Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone Review 2019 – is the Yuneec Typhoon H Pro quadcopter worth the money? Review of features, pricing, flight duration, battery, camera and more.
- The Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense Technology, winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show
Are you a professional photographer looking to add drone photography to the list of services you offer to clients? If yes, then you are going to need a premium drone capable of offering high-quality airborne footage. Yuneec has a reputation for producing some of the best high-end drones in the market. The Yuneec typhoon H pro is the newest member of the typhoon family and is also the company’s flagship product. The typhoon H pro is a huge upgrade from the company’s previous models and comes with a host of exclusive features which make it a serious contender for the title of the world’s best drone. Below is a comprehensive review of the Yuneec typhoon H pro detailing its key specs, features, and performance.
The Yuneec typhoon H pro is a stylish, easy-to-fly drone and boasts the latest professional grade features that will excite even the most demanding of drone enthusiasts. It comes equipped with six rotors which give it plenty of power allowing it to stay aloft in the event of propeller loss or engine failure. Its 4K enabled camera unit is one of a kind in that it can rotate freely thus offering flexibility and freedom in aerial photography. Its landing gear retracts automatically during flight to provide unobstructed views when capturing aerial footage. The unit comes with an all-in-one ST 16 controller which eliminates the need of using cell phones or tablets. On top of that, it does come with a host of innovative features such as obstacle avoidance, Dynamic home return, FAA no fly and a failsafe system.
• Solid six-rotor design
• Average flight time of 22 minutes
• Maximum flight speed of 22.4mph (angle mode)/ 13.4mph (start mode)
• ST16 remote controller with integrated 720p LCD
• 5400mAh removable Li-ion battery pack
• 12-megapixel CGO3+ camera with 4K shooting capability
• 1-kilometer max controller and video feed distance
• 8 smart flight modes including auto takeoff and return to home (RTH)
What’s in the box?
• 1 Yuneec typhoon H pro Drone
• 1 ST remote controller with ground station
• 2 sets of propellers
• 1 power cord
• 1 16GB microSD card
• 2 5400mAh batteries
• I USB Adapter Cord
• 1 CGO3+ 4K camera
• 1 pro soft Backpack
• 1 Dual port charger and 12DV socket charger
• The CGO3+ 4K camera is top notch
• The 360° gimbal axis is a game changer
• Supports dual-operator control
• The retractable landing gears provide clear, unobstructed views
• Its steep asking price will put off many people especially those working with a budget
• Obstacle avoidance is not very reliable at high speeds
• Its flight time of 22 minutes could be better.
• The user interface is a bit rough around the edges
Frequently asked questions about the Yuneec typhoon H pro.
What is the range of the typhoon H pro?
The maximum video feed distance with the controller is 1 kilometer or 3000ft. However, there is the option of extending the device’s range using either of the extended range kit or the maximum extended range kit.
Does the typhoon H pro come with the firmware and software updates already installed?
Yes, every drone that leaves the manufacturer’s facility comes with the latest firmware/software update.
Does this model have real sense obstacle avoidance functionality?
Yes, the typhoon H pro comes equipped with “Realsense” which offers comprehensive obstacle avoidance.
More on the Yuneec Typhoon H pro’s features
Design: The typhoon h pro is by no means a small drone; it measures in at 20.5″ x 12.2″ x 18″ with its rotors are tucked away. However, its large wingspan coupled with its 3.7-pound weight means you’ll need to register with the FAA and attach a label with your identification details before flying the drone. When it takes to the air, the drone resembles a matte black flying bug. The drone sports a carbon fiber body finish which makes the drone light despite its large size. The landing gear is also made from the same material (carbon fiber) and conveniently folds up against the body once the drone takes to the air. This feature allows the camera to have unobstructed 360-degree views and makes it more aerodynamic when in flight. The camera and its 360° gimbal are attached to the body via rubber joints which shield it from vibrations emanating from the six rotors.
Camera: The impressive CGO3 is one of the Typhoon H pro’s strongholds. It is spherical shaped and measures 3.5″ in diameter. It’s capable of maintaining a 98-degree field of view and can record videos at 1080p, 1440p, 4K UHD resolutions at 30 fps and 4K DCI. The unit provides four different video modes namely natural, gorgeous, raw and night. As its name suggests, night mode allows you to capture stunning night videos while the raw mode is best used for shooting still images. Natural and gorgeous modes apply sharpening effects thus yielding footage with crisp details and slightly saturated colors. The camera also supports 1080p Slow motion video capture at up to 120fps. All videos and images are saved in the 16GB microSD card.
Controller: At 13 inches long and 17 inches wide, the ST16 remote controller is a bulky device. Surprisingly, despite its size, the device weighs in at only 2.6 pounds and ships with a neck strap for easy handling of the device. On its own, the device is quite powerful. Inside it is an Intel processor to enable smooth running of the custom Android OS. The controller has a built-in LCD screen thus eliminating the need of third-party mobile devices. The drone controller is jam-packed with buttons and dials; in total there are five buttons, five switches, three dials, a couple of joysticks as well as directional buttons. At the top are two antennas for radio and video preview signals. Both antennas use signals in the 5 GHz frequency range and work within a transmission range of one kilometer.
Battery life and flight range: The drone comes with a beefy 5400mAh battery which Yuneec claims is capable of keeping the unit in flight for about 25 minutes. The battery takes anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to reach full charge. Yuneec does include a charging cable which you can use to charge the battery from a car lighter. The device’s proprietary charger does have a USB port from where you can charge its remote controller. Spare batteries can come in handy when shooting long videos; however, they have to be purchased separately.
Yuneec Typhoon H pro compared to other drones.
Typhoon H pro Vs. the DJI Phantom 4 pro
Yuneec specifically developed the Typhoon H pro as a high-end drone, and it’s no surprise that its biggest competitor happens to be the DJI Phantom 4 pro. When it comes to looks and overall body design, the typhoon H is the better device. The retractable landing gear and lung slung rotatable camera give the typhoon series an edge over the DJI Phantom 4 with its fixed landing gear. Both models do come with 4K UHD enabled cameras for high-quality video recording. The DJI phantom does have a few things going for it such as its small form factor which makes it more portable than the typhoon H pro. The DJI Phantom 4 pro is also the clear winner when it comes to battery tech. The Phantom 4 pro’s battery takes less time to charge and delivers better flight times (25 minutes) compared to the typhoon’s 20 to 22 minute flight time.
Typhoon H pro vs. DJI inspire 2
At 7.3 lb, the DJI Inspire 2 is the heavier device. However, it does have a superior flight time of 27 minutes compared to 22 minutes in the Yuneec Typhoon H pro. The DJI Inspire 2 is also the clear winner when it comes to flight range. Its 7000m flight range is far much better than the typhoon h pro’s 1000m range. Both drones do have 4K UHD cameras, return to home as well as the orbit function.
DJI Mavic pro Vs. Yuneec Typhoon H pro
The Mavic pro is the lighter (1.6lbs) compared to the typhoon h pro’s weight of 3.7lbs. Both units have 12-megapixel cameras capable of shooting in 4K UHD. The Typhoon H pro is arguably the more powerful device due to its six rotors compared to 4 in the DJI Mavic pro. However, the DJI Mavic pro is the clear winner when it comes to battery life, flight time and transmission range. It can do 27 minutes of flight time and 7000 meters in flight range compared to the typhoon’s 23 minutes and 1000 meter flight range.
Consumers are impressed with how stable the drone is even in high winds. Flight performance is superb on this model given how well it slices through the air. The 360° camera and retractable landing legs are a game changer for many professional photographers. The drone is ready to fly right out of the box a feature that seems to excite many amateur UAV pilots. Its unique controller makes it more fun to fly than other drones in the market. The only drawback of this drone happens to be its average flight time of 20 to 22 minutes and the fact that its battery takes almost a full hour to charge.
Though the Yuneec Typhoon H pro is on the higher end of the price spectrum, it’s bound to impress many professional photographers thanks to its superb camera and flight performance. The CG03+ 4K camera delivers some amazing results when shooting videos and taking still images. Its ultrasonic proximity sensors do a great job of detecting and avoiding obstacles. I would gladly recommend it to any professional out there looking for a premium high-end quadcopter.