If you are in the market for a drone that is equipped with gimbal camera stabilization, then the Yuneec Q500 4K Drone may be worth the investment. The sleek aesthetics and 4K camera paired with gimbal stabilization provide stunning video footage without the steep price tag. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the Q500 4K to see if it is worth your hard-earned cash.
Yuneec Q500 4K Reviews
- 4K video capture
- Slow-motion at 1080p possible
- Remote control with integrated LCD.
- Includes hard case with two batteries.
- Mobile camera with video mount.
- Very quiet during flight.
- Lens blurred at the edges of the frame
- It is possible for automatic white balance to be inconsistent.
- Drones are larger than similar drones.
- The battery charger can heat up quickly.
- Slow adjustment of the camera gimbal
- It’s not easy to carry a bulky bag.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q5004K (as tested at $1,449) is a large drone. It tries to be more than the rest in its price range. The camera can be removed and used with the included accessory grip.
It also incorporates an Android touchscreen device into its design so that you don’t need to carry your phone. Although the Q500 can capture steady 4K video in flight, the blurry video becomes more apparent as you move closer to the edges. Although there is value, the Q500’s video quality does not merit top marks. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is our Editors’ Choice for a premium drone that can be used for aerial video recording for as low as $1,500.
The Typhoon Q500 4K is lighter than its higher-end counterparts and has a lightweight plastic chassis. The drone is more susceptible to serious damage in a collision, but this is acceptable for those on a tight budget.
The drone’s top half is dominated by four rotors. The 4K gimbal-mounted camera lies directly beneath. The batteries are stored in a compartment at the rear of the drone. Two skids, which look like helicopters, protrude from their bottom. They have soft foam pads for a comfortable landing.
The Q500 4K has five lights – one on each side of the rotor and a fifth on the rear. This allows you to see which direction the drone is facing, even if it’s far away.
Building And Handling
The Typhoon Q500 4K’s lightweight is due to Yuneec opting for a largely-plastic build rather than metal or carbon fiber. This is especially impressive when compared with the DJI Inspire 2, which is a comparable size.
It’s evident that Yuneec’s drone won’t perform as well against a tree or brick wall. We were able to avoid any major bumps during the review, but we are afraid of what a high-speed collision with a brick wall or tree could do to those plastic arms. With a little pressure, it is possible to bend them quite dramatically, which would suggest that the drone wasn’t built to withstand extreme force.
Once the Typhoon 4K is in flight, these issues are mostly forgotten. The Typhoon 4K is a responsive and agile drone that’s easy to control thanks to the ST10+ Personal Ground Station controller. The Android-based controller is adorned with buttons and features two extremely precise analog sticks. It displays a drone’s-eye view via the 5.5-inch touchscreen while flashing important information during flight.
This controller is unlike other expensive drones. It has a built-in screen that allows you to connect your smartphone directly to it. The result is elegant but takes a lot of time to recharge. Our ST10+ was connected to the wall for approximately four hours before it was fully charged.
Yuneec is committed to user-friendliness. They include an SD card with the user manual, some videos, and instructions on how to charge the unit, install the props, and what its flight modes and features are.
Although the Q500 4K’s lightweight frame provides good stability in the air, it is not as solid as other DJI top-line products. Even light winds can cause drone wobbles, but footage from the gimbal-mounted camera doesn’t get affected.
The drone’s GPS system allows it to hover for long periods of time without drifting. Autonomous modes such as Follow Me and Watch Me are simple to activate and take the hassle out of flying.
Follow Me works as you would expect: The drone tracks the ST10+ controller’s position, while Watch Me fixes its camera on the pilot regardless of where it is flying.
Both modes performed flawlessly. However, unlike other drones of a higher price, the Q5004K does not have sophisticated collision-avoidance systems. The drone maintains a safe distance from the pilot, but it will smash into nearby objects if you aren’t careful.
Typhoon Q500 4K has two 5400mAh batteries. Each battery can provide 20-25 minutes of flight time, depending on the activities. Using the autonomous modes will drain your battery faster than using it manually.
To charge the drone, the battery must be removed from its back. Charging takes around two hours. This makes it worth it to have two batteries. It can also be used to recharge your car’s battery by plugging it into your cigarette lighter.
Video And Photo Capture
While 1080p was a popular choice for drone-based photography in years past, 4K is the new standard. The Yuneec Typhoon Q5004K can handle ultra-high-definition video at 30 frames a second. However, if you are willing to accept a decrease in quality, you can also record 1080p at 60 frames per second and slow-motion footage at a staggering 120fps.
The CGO3 camera mounted to the drone’s 3-axis gimbal has a 115-degree field of view. The resultant footage is impressively clear and free of distortion. We did notice a strange effect on the sides of the image when we shot directly into the sun. However, we don’t know if the UV filter was installed.
The 12-megapixel sensor makes photographs look amazing. And because the ST10+ controller has dedicated buttons, switching between still and video capture is easy.
The Typhoon Q500 offers 4K video footage and a CGO3-equipped camera. The tandem provides high-quality, stable aerial photography in video recording modes: 4K at 30 fps; 2.7K at 30 fps; 2.5K at 30 fps; 1080P at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps. The recording material is saved on an external media microSD format with a storage capacity of 2 – 128GB (16 GB). The Q500 4K drone camera’s stability is remarkable. This is the footage Typhoon Q500 captured during the flight.
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K has three flight modes: Smart Mode (Watch me & Follow me), Angle Mode, and Home Mode.
This mode activates the “Headless Mode,” which allows for spatial orientation during piloting. You can control the drone with the stick straight-line regardless of whether the drone is facing you.
The Q500 4k camera, which is located at the remote controller ST10, is in this mode. The Q500 camera is aimed at the pilot if the drone needs to be moved to one side or the other.
This mode allows the drone to follow the ST10 controller. The user is located in the middle of the frame. The Yuneec Q500 can follow you wherever and whenever you go.
This mode is for advanced users who have standard control and no restrictions on flight range. The Q500 will fly in the direction of the control stick when it is operated. Advanced users can use Angle Mode.
Return to Home
The Yuneec Q5004k will return to its original position (i.e., to the pilot holding the ST10 remote control). It will automatically land next to the pilot.
Quad control is easy to implement without the need for additional software. The Yuneec Q500 runs Android. It can be updated via a special firmware cable system.
Type Of Motors
The Yuneec Q500 comes equipped with brushless electric motors. These motors are exclusive to Yuneec International. The starter element measures 22 x 13 mm in size and has a maximum power of 200W. These motors have a high power-rating, which allows you to lift a fully loaded gadget up to 1.7 kg into the air. These are excellent indicators for multi-copters in this segment.
About ST10 Controller of Yuneec Typhoons Q500
The Yuneec Typhoon 4K includes a remote controller (ST10), which is suited to FPV. It is both a transmitter and receiver. The ST10 radio controller has a 5.8GHz module that allows for video reception on a 5.5 inch LCD touchscreen. The radio control, despite its size (25x19x7 cm), is extremely light and easy to use. This allows for easy, space-saving control. The integrated return screen of the Yuneec radio control means that you don’t even need a tablet or smartphone to use the Yuneec controller.
Although the monitor is small, the image quality is excellent, and the shutter speed and ISO are good. The specifications state that the tandem can transmit the video stream reliably at distances up to 800m. Bright sunlight can make FPV flight difficult as the integrated FPV monitor doesn’t shine brightly and sunlight reflects off it. This also means that a shield/sunvisor, such as is used with external FPV monitoring systems, is not possible. It would restrict the control’s usability and operation.
Typhoon Q500 4K Review: CGO3 Camera
- Type: CGO3
- Photo Resolution: 12MP
- Weight: 195g
- Matrix: 1/2.3 inch CMOS
- Gimbal accuracy: +- 0.02 deg
- Lens: 14mm f/2.8 – no distortion
- Aerial Optimized Fixed Point: Focus System
- Field of View: 115 degrees
- White Balance – Auto or Manual
- Working voltage: 12V
- The temperature of work: 0°C to 50°C
- Storage Temperature: -20 degC – 60 degC
- Rotation angle Vertical: Between -90 and 0 degrees Horizontal: Between 0deg to 360 deg
- Microphone: Yes
- Dimensions of Gimbal/Camera – 115 x 135x 74 mm
- MicroSD Class 10 Memory (Capacity: 4 GB to 128GB)
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 CGO3 has 12MP and is built on a 1/2.3 inch CMOS matrix. Lens: 14mm F/2.8 – No distortion, 115deg viewing angle. The camera is embedded in a 3-axis mechanical suspension. The current model includes a 3D Gimbal that compensates for all three dimensions. It also has the ability to tilt the camera down in flight via remote control (tilt/pitch). The image can be transmitted live to the remote control (Ground station ST10) or an Android or iOS device that is compatible with 5.8 GHz Wifi and has the Typhoon app installed.
The gimbal can save images and videos in high resolution to a microSD card. The gimbal’s design and weight ensure excellent image stabilization, even in strong winds. This model is not suitable for professional photographers and videographers, as it lacks advanced settings (ISO, contrast, white, etc.).
We hope that the above-mentioned information will help you to decide what drone to buy. As you can see, Yuneec Q500 is a good choice if you have more money and you need a high-quality video camera. We can also recommend this drone for those who are professional filmmakers. If you have a lower budget and you are not going to use the drone for filming, then you should buy a cheaper model. Check our reviews of drones under 1000. They are a bit cheaper than Yuneec Q500 4K.