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Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Inter­na­tion­al has proven itself in inno­v­a­tive devel­op­ments in the field of elec­tron­ics for small air­craft, as well as gained exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the field of elec­tric motors and ener­gy stor­age sys­tems. Has been on the mar­ket for over 15 years. Yuneec attract­ed all fans of the drone hob­by in 2015 at the CES exhi­bi­tion by pre­sent­ing three drones: Yuneec Typhoon Q5004K/Typhoon Q500+/Tornado H920. After that, DJI Inno­va­tion had a wor­thy com­peti­tor. Lat­er, Yuneec signed a major con­tract with Intel to joint­ly devel­op unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cles.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Peculiarities

  • Pow­er­ful brush­less rig
  • Posi­tion­ing GPS/GLONASS
  • Auto take­off and land­ing
  • Hold posi­tion
  • Auto­mat­ic fol­low and return modes
  • 12MP 4K CGO3 cam­era built into 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal
  • Per­son­al ground sta­tion (remote con­trol) ST10+ with built-in 5.5‑inch FPV dis­play
  • Hand­held ground sta­bi­liz­er CGO Steady­Grip
  • Max. flight time 25 min
  • Max. hor­i­zon­tal flight speed 29 km/h
  • Max. FPV removal dis­tance 600m
  • Max. lift­ing height 122m
  • Trans­port case
  • Ready for FPV flight out of the box

Equipment

The devel­op­er com­pletes the drone in the only max­i­mum con­fig­u­ra­tion:

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

  • Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K
  • 12MP 4K CGO3 cam­era on 3‑axis gim­bal
  • Per­son­al ground sta­tion (remote con­troller) ST10+ 2.4GHz/5.8GHz with built-in 5.5″ touch­screen FPV dis­play
  • Hand­held ground sta­bi­liz­er CGO Steady­Grip

  • 2 × bat­ter­ies 3S 11.1V 5400mAh 59.9Wh
  • 4 × main rotors (2CW/2CCw)
  • 2 × spare rotors (2CW/2CCW)
  • Pow­er sup­ply 220V
  • Adap­tive charg­er (with a set of cables for con­nect­ing bat­ter­ies to the charg­er itself)
  • Cable for charg­ing bat­ter­ies from the car cig­a­rette lighter
  • Charg­er for ST10+ equip­ment
  • USB cam­era and drone firmware upgrade kit
  • CGO3 UV fil­ter (pre-installed on the cam­era when you want to reduce the amount of day­light)
  • MicroSD 16GB (on which down­loaded: instruc­tions, quick start guide, rec­om­men­da­tions, unbox­ing video, quick start video and new videos with drones)
  • Trans­port case for quadro­copter sus­pen­sion
  • Sun visor with suc­tion cups (installed on the remote con­trol dis­play)
  • Hang­ing strap (for con­trol pan­el)
  • Wrench for installing rotors
  • Tweez­ers
  • Trans­port case for Q500 Typhoon 4K and relat­ed acces­sories

  • Keys to the case (not always includ­ed)
  • Instruc­tions for Stady­Grip
  • Instruc­tions for the 4K cam­era
  • LED map (descrip­tion of the assign­ment of LED indi­ca­tion modes)
  • Man­u­al for Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Specification

Drone

Brand:

Yuneec

Model:

Typhoon Q500 4K

Drone weight with battery:

1700gr

Drone weight without battery:

1130gr

Food:

3S 11.1V 5400mAh LiPo

Max. flight time:

25 min

Flight modes:

Intelligent/Visual/Return Home

Max. flight altitude:

122m

Max. turning speed:

65°/sec

Max bank angle:

35°

Operating frequency range:

2.4GHz

Sink rate:

7.2km/h

Max. horizontal flight speed:

Angle Mode:

27 km/h

Follow Me/Watch Me:

35 km/h

Camera

Type of:

CGO3

The weight:

195gr

Matrix:

1/2.3″ CMOS

Lens:

14mm f/2.8 — no dis­tor­tion

Focus System:

Aer­i­al Opti­mized Fixed Focus

Line of sight:

115°

White balance:

auto­mat­ic or man­u­al set­ting

Video resolution:

UHD 4K

at 30 fps

2.7K:

at 30fps

2.5K:

at 30 fps

1080p:

at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps

Photo resolution:

12MP

Video stream frequency range:

5.8GHz

Video transmission distance as required:

FCC:

600m

CE:

300m

Input operating voltage:

12V

Operating temperature range:

+10°C to +50°C

Microphone:

there is

Memory (file storage):

MicroSD card/Class 10/Capacity from 4GB to 128GB

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Personal ground station

Model:

ST10+

Operating system:

Android™

Number of channels:

ten

Radio transmission range in accordance with the requirements:

FCC:

up to 800m

CE:

400m

Video receiver:

Built-in 5.8GHz

Display:

LCD capac­i­tive mul­ti-touch 5.5 inch­es

LCD display resolution:

854×480p

Flight telemetry:

Yes

Tactile (vibration) and audio feedback:

Yes

Built-in LiPo battery (Voltage/Capacity):

3.6V/5200mAh 18.72Wh

Camera menu:

White balance/Exposure/ISO/Shutter speed/Video resolution/Frame rate/Video recording/Take pho­to

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CGO Steady Grip

Weight (without camera and gimbal):

395gr

Compatible with Cameras:

CGO2GB/CGO2+/CGO3

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Appearance

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Motors

In the arse­nal of Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K brush­less motors, own devel­op­ment of Yuneec. The poten­tial of the pow­er plant is ful­ly enough to imple­ment a sta­ble flight even in windy weath­er. The devel­op­er does not spec­i­fy infor­ma­tion about per­for­mance.

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Camera

On board the drone is a 12MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.3‑inch CMOS matrix. Lens: 14mm f/2.8 — no dis­tor­tion with 115° field of view. The cam­era is built into a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal. Tan­dem pro­vides high-qual­i­ty sta­bi­lized aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy in video record­ing modes: 4K at 30 fps; 2.7K at 30 fps; 2.5K at 30 fps; 1080P at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps. Record­ed mate­r­i­al is stored on exter­nal media in microSD for­mat with a capac­i­ty of 2–128GB (16GB includ­ed).

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

FPV

First-per­son flight for the Q500 Typhoon 4K is real­ized thanks to the built-in 10-chan­nel video trans­mit­ter oper­at­ing at an ana­log fre­quen­cy of 5.8GHz. The pic­ture from the cam­era is trans­mit­ted in real time with­out delay to the 5.5‑inch LCD dis­play built into the con­trol pan­el, and the built-in teleme­try mod­ule allows you to dis­play the main con­trol data about the flight. Accord­ing to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the tan­dem pro­vides reli­able video stream trans­mis­sion at a dis­tance of up to 600m.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Flight modes

At the dis­pos­al of the user are avail­able:

smart modes

  1. watch me

    — acti­vat­ed from the remote con­trol on the dis­play (red eye icon), after which the drone cam­era is direct­ed only at the pilot. In this mode, if you move the right stick to the left or right, the drone will make a “lap of hon­or” around you.

  2. follow me

    — the drone fol­lows the con­trol equip­ment, the user is in the cen­ter of the frame.

  3. home mode

    (Return to Home) — returns the drone to the con­trol equip­ment.

Angel Mode

It reveals the full poten­tial of the drone, the angles are max­i­mum, elec­tron­ic assis­tants, such as posi­tion hold­ing, dis­tance con­trol, are dis­abled. Suit­able for advanced users.

Food

The drone is pow­ered by a 3‑cell (3S 11.1V) lithi­um-poly­mer bat­tery with a capac­i­ty of 5400mAh. By default, two bat­ter­ies are includ­ed in the pack­age. Pro­vides max. flight time — 25 min­utes. In prac­tice, this time is on aver­age about 20–22 min­utes. It is charged from the includ­ed charg­er, and charg­ing can also be car­ried out from the car cig­a­rette lighter using the appro­pri­ate cable (includ­ed).

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Personal ground station

The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter is con­trolled by a 10-chan­nel per­son­al ground sta­tion with a built-in 5.5‑inch touch­screen FPV dis­play — Yuneec ST10+. Pro­vides radio mon­i­tor­ing at a fre­quen­cy of 2.4 GHz. Thanks to the built-in video receiv­er oper­at­ing at a fre­quen­cy of 5.8 GHz, it allows you to receive a video stream from the drone’s cam­era and dis­play it on the LCD dis­play. The equip­ment is pow­ered by a built-in lithi­um-poly­mer 2‑can (3.6V) bat­tery with a capac­i­ty of 5200mAh 18.72Wh. Charges with includ­ed charg­er. Accord­ing to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, the max­i­mum radio mon­i­tor­ing dis­tance is 800m.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Assignment of buttons and switches

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Test Drive

Showed excel­lent flight char­ac­ter­is­tics, dynam­ic and wind-resis­tant. Note the posi­tion­ing, reveal­ing­ly accu­rate­ly holds the posi­tion. The first take­off is rec­om­mend­ed to be done in the “Smart” mode. In this mode, the drone will not take off unless it has acquired 10 satel­lites, which in turn ensures a sta­ble and safe flight.

I was pleased with the “Safe Cir­cle” func­tion, it pro­vides a safe zone for the pilot with­in a radius of 5–8 meters, the drone will not be able to cross it, even if the pilot forcibly wants to do so.

All smart modes worked flaw­less­ly. Angel mode is for more advanced pilots. It should be borne in mind that in this case the “Safe Cir­cle” func­tion does not work!

In the event that for some rea­son the con­nec­tion with the drone is lost, the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K will auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch to the “Return to Home” mode and return to the place where the con­trol pan­el is locat­ed.

In the “Home” mode, the drone obe­di­ent­ly returns to the con­trol equip­ment and lands with­in a safe cir­cle (pro­vid­ed that the quad does not encounter any obsta­cles on the return path).

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Price

The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter is sold through all known trad­ing plat­forms at a price of $400.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Conclusion

Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4k from $400

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Func­tion­al­i­ty

8/10

Flight time

9/10

flight qual­i­ties

8/10

com­pact­ness

5/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Design
  • High qual­i­ty work­man­ship
  • Flight per­for­mance
  • smart modes
  • Posi­tion­ing Accu­ra­cy (holds posi­tion as anchored)
  • 4K cam­era (image qual­i­ty)
  • First Per­son Flight (Video Stream Qual­i­ty)
  • 3‑axis gim­bal oper­a­tion
  • CGO Steady­grip V3 includ­ed
  • Ready for FPV flight out of the box

Minuses

  • Does­n’t fly around obsta­cles
  • The bat­tery does not dis­play infor­ma­tion about the cur­rent charge (dis­played only on the remote con­trol)
  • FPV Removal Dis­tance (up to 600m)

An excel­lent drone for the imple­men­ta­tion of high-qual­i­ty ama­teur aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy. A wor­thy replace­ment for the expen­sive 3rd gen­er­a­tion Phan­tom. The full poten­tial of the drone will be appre­ci­at­ed by advanced users. It is worth not­ing that Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K is deliv­ered in fin­ished form and does not allow sol­der­ing. Age lim­it 16+.

A photo

Pho­to with Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Pho­to tak­en by Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Quadcopter Review

Video

Video with Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K quad­copter.





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