Previously, foldable drones were flying devices that you flew like a paper airplane. These devices could be handled by anyone but lacked the power of the larger drones. The Yuneec Tornado H920 breaks this mold by providing all the flight control characteristics of the larger drones, but with the convenience of folding them up to fit in your backpack.
In this blog, we will go over the pros and cons of this device, and then a full review.
Yuneec Tornado H920 Reviews
- Works with GB603 gimbal
- Aerial Shooting with Panasonic GH4
- Carbon Fiber Frame
- Retractable Landing Gear
- ST24 Transmitter with 7″ Android Device
- Ready To Fly
- 2 Flight Batteries
- Landing Gear
- Fail-safe folding arms
- Return to home capabilities
- Excellent custom Panasonic GH4 4K camera.
- Supports interchangeable lenses
- Gimbal rotates freely.
- Dual operator control
- Six-rotor design.
- Remote control via integrated tablet
- Excellent build quality.
- Sometimes, rotors intrude on the footage.
- It can be difficult to configure.
The Yuneec Tornado H920 drone is a massive one with six rotors that keep it in the air even if an engine fails. The drone is made of strong carbon fiber and can carry a payload of up to five pounds. Professional filmmakers who want to add aerial coverage to their productions should consider purchasing the Tornado H920 as a set. This combination is considerably more expensive than DJI’s Micro Four Thirds quadcopter, The Inspire 1 Pro (3,899). The Inspire 1 Pro has a shorter battery life and a camera that is not as well-respected as the CGO4.
The H920 has only flown a handful of times by me, but I did so under the guidance of a technical representative from Yuneec. It was not enough time to rate the aircraft and I will withhold my final assessment until I have more time.
Design & Durability
It is evident that the Yuneec TornadoH920 has a high build quality. The carbon fiber takes a long time to mold and then be assembled. The canopy is made up of 17 screws. It is a piece of art in itself.
The drone is lighter than you might think when it’s pulled out of its box. This is because the platform is made entirely from carbon fiber. The sturdy design shows its strength. It feels plastic-like, but you can tell that it is carbon fiber.
The arms of the drone can be raised (because they are folded) and locked with a simple mechanism. The drone can be carried in a box, but you don’t have to use it. You can simply place the controller and frame in your car and go.
This camera is intended for professionals, but it’s great for beginners. The 3-axis gimbal gives you a complete view of the scene and allows for a variety of camera movements. It features a micro-fourth CMOS sensor, a 14-42mm optical zoom, and a sharp 16mp image.
You can buy this model in a variety of configurations. The Yuneec CGO4 Panasonic driven cam is the exclusive camera. It is essentially a Panasonic GH4 camera that was specifically built for Yuneec housing. It is solid and works well. The ST24 can control the 3x zoom.
A Tornado can be purchased with or without a GPS. It can be used with the Sony V18 and Panasonic GH4 if it has a gimbal.
Pro-Action Grip offers a great solution for taking photos on the ground. You can also use it as a 3-axis Gimbal System, which is great for you hands. The camera is 890g, so it can be held for extended photo sessions without tiring.
Battery And Flight Time
The Yuneec TornadoH920 uses two 4000mAh 6S 22.2V Lipo battery packs and can fit three of them. Two battery packs will provide 25 minutes of flight time if you hover with one pack in place. As the motors are being worked harder, heavy winds and flying around while taking photos will reduce that flight time to 18-19 minutes.
You’ll be able to fly for 30-35 minutes if you add an extra battery. These are dedicated batteries that slide into specially designed slots built into the top of the Tornado. For extra flight time, the Tornado ships with two batteries. You will need an additional one to replace the other.
The Yuneec controller design features a 24-channel radio and an integrated 7-inch Android tablet. There is also a 5.8GHz video link and a 2.4GHz radio connection. Mode switches, retractable landing gear, and mode switches are available. You can zoom the camera, tilt the gimbal and use the built-in flight simulator.
The radio controller is very durable and sleek. Although it is a little larger than the average, the device feels very solid and comfortable in your hands. The three-sided lens cover is perfect. The bottom portion can be removed for easy access to on-screen menus. The GH4 will allow you to monitor your signal and give you full control over the CGO4 (zoom/aspect ratios, etc.). You will only need to operate the GH4 manually.
Performance Of Flight
Amazing flight performance is possible with the Yuneec. Anyone can learn to fly this quadcopter. If you’re a professional no sweat. This quadcopter is stable, easy to operate, and fun.
The Tornado has a range of 600-700ft, but you can push it as far as 1000ft. You can push Home if you get into trouble. The Tornado has Smart Mode, Angle Mode, and Home Mode safety features. You can turn the GPS on or off. The landing gear can also be retractable.
The Panasonic GH4 4K camera is still a top seller even a few years later. The GH4 can record 100Mbps footage at 30fps and 24fps respectively. It also supports 16-megapixel stills in JPG or Raw formats. It matches its feature by feature with the CGO4.
A great lens and a good pair of headphones will make you extremely happy with the quality of your video. The Micro Four Thirds sensor has a larger resolution than smaller models such as Yuneec’s Q500 4K and Zenmuse X3 used in the DJI Inspire standard.
Although the 14-42mm lens comes with a bundled zoom, it isn’t the most powerful. This lens compromises image quality in exchange for compact design and adjustable zoom. You can use a zoom lens if your aerial footage relies on it. However, to get the best out of the system opt for the 12mm and 45mm lenses, which are certified for use in conjunction with the CGO4.
Value For Money & Guarantee
The model is available for purchase at $3500. The gimbal can be added for $1500 or, if you don’t have a camera yet, the CG04 can be added for $2700. The V18 is the last option. It was specifically designed for law enforcement and search and rescue. It comes with an 18x Sony Chip Zoom camera, but it is not made for filmmaking. It costs around $5000.
The CGO4 camera comes with a 6-month warranty. However, it is recommended that you contact the manufacturer directly to get your camera back on the air quickly. They have a great reputation.
The Yuneec TornadoH920 includes a high-end AC/DC battery charger that can balance your two batteries simultaneously. It takes about an hour to charge one battery and turn up the amperage. It can also charge your controller. It can charge and discharge LiPo’s and LiFe’s NiCds. This charger is easy to use if you’re familiar with digital screen chargers.
Yuneec H Typhoon UNEEC
The Yuneec Typhoon H boasts some new features that the competition does not, such as retractable landing gear, a 360deg cam gimble, and a built-in video monitor. These are all very similar to its close rival, the DJI Phantom 4.
The Typhoon came with many different pieces and parts, which was apparent when you unbox it. You will find some additional items that you wouldn’t normally expect them to charge for such as a neck strap to hold the controller and a sunshade, or even an adaptor for your car to charge it on the move.
Given the size of this hexacopter, foldable hands are an excellent and necessary feature. The Phantom 4’s flight time is 28 minutes, while the battery claims a flight time of 22 minutes. It is a bit of a hassle to charge the battery, as the app on your controller doesn’t have a battery indicator.
This feature is present on the Phantom 4 and it also gives you an estimated flight time in the app. It’s a great safety feature and a clear oversight by Yuneec. The ST16 controller is included with this model. It has a lot of buttons and dials. The Phantom controller is simpler than the others.
A monitor is built into the controller and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. However, the downside to this controller is its larger size and the longer time it takes to simply boot up. However, you could still appreciate the HDMI output.
The user interface of the app is somewhat clunky, has confusing controls, and lacks polish. Remote viewing of captured footage is not possible. Although you can remove the SD Card from the Typhoon, insert it into the controller directly and then view your files using the file manager, this is not recommended overhead.
The Follow Me mode is one of the most useful Typhoon H features. This allows the drone and camera to follow you via GPS wherever you go. This mode doesn’t have object avoidance enabled. Your retractable landing gear can be activated with a flick of a switch. This adds to the drone’s overall aesthetic when it is flying. The landing gear should be up so that the camera views are not blocked.
The included camera is capable of 4K video recording, which is the same as the Phantom 4. The colors in the Typhoon’s camera might seem soft. Unfortunately, the auto white balance is not perfect.
DJI Phantom 4
DJI Phantom 4 drones are easy to use, intuitive, and work straight out of the box. There are no unnecessary features or gimmicks, nor complex color-coded LED signals.
The Phantom 4’s case also comes with a strap that allows for easy transport. This feature would have been welcome on Typhoon H as well. Although the Typhoon H is lighter and bulkier than the Phantom 4, the Typhoon H is lighter and more robust.
The biggest difference between the aircraft is the battery. The Phantom 4 has a charge indicator, while the Phantom 4 and other models have battery indicators. This allows for quick and easy checking of the battery level, from any location. This is the main area where Typhoon falls short.
You can fly this model quickly and efficiently with confidence. This makes for incredible aerial photos and videos. You can immediately access the visual data captured by this quadcopter and download it to your smartphone.
Overall, this quadcopter is superior to Typhoon H. It’s a more advanced platform that offers safer and better flying experiences. The prices are comparable, so this is not a problem. Amazon has the Phantom 4 for just $1,000.
DJI Inspire 1
DJI, a Chinese tech company, was founded in 2006. It produces commercial and recreational UAVs for aerial photography and videography. There are a variety of products, including platforms and flying cameras, multirotor flight controllers, accessories for multi-copters, and flying cameras.
This quadcopter provides everything you need to aerial film. This quadcopter is ready to fly. You will be flying in no time. It weighs in at 3kg with the battery. The 18-minute flight time will be provided by the 6000mAh battery.
The camera can record 4K video and 12 MP photos in compressed JPEG or RAW. The DJI Inspire 1’s outside temperature is between -10 and 40%. It is thrilling to watch the drone take off. The arms fold up after takeoff, which allows for 360deg unobstructed video.
You can control the drone via a smartphone app that is compatible with both iOS and Android. Professionals looking for an all-in-one RTF system will love this drone.
Here are the full reviews of Yuneec Tornado H920, if you are interested in knowing more about other drones:
- Yuneec Mantis Q Review 2021: Best Choice For You
- Yuneec H520 Review 2021: Best Choice For You
- Yuneec Q500 4K Review 2021: Best Choice For You
In general, the Yuneec Tornado H920 is a great hexacopter for those who want to capture aerial footage without spending too much. This hexacopter is easy to learn how to fly and has advanced features like GPS positioning and auto-hovering, which make it easier to use. Overall, this drone provides good-quality video and photos. The gimbal will give you quite stable shots if your flying skills are pretty good.
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