The new Typhoon drone from Yuneec offers 4K aerial video at 30fps and HD at 120 frames per second

by on July 2, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 2, 2015

California aerial vehicle maker Yuneec has just recently announced the delivery of the latest in their Typhoon line of personal-use aerial drones. This newest model is called the Typhoon Q500 4K and as its name suggests, it offers a very decent degree of ultra HD viewing and video recording capacity.

In fact, the mounted-in 4K camera could definitely be called the Q500’s flagship feature and it delivers 4K UHD video for later upload to a PC or TV at a 4K ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Best of all, the resolution can be managed at a very decent 30 frames per second, the same speed as that found on the GoPro Hero 4K action camera and on a number of smaller 4K DSLR shooters.

In addition to these 4K specs, the Typhoon Q500 also delivers HD video at a superbly fast 120 frames per second and can also take 12 megapixel still shots of the passing scenery it flies over. Furthermore, its internal battery power lets the Q500 manage to stay in the air for roughly 20 minutes.

As for control features, the Typhoon comes with a  flight controller that allows experienced or beginner pilots to use the UAV easily after just a little bit of practice and a 5.5 inch touchscreen comes built into the controls, powered by Android software, the screen lets you see the camera’s view on the drone in real time and allow manipulation of settings such as light exposure, ISO and shutter speed for the 12 megapixel still images.

The Q500 4K drone at rest

The Q500 4K drone at rest

As for the 4K camera itself, the drone operates with a CG03 gimbal camera that offers 3-axis movement and comes with stabilizing anti-vibration capabilities. On top of the pretty decent 30 frame 4K video shooting, the 1080p HD video at 120 frames per second also lets you capture some excellent slow motion shots.

Photos can be captured in RAW or jpeg formats even while 4K or HD shooting is going on.

Finally, the Typhoon Q500’s 4K/HD camera is also detachable, so you can take it off the drone and install it onto a Steady Grip handheld unit that lets you grab the same quality of video from the ground and with equal smoothness thanks to the vibration stabilizer and gimbal combo. You can even mount a smartphone to the steady grip for control via a downloadable app from Yuneec.

The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon is already on sale and pretty much comes ready out of the box. It’s selling for a fairly decent price of just $1299.

Oh yeah, and here’s a video of the Typhoon Q500 in action

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