The Q500 4K is my first drone, and I love it so much. There are a few instances that I hate it too, so here’s my Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K review.
It was a few months ago when I was scouring the interwebs trying to look for the best drone for me. Like anybody else, we were torn choosing between buying a drone from the more-popular brand DJI or going for the not too mainstream brand. For most, they’d go for the DJI right away but for me, I was willing to give the other brands a fighting chance, so I went with the Yuneec Q500 4K over the DJI Phantom 4K.
Like almost every other drone company in the industry, Yuneec has been living under the shadow of DJI for the past few years, but its lack of popularity maybe a lapse on Marketing and not on the products as Yuneec currently offers some of the most advanced multi-rotor drones in the market. and has more than 15 years of experience in making RC aircrafts.
Yuneec quietly released the Q500 Typhoon 4K (as I said, their Marketing team may be the issue) late 2015 and it is one of the first 4K drones designed for amateur pilots. With all the advanced features added to it, there was one thing it was designed to do – simplify aerial video capture. I have never owned a drone, so I was a skeptic on how easy it could be to handle, but true enough it is really easy to handle.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K‘s Pros:
- It looks bad-ass! – This is subjective but look at most of the drones out there and you will see most of them are Phantom-like.
- 2 Batteries included & 4 extra propellers – The DJI Phantom only has 1 battery and an extra battery should cost you around $150.
- SteadyGrip included on package – Just like the GoPro Karma, the 3-axis gimbal and camera can be detached from the drone then attached to the SteadyGrip for stabilized videos on the ground. If you went for the DJI Phantom, you’d have to buy the DJI Osmo separately. This was also the deal-breaker on why I preferred buying the Q500 4K over the Phantom 4K (plus the extra batteries and propellers)
- Integrated display on ST10+ controller – there is no need for a separate device to connect to the controller
- Cheaper Accessories/Parts
- Really easy to fly and is very stable
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K’s Cons:
- Default flight distance is too short – My best distance in flying the drone is around 2000ft which gets dwarfed by the 1KM distance on the DJI.
- Only 2 flight modes under Smart Mode (“Watch Me” and “Follow Me”) – What’s more frustrating is that the new entry level by Yuneec, the “Breeze”, has a lot more flight modes but it’s way cheaper than the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K
- It is bulky – 2 months after buying the drone, I traveled to 7 countries, on several plane and bus rides and dragging the drone inside the mammoth hardcase was such a labor. I could have bought the Yuneec Backpack, but I think it is too wide that it won’t fit on the plane’s overhead cabin.
- It’s flies slow – Well, it’s a good thing so you have full control of the drone, but sometimes you need the extra ‘oomph’! Its slowness could be related to how big the drone is.
Hopefully, even with the Yuneec Typhoon H and the Yuneec Breeze on the market, Yuneec will not forget that the Q500 4k owners need some lovin’ too. A firmware update to possibly add 2 more automated flight modes and add a few more meters/second on the drone speed would be nice
If you are hunting for a new drone, Yuneec Drones is definitely something you should consider aside from the DJI drones.