Yuneec Typhoon H UHD 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone= with Battery and ST16 Controller
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- READY OUT OF THE BOX - Comes with ST16 all-in-one controller (7 inch Android touchscreen), CGO3+ 4K camera. The Typhoon H is ready to fly and record video and pictures out of the box, nothing else needed.
- SAFE TO FLY WITH BUILT-IN COLLISION AVOIDANCE - FAA compliant no-fly zone, 6 rotor safety with 5 rotor fail-safe, and ultrasonic collision prevention keep you safe.
- EASY TO FLY – GPS stabilized flight control, with 8 smart flight modes, automatic return to home, auto takeoff and auto land. No experience needed.
- 4K STUNNING VIDEO QUALITY - 4K Ultra High Definition video, 12 megapixel photos, full 360° anti-vibration gimbal, retractable landing gear for 360° filming.
- UPGRADED ONE YEAR WARRANTY - Guarantees against manufacturer defects from the original date of purchase.
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Award Winning Innovation
Winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show 'Best of Class'
The Typhoon H provides capabilities for enthusiasts previously only found in high-end professional drones, yet at a consumer price.
Easy and Safe to Fly
With GPS stabilized flight control, 5 Rotor Fail-Safe, and 8 smart flight modes including auto takeoff and land, the Typhoon H requires no experience to fly.
- Android powered ST16 Ground Station features a 7-inch touchscreen
- CGO3+ 4K UHD camera
- Retractable Landing Gear
- 6 Rotor Safety with 5 Rotor Fail-Safe
- Sonar Collision Prevention
- 8 Smart Flight Modes
- Up to 25 Minutes Flight Time
4K Stunning Ultra HD Image & Video
The 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal camera captures ultra- stable 4K Ultra High Definition video, vivid 12 megapixel still images and can be rotated through an unlimited, 360 degree range of motion. The CGO3+ gimbal camera features a high quality glass 98 degree field of view, wide-angle lens, and offers manual camera settings while in flight.
A Full 360° View Of The World
5 Rotor Fail-Safe
Sonar Collision Prevention
No Extra External Device
Typhoon H flies a circular path around you, keeping the camera trained on you the whole time.
Point Of Interest
Select a subject and Typhoon H will orbit that subject autonomously, all the time keeping the camera trained on the point of interest.
Typhoon H will go up and out, as far as 150 ft, and capture the perfect aerial selfie.
Curve Cable Cam
Easily program an invisible route for Typhoon H to fly along. Typhoon H will fly between pre-set coordinates while independently controlling camera position.
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PRO PERFORMANCE IN A COMPACT PACKAGE AT A PROSUMER PRICE
The Typhoon H, winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show “Best of Class” provides capabilities for enthusiasts previously only found in high-end professional drones, yet at a consumer price. The Typhoon H is equipped with six rotors, a 360-degree gimbal camera and retractable landing gear with Yuneec’s standard of being ready out of the box, easy and safe to fly, with stunning Ultra HD 4K video and stills.
STUNNING VIDEO AND PICTURES: The 360-degree anti-vibration gimbal with the new CGO3+ camera allows unlimited panning for breathtaking Ultra High Definition 4K videos and 12 megapixel stills. The landing gear retracts during flight to seamlessly remove itself from the shot for unobstructed views. With Team Mode, one person can fly while the other films to capture just the right shots (Team Mode to be used with the Yuneec Wizard, sold separately)
EASY TO FLY: The Typhoon H adds 8 new flight modes including Point of Interest, Orbit, Curved Cable, Journey and more. The GPS stabilized flight control holds its position. And a push of a button provides auto takeoff and auto landing It can even automatically return to home. SAFE TO FLY: Innovative new safety features include ultrasonic proximity detection to assist in avoiding large obstacles, and 6 rotor safety with 5 rotor fail-safe to keep it in the air even if a motor fails.
An additional benefit is the compact and user friendly design of the Typhoon H. Quick disconnect props allow speedy removal from the motors, and each rotor arm easily folds down from its flight position to a resting position against the drone for easy and compact transportation using a custom-designed hard case/backpack. Carbon fiber is used extensively to decrease weight while increasing durability.
The Typhoon H comes with the professional quality Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for stunning real-time video reception. The Typhoon H also maintains the Typhoon family’s focus on safety with features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Speed Control, Dynamic Return Home, Low-Battery Return Home and FAA No Fly.
Typhoon H Support & Warranty - We are Here to Help
Service and support from the people who know your Typhoon H best. Yuneec Typhoon H drone comes with one-year warranty, additional authorized service centers, and dedicated hotline so that Typhoon H owners can quickly and directly consult product experts at 1-844- 343-9770.
Legal DisclaimerReturn Policy: All of our products are subject to a 30-Day Return. However, we are not responsible for any products lost, broken, or damaged during flight or installation. All products are also susceptible to a 15% restocking fee. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we will help you out to the best of our abilities or direct you to someone (manufacturer) who can. Thank you.
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The Typhoon has a defect that causes it to not behave as claimed | advertised in Smartmode. Since the Typhoon did not behave as expected and I thought the Typhoon was in Angle mode, the flight resulted in a crash. Yuneec support is extremely disjoint and at times combative on getting to the bottom of this case based on evidence in the flight log. They do not consider all the facts found in the Typhoon flight logs. They only go by what they see in their proprietary simulator which does not present key information gleaned from their logs.
Typhoon H 4k Collision Avoidance Hexacopter w/ Battery, Charger, ST16 Controller and Free Wizard Wand Controller
2016 Jun 12
I take the Typhoon H on my 3rd flight with it. I believe that the Typhoon H is in Angle Mode and I fly it accordingly. My planned flight route was to fly it between two houses while taking a look at the roof of one of them. I stand facing the house. I have the Typhoon take off in front of the house and then strafe to the left side of the house. I walk to the side of the house that I plan on having the Typhoon fly next to. I next had the Typhoon turn 90 degrees to face the side of the house. Around this point in time, I lost control of the craft. It did not respond to commands. It flew towards a tree that was now behind it. None of my attempts to fly the Typhoon away from the tree worked. It clipped some leaves and fell to the ground. The flight log showed the drop to be about 12 feet. Several props broke. Two arms broke. The case cracked. The gimbal sheared from the mounts and wires were ripped out. The battery dislodged. The glass on the camera broke.
2016 Jun 15 1:30 PM
I call Yuneec and get Mike from Tech support on the phone. He tells me how to retrieve the flight logs from the Ground Station. I send the flight logs to him for analysis.
2016 Jun 15 4:15 PM
Mike call me and tells me that the Typhoon was in Smart Mode rather than in Angle mode as I thought. He says that it was operating as it should and followed me into the tree. That was why it did not respond to my commands. With the realization that I was in Smart Mode rather than Angle mode I asked Mike why the Typhoon was not behaving according to Smart Mode parameters earlier in the flight. If it behaved as it should have, I would have realized that I must of inadvertently switched the mode and either landed the Typhoon or switched the mode back. I told Mike that the issue was that I was close to the Typhoon during the entire flight. Smart Mode is supposed to keep the Typhoon 26 feet away from me. Mike suggested that I send in the Typhoon so they can analyze it.
2016 July 1 6:30 PM
I sent in the Typhoon. It is expensive to ship. It arrived at their facilities on June 24. The first message I get from Yuneec is an e-mail with a price quote for repair. The e-mail asks me to contact them to approve and process the repair. I call in and get Christine on the phone. She is very nice but knows nothing about my case. I explain it to her. She talks to a manager and tells me she'll call me the next day to update me on my contention that the Typhoon has a defect and the repair should be under warranty.
2016 July 6 10:15 AM
I don't hear anything from Yuneec. I call in and get Sergio. He knows nothing about my case. I explain it to him. He then looks and sees that Mike has the case and told me he will ask Mike to call me after he gets in. Between the phone calls, I also use e-mail to contact Yuneec about my case. The employees who answer my e-mails seem to know nothing about my case. I get the feeling they do not have a good customer service system. Internal Yuneec communication seems poor. I have not encountered other companies I deal with whose customer support is this disjoint.
2016 July 13 12:30 PM
I call and speak to Brandon. He tells me I owe $185 to get it fixed. He tells me to either pay or threatens that Yuneec will send me back my drone as is. He is very combative and made me feel like s***. At this point, I'm mad. I've always been polite and my customer service experience with Yuneec has been terrible. I can't say much for my limited experience with their drones but customer service certainly stinks and Brandon tops the list here. In short, I had to insist hard and several times to get him to allow me to speak to a tech about my case.
2016 July 13 ~1:00 PM
Mike calls me and discussed the situation. He focused on the crash event. He tried to convince me that other parts of the flight are not relevant. I asked him to consider the fact that the Typhoon did not behave as it should in Smart Mode. If it did, I would have either landed it or changed the mode. The flight would not get to the point where it crashed. Mike resisted this point. I said if I was driving a car that was on fire, I would not continue driving it until it crashed. The fire would tell me something is wrong. If the Typhoon behaved like it should in Smart Mode, I would have known something was wrong and would not continue flying it and it would not have had an opportunity to crash. I told him that I will examine flight and he will agreed to examine the earlier part of the flight logs. If the early log shows that I was indeed less than 26 feet from craft, then there is a defect.
2016 July 13 ~3:00 PM
Mike sent me an e-mail and called me to discuss his findings. He told me that he looked at the logs with a colleague and said that the Typhoon darted off to get away from me and was operating like it should in Smart Mode. I thanked him for looking at the logs and asked him to give me time to analyze them myself. His description was not in sync with my memory of the flight or that of my friend who was watching the flight with me. My friend said that I was in control of the flight until the end when the Typhoon crashed. I felt the same way. I don't recall the darting away that Mike described.
2016 July 15 3:15 PM
I called Mike after analyzing the flight logs myself. Before I write about my conversation with Mike, here's what I did. The Typhoon H produces 3 logs. The Telemetry log and the RemoteGPS log contains information regarding the location of the Typhoon and the Ground Station. I matched up the records in the two logs and calculated the horizontal distance the Typhoon was from the Ground Station, and thus me. I then used the calculated horizontal distance and the altitude of the drone to calculate the line of sight distance between the Typhoon and me. The resulting figures show that the Typhoon was 25.7 feet from me at most. It was at that distance for one data point out of 91. The Typhoon did not try to maintain the safety envelop of 26 feet as Mike and Yuneec claims. I sent my calculations to Mike and called him. Mike told me that his warranty denial stands. He said he only looks at the logs as processed through their system (which no customer can use or analyze). I asked and he told me that the Yuneec system does not show distance between Typhoon and Ground Station. I asked how he can ignore the fact from the logs that the Typhoon did not operate as claimed. He did not relent. There is a defect and Yuneec and Mike will not acknowledge or address it.
I gave up talking to them. I have a very bitter taste in my mouth from this experience. I will be looking at other drones in the future and perhaps you should too. On another note, my friend who was with me is a chemical engineer with a specialty in adhesives. He examine the drone after the crash and commented that Yuneec saved about $4 by not using a more durable plastic that would have helped the drone survive the crash.
2016 July 27
Yuneec refused to acknowledge a defect that their own flight logs indicate. I was forced to pay to fix the drone or end up with a $1300 brick. I paid to fix it. They ship it back without props. Perhaps it is the only way they can guarantee this thing won't crash. Buy a drone from someone else.
2016 Aug 8
On July 28, they decided to ship me props. I find out today, after I ask them, why I have no props yet. They tell me that the props are back ordered. Let's see. I paid $1300 back in the beginning of June. I flew it 3 times over 2 days before defect causes crash. Yuneec has no answer to why their drone does not operate according to parameters they lay out as indicated in their logs. I have to pay another $230 in shipping (to & from) and repair costs and I still don't have a working drone. As of today, Amazon lists the price of this POS at $1,097.40. I also filed a BBB complaint against Yuneec after I first posted this log. They never replied to it. Best of luck to future purchasers of this drone.
2016 Aug 10
I filed a BBB complaint on 07/18/2016. Yuneec responds today. They reiterate what they told me over the phone. Essentially, what they are doing is what people do to prove what they want. They play with the sample size. If you define the sample size to what you want, you can make your point. They selectively look at a subset of the logs and ignore the log entries that are not convenient to them. What a genius way to screw customers.
2016 Sept 1
Final note from BBB says that Yuneec stands by its position and will not take back their defective drone.
For those that don't want to wait for the details below, here is the bottom line. GET IT. Rock solid, stable, nimble, but also easy to fly. There are a few minor issues, but nothing that impedes safety, functionality, or performance. Camera quality is great, GPS lock and extra functionality with the ST16 controller is stellar. Range is perfectly adequate for LEGAL usage of this camera platform and once you have received your Section 333 exemption it is easy enough to reconfigure for whatever your legal needs are.
Now, here is a more in-depth review:
Out of the box this is impressive - it is compact but looks almost alien once the 6 arms are extended and clicked into place. Next, you click on the propellers - 3 each of the 'A' and 'B' blades following the color coordinated posts - put the blade in place and give it a quick 1/4 turn to click and lock in place. Next, slide the battery in place, remove the camera gimble lock, and you are good to go.
BUT WAIT!!! I didn't talk about the other critical part of this package - the ST16. And you need to have it turned on BEFORE you power up the camera platform. OK - here are the details. Everything you've read is true. This controller is BEAUTIFUL. It is very large, but it is not heavy. Measurements are 6.75"x13"x1.5". The sides where you hold the controller are slightly thicker and rounded to provide extra comfort. The center is dominated by a 7" android tablet. It is bright, clear, and crisp and provides all of the pertinent details the pilot needs to navigate the drone and control the camera. During flight, a quick double tap on the screen eliminates all of the other details and provides just the view from the camera - very helpful when trying to line up that perfect shot. The left of the controller has a 'D' pad that looks like it was pulled right off of an old-school Nintendo system. Just to the right is the button for taking still photos. Above the D pad is the standard RC control stick. Out of the box, this is configured in Mode 2 so this stick controls elevation and rudder (up/down, and rotation left or right). Next above that are the controls for camera panning - a twist knob and a couple of different switches for different modes/styles of camera control. On the very top on the left side is a big red button - this is the engine start/stop button and is pretty self-explanatory.
On the right side is another 'D' pad and the button to start/stop video recording. Above that is the RC control stick that controls pitch forward/back/left/right (basic direction control). Above that are the switches for flight modes (Smart/Angle), and obstacle avoidance. On the very top on the right is the coolest switch - the switch for the landing gear. Yeah - it's just awesome.
The two antenna are on the top of the controller for connection to the camera feed and the remote control unit. They are easy to fold away or fold open for flight operations. On the back are two circular sliders - the one on the left controls the angle up/down on the camera while the one on the right controls the expo rates (speed) of the drone itself.
OK - now that all of that is out of the way, it's time to FLY!!! Kind of..... First, power up the controller. Boot time is around 2 minutes which seems like an hour when you are just really excited to get this up in the air. Once it's up, power on the drone by holding the power button for a couple of seconds and wait while the drone starts making all kinds of cool start up noises. The lights will flash and the start-up process will take another couple of min to finalize. During this time, the screen on the controller will indicate it is connecting to the drone and WiFi for the live video feed. Once it's connected, you are good to go, right? Not quite yet...... Last step is to perform a calibration on the drone. Tap the 'GPS Calibration' and then 'calibrate' icon on the controller. Lights on two arms will flash. Hold one in each hand and rotate the drone away from you until the lights stop flashing. Two different lights will flash so you grab those and repeat. Do this several times until the drone is back pointing the way it was when you started. The drone will beep indicating calibration is complete. OK - finally! NOW it is time to fly!!
Step away from the drone 15-20 feet and press and hold the red button on the controller. The engines will start and you can slowly push up on the left control stick to take off! Alternately, you can also press the 'task' button on the controller and tap 'take off'. Once you've reached your desired altitude, take your fingers off of the control sticks and the drone will simply hover there.
As this is my first drone, I'm not sure I'm fit to give a play by play of how to control the drone. I will say that it was very simple to control both in 'turtle' and 'rabbit' modes and in 'smart' and 'angle' mode. Smart mode uses the GPS on both the controller and the drone to direct the drone without reference to the direction the 'front' of the drone is facing. 'Angle' mode gives you much more control over the drone, but you will have to pay attention to where the 'front' of the drone is while you are piloting it.
After you've had your fun, it's time to land. You can flip the switch to 'home' mode and the drone will automatically head to the controller. Once it is there, press down on the left stick and the drone will slowly decend until it rests on the ground. Alternately, you can actively pilot the drone (using Smart or Angle) mode until you are above your desired landing site. Use the left stick to lower the drone until it is resting on the ground. Once it's down, pres the red button for a couple of seconds and the engines are off.
The video I got during my maiden flight today was beautiful and it should be attached to this review.
I expect this drone to last me through years of hobbist (and potentially commercial) use. The components are built well, sturdy, and should last as long as you take care of it and treat it with respect.
Now - on to the items that are less than stellar. #1 - DOCUMENTATION. No manual is included in the kit. The kit does have a quick start guide, basic do's and don'ts etc, but no manual. Fine - I figured I could go to Yuneec's site and download the manual from there. Nope. The 'manual' link there simply takes you back to the main Yuneec page. After hours and hours of digging I finally located a manual on a foreign Yuneec site (German) but the manual is in English. I found it to be very helpful, but there are still a lot of items that simply take some trial and error to determine how to make them work. The next thing that could use some tweaking are the LED's on the bottom of the drone. In less than full sun I could see it well but in the sun it's almost impossible to see. Lastly, it's the 'D' pads on the controller. They are completely useless. They can't do anything and are simply there for decoration. I wish there was SOMETHING they could configure these to do, some task they could perform. Perhaps some form of macros? Press one side and it automatically configures a specific camera setting or goes to CCC configuration or something. Nothing that detracts from actual purpose BUT..... if it's there, it should be able to actually perform some task.
These items are minor and can be easily addressed and/or worked around. They don't detract from the fun this drone can provide.
First off - I've updated the video but Amazon compression killed it again. It does not look like that anywhere else I've played it. Secondly, I've now flown my Typhoon for 7.3 hours according to my log book. All flights have come off without a hitch, hiccup, or incident of any kind. I've flown in wind as gusty as 15-20mph and it was able to hold a steady hover no problem. Everything on the drone still looks brand new and operates the same as it did right out of the box. The only thing I think I'll need is an extra battery or two and an extra MicroSD card for capturing video. I've also been able to meet several other 'drone' owners and have flown a few other drones. While the DJI drones do seem to be a little quicker, I've yet to see anything the DJI Phantom (2, 3, or 4) can do that I can't do with the Typhoon H. Still very glad I made this purchase!
I've included a brand new video after issues with my computer and compression issues with Amazon killed my previous entry. I currently have well over 25 logged flight hours and more than 200 landings with no functionality issues on this drone. I did experience an issue that most of the 'first adpoters' had and that was a lack of crispness through the camera. I contacted Yuneec and sent them some samples of the photos. They immediately approved an RMA and provided a shipping label for the camera. I shipped it out on a Tuesday afternoon. They received the camera on Thursday. On Friday they shipped me a brand new camera which I received on Monday. I can't fault Yuneec customer support one bit. So far I continue to be beyond thrilled with the performance of this multirotor.
In case anyone is wondering what restricted no fly zones look like on the app— I've attached a photo. The orange circles are overlapping no fly zones. So the Typhoon H I have will not work in any of those areas. Not fun.