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 small yet capable selection of multi-rotor craft, Yuneec satisfies your basic needs of a toy craft up to your commercial bridge inspection and more. The drones are solid, and machines like the H520 proves software is part of the magic.
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.
Designed with government use in mind, the Yuneec Typhoon H3 is an update to the Typhoon H Plus, packing a powerful Leica camera onto the...
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The Yuneec Mantis G adds a stabilized camera Gimbal to the Mantis Q - exactly the missing piece from the original folding drone. Now you...
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The Typhoon H was the initial folding retail hexacopter from Yuneec. This capable machine matched the Phantom drones at launch for camera quality and flight...
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The hexacopter design of the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus offers a reliable and smooth flight experience for the attached 20mp camera.
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Yuneec's reliable hexacopter hardened for the commercial market, the Yuneec H520 is ready for your inspection tasks and more.
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Best Yuneec drones
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
October 2019Release Date
The Yuneec Mantis G is everything we had hoped for in the original Mantis Q. We can't see the difference between these drones, save for the new stabilized camera Gimbal. Superb flight time, easy controls, voice activated features, a compact design that folds small for transport and a 4K camera all sound good to us.
Yuneec understands they have stiff competition in this portion of the drone market. They build mostly for the commercial space, but fun drones like the Mantis line and larger Typhoon hexacopters have a tough battle. The Mantis G is a leap forward for the company. We had a hard time recommending the Mantis Q to users that cared about shooting video, now we can put the DJI Mavic 2 drones and this new Mantis G in the same sentence.
Based on price and camera sensor size, the Yuneec Mantis G best competes with the DJI Mavic Air, which is to say it is a viable option for hobby pilots looking for a reliable drone to fly.
The Yuneec Mantis G is $699 today.
Yuneec Mantis Q
August 2018Release Date
The Yuneec Mantis Q is an easy drone to get excited about, it packs a slim, folding form-factor, it flies for longer than most drones on the market, it has DJI Mavic Air level specifications and it has a cool trick, voice commands. We must admit, the long list of flight features and modes exceeded our needs of a drone, but the things we asked it to do, it did very well. 33 minutes of flight time allows for a lot of action in the air, the voice control features make for a good time as well.
We understand that this is a first generation of the product, we really like it, but the camera is not stabilized. It's obvious that this drone was made for pilots, not for photographers. That about sums up our opinion of the machine: if you are looking for a fun drone to fly, the Mantis Q is fantastic, if you are looking for a flying camera, this isn't the drone you're looking for.
Check out the Yuneec Mantis Q for about $450 on Amazon, down from its original $499 price at launch.
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
September 2019Release Date
Yuneec's hexacopter design is reliable and effective, they've had little need to modify it much over the last few years. The latest offering is the Typhoon H3, it's an iterative update to the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus, now with more power, and a much better camera. The Typhoon H3 is designed for pro aerial photography, and offers some government-safe data protection features. The drone sits in between the DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire lines of drones in terms of specs and price.
4K video and 20MP stills are captured from a Leica ION L1 Pro camera. This is the best built-in camera we've seen on a Yuneec drone to date!
Check out the Yuneec Typhoon H3 for $2549.99.
Yuneec Typhoon H Plus
July 2018Release Date
The hexacopter design of Yuneec's Typhoon line of drones has been quite popular, if not successful. The design has become an icon in the industry and the safety of having extra propellers has been well accepted in the commercial market. The Yuneec Typhoon H Plus is a second generation model of their consumer focus. The Typhoon H Plus lands somewhere in between the DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire line of drones in terms of specs and price. Packing a 20MP 4K camera on a 3-axis gimbal, folding design and market average flight times and speeds, the Intel RealSense obstacle avoidance sensor may a leading reason to consider this drone over others.
You'll be able able to check out the Yuneec Typhoon H Plus for about $1899 from a few retailers.
Yuneec Typhoon H
June 2016Release Date
The Yuneec Typhoon H is a folding hexacopter with 4K camera and effective flight features. The design has become iconic of Yuneec drones, offering the safety and stability of six propellers and the versatility of a center-hanging camera. The remote control of the Typhoon H is an Android powered device with built-in 7-inch display and all the controls needed to navigate the aircraft and operate the camera.
GPS connectivity and multiple smart flight modes ensure a successful flight for most pilots and operations. Basic obstacle avoidance sensors help keep things safe, with the option of the Typhoon H Pro with equipped Intel RealSense collision avoidance sensors.
The attached CGO3+ camera offers 4K video resoplution at 30 fps and still images at 12MP. As a discontinued drone, you can still find the Yuneec Typhoon H for about $950.
Yuneec Tornado H920 Plus
For the professionals in the crowd, the Yuneec Tornado H920 Plus is an upgrade from the previous no-plus model. Designed for serious video work, the H920 can handle either the CGO4 camera or you can drop in your own Panasonic GH4.
The CGO4 camera is a micro four thirds shooter that accepts some Olympus glass by default. You can choose from a selection of lenses at different focal lengths and zoom levels to capture 16 MP stills and 4K video. You get to choose the glass if you equip your Panasonic GH4, the drone connects to operate it.
The Tornado H920 Plus is also the largest drone in the lineup, with a diagonal wingspan of 920 mm, hence the name. Keep in mind that the DJI Mavic Pro is just 335 mm, as a reference.
Bottom line, for the pro videographer looking to put a Yuneec drone into the sky, the Tornado H920 Plus is the best solution available. Check it out for $2,799 on Amazon today.
September 2017Release Date
After some success with the hexacopter design, Yuneec decided to head over to the commercial drone market with the Yuneec H520. A commercial-grade, folding machine that ships in construction orange. A range of payloads are available, mostly allowing the H520 to serve your inspection, surveying, mapping and search and rescue needs. Retractable landing gear allow 360 degree rotation of the camera, and the platform promises stability, even in high winds.
The Yuneec H520 alone costs less than $2000, but you should expect to pay around $4000 for a full flight package with multiple batteries and a camera or two.
If you are flying for pay, or any other form of compensation, you must operate under a different set of rules and possess a commercial drone license. We call it the Part 107, it’s not too hard to get, but it will take some time to learn all the rules. We want to help you learn the rules and get your commercial license, check out our drone pilot training material.
Yuneec Firebird FPV
The final announcement from Yuneec at CES 2018, the new fixed wing Firebird FPV. Like many drones out there, there is a 4K camera on the nose of the craft. Unlike many modern drones, however, this is a single-propeller driven, airplane style design. Take-off is easy to do, use a runway or just launch from hand, landing is another story, you’ll want a runway for sure. Yuneec wants flying this drone to be as easy as possible, so unlike many RC aircraft you’ll find many flight assist features in this drone.
Update: Like the HD Racer, the folks at Yuneec have unofficially informed us to not expect the Firebird FPV in north America. This may change as drone laws change, but as it sits, the benefits of long range drones is lost with the line-of-sight requirements.
In addition to the powerful ground stations (remote controls) that Yuneec offers, they have a minimal tool as well. Wizard is a one-handed remote, not unlike your television remote, the offers the most basics of flight controls for most of Yuneec’s drones.
In addition to manual controls, the Wizard remote offers direct connectivity to your drone. This enables the drone to track you with greater precision than ever. Tuck the remote into the waterproof pouch, strap it to the armband and go enjoy some action sports while your drone captures your every move.
Add the Yuneec Wizard to your arsenal for $105 on Amazon today.
E-GO 2 Electric Longboard
Although we don’t get to test out electric skateboards on this website, our partner sites do have that fun. The Yuneec E-GO 2 is on our list of the best electric skateboards with their mid-tier entry into market.
The last time we saw it, the Yuneec E-GO 2 was $299 on Amazon. (Currently unavailable, likely permanently gone.)
Yuneec wrap up
We believe Yuneec is an interesting brand to keep an eye on. This is particularly true knowing they have more machines in the works, including an autonomous home security option. In the end, however, they have a limited range of machines, hitting that toy segment very nicely with the Breeze and the higher-end with everything else.
We’d love to see a middle of the road type of machine, like the Mavic Air 2, to round out their consumer offerings. As it sits, however, Yuneec is one of the first names that comes to mind for professional and commercial drones.
Is Yuneec on your radar, or are these just not the drones you are looking for?