Last year Yuneec became a major drone player by putting out the Q500 and then the Q500 4K with a hugely updated camera. This spring they upped the game by releasing a well flying hexacopter with a updated camera.. so far early adopter are reporting that Yuneec have hit a home-run. Click through for unbox, and thoughts about the new Yuneec H.
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The new Yuneec Typhoon H is a completely reworked product for Yuneec. Last Years Yuneec Q, was a mediocre flyer and most happy when the wind died down, it was famously quiet and sported Yuneec's trademark super-stable gimbal, but with a somewhat underwhelming camera. Fast forward one year and BAM. Yuneec is back, super-stable gimbal in hand, with a much improved 4K camera sporting everything from 1080p to 4K UHD video recording, with manual and automatic controls. Mounted on a completely new hexacopter platform, and the hexacopter is really what wraps the 2016 yuneec prosumer video-drone into a very compelling platform. Maybe particularly for prosumers and professionals like real-estate and local video production users.
Check out the UNBOX and introduction video, in this video I go through the components of the basic kit.
The new CG03+ camera, featuring a full line of resolutions from 1080p to 4K UHD, and able to save still images as JPG or RAW files.
One of the huge features of the CG03+ camera is the 360 deg pan, you can keep panning all day, unlike my DJI inspire-1 which can do one revolution pan, but can't keep going, the Yuneec H can do non-stop panning if required.
The CG03+ connect to the handheld radio via 5.8ghz WiFi signal, (the camera can also connect to your phone when used as a handheld camera gimbal) the official range is 1 mile, however I find the practical range for the video transmission is a bit less than a mile most days. this is not really a bit issue as you can buy a aftermarket antenna that will let you fly multiple miles, which can be installed in a matter of seconds. LINK TO LONG RANGE ANTENNA
Obstacle avoidance system
The Yuneec H have two flavors of obstacle avoidance, the basic version come with two ultra-sound emitters which will detect and stop for objects roughly 6 feet in front of the aircraft. There is a more advanced obstacle avoidance system which will ship later in 2016 the "real-sense" with a INTEL based technology, this is estimated to be a $300 upgrade to the basic kit, and most importantly, its plug-n-play with the basic unit, this means you can install it at home in a matter of minutes.
The current obstacle avoidance detect objects in range and will slow and stop the aircraft, when engaging the obstacle avoidance system the aircraft max speed will be reduced enough that the aircraft can stop in time for a obstacle detected with the ultrasound. note the real-sense system have longer range and the max speed when using obstacle avoidance will be increased.
Naturally you have to test the function, I let the H hoover and walked up to it with my hand up in the air, BAM at a specific distance the H started backing up.. pretty cool to watch. you can push the H back wards with your hand in the air.
IMPORTANT.. remember the obstacle avoidance do not look backwards, and only protect you when flying into something while moving forward, and also only protect you when you turn it on.
Retractable Landing Gear
We can't discuss the Yuneec H without looking at the retracts and the form-factor. This have two aspects that both is valuable to professional users.
The first and obvious aspect is naturally that you can retract the landing gear and accommodate un-obstructed 360 degree panning of the camera.
The other effect here is not quite as directly camera or flight oriented. the first time you pop the Yuneec-H up in the air in front of a crowd or customers you will know it. up in the air and flip the switch to retract the landing gear while you push forward flight.. and you will instantly get the "WOW that is so cool" reaction from your audience.
This audience "WOW" clearly don't take better pictures, but it add to the perceived value of your skill and video service. Simply because you are not flying a white quad that looks like the one their kid have.
ST16 radio system
The stock radio for the Yuneec H have borrowed the look from Yuneec's professional ST24 radio. like the Q500 its signature feature is the huge build in screen, basically yuneec offer a super value on their radios by including a Android tablet, build into the radio, unlike some other copters on the market, you don't have to buy a tablet or smartphone to setup or operate the Yuneec H.
Its actually not as complex as it looks, the basic modes are SMART MODE (which is not a name I like for this) and ANGLE MODE. ANGLE mode is the regular RC orientation mode, when you push the stick forward the aircraft move to its, the aircraft's forward direction.
SMART mode, is also the "IOC" mode which stands for Intelligent Orientation Control, this type of mode became popular when we started getting better GPS systems in the multirotor aircrafts.
Briefly, SMART MODE centeres 100% on the location of the controller, and it change the use of the right stick, now the pitch stick move the aircraft "Away-closer" relatively to your position, and the roll stick moves the aircraft to YOUR right or YOUR left. so if you push the aircraft 30 feet away and move the stick to the right, the aircraft will start a circle around you at 30 feet distance, thats the ORBIT-ME mode essentially.
FOLLOW-ME. basically when you put the aircraft in the SMART mode it is also in follow-me automatically because the smart mode centers on your position.. if you start walking the aircraft will follow you. you can update this mode by selecting WATCH ME on the controller and now the camera will look at you no matter what you do.
Yuneec Typhoon H - Typhoon H BASIC kit - in stock and shipping
Yuneec Typhoon H - Long Range antenna kit -
Yuneec Thyhoon H - Backpack case for the foam
Yuneec Typhoon H - Propellers kits - Clockwise PROPS type A - Counter Clockwise PROPS type B
Yuneec Typhoon H - Battery -
Yuneec Typhoon H - RED Landing Pads
Yuneec Typhoon H - Graduated ND filters
AFTERMARKET firmware for the ST16, I have not tested this but here is the link CLICK HERE
GREAT example of flying with the H by Ryan K from Yuneec