Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Review

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Review


The Yuneec Q500 is a unique, cool option in the drone category. It won’t require you to keep up with every Apple iPhone’s release. Instead of relying on Smartphones as 50% of the controls, the drone uses an android-based remote controller and a built-in touchscreen that allows flight monitoring. The innovative and user-friendly design makes setting up a breeze, removing the pressure off your shoulders when it comes to the great sports devices.

Yuneec Q500 Typhoon 4K Reviewed

The drone can shot 4K video, eventually taking the place of 1080p and it can capture raw format still images. However, it is not as agile as a flyer when compared to the DJI Phantom 3 Professional. Also, the model has a limited range, along with a less refined controller, which can somehow be frustrating if you’re a videographer. On the lighter side of things, the model offers useful features, including the Follow Me and Waypoints. It also has a removable and replaceable camera (*if it is damaged or if the maker releases a better drone model). Another good point is that it has an aesthetically pleasing gray design.

The Q500 4K is the latest model in the category of consumer and professional drones on the market. It sports the same specifications as those of the well-known DJI Phantom 3.  The consumer drones of this maker are somehow enjoyable to fly, especially for beginners in the hobby. However, its price may be very expensive to buy if you’re trying an entry to the aerial photography field.  But still, it is a good value for money if you are someone looking to fly a robot that does not have many futuristic features and if you’re looking for a forgiving learning curve in flying.

But before shopping for a drone, it is specifically important to look for its controller. And how does the Q500 4K performs in this department? It has 2.4GHz RC transmitter, which you can find a little bit intimidating at first. In the end, you will learn liking it when you finally figured out how it works.  Its rival Phantom makes use of a Smartphone in order to control its camera and to display the live stream, but this model from Yukon makes use of its built-in 4.5-inch touchscreen for telemetry data and video streaming.

The Q500 Typhoon 4K has a built-in screen that does not require you to fiddle another piece of hardware in adjusting the angle of the camera. Its camera angle can be controlled using the dial located on the right side of the controller, and there are also buttons located on the top of the controller, which can be used in taking a still image or for video recording.  And then, you can find another dial on the opposite and it can control the maximum speed of the drone. For first time fliers, these can be good features.

When it comes to its camera, it has a 130-degree view field, which can capture 12 megapixel images as well as can record video in 1080p HD, which can be adjusted to 48, 50 or 60 FPS. Its live stream comes with a range of almost 600 meters.  Another cool feature of the camera that you will love is the little LED lights located in the front, which can tell when it is on as well as when it is recording.

Overall, the Q500 is an excellent model drone and it is easy to set up. You don’t also need to spend a lot of time in learning how to use it if you were a first time flier. It can also take amazing photos and videos.

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