Yuneec Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter
The Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter is one of the hottest professional drones you can buy right now, and for good reason. While it’s not a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus, the Q500 is an awesome drone packed with features and at a very attractive price!
The Q500 has been coined the “Phantom 2 Vision Plus alternative”. It has a 1080P 60FPS HD Camera that’s also capable of taking 12MP still images, comes with a 3-way gimbal for high stability, and comes with a 10 channel 2.4gHz transmitter. The Q500 is a ready to fly (RTF) quadcopter, so it’s fully assembled at the factory and the transmitter is already set to control the drone. It’s designed specifically for aerial photography and video (APV), so the flight is smooth and the gimble cancels out vibration and quick jerky movements from your video. The CGO2 3 axis gimbal system is enhanced for better stability as well.
The Q500 is bundled with the ST10 Personal Ground Station, at 10-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and 5.8 GHz video receiver rolled into one hand-held unit. In addition to a traditional RC joystick to pilot the quadcopter, there is a built-in Android mobile device with a 4.5″ touchscreen allowing you to view an FPV (first-person view) video image from the camera along with telemetry data superimposed. As part of the RTF bundle, a 5400mAh flight battery is included. Up to 25 minutes of flying is provided by each battery per charge – depending on wind-resistance and other factors.
CGO2-GB 3-Axis Stabilized Camera
The included CGO2-GB combines a 12-megapixel, 1080p60 camera, and a 3-axis brushless gimbal into a single unit designed to capture stabilized aerial video and still images. For live view and remote operation, the camera features an integrated 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi downlink that enables operation and viewing from the 4.5″ touchscreen on the ST10 Personal Ground Station. You can also pair with a mobile device using the free CGO2 app – available at Google Play and iTunes app stores. A smartphone holder that mounts on the transmitter is included
The camera features a wide-angle 130-degree FOV lens. While the gimbal that supports it features a control angle accuracy of ±0.02°. High-quality video and stills are recorded to a microSD card up to 128GB in size. Low quality, upload-friendly versions can be saved onto a mobile device running the CGO2 app.
ST10 Personal Ground Station
Transmitter (hand-held radio controller) and ground station system are combined into one device with the 10-channel ST10. It features a 2.4 GHz transmitter for joystick operation of the quadcopter. In addition, there is a 5.8 GHz-range receiver for the video feed from the camera plus telemetry data. A built-in 4.5″ touchscreen plus embedded Android OS enable you to control the CGO2-GB camera as well as view a live feed from it, complete with telemetry data overlaid (OSD)
Flight Control Features
The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon flight computer has access to a database of published FAA no-fly areas – such as zones near airports. Additionally, the maximum flight altitude can be locked to remain below 400′ AGL (above ground level) for further compliance
Designed for beginners, this mode uses GPS to establish a 26′ “SAFE Circle” around the pilot. Stick relativity is maintained, meaning the aircraft will move in the same direction the stick is pressed is relative to the pilot, regardless of which way the quadcopter’s actual “nose” is pointing. A “virtual barrier” imposes maximum radius of 300′, help to ensure visual with the quadcopter is always maintained.
This mode is optimized for experienced pilots using the Q500 for aerial photography. It provides more control and steeper bank and pitch angles, helping open your work up to a greater variety of possible shots.
This safety feature can be activated at any time with the simple flip of a switch on the ST10. When activated, the Q500 Typhoon will automatically return to its “home point” and land within a 10′ circle of where it took off. If for whatever reason the transmitter signal is lost, Return Home will take over and fly the Q500 back to the home point until it lands or the signal is restored.
Note: Proper GPS calibration is required to ensure this feature works correctly.