As many people are aware, DJI pretty much owns the market in aerial drone photography for both personal and professional uses. Though the world of drone manufacturers is actually far more diverse than many might think, one brand, Yuneec, caught my eye and has become a favorite since I have been flying their Typhoon H. It's exciting to know they are releasing two new drones, the H920 and H520.
Yuneec is a world leader in electric aviation and headquartered in China with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company came on the scene in 2014 with its Typhoon Q500 quadcopter. Having followed it up with their Typhoon 4K in 2015, they are poised to have yet another great year in 2017 as they look to release their H920 and H520 professional hexacopters. Yes, that is six propellers for those more familiar with the four-prop drones such as on the DJI Phantom line.
When I first began researching which drone to buy, I always found the DJI Phantom line gracing the top two-to-four choices of top-ten lists, but immediately after those came Yuneec with its quad- and hexacopter options. After finally getting my hands on one this month, I am incredibly impressed with build and image quality as well as overall ease of use. Even though the designs may look incredibly complex, they are just as simple to operate as any entry-level drone on the market.
The latest to come to the stage are the H920 Plus and the H520. Below, we have included a specifications list of each. I hope to have a full review of Yuneec's Typhoon H on my YouTube channel very soon and will look to also test things against the competitors in the coming months, so keep and eye out.
H920 Plus Details
- Task Modes (Orbit Me, Point of Interest, Journey, Curve Cable Cam, Waypoints)
- Refined ST16 Pro Ground Station with downloadable aerials map for Waypoint Cache
- Advanced Camera Settings
- Quick-disconnect propellers
- A CGO4 camera, developed with Panasonic, which is compatible with three lenses
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f/1.8
- Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
- ProAction Grip – dual-grip ground handle that extends the CGO4 camera from sky to ground, capturing ultra-stable and steady footage
- Modular design allows multiple commercial-grade cameras
- CGO-ET – dual thermal RGB
- CGO-CI – Industry-first long-focal lens
- Designed for law enforcement, seach and rescue, broadcast, cinema, and vertical inspection markets
- New camera options: panoramic shooting, burst, time-lapse and metering mode
- Equipped with Intel RealSense Technology for intelligent obstacle navigation
If you want to learn more be sure to check out Yuneec's website for all their aerial drone options.