The Yuneec Typhoon H is a stunning quadcopter packed with features. It is set to be released right around the same time as the Phantom 4. With both Chinese manufactures fighting for the consumer market, we figured it was fair to release a review on both.
The Yuneec Typhoon H is now available for pre-orders on Amazon. We love to Amazon Prime things because then we can overnight ship for $5.99 and that means more time in the air for us!!
For the purpose of this review, we will be comparing the Yuneec Typhoon H to its competitor the DJI Phantom 4. Though many will say the Inspire is better, it should be. The Typhoon H is meant to compete with the DJI Phantom 4. Comparing it to other quads just isn’t a fair review. Sources have said that the Phantom 4 and Yuneec Typhoon H will be at a similar price point around $1,299 – $1,599. With that being said, lets look into the features behind this quad.
- Price – $1,299
- Camera – CGO3+ camera
- Flight Time – *Estimated 20-25 minutes
- 4K Video
- 12mp Photo Stills
- Retractable Landing Gear
- 360 degree gimbal
The Yuneec is compelling.
It provides the 4K video, the 12MP photos, and your typical 20-25 minutes of flight time. These are all things we expect out of a quadcopter in this price range. Yuneec also boasts that the Typhoon H will have available upgrades for obstacle avoidance in the future. Though that is a good sign, we must wonder why they released it without the obstacle avoidance standard? (DJI’s Phantom 4 and Inspire 2 are likely to come stock with these features.)
Let’s start by discussing the transmitter. This is probably my favorite design feature by Yuneec.
The ST16 transmitter boasts a 7 inch Android display that transmits in 720p. Though this may seem like a small perk, I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten my USB cable for my Phantom remote. Having the integrated display just removes one more pressure point and I appreciate Yuneec doing this.
The next point that deserves attention is the “H” in Typhoon H. It stands for Hexacopter and may be the most compelling part of the Yuneec Typhoon H.
When a quadcopter loses a motor, you are thoroughly screwed. Without all four motors, it will fall from a great height and come to an abrupt stop. The beauty of a Hexacopter is that it can lose a motor and still stay airborne. Further, Yuneec integrated it’s “five rotor flight” systems to ensure that if you lose power to a motor, the multi rotor can safely land.
Camera and Gimbal
The camera setup may be the weakest point of the Yuneec. In this regard, I feel as if they are trying to play catch-up, rather than innovating and surpassing the competition. The CGO3+ camera just does not compete with the advances that DJI is boasting for its Phantom 4. Many are saying the next iteration of the DJI camera will be 6K. This is purely speculation, however, with releases of things like the micro 4/3’s X5…having a basic 4K and 12mp camera does not impress us.
What does impress us is the inclusion of a handheld arm. The DJI Osmo is cool, but it costs another $250 to purchase. Yuneec includes its hand held system free of charge. This allows you to detach your camera and get those silky smooth B-Roll shots.
This would have been a great help in those times were I was running down a trail holding my Phantom for ground shots!
Update as of April: The Yuneec is now available for preorders. Interested in purchasing? Head over to Amazon. They have it on Prime, and we all know that when you want things, ordering on Amazon Prime is the best way to get it fast!
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Update as of March:
The Typhoon H is set to release in the second quarter of 2016. That means that we are expecting it right around the time of the DJI Phantom 4. (Check out this post to read more on that release)
A DJI killer…maybe not. But solid competition? Yes. A hex design, retractable landing gear, beautiful transmitter. All of these are great, but they don’t necessarily kill the competition.
Yuneec is continuing to set itself up for an epic battle that echoes the likes of “Apple vs. Microsoft” “Google vs. Yahoo” and the infamous “iOSX vs. Android.”
Interestingly enough, both companies are based in China. Ultimately, we think it is good that DJI has competition, and that innovation is continually being pushed. It is healthy for the consumer and prosumer drone markets to have more than one player.