Yuneec has been making fantastic aerial videography drones for many years, long before drones were known to the general public, and the company’s Typhoon line has always been one of the best in the business. But like all other drone manufacturers on the market, Yuneec has also been living in the shadow of DJI for a few years. No matter how advanced the technology or how well Yuneec’s Typhoon drones perform, the company can’t seem to dislodge DJI from its throne. But with the Typhoon H, Yuneec sends an uppercut to DJI’s chin. This six-rotor drone costs an average of $ 200 less than the Phantom 4 and offers the same features, plus a few more. But can it really stand up to titans like the Phantom 4 and 3DR Solo? We put it to the test: the answer in our full test. Let’s go.
We will start by describing to you what sets this drone apart from the rest of the pack.
The first thing you will notice is that Typhoon H is a hexacopter. It has six rotors instead of the usual four and it only needs five propellers to fly. This redundancy means that if you lose a rotor for any reason, the drone will be able to recognize the problem and safely return to the original position for repairs.
Second, unlike the Phantom 4’s camera, which can only swivel up and down, the Typhoon H’s camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that can be rotated 360 degrees.
The landing gear is also designed to retract so it doesn’t hinder your shots.
In addition to this, the Yuneec Typhoon H is also equipped with integrated obstacle avoidance technology. Now, in all fairness, the Phantom 4 also embeds this feature. Note that the avoidance of the Phantom is visual while the Typhoon H uses sonar, which means that it can still avoid obstacles in low light and total darkness.
It should be noted, however, that the detection and avoidance system is mounted on the nose of the drone, and can therefore only detect obstacles if it approaches them forwards.
Another standout feature is the comprehensive collection of autonomous flight modes of the Typhoon H.
Much like the 3DR Solo and the Phantom 4, the Typhoon H has features like Cable Cam, Orbit, Follow mode, and even a few others that allow the user to relinquish control of the drone’s flight and focus only on camera control.
And last but not least, Yuneec’s Typhoon H comes with its own dedicated controller: the ST16 remote control.
This means that you don’t need to own a tablet or smartphone to get the most out of the drone, which is not the case with the Phantom 4 and 3DR Solo.
This controller is a beast. In addition to the highly ergonomic buttons, the controller also has a built-in 7-inch touchscreen for displaying telemetry data, streaming live video from the drone’s onboard camera and accessing additional features.
And as a bonus, you have the option of connecting two controllers simultaneously to the Typhoon H.
So you can use one controller to steer the drone and another to steer the 4K action camera.
This kind of dual pilot functionality is relatively rare on most other drone models.
Overall, this is definitely not the most rugged drone we’ve ever seen.
In all fairness, it looks a bit fragile compared to the Phantom 4 or the 3DR Solo.
We didn’t crash it very badly in our testing, but we’re not entirely convinced that the Typhoon H could survive a big drop or high-speed collision.
The origin of the relative fragility of Typhoon H seems to be the folding arms of the drone. Make no mistake: the folding arms are definitely more of a plus than a minus, but they’re also a double-edged sword.
Yuneec’s collapsible design makes the Typhoon H much easier to transport, but the hinges that allow the arms to fold up feel more vulnerable than we would like.
The carbon fiber arms and legs are unlikely to break in a crash, but the hinges they rest on might give way. That said, these hinges really are the only weak spot on an otherwise rugged aerial drone.
Battery life and Recharge Time
The specifications of the box indicate that the battery is a 4S 14.8v, 5400mAh, 79.9Wh LiPo, which would give the drone 25 minutes of flight time with optimal conditions.
To test the legitimacy of these specs, we inserted a full battery and left the drone hovering while we stood with a stopwatch. In the least demanding conditions, the Typhoon H remained in the air for exactly 23 minutes and 20 seconds.
If you fly it a bit more sportingly, you can expect to spend 17-20 minutes of battery life before the drone automatically returns to its home position for an emergency landing.
Once we had completely drained the battery, we plugged it into the charger and started the timer again. From start to finish, it took a little over two hours to recharge the battery, which is quite a long time.
So if you are planning on using the Yuneec Typhoon H for serious filming, it would be a good idea to take a few extra batteries with you.
As for the range, Yuneec claims the Typhoon H can travel 1,600 meters before losing connection and going into automatic return mode.
We put that theoretical range to the test on a flat, open stretch of the Basque coast, and found it a bit boastful. Typically, the Typhoon’s video feed begins to get choppy from 800 meters away. We completely lost the signal at about 1250 meters.
Flying this drone is pretty straightforward once you understand what all the buttons on the remote are for.
Unless you are already a seasoned UAV pilot, it will probably take a few trips before you can go through all of the ST16 ground controller controls.
The upside, however, is that once you master all of the buttons and options, you’ll have a greater degree of control over Typhoon H’s movements in the air.
Pilotage is divided into two main modes.
The first and most famous is called Angle Mode. This is the name given by Yuneec for the standard control, where the movement of the right joystick will trigger the movement relative to the direction of the nose of the drone. This mode takes a bit of practice to get really good. The alternative, Smart Mode, makes piloting simple and intuitive even for less experienced pilots. In its most basic state, the smart mode is a simplified control system in which the drone moves in any direction by orienting the right joystick.
Flying in this mode also gives you access to the many autonomous piloting functions of the Typhoon H. These autonomous flight modes allow you to perform maneuvers that would otherwise require a lot of practice and skill.
For the most part, Yuneec’s intelligent piloting modes are exactly like what you’ll find on a Phantom 4 or 3DR Solo. They just have slightly different names. Curve Cable Cam, for example, allows you to choose a number of different waypoints (waypoints) for the drone to fly from one to the other. Along the way, you’ll always have full manual control over the camera. There’s also a ‘selfie’ mode where the drone centers the camera on you, then flies off to create a punchy clip. Finally, the Yuneec Typhoon H also offers to Follow Me and Watch Me modes which will allow the pilot to be followed by locking either on the ST16 controller or on Yuneec’s innovative Wizard Remote. For the most part, Yuneec’s intelligent piloting modes are exactly like what you’ll find on a Phantom 4 or 3DR Solo. They just have slightly different names.
Curve Cable Cam, for example, allows you to choose a number of different waypoints (waypoints) for the drone to fly from one to the other. Along the way, you’ll always have full manual control over the camera.
There’s also a ‘selfie’ mode where the drone centers the camera on you, then flies off to create a punchy clip.
Finally, the Yuneec Typhoon H also offers to Follow Me and Watch Me modes which will allow the pilot to be followed by locking either on the ST16 controller or on Yuneec’s innovative Wizard Remote.
The Wizard remote control is a brilliant addition to the Typhoon H package. It is actually a smaller, more compact controller that allows users to fly Yuneec drones using simple point-to-fly controls. which can be performed with one hand.
Instead of using two inches to control roll, pitch, yaw, and acceleration, simply point the controller in the direction you want the drone to fly.
Elevation, acceleration and flight mode adjustments can all be made with buttons under the thumb.
As we mentioned before, the Wizard Remote can also act as a reference beacon during Watch Me and Follow Me mode, so you don’t have to lug around the big ST16 controller while you ski, Mountain biking, etc.
With this small remote control, the Typhoon H has essentially the same features and functionality as a dedicated auto-tracking drone (like the Hexo + or AirDog ), but without sacrificing more advanced controls.
Camera and Accessories
The Typhoon H’s camera, dubbed the CG03 +, is essentially an upgraded version of the CGO3 you’ll find on the company’s Typhoon Q500 4K.
It can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second, or 1080p at 60 frames per second
But this camera has a larger sensor, faster processor, and a wider field of view (115 degrees) than its predecessor.
It also takes 12-megapixel still photos and has a distortion-free lens that makes GoPro photos look pale in comparison.
The real added value of this camera is its 360-degree gimbal. This is a first for the Typhoon range, and it significantly expands the drone’s kinematic capabilities.
The only other drone you’ll find with a 360-degree camera is DJI’s Inspire 1, which costs more than double the Typhoon H.
Yuneec intelligently designed the drone to be expandable and scalable.
The accessory palette is designed so that modules (such as camera and gimbal) can be replaced in seconds.
While we don’t know if Yuneec still has any new mods in development, it’s heartwarming to know that the Typhoon H is built for future upgrades and potential expansions.
In other words, this drone will not be totally obsolete in a few years.
After having logged nearly a dozen hours of flight time with this drone, and having flown it alongside its two biggest competitors (the Phantom 4 and the 3DR Solo), we can now say that the Typhoon H is the best drone we’ve ever flown.
It’s not perfect yet, and Yuneec could make some improvements, but overall their drone outperforms the competition.
For € 1,100 (around € 200 less than DJI’s Phantom 4), the Typhoon H has just about everything you need in a camera drone: intelligent autonomous flight modes, obstacle avoidance, a dedicated touch controller and even a 4K camera with 360-degree rotation.
It’s a hell of a drone, and if you’re looking for aerial photography or video drone, the Typhoon H is clearly one of your best options. You can order it online.
Battery for Yuneec Typhoon H
Battery type: Lithium Polymer (Lipo); Battery voltage: 14.8V, 93.2WH.
Battery capacity: 6300mAh, plus extended flight time (22mins max.) For your Yuneec Typhoon H.
Maximum continuous charge and discharge current (amps): (50A)
New appearance design.
Dimensions: 2.25 x 2 x 7.5 inches
Yuneec Typhoon H battery charger
Charger for Yuneec Typhoon H and H520. Recharge up to 2 batteries 2 simultaneously.
Carrying backpack for Yuneec Typhoon H
Yuneec Typhoon H transport backpack
Recommended accessories for Typhoon H to transport drone and accessories
Professional suitcase for the Typhoon H
The professional case for the Typhoon H520 and Typhoon H Advanced and Pro with propellers and camera mounted!
The suitcase with wheels is black, sturdy, waterproof and protected against dust.
This suitcase can carry Typhoon H520 and Typhoon H with propellers and mounted camera.
The remote control for the Yuneec Typhoon H ST16 and the ST12 remote control to control the camera fit into this rolling suitcase.
In addition, the case offers space for a large number of accessories: 7 batteries, 2 chargers including cables, spare propellers, ST16 + ST12, visor, manual, 2 compartments for memory cards and small parts, additional monitor, various data cables, wipes, a large compartment for large coins, action cameras and filters.
The multi-compartment on the second level of the suitcase also offers plenty of space to carry larger accessories in your suitcase.
The foam is the perfect protection against shock and vibration and ensures maximum safety for Yuneec Typhoon H, also on a trip or as checked baggage on the plane, the suitcase can be closed with a TSA lock and can be carried easily.
Yuneec SkyView FPV Goggles for Typhoon H
Resolution: 1280 x 720 – 5 HD high resolution display
Dimensions: 201 x 189 x 122 mm
Weight: 462.5 g
Autonomy: 180 min – Battery: Panasonic 3.7 V 2900 mAh Li-ion battery
Compatible devices: Typhoon H (with ST16), tornardo H920 (with ST24) and devices with HDMI output
Lume Cube LC-TP22 Kit for Yuneec Typhoon H
The Lume Cube Lighting Kit is a set that combines two LEF cubes with support specifically for the Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter. Each LED has a power of up to 1,500 lumens and has adjustable brightness. They can also be put in “flash” mode for photographic use. Their built-in dips last up to two hours at 50% brightness.
2 Lume Cubes, 2 Micro USB, 1 Yuneec Typhoon Mount watches (1 set), Quick start guide
Transmission antenna for YUNEEC Typhoon H
Antenna for Yuneec Typhoon H.
Omnidirectional. The color black.
Includes 2pcs 6DB antenna.
Improve image transmission and remote control.
Increase of 1000m
Camera filter kit for Yuneec Typhoon H
NOTE: These filters can be mounted ONLY when the original filter is removed.
COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K CGO3 camera, Typhoon H CGO3 + camera
ND FILTERS: it reduces the amount of light reaching the film without affecting the color and allows you to have more control of the quadrotor’s aperture, exposure time and sensor sensitivity settings
UV FILTER: it reduces haze and improves contrast with your digital videos and photos by minimizing the amount of ultraviolet light; it protects the quadrotor without degrading the image quality.
CPL FILTER: It eliminates unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as glass or water; It takes richer panoramic views and improves clarity in distant objects by reducing haze and increasing color saturation
Typhoon H battery charging cable
Compatible with the Typhoon H Battery from Yuneec. Charge your Lipos with a universal charger quickly.
Typhoon H Accessories