Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec has just announced its latest drone, the Typhoon H3. It’s aimed at photographers and videographers alike, and it comes with a camera that was co-developed with Leica.
While the Mavic 2 is the talk of the town, people often forget that DJI isn’t the only drone company out there. There’s also Yuneec. Over the years, Yuneec have brought out some pretty cool drones. There’s the Typhoon hexacopter, the little Breeze 4K that we saw at Photokina 2016, and we’ve seen their tech in other products such as the Steadicam Volt stabiliser.
Now, Yuneec have introduced a new drone, the Mantis Q. And while it looks to go head to head with the Mavic Air, it has something special up its sleeve. Bucking the trend of gesture control (although it has those, too), the Mantis Q is voice operated.
The Typhoon H from Yuneec made a bit of a splash when it first launched. Finally, a commercially available 6 motor hexacopter that could maybe compete with the likes of the DJI Phantom series. And the price wasn’t really all that different, too. But it didn’t quite gain the traction of its competitors. I know a few people who owned the Typhoon H, but then later switched to DJI for newer and more advanced features.
Now, Yuneec have finally responded with the improved Typhoon H Plus. Billed as a serious tool for professional drone filmmakers, the updated Typhoon has seen some nice tweaks. It’s had the size of the sensor physically increased, as well as the stills resolution, and the 4K UHD framerate has doubled from 30fps to 60fps.
Intel have dabbled a little with drones before. Their RealSense computer vision platform for obstacle navigation features on the Yuneec Typhoon H. They also have the Intel Aero Platform allowing you to build your own drones. But their entry into the commercial drone market is an interesting one. Drone technology at all levels has already come a long way in just a few short years, but a company that has the kind of resources Intel has certainly may shake things up.
Intel’s new Falcon 8+ drone is based on the AscTec Falcon 8. The Falcon 8 is one of the leading commercial aerial platforms in European markets, but is unavailable in North America. This is apparently due to FCC regulations. Intel hopes to overcome these with the Falcon 8+ and is targeting it directly at North American customers.
With both GoPro and DJI announcing their new small flagships (can you say small flagship?), Yuneec’s new drone announcements kinda went under the radar.
Rather than making a full fledged, full capacity drone, Yuneec madea small “selfie” drone – The Breeze 4k – that is limited in features, but has a low price tag.
Drones are usually pretty good at staying stable. Especially when they have 6 or 8 props rather than the traditional 4 of a quadcopter. With Hexacopters and Octocopters you can even lose a blade, and it’ll still fly relatively well. At least long enough for you to land it. Apparently, though, not when hit by a flying golf ball.
The story goes that 8 year old up and coming golfer Ruby Kavanagh swung and accidentally hit the Yuneec Typhoon H drone that was filming her. Video of the incident shows parts flying off the drone, after which it banks then crashes into the ground.
While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been the primary focus of both companies, a critical component of any drone setup is the gimbal that connects the camera to the UAV. Considering much research and development capital is invested in this tech, it only makes sense that both companies should make the most of it and figure out how else they can utilize the tech they develop.