Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter RTF in Aluminum Case with CGO2+ Camera
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- 3 Fight Modes: Smart, Angle, Home
- ST10+ Transmitter/Personal Ground Station
- Includes CGO Steady Grip for CGO2-GB Camera
- CGO2-GB+ 3-Axis Stabilized Camera
- Access to a database of published FAA no-fly areas
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Typhoon Q500+ is a superior modular, integrated aerial and ground imaging solution. It features the ST-10+ 5.5" Android touch screen personal ground station and the CGO2+ 3-axis gimbal camera capable of taking 16 megapixel still photos and excellent Full HD 60 FPS videos. The included STEADYGRIP extends the use of the gimbal camera from the sky to the ground. With the CGO APP, whatever is shot can be viewed on your Smartphone with the same control of video FPS, video start/stop and still photos as found on the ST-10+. With the Q500+, it's never been easier to capture amazing photographs and video footage for a wide variety of uses.
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Overall it seems very well made and sturdy. Fit and finish is excellent. I charged the quad's battery (comes with 2), charged the controller battery, and headed out into the backyard.
It was not a good day for a test flight, with winds gusting up to 40 mph or more, but the Q500 performed far better than I thought it would, remaining remarkably stable in conditions that would have made it impossible to fly most of my other quads. And even with the poor quad bouncing around terribly in the wind, the video remained virtually rock steady.
It took a while to get used to the controls. I immediately disliked the "smart" settings, but that's personal preference. I'm just not used to having a quad respond like that. In the smart mode, forward, reverse and side to side movement of the controls causes the quad to respond as if it were pointed directly away from you, no matter what it's orientation. So if the quad is 45 degrees rotated to the left, and you push the stick straight forward, it will go straight forward in relationship to you, not forward in relationship to the direction it is actually pointing. I imagine this mode would be useful for new flyers, but people who have been flying quads for a while will find it disorienting because we tend to automatically adjust for the aircraft's orientation. This can be turned off with the flip of a switch, fortunately. Even the quick start guide warns you to not rely on the 'smart' control system, because it requires a good GPS lock. If it loses GPS lock, it reverts to normal control functions, and if you don't know how to fly in normal modes, you're going to lose your quad.
Camera works quite well. The video quality once I got it on the computer was darn good. Not cinema quality, but good resolution, quite good color rendition, and certainly more than useable for most people. And considering the low cost, it's really quite good.
The big plus with the 500 is that unlike a lot of other quads in this price range, you don't need to use your own Android or IOS device. A full color touch screen video display is built right into the controller. A lot of other quads at this price point, and even far more expensive ones, require you to buy something like an iPhone, iPad or Android tablet if you want to view live video or even control the aircraft.
Any negatives? Sure. Was testing it locked down to a test bench and two of the props unscrewed themselves. If it had happened in flight, I'd have a very expensive pile of broken plastic and electronics. Frankly there is no excuse for this. There are fairly inexpensive systems available to lock down props so they don't unscrew. This isn't, after all, a $29.99 toy.
As I said, I dislike the 'smart' flight mode, but that's personal preference.
On the right side of the controller is a rotating control with a rabbit and a turtle, to allow you to change the speed with which the quad responds in the air. I started out with it in the turtle mode, thinking it would be safer until I got used to it. Big mistake. The slowest response time isn't just slow, it's ridiculous. Because of that I ended up having a gust of wind blowing it into the side of my car. There are significant delays between the time you move a control and the quad responds, and if you don't take that into consideration, you're going to get into trouble. And it's far, far too easy to accidentally move the response speed dial. During the second flight I found myself constantly moving it accidentally and not realizing it until the drone appeared to stop responding to control inputs. I suspect I'm going to end up just gluing it to the fastest response setting.
Battery life was considerably shorter than the 25 minutes I've seen claimed from some sources. It was less than 15 minutes actual flight time (with the camera turned on) I began getting low battery warnings on the controller. Nice touch, that. It gives an audible and tactile (vibration) when the battery gets low. But it's been my experience that it sometimes takes a few charge-discharge cycles before a battery reaches it's full capacity. And the drone was working hard fighting the high winds, so I'm sure that didn't help flight times either.
Overall - very satisfied with it after the first flight. Seems very well made, handles well (with some quirks), the video is good. And it's really 'ready to fly' when you get it. Just charge the batteries, unpack it, remove the protective case from the camera, take the protector off the lens, and fly it.
The chroma itself is perfect I just thought it cost to much. This thing is amazing. Everyone wants one in my neighborhood. Flew it til I almost could not see it over 2000 yards. I could easily sell everything seperate and get $1000 but I'm keeping it all.