The Yuneec Typhoon is a huge step forward for Yuneec. The main boasting factor about this drone is its 4K camera capable of rotating 360 degrees, which captures gorgeous video in flight. It is easy to control and includes several autonomous flight modes. This Yuneec Typhoon review will be addressing the popular new drone and comparing it to other drones on the market.
Yuneec Typhoon Drone Main Specs
|Camera Resolution||Weight||Ideal for (indoor/outdoor/both)||Flight Time||Control Type||Amazon Rating||Our Rating|
|4K video, 12 MP camera||4.3 lbs||Outdoor||25 min||ST16 Ground Station Remote Control||4.1||4.5|
The Yuneec Typhoon drone takes gorgeous pictures and video and stays in the air for up to 25 minutes on average. The remote control system itself has an easy to use touchscreen interface with video so you can see what your drone sees. The six rotors will keep your drone in the air even if one of them fails. The 360-degree camera is probably the coolest feature though, allowing you to capture a full view around the drone.
Flying The Yuneec Typhoon Drone
This drone is best suited for outdoor use. Its amazing 360-degree camera won’t have much to use indoors. You can also take advantage of flight automation to control the camera and capture great footage. It’s really easy to control with the provided remote and its touchscreen interface.
For safety, the drone has sonar collision protection to prevent accidents. It also has retractable landing gear that retracts in flight to get out of the way of your field of view.
The overall build quality of the device is good, as mentioned earlier in this Yuneec Typhoon review, but if it were ever to crash it probably wouldn’t live through it. Some of the parts are a bit fragile. The retractable landing gear seems to be the main part that would break in a crash.
In testing, the battery seems to last about as long as they claim, with hard flying coming in maybe 5 minutes shorter at 20 minutes or so. Due to a two-hour charge time, you’ll want to grab extra batteries for long flying sessions.
Yuneec Typhoon Drone Remote Control and Accessories
As we mentioned earlier in this Yuneec Typhoon review, the remote control is pretty amazing. The remote control is fairly easy to use. There may be a bit of a learning curve to using the thing, but it gives you a much better degree of control than some of the competitors. The controller also has a “Smart Mode” for new pilots, which will make flying simple for anyone. This mode is also where you’ll find the autonomous flying functions.
One particularly cool function is the Follow Me and Watch Me mode. These modes track the pilot and keep the camera focused on you. This can be cool for shooting video of yourself on the go.
There aren’t currently any add-ons or attachments available for this drone, but the body itself is designed to be expandable and upgradeable. It’s possible the company will release official upgrades at some point down the line, which would, of course, be nice to see.
Yuneec Typhoon Drone – Our Verdict
In this section, we’ll break down everything discussed in this Yuneec Typhoon review into what we liked and didn’t like.
What We Like
- The 360-degree camera is awesome, and there is only one other like it on the market.
- The 4K, distortion-free video camera is amazing and takes beautiful cinematic shots.
- The retractable landing gear keeps it out of camera sight.
- It’s expandable.
- The controller gives a great degree of control or smart modes for new pilots.
- Tracking features make shooting video of yourself easy.
- It easily folds down into an included case.
What We Don’t Like
- The body hinges are a little flimsy and might easily break on impact.
- The battery life isn’t stellar and takes a long time to charge.
What Users Say
Users are raving about this drone overall. The media reviews are also quite positive. Almost everyone who buys it seems to love it. Overall praise is given to the build quality and the camera at a cheap price.
A user praised the Typhoon for its 360-degree camera and the smoothness it lends to shooting video on this drone. He also praised the retractable landing gear, and he mentioned sometimes seeing the gear in Phantom 4 shots, which was unacceptable. He does, however, recommend buying additional batteries.
Another provided some amazing images shot with his drone and had nothing but positive things to say about it. He praised its stability and smooth video. He also claims the drone is very agile. He also commented on the batteries, however.
A third customer was very pleased with his purchase, but he crashed it into a tree, and the arms broke. He is awaiting repairs. This does seem to justify our comments about the flimsy arms.
Based on what was mentioned in this Yuneec Typhoon review, if you’re looking for a great drone, you won’t find much better than this, especially not at the price point. Many have loved this drone and even spoken more praise of it than about higher-priced alternatives.
The drone is agile, and its 360-degree camera makes for super smooth panning cinematic shots. It’s absolutely amazing for capturing stills as well with its high-quality, distortion-free 12 MP lens. Some slight flimsiness in the arm joints shouldn’t put you off from giving this one a go, but if it does you should try the DJI S1000 drone.