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Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Review

April 12, 2016 no comments Drones, Drones, Yuneec

Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Review

If you’re looking for a drone for under $1000, you should at least consider the Yuneec Q500 4K Yuneec Q500 4K TyphoonTyphoon. At first glance it is a great looking drone, appearing to be something from the movie Alien.

Aside from that it comes with all the technology that you expect these days. The 4K Typhoon model features 4K video with 1080p slow motion as well as 12MP  stills. All of this is mounted on a 3 axis gimbal. Fairly standard equipment for a drone that costs over a $1000, however the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon can be had for only about $800 (prices vary). 

The software isn’t to bad for the 4K Typhoon. While not as advanced as some others it does have a follow me mode that keeps you in frame at all times. A built in safety mode to keep it FAA compliant prevents flight near commercial airports and prevents flight above 400 ft.

A couple of neat features are the built in screen on the controller as well as the SteadyGrip Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoonhandheld device for ground shots. Neither feature really impresses me much. Lets face it, most people have a smart devices these days that offer larger, better resolution screens that that on the controller. As for the SteadyGrip handle, it requires a smart device, so why not just set up the controller the same way? The SteadyGrip itself is kind of neat with its pistol grip style controller and 3 axis gimbal but it seems like more of a toy or a gimmicky accessory. The whole point of buying the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon is aerial shots. If i wanted to take ground shots i’d just get a good 4K camera for a lot cheaper.

Now that i’m done blowing smoke, lets get to some of the complaints, and there are several big ones. The biggest complaint that people had is the FPV video mode. In a word, horrible. Many people claim that the FPV only has a range of a couple hundred meters before it simply just cuts out. If you do get it out further than that the video quality is poor. The flight controls still work but if you can’t see what you’re doing, whats the point? The poor range really make it look bad when you consider that the Phantom 3 Pro boasts over a mile of range with great video feed. Looks like its time for Yuneec to ditch the WiFi connection in favor of some new tech.

Other complaints are the slow speed and the short battery life. In GPS mode it fly’s quite stable but you’re only doing about 15mph. It takes you longer to get where you want to be and when you get there… your battery is dead and you have to come on back. It typically only has about 15 minutes of battery life. Very short when compared to the 25 minutes of the Phantom 3 Pro.Even more so when you consider the price is almost the same.

I’ll admit, i receive a small commission when you link into Amazon.com through MyMensDen.com and make a purchase, however i really can’t recommend the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon.  The technology from other companies is simply better. To see some alternatives check out my Best Drones for a Grand list. I was going to add the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon but i won’t, i just don’t believe it’s quite good enough.

See the Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon at Amazon.ca

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