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Yuneec's Typhoon Q500 Drone with 4K Camera

A hyper-sleek high flyer with superb video capturing capabilities

by David Graver
on 06 July 2015

To put it in the simplest terms, 4K Ultra HD directly translates to 4000 pixels wide in resolution. This is far superior to standard HD and it's the next wave in viewing—and capturing videos. With electric avation specialist Yuneec International's latest, the Typhoon Q500 4K drone, that kind of filming capability comes in a sleek, easy-to-use unmanned machine. It's not the first 4K drone on the market, but right now it's the most advanced at its price point. More than just 4K filming, there is an array of features that make it worthwhile.

The aircraft weighs in at 3.75 pounds, and its longest line extends only 22 inches long. A fully charged battery guarantees 25 minutes of continuous flight time—and a low-battery return home feature provides extra security. As for other highlights, there's also a dynamic home-return system (which means the drone is able to self-pilot back to its start) and an FAA No Fly feature—which means it will never accidentally enter a no-fly zone. This model features a "Steady Grip" for accurate land shooting as well, whereas the "Follow Me" and "Watch Me" flight functions offer dynamic settings for capturing footage while in the air. All the while it can cruise at speeds up to eight meters a second and up to 400 feet off the ground.

What's most important here, however, is the Three-Axis Gimbal CGO3 4K camera with an optimized fixed focus lens. This 115-degree wide angle lens also happens to be distortion-free. Aside from taking in 4K video at 30FPS, it can also snag 12 megapixel still images. All of it is compatible with the CG03 iPhone and Android app for real-time video transmission, but the controller itself is advanced, and complete with a touchscreen camera interface. And, as should be expected with drones, it just so happens to look very sci-fi.

The Typhoon Q500 4K system is available for pre-order now online at $1299, with shipments beginning mid-July.

Images courtesy of Yuneec

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