Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the consumer and commercial market has grown exponentially in the last few years. Although there are now FAA safety regulations (www.faa.gov/uas) in place there is no reason that trend will slow down in the near future. DJI has held a large share of the market but now there are a number of competitors to choose from.
Yuneec (www.yuneec.com) was founded in Hong Kong in 1999. The company has grown from fixed wing RC airplanes, to electric aircraft and aerial video quadcopters, filing hundreds of patents in the process. By 2003 they had over 1800 employees and spread internationally to Los Angeles, CA and Hamburg, Germany. Yuneec International Co. Ltd. now manufactures over 1 million units a year and has been awarded with the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP). Their E-Spyder, a single seat electric powered aircraft, received the world’s first certification for an electric aircraft. In 2014, Yuneec introduced the world’s first ready-to-fly, out-of-the-box drone. In 2015 Yuneec added a 4k camera, and much more.
There are many options and features to consider when choosing to purchase a drone. The right drone for you will depend on your needs. Do you need a camera? What type of camera? Are you a hobbyist or commercial pilot? Four rotors or six? How easy is it to repair or replace a part? My goals are to capture video and photographs in a commercial and recreational setting and for me, the Yuneec Typhoon H 4K delivers.
Aside from charging the batteries and attaching the six rotors the Typhoon H was ready to fly right out of the box. The quality of the drone and controller are what you would expect at the price range of $1000. Yuneec provides everything you need to fly, including videos online that showcase features and how to update the software. Even though this was the first time I had flown a drone, it was intuitive and natural.
“With 4K video, object orbiting, route programming and follow modes the Typhoon H seems capable of doing everything I need it to do,” - Shawn Flanagan, YBLTV Multimedia Producer / Writer / Reviewer
I look forward to putting the Typhoon H through its paces in recreational and commercial settings and I will update you on how it performs.