Yuneec has a rich history in flight. Inspired by the feel and joy of soaring through the air, they have been building drones to try to bring those feelings to anyone. Offering a capable selection of multi-rotor craft, Yuneec satisfies everything from your basic needs of a toy craft, all the way up to your commercial bridge inspection needs, and more.
Made popular for their larger folding machines, join us for a brief rundown, our Yuneec drones guide. As a later update to this topic, we’re starting to get worried about Yuneec, it’s a tough task to compete with DJI for consumer drone sales, we hope Yuneec and others can stay in business.
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I’ve been a fan of flight since a young age; while I’ve had few opportunities at the helm of manned aircraft, the hours on my fleet of drones continue to grow. I enjoy putting cameras into the sky, silky smooth aerial imagery makes me happy. My goal is to help all pilots enjoy flight legally and safely.
First, let’s explain that the small UAS that we’re talking about today are not a part of Yuneec’s larger operations. Up until 2014 Yuneec operated in the U.S., building manned craft, mostly single seat electric planes, under the banner GreenWing International.
Closing the doors on the manned craft operations, Yuneec has put extra effort into putting cameras into the sky. Their list of drones is short, but they’ve put a lot of thought into their machines. Yuneec is one of the only major brands that does not have a semi-ripoff direct competitor to the Phantom drone.
Seeking to put the best of professional flying cameras into the hands of consumers, let’s get to those drones:
Yuneec Mantis G: Small folding quadcopter
The Mantis G is one of our top recommendations for Yuneec drones. It’s not a big powerful hexacopter with a monster camera like most, but it’s a reliable and portable airframe that’s ready to take on the go. The 4K camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal, which is pretty much the only difference between the G and Q in the Mantis line. For those looking for a Mavic competitor, the Mantis G is a viable option.
Yuneec Mantis Q: Voice controlled fun
The Mantis Q was an early attempt from Yuneec to take on the Mavic line of drones. They made a solid airframe, but the lack of a fully-stabilized camera met with some backlash. We enjoyed flying the Mantis Q, and we certainly enjoyed putting the voice commands to the test, but with the focus of capturing images from the sky, the Mantis Q is not a drone we would recommend. Again, it’s a reliable aircraft, if you don’t care about the camera, you’ll be in good shape.
Announced at CES 2018, the new HD Racer is a fun little quad for the beginner race pilot. This is a zippy little machine that will help you get the hang of racing, just don’t expect it to keep up with the high speed machines of an official race track. The best feature of the HD Racer is a crash recovery feature, if you land upside down, and you probably will, just tap the recover button and the drone will pop itself upright. It’s really cool, and smart.
You can look to buy the HD Racer later in 2018 for $178. Update: It’s now 2019, the HD Racer is not yet up for sale… The last time we chat with Yuneec about this, they informed us that the drone may still land in European markets, but the U.S. should not expect it anytime soon. We’ll update if this changes.
Certainly not their first drone, the Breeze is a compact flying machine that is made for hobby pilots to just enjoy. The optional FPV headset and remote make for one of the better drone packages under $500. Yuneec recently added live streaming to the Breeze, sending your aerial video direct to your social media following.
Packing a 4K camera and a take-off weight under one pound, you can fly by mobile device or remote for about 12 minutes.
Yuneec Typhoon 4K
Stepping up from the Breeze… No, that implies that the Yuneec Typhoon 4K is only a slight change from the Breeze. In fact, the camera alone on the Typhoon is almost the same weight as the entire Breeze aircraft. Breeze almost fits in the palm of your hand, the Typhoon 4K is close to two feet from corner to corner. A larger craft made for stable and smooth video.
As the name implies, the Typhoon 4K hangs a 4K camera off of a multi-axis gimbal. Flight time is upwards of 25 minutes and the remote has a built in 5.5-inch touch display.
Check out the Yuneec Typhoon 4K for $469 on Amazon today. Less if you buy refurbished.
Yuneec Typhoon H3: Pro camera drone
The Typhoon H3 is the kind of drone we want to fly more often. The hexacopter design is stable and reliable, the big Zeiss camera captures great shots, and the big Android-powered controller is packed with features and fun to use. If you need a big, powerful camera drone, this is a solid option.
Yuneec Typhoon H Plus: High-end consumer camera drone
The Typhoon H Plus is a leading consumer hexacopter. Although fairly old now, the airframe remains solid, reliable, and powerful. The 4K camera still shoots images that are better than most higher-end smartphones, but does not keep up with comparably priced camera drones today.