- Skill Level
Posted on March 21, 2016
Yuneec has been in the shadow of DJI for many years, but with its latest Yuneec Typhoon Q500, the company is set to make a mark of its own. With an experience of 15 years, Yuneec has manufactured some of the best quadcopters in the market. This drone was launched on June 30, 2015, and came with a promise of cutting-edge technology and high-end features. It was the first 4K drone launched for the beginners and instantly gained popularity around the globe. To measure the performance and specifications of Typhoon Q500, we have compiled a detailed review of the product.
The most eye-catching feature of this drone is its robust construction and high-quality frame. It comes with powerful arms and incredibly stable legs, which is a rare occurrence in drones. Q500 was tested for its landing stabilities on several terrains and came out to be a winner. Some minor damage was done to the foam pads, but they remained intact on every takeoff and landing.
The camera of Typhoon Q500 is another delight. It has a 130-degree view and can take 12-megapixel stills and 1080p HD video footage. The drone provides access to the live feed for up to 600 meters and it looks somewhat better than Phantom 3 stream to iPhone. The camera can be easily detached from the drone and placed back in. It is supported by a highly stable 3-axis gimbal system and the shift of camera from straight ahead to down can be achieved in a matter of seconds. The stills can be captured with various camera settings, and the video comes with an option of slow motion.
The Typhoon Q500 comes with a powerful 5,400 mAh lithium-polymer battery and can give the drone 25 minutes in the air. With more maneuvering and camera use, the flight time goes down to 21 minutes, which is still pretty impressive for such a heavily constructed drone. The $1,300 Q500 comes with an extra battery and can increase the fun to a whole new level.
The charging of the battery can take up to 2 hours, which is a bit downfall for the drone. But including another battery can give the users some respite. A standard USB or AC adapter can be used to charge the batteries of this drone.
The Q500 has a very powerful controller with 10-channels and 2.4 GHz RC transmitter. It is also accompanied with a built-in 4.5” LED touch screen, which displays flight data and live video streams. The speed of the drone can be easily controlled by one dial and can put the flight controller to easy mode, to make it easier for the beginners to fly the drone. It has a big red button that denotes the start and stops for the drone, and cannot get any simpler than that. In the case of a low battery situation, the controller beeps like an alarm tone, to warn the user.
It has many smart modes that make the flying experience even more enjoyable. It comes with fascinating dual joysticks, which makes flying this drone more like playing a video game. With a simple push of the left stick, the drone starts ascending as long you’re holding it. After its final position in the air, the GPS guides the pilot and with the simple pushing of the right joystick, the drone will move up, down, left and right. (Typical flight controls for drones)
Typhoon Q500 has many in-flight modes that help the pilot to control the drone and get it back to the starting point easily. The Follow Me mode will make the drone follow the one holding the controller, wherever they go. The Watch Me mode keeps the camera directly on the pilot and makes it easy to change the camera’s angle. The Angle Mode makes the drone free-flying while still keeping you in charge of its descent. The Smart Mode will avoid the pilot holding the controller and will operate on its own.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K is available from $1,200 to $1,300, depending upon the accessories available in the package. For a drone with these many features and high-performance level, the cost is fair and competitive regarding other drones.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 has everything that you can want in a drone. It has a great battery, robust design, high definition camera, creative in-flight modes and a beautiful controller. It will provide the beginners with a fast learning curve, and you will always want to spend some more time with this magnificent creation by Yuneec.
This drone was designed to give amateurs a chance to have a real drone flying experience without getting intimidated by it. Whether you want to become a professional aerial photographer or a drone game champion, learning and maneuvering Typhoon Q500 is the best way to master any drone art with ease.
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