Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone
- 13MP Integrated Camera
- Follow Me Mode
- Foldable Propellers
- Not Hard to Fly
Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone Review
Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone Review 2019 – is the Yuneec Breeze 4K quadcopter worth the money? Review of features, pricing, flight duration, battery, camera and more.
Yuneec, DJI’s Chinese competitor released its version of the mini selfie drone, the Yuneec Breeze. The drone is compact, boasts several features, it is easy to use and above all, the drone is equipped with a 4K camera.
The Breeze 4K is an ultra-compact drone for selfies. It was released by Yuneec in September 2016, a year after the release of Parrot’s Bebop and a few months before the release of the DJI Mavic Pro, its main competitors. The Breeze stands out with a camera that can film in 4K and a stabilization system.
The drone is packed in a beautiful white box in which the drone and its accessories are firmly placed in small compartments to protect them from shocks. You can keep this package and use it to transport the drone. In the box, you can find a battery, charger, protections for propellers and spare propellers.
The drone’s color is white with a glossy finish on the central part and matte on the arms. The arms are not foldable and they are integrated with the hull. At the end of each arm, you can see the four engines and under each arm, there are foldable landing pads.
On the back of the drone, there is a small platform with an LED that lights up when the drone is on. At the front, the camera is embedded in the hull. On the belly of the device, you can see an optical and ultrasonic sensor. The rear of the drone is occupied by the battery. It fits inside the drone using a sliding system. A push button is used to unlock the battery door and pull it out. A light signal indicates that the battery is in place and functioning. On the left side of the device, a small tab hides a micro USB connector.
The drone has a weight of 13 ounces of which about 3.5 ounces is the weight of the battery. Once the propellers are folded, the Breeze can be carried in a backpack.
The Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone is a quadricopter; it is equipped with four engines, which are capable of propelling the unit at a maximum speed of 11 miles per hour. This seems a little slow in view of the performance of other competing UAVs that can reach more than 31 miles per hour. Unlike many other drones like the Mavic Pro, the Breeze does not have a radio control but is piloted via a smartphone or tablet.
The Breeze has a 1/3.06 CMOS camera that is capable of shooting in 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30 frames per second. The camera captures images in Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) at 30 frames per second or in HD Ready (1280 x 720 pixels) at 60 frames per second. For the photos, the resolution is 4160 x 3120 pixels or 12 megapixels.
The connection between the drone and the smartphone is via WiFi and the range is about 109 yards. The 720p video feed is done in real time on the screen of your smartphone. The video feed range is about 54 yards. Beyond this distance, the image becomes blurry. With the Breeze Cam application, it is possible to directly share a video or photo on social networks, including YouTube.back to menu ↑
Battery and flight time
The drone is powered by an 11.1V Lipo 3S battery with a capacity of 1,150 mAh. It allows a maximum flight time of 12 minutes. However, such performance remains very low in a market filled with competing drones that can peak at 25 minutes. The Parrot Bebop 2 can fly for 25 minutes while the Mavic Pro is capable of 27 minutes.
A maximum range of 12 minutes can be insufficient for this kind of drone because users do not have time to exploit its performance to the maximum. The solution would be to bring an extra battery to extend the flying time.
To pilot the drone with the phone or tablet, you have to download an application, the Breeze Cam. This app also allows access to the settings of the drone and to share the shots on social networks. The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and the App Store.
You can adjust the height at which the drone hovers during takeoff, the distance of the drone from the target in Selfie, Orbit and Journey mode, the maximum speed can be limited for novices.
Before taking off, it is necessary to calibrate the compasses. There are still many parameters to adjust and even if at the beginning you do not want to change all the default settings, look at them anyway because they could inform you about settings that you have not thought about but that will nevertheless be useful.back to menu ↑
For flight stabilization, the drone has GPS, an optical sensor and an infrared sensor. The GPS is used to position the device but it does not work indoors. The optical sensor is used to ensure stability when hovering mid-air. This feature is located on the belly of the camera and it films in real time the ground under the drone.
The sensor transmits the images to the flight controller that analyzes them. If the image changes, the drone moves. If the controller does not detect a command from the pilot, it compensates for the movement.
For vertical stability, the drone is equipped with an infrared sensor. It beams an infrared light to detect the distance between the ground and the drone. In general, this kind of sensor operates at a distance between 7.8 and 275 inches from the ground.
Does it work? Yes, perfectly, as long as there is no wind, but as soon as the wind builds up and blows beyond 6 miles per hour, the stabilization reaches its limits and the drone’s balance movements disturb the piloting by causing the loss of precision at the controls.
This drone can be flown indoors. Its size is compact enough to allow indoor flights and it comes with propeller protections that are vital in the event of small steering errors. For in-flight stabilization, even if the GPS does not work indoors, the Indoor Positioning System technology consisting of optical and infrared sensors takes over effectively.
The Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone is a ready-to-fly drone. To start using it, all you have to do is insert the battery and attach the propeller protections. It is quite feasible to fly the drone without the protections of propellers. On the other hand, if you fly your drone indoors, the propeller protection will also serve to protect your objects since the propellers that could break them.
Before landing the drone to take off, consider unfolding the propellers and landing skids. Put the drone on a flat and clean place. The Breeze Cam app is pretty well organized, making it easy to use. On the main screen, you will receive real-time video feedback of the images taken by the camera. You will find the telemetry data, the take-off button and icons to choose a flight mode. Once you have chosen the flight mode, the virtual joysticks appear.
The application also gives you access to the settings of the parameters of the drone and the calibrations of the tools. Take the time to scan these screens before takeoff because it is difficult to adjust the parameters once the drone is in flight.back to menu ↑
– Follow Me mode
– 4K Ultra High Definition video
– Indoor Positioning System
– Selfie mode
– Orbit mode
– Journey mode
– 11.1V Lipo 3S battery
– 1/3.06 CMOS camera
Pros and cons
– Easy to use
– Safe to fly
– Comes with propeller protections
– Can fly indoors
– Ideal for beginners
– Short flight time
– Speed is low
The Breeze is a good little drone. It is rather pleasant to watch and has several modes of flight that allow even novices to capture beautiful shots. However, neither its autonomy nor the quality of its images allows it to align with other selfie drones like Parrot’s Bebop or DJI’s Mavic Pro. The advantage of the Breeze is that if you have to pay $1200 for the base model of Mavic Pro and a little over $600 for the Bebop, you can buy the Breeze for less than $370.back to menu ↑
Many users appreciate the digital stabilization of the images. Drones usually have a brushless nacelle that absorbs the vibrations and movements of the drone so that the camera does not move and thus the images are stable and fluid. This drone’s pad is equipped with this kind of nacelle. To stabilize the images, the camera films them in 4K resolution and the software crops them into a smaller format.
The software then uses the extra pixel to stabilize the images. For this reason, 4K videos are not stabilized. The shots are all in 4K but once stabilized they will become FHD and HDR videos.
As for the quality of the image, the videos in 4K have a pretty good rendering with beautiful colors and a good contrast. The details are visible and the images have an impressive sharpness but as these videos are not stabilized.
By moving to a lower resolution, the image is much better with digital stabilization. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this stabilization is limited. On the Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone, the images lean when the device tilts.
Tyler West received a Bachelor Degree in computer science from The University of Texas Austin. Tyler has been working as a full-time computer programmer for the past 3 years. In his spare time, Tyler’s favorite hobby is flying drones. One of Tyler’s life goals is to become a full-time drone pilot.
- Easy to use
- Safe to fly
- Comes with propeller protections
- Can fly indoors
- Ideal for beginners
- Short flight time
- Speed is low