Yuneec Q500+Typhoon/4k – Test/Comparison/Evaluation

The Company Yuneec (Derived From The Paranormal English Word “Unique”=Unique) Is A Complete Novice In The Jungle The Drony And Multicopter Manufacturer. With The Q500 Typhoon Wanted Yuneec Direct And Agressive The Attending Squabble How To Attack The  Dji Phantom Vision+Quadcopter. The Yuneec Typhoon Quadrocopter Series Is Also Located In The Hobby And Semi-Professional Segment.Meanwhile, It Is As More “Expansion Stage” To Yuneec Typhoon Q500 Also Still The Yuneec Typhoon Q500+And The Yuneec Q500 4k.

All three versions are a ready-to-fly solution, which is delivered ready for use with different accessories. Always including own camera and 3D gimbal image stabilization (CGO2-GB). The Yuneec Q500 is the basic version. The Yuneec Q500+is also equipped with a handheld gimbal (quasi an electronic SteadyCam) in addition to the drone-gimbal, which also allows shaky ground shots with the Quadrocopter camera. The camera can simply be dismantled from the drone and used on the handheld gimbal for this purpose.

The  Yuneec Q500 4K-as the name implies-instead of an HD camera a 4K camera with 4K resolution. Again, a handheld gimbal is included in the package.

The series was supplemented by a fourth model: the Yuneec Typhoon G, which can carry a goPro camera (goPro Hero 3 or goPro Hero 4) instead of the in-house camera.

In terms of FPV, the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon is a slightly different solution than the comparable models from the market leader  DJI Innovations. Unlike the Phantom 2 Vision+, the new  DJI Phantom 3 or the Parrot Bebop Drone, no smartphone app is used to receive the live image of the camera on the ground.

The FPV flight (=First-Person-View) is implemented here with the supplied ST10 remote control helicopter. The remote control unit accommodates a monitor in the lower part which displays the image of the flying camera directly on the ground of the pilot.

In addition, this photo drone also has interesting features such as the “Follow Me” function. The drone follows the pilot automatically, should this move and the Follow-Me mode be activated. Attention! Observe the legal requirements. Autonomous (automatic) flying is permitted in Germany only in sight and if the pilot can intervene at any time.

Do not forget: for every drone and every quadrocopter or multicopter a liability insurance is legally obligatory ! No matter whether you use the aircraft privately or commercially.

The camera system incl. Gimbal (designation/model CGO2GB) is easy to dismantle with a quick release. In the future there could be other new camera systems, such as thermal imaging cameras or thermal cameras. There is therefore nothing to prevent retroactive upgrading and a simple exchange. The current model has a 3D gimbal (compensation movements in all three dimensions) and the possibility to tilt the camera downwards (tilt/pitch) by means of remote control. The image is transmitted live for remote control (Ground Station ST10) or a 5.8 Ghz Wifi compatible iOS or Android device with correspondingly installed free Typhoon app. Images and videos are stored in full resolution on the microSD card in the gimbal.

Review/Review/Review/Review/Buyrecommendation-Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter

The Q500 Quadrocopter convinces with its well thought-out overall concept and is especially suitable for those who do not want to care about technology and settings as well as assembly and retrofitting, but simply and uncomplicated aerial photographs and aerial photographs.

The camera delivers comparatively good pictures and videos – only the automatic white balance provides from dark to light or vice versa for some problems. For example, if you change the flight direction from “against the sun” to “with the sun”. Camera setting options are currently hardly/none. Also pictures/videos in the RAW format are not possible.

The expandability of the system is given in that the gimbal including camera can easily be exchanged.However, alternatives are not yet on the market. The remote control with app connection and the open operating system Android is hoping to hope for future features and improvements. An external HDMI output is also planned (eg for an additional FPV monitor).

FPV flying is possible with this system directly and “out-of-the-box”. The monitor integrated in the remote control is relatively small, but the picture is very sharp and good. The FPV flight becomes problematic in bright sunlight because the integrated FPV monitor is not very bright and sunlight is quickly fading in/reflected. Also a shielding/sun visor (as often used with external FPV monitors) is not possible here, since this would restrict the manageability and usability of the remote control.Also, when flying, you have to either keep the remote control very high, or constantly look down on the monitor, which is somewhat unpleasant. However, in the future, the option should be  to connect and use additional  FPV glasses via the IOS or Smartphone app with remote control. Eg the  Epson Moverio BT-200 or the Zeiss Cinemizer OLED.

In addition, the FPV image can also be received parallel via smartphone/iPhone and app.

The flight stability and flight characteristics are neat.Overall a really good complete solution with said but small drawbacks. The price is appropriate. Also worth mentioning is the relatively bulky dimension for a hobby drone (eg compared to the Dji Phantom 2 models). The transport is therefore somewhat difficult. However, the large span ensures a quiet and homogenous flight and a high possible payload.

As usual in the industry there are several flight modes-these are limited to a beginners mode (similar to the IOC home lock of Dji) in which the directional navigation is always relative to the own location. Then a mode for advanced (normal flight mode-GPS supported). And the goHome/Return-to-Home mode, which is actually no real mode, but the Quadcopter back to the starting point.

A great feature: Gain values/trim values ​​can be changed by remote control. Manko: the range of the remote control and the FPV connection is “mediocre”. Other clear advantages compared to similar models as the DJI Phantom 2 VISION+is the forward suspension position of the camera along with the gimbal. Due to this position, the propeller arms are not or only rarely entered into the image/field of view of the camera during fast forward flight or wind. In addition, the Gimbal and the camera can be completely removed (eg for safe transport or flights without a camera) with just a few hand movements (one plug+one release).

Settings, compass calibration and software updates can be carried out without problems and by means of PC software and a USB cable/USB dongle.

A great feature for the future: on the part of Yuneec, a handheld gimbal/handheld gimbal is also planned (Yuneec C-G02 GB). This is a relatively cheap hand-held holder, which is then simply mounted the CGO2GB Gimbal incl. Camera from the Q500. The screen is your own smartphone. So you can use the same Gimbal also for quiet video recordings from the hand-quasi as “Steadicam”. In the holder is an integrated battery, which supplies the gimbal and the camera with power. The price will be around 150€.