At the CES 2018, for those of you that haven’t already heart, Yuneec announced three new drones that they plan on releasing in 2018. While all three of their drones are quite interesting, right now, I would like to talk about the Typhoon H Plus, which is a follow up to the Typhoon H that came out two years ago.
About the Typhoon H Plus
The Typhoon H Plus is aimed at professional videographers and photographers. This drone produces 40 percent less noise than the first generation (Typhoon H) and has a larger six-rotor hex airframe. At the CES, Yuneec claimed that this drone was capable of flying in winds that are up to 30mph, which to me is quite impressive.
- Optimized design for improved cooling and shielded core areas
- New flight controller that is based on PX4 – integrated failsafe and backup
- High efficiency and quite flight operation
- Includes flight modes: Point of Interest, Orbit Me, Follow Me, Return Home, Curve Cable Cam, Journey Mode
- 5-Rotor Motor
- RealSense Technology
The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is amazing. It has a one-inch 20-megapize sensor and a “high-aperture” lens. It has the capabilities to shoot 4K video at 60 FPS. So yes, if you enjoy taking pictures, the Typhoon H Plus is the type of drone you need.
I can’t find any details on the aperture, so I’m not exactly sure what the aperture is. However, the lens has a focal length that is equivalent to a 23mm lens. The shutter speeds are between 4-1/8000sec and the ISO range runs from 100 to 6400.
Yuneec made sure they protected this drone with RealSense technology – this is for collision avoidance and detection.
The controller that comes with this drone is based on Android and it has a 6-inch 720p display.
Flight Time and Speed
The Typhoon H has a flight time of up to 25 minutes, which is much better than most of the other drones on the market (many of them only run for 6 minutes).
As far as the speed goes, it is capable of reaching speeds of a little over 30 miles per hour.
It consists of six large rotors, so you can expect a stable flight as long as winds don’t go over 30mph.
Curve Cable Cam – This feature allows the user to program an invisible flight route for the Typhoon H. The drone will fly between the coordinates you pre-set, and control the camera position independently.
Return Home – This is a feature that I always look for on drones. With the return home feature, you can rest with the satisfaction of knowing that the drone will land within 8 m of you.
Journey – In this mode, the Typhoon H can automatically go up and out. It can go as far as 90m and capture an amazing aerial selfie.
Follow Me/ Watch Me – When you have this mode on, the drone will move along with you. With the Watch Me mode, it’ll follow you and make sure to point the camera at you.
Orbit Me – This is another interesting mode. In this mode, it will fly a circular path around you and keep the camera pointed on you the entire time.
Point of Interest – With this mode, you will need to choose a subject and the Typhoon H Plus will orbit around it autonomously.
The Typhoon H Plus has been set to be released to the general public during the first half of 2018, so hopefully we don’t have that much longer to wait for it. The price tag is a little under $1800, but from everything I have already learned about it, the price is well worth it, especially if you’re a professional photographer that has been looking for a drone that is capable of taking professional pictures and video from the air.