful photographs. The ground station is also an awesome addition, as it includes a built-in 5-inch touch screen and negates the need for expensive phone or tablet accessories that you may not already own.
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