Yuneec Typhoon H Review
Released this week (Apr 15/16) on Amazon.com, the Yuneec Typhoon H. The Yuneec Typhoon H, rather than being a quadcopter, it’s a hexacopter with six rotors. My first impression of the 6 rotor configuration is, what’s the point? 6 rotors will just add weight to the vehicle and drain your battery quicker. It weighs in at 15.4 pounds however, which is half a pound lighter than the DJI Inspire. The 6 rotor configuration also adds lift so you can carry a larger battery and more than offset the added weight. The advertised reason for the 6 rotors is redundancy, if a motor fails it will revert to a 5 rotor limp mode and won’t crash. Yuneec still claims 22-25 minutes of flight time on the Typhoon H which is quite impressive. Besides the great flight time the Yuneec Typhoon H also claims a range of a mile. This is not quite as good as the competition but still very good.
The Yuneec Typhoon H series has all the autonomous flight modes that you would expect from a more expensive drone. It has a cable cam feature which cn film an object from a flight path between two way points. Furthermore it also has the way point mode which is the same as cable cam but you can add up to 20 way points.
The orbit me, follow me and point of interest modes are also quite self explanatory and again something you’d expect on a drone twice the price.
The Yuneec Typhoon H comes equipped with a variety of sensors to ensure stable and safe flight. Looking down it has optical and ultrasonic sonar sensors that ensure stable flight even when it loses a GPS signal. This should be rare however since it also uses the GLONASS system which really helps in getting a quick and stable connection. Looking forward it has the obstacle avoidance sensors which are quickly becoming a must have for any high end drone.
The camera is what you would expect from any quality drone these days. 4K UHD video in 30fps or 1080p slow motion video at 120 fps. It’s also capable of taking 12MP still pictures. The Yuneec Typhoon H has a retractable landing gear which allows the 3 axis gimbal a full 360 degrees of rotation. If you like you can also add a second controller to have another person run the camera while you worry about flying.
The ST16 controller itself is Android powered and features a 7 inch touchscreen. Live FPV video streams at 720p.
My impressions of the Yuneec Typhoon H, love it!! Very impressive. It has all the capability of DJI’s Inspire 1 drones plus it has obstacle avoidance, which at this point the Inspire does not. Even better, it’s less than half the price of the DJI Inspire. It’s actually about the same price as the DJI Phantom 4, or even marginally cheaper. Given the technology packed into the Yuneec Typhoon H and its quite affordable price, i definitely recommend this drone.
See it at Amazon.ca