Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter Drone
Simply the best value 4K system available, an included Android touchscreen controller means faster setup and no need to add your own mobile device to capture impressive 4K video. Typhoon 4K also captures 1080p/120fps slow motion video Click To Tweet with a full complement of manual camera settings for total creative control. Perfect ground shots are also available with the included Handheld SteadyGrip™.
A completion level of ready-to-fly (RTF) means this version of the Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3-GB Camera, Steady Grip comes factory-assembled and that a pre-bound transmitter/ground station unit (radio controller) is included. More than just an RC multi-rotor, the Q500 4K Typhoon is designed for APV – aerial photography and video. To this end, it incorporates the CGO3-GB, a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera with 4K video recording, 1080p video recording at up to 120 fps, and shoots photos at 16-megapixels.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K is a big drone that tries to set itself apart from others in its price range by doing a bit more. Its camera is removable, and can be used handheld with an included accessory grip. And its remote control incorporates a touch-screen Android device into its design, so you don’t have to use your own phone. The Q500 captures steady 4K video when in flight, but the video is noticeably blurry as you move toward the edges of the frame. There is certainly value offered here, but the overall video quality prevents it from getting top marks.
CGO3 4K 3-axis Gimbal Camera
With ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution, four times the resolution of HD, the camera delivers high-quality images with the ability to capture slow motion 1080p / 120fps and 12 megapixel photos. Capture life in 4K with incredible detail and unparalleled realism.
A tripod in the sky
The CGO3 is an innovative combination of a 3-axis gimbal, camera and digital video downlink. Control the tilt angle direction from the ST10+ and view the world from above, as if you were flying, from horizon to 90 degrees down.Extend your perspective from the sky to the ground with Typhoon 4K's modular system. Click To Tweet
Lightweight LiPo battery power
Made by experts in electric propulsion and electric aviation, Typhoon 4K is powered by a 5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo battery, giving users a superior flight time of up to 25 minutes. Versions with the aluminum carry case come with 2 batteries.
Practical Transport Case
The ultimate Typhoon 4K comes packaged in it’s own rugged transport case. Made of strong and lightweight aluminum, with a high density foam core, the case accommodates everything including Typhoon 4K, 2 batteries (included), chargers, SteadGrip, ST10+ controller, 2 sets of props and all accessories.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K certainly looks good on paper. It records in 4K, offers a removable camera and handheld stabilization system, and (if you opt for the more expensive package) ships with a carrying case and extra battery. But it’s not perfect. The video quality suffers as you move away from the center portion of the frame, the handheld grip requires you to keep a bunch of AA batteries charged, and its large airframe makes transport a pain.