Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter with Aluminum Case, Free 32 GB Micro SD Card and Handheld CGO SteadyGrip Gimbal. Extra Battery and Extra Propellers Included.
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- The Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter is a complete Ready-To-Fly System. For a limited time receive the CGO SteadyGrip handheld gimbal (comes in box) to be used with the camera (removable from the drone) for free- a $150 value. Two batteries, two sets of propellers, and an aluminum case included.
- 16 Megapixel Full HD 1080p 60FPS camera with a redesigned lens to produce lower image distortion.
- With the "Follow Me" feature, the drone autonomously follow the pilot, adjusting its location to the transmitter.
- A real-time feed from your Q500+'s camera is displayed on the 5.5" touchsreen of the ST10+ Personal Ground Station (transmitter) giving you a perfect view of what the camera sees to frame your shots.
- Extra-long flight times of up to 25 minutes from the intelligent 5,200-mAh battery (2 included in box)
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|Item Dimensions||13 x 22 x 22 in||13 x 13 x 3 in||3.54 x 12.2 x 12.2 in||4 x 14.4 x 13.75 in||70 x 220 x 220 in||18.58 x 18.58 x 3.7 in|
|Item Weight||15 lbs||4.7 ounces||881.85 lbs||4.1 ounces||—||1.74 lbs|
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The Q500+ Typhoon is a complete aerial photography and videography system that records full HD 1080p 60 FPS video and takes 16 megapixel still photos. Included with the quadcopter are an aluminum case, two batteries, two sets of propellers, a battery charger, ST10+ Ground Station (transmitter), and an 32GB micro SD card. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, RECEIVE THE HANDHELD GIMBAL (CGO STEADYGRIP), A $150 VALUE, FOR FREE. Why buy the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon over the competition, like the DJI Phantom or Inspire? - With the Follow Me feature the Yuneec Q500 will independently track the transmitter- great for those action shots! - Remove the camera from the drone, attach it to the included handheld gimbal, and take extremely steady shots. - No need to purchase an extra battery, it's included. Fly longer!
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I would be happy to give you a review on my Yuneec Q500 Typhoon. Everything came in the box to get the Q500 up and running without a glitch.
I have made about 20 flights so far and am very impressed with the ease of flying the Q500. As long as the unit is in GPS lock the machine flys level and can take even more wind than what Yuneec recommends.
I have also flown a few times with the GPS disabled. I am not an experienced pilot and can tell you that outdoors with any wind at all you had better be on your toe's. I managed to keep the bird in the air and land safely, but It was not comfortable to fly. I'm sure with more experience it will become easier to fly when GPS is disabled, but for now I will be giving myself allot of room.
With that being said, I have to say that I have had one crash so far. The reason for the crash my be somewhat my fault. I was flying near my home which happens to be in a canyon with many 200 foot fir trees. I had just finished a flight and decided to fly home low and film the road to my house. I was about 4 feet off the ground flying in angle mode when the controller vibrated and the lost GPS led's lite up on the Q500. I was hovering at the time and when it lost the GPS signal the bird started acting erratic and the sticks did not respond. There fore I managed to fly into a tree and break two props. My concern is that just before the incident I had 12 satellites for the Q500, 5 satellites on the controller and the SAT READY indicator was on. With that being said, the Yuneec manual states and showS that you must have a 100 degree clear path to the sky. I most definitely did not have that. So be wear when flying in wooded areas, if you loose the GPS lock things happen very fast. The only other issue I have been having is with the Purple LED. In pilot mode with GPS lock the LED should glow continuously. My LED tends to blink randomly. The blinking does not match any of the warnings on the LED chart. So I am going to check with Yuneec to see what the problem might be.
As for the camera on the Q500 I can say that it is what I expected. I am a professional still photographer and have done little to no video work. So far the video's that I have been taking are not to bad, The gimbal mount on the camera is incredible. Even with some very violent moves the camera images stays solid. The still photo's are what I would expect for the price. I have not had time to print any images, but at a 100% crop the images are still OK. In bright light the video and stills are a bit over saturated, but again they are except-table for snap shots or home video. When you are used to spending 6 to 10 K on a camera without a lens, I find it incredible that Yuneec has managed to make a camera/video platform that fly's for 1300.00 dollars.
In conclusion I am very happy with the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon. I purchased it to get some experience flying and doing photography to see if I was willing to take the step and buy a larger drone that can handle a DSLR. But from what I have seen so far perhaps If Yuneec comes up with a little better camera maybe I won't need to spend the big bucks.
So then I bought a DJI Phantom 1.1. MUCH nicer to fly with the GPS, compass and stability but this take a bit of tinkering (which I hate) to calibrate everything and get set up properly but I got it done. Instructions are horrible, you'll have to search online to figure a lot of things out, and from what I see no support that amounts to anything from the manufacturer. I mounted a SJCAM SJ4000 on it and got some very good stills, but since I did not get (or want to tinker or install) a gimbal mount the video, although nice, was a bit shakey. Nice to fly, however if you aren't so mcuh into video... or if you want to tinker.
The Q500+ solved all of the above. Almost ready out of the box to fly, very stable, comes with camera already mounted, calibrated etc. Everything is in the box including a nice case, extra battery, extra props, remote with FPV so you can see what you are doing... even a car charger. Sometimes I wish it was a little smaller because I don't think the case will fit in my Jeep Wrangler very easily but the size may help it be more stable.
If I had a complaint it would be that the camera, although pretty good tends to oversaturate under certain lighting conditions and sometimes the colors need adjustment. If you are not new to editing this can be fixed later fairly simply.
I just noticed the ad now says 32GB SD card... I did not get that I got an 8GB, maybe they have upgraded.
Also I called the company several times, always got a quick answer and everyone seemed to know what they were doing and were very helpful. Great phone customer service but did not have so much luck with emails. Also the instructions are understandable, and if you have a question they are very helpful on the phone.
Now if only it would stop raining and the wind would calm.
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There are several more on my channel also and more to come.