Yuneec Q500+ Review

If you’ve given a second thought to buying a drone, then check out our Yuneec Q500 review, to learn all about this amazing quadcopter. Although the name doesn’t ring any bells, we can say for certain that the Yuneec Q500 plus quadcopter is out there, competing with DJI, Hubsan, and Parrot, the Big Kahunas of the whole drone industry.

The Yuneec Q500+ series is a large-sized drone, very similar in dimensions with Phantom 3 from DJI. This means that it won’t be a good idea to try and fly it inside your home, as you could end up with a trashed room. Also, it packs more firepower, thanks to its 16-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and improved stabilization system.

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter

Yuneec Q500 Review Drone Main Features & Specs

The Q500 Plus from Yuneec has 22.2 x 16.5 x 9.4 inches, and it weighs approximately 2.5 pounds. Compared to the Hubsan 107d or the Holy Stone series, it looks like an intimidating giant. The Q500 Plus quadcopter, also known as the Typhoon has an eye-pleasing design, resembling an eagle spreading his wings during midflight.

When designing the Typhoon series, Yuneec had two ideas in mind: RTF and APV. RTF stands for ready to fly a drone, which means that the quadcopter can be flown as soon as it is taken out of the box. The other concept stands for aerial photography and video, a domain in which Typhoon mastered.

In our Yuneec Q500 review we need to mention that the drone is powered by four brushless black motors, which are equipped with the 5-rotor fail-safe technology, meaning that in the case of the motors fail, the backup rotor can keep the Yuneec drone in the air until the users recall.

Yuneec Q500+ Quadcopter Specs

Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
~25 min Outdoors 16 MP; Full HD 60 FPS 5400 mAh 3S 11.1 V LiPo 120 min 2.5 pounds 22.2 x 16.5 x 9.4 inches ~600 m

 

The whole ensemble in powered by two 5400 mAh 3S 11.1 V Lithium-Polymer batteries that can keep the drone up and run for up to 25 minutes. Therefore, regarding battery life, the Yuneec Q500 is considered one of best drones on the market, its performances being surpassed only by the Bebop models from Parrot, that can stay up to 30 minutes in the air on a single charge.

One of the best features of the Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter is that it has no less than three flight modes available: The Smart Mode, which is generally recommended for newbie pilots. Just point out the stick in any direction and the drone will follow.

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter

The second mode is Angle Mode, and it is for pro pilots, as it offers a far better maneuverability than the Smart Mode.

The last mode is the Home mode. Once we activate the function, the drone will return to its initial location. Alternatively, you can use the follow mode if you want the drone to follow you around. From what we can tell, the drone did not have any issues when we switched it into follow mode.

Regarding the camera, the Q500 plus series sports out a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, which can shoot crisp and crystal clear pictures. Also, thanks to the wide-angle the camera’s field of view can go up to 130 Degrees.

The camera can even film in 4K or 1080p quality at 60, 50, and 48 frames per second. Image stabilization is ensured by the CGO2-GB+ 3-axis gimbal. Therefore, you can have fewer distortions and no more shaky pictures.

Other Specs and Features:

  • Maximum Flight Height: 120 meters above the sea level;
  • Fixed Focus Camera;
  • Automatic white balance;
  • 8 Ghz power stations;
  • Video transmission range: up to 600 meters;
  • Operating Temperature: between 0 and 50 Degrees Celsius;
  • 4 Ghz Control Channels;
  • Compliant with Android OS;
  • Can access FAA database;
  • Touchscreen remote;
  • LCD supports multi-touch;
  • Supports microSDHC/XC memory cards up to 128 GB;
  • Integrated microphone.

Arguments Pros & Cons

Arguments:

Yuneec Q500 Review Pros:

  • Improved flight stabilization;
  • Also High-quality camera;
  • No image distortion;
  • Intuitive remote controller;
  • Great flying time;
  • Ready to Fly;
  • Smooth flight.

Yuneec Q500 Review Cons:

  • No propeller protection;
  • Pricy;
  • A bit heavy than other drones.

Yuneec Q500 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

During our Yuneec Q500 Review, we were able to test out one of these flying fortresses. Here’s how the drone performed during our tests.

Remote Control

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter ControllerAfter unboxing the drone, the first thing that we’ve observed is that Typhoon’s remote controller was unlike any other RCs we’ve tested. In fact, we were expecting to see an RC with a basic display, a couple of buttons and a standard LCD for FPV flying.

Instead, we saw a fully functional remote control that somehow reminded us of Bebop’s Skycontroller, sans the massive stick-like controller and the tablet/smartphone port.

Yuneec’s controller is divided into two section: the upper part of the RC contains the buttons that command the drone during flight, while the 5.5-inch touchscreen occupies the bottom part. Remarkably enough, the drone’s remote control fits well in your hand, and we didn’t have any trouble reaching all the controls. The twin stick-like controls were surprisingly responsive.

From what we can tell, the sticks have an anti-adherent material on them that prevents the fingers from slipping. Once you let go of the controllers, the sticks swoop back to the initial position, thanks to spring implement inside.

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter

Includes CGO Steady Grip for CGO2-GB Camera.

Yuneec’s RC has two stick-like controllers used to control direct and elevation, two side controllers for adjusting the camera’s pitch and to control the proportional speed.

Moreover, the RC also has a button for starting and stopping the motors, a button for taking pictures, a separate button to active the recording more, a median power button, a status indicator, and big power switch.

The touchscreen situated in the lower part of the remote displays real-time information about the drone’s flight, like altitude, cruise speed, and battery life. Also, you can use the touchscreen to access the drone’s black box.

Flying the Drone

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon QuadcopterAs part of our Yuneec Q500 review, we were able to perform a couple of fly test to see how the drone fares.

For our research purposes, we chose to fly the Yuneec drone in the backyard. The first thing we’ve noticed after we’ve powered up the drone is how silent it was compared to its sizes. After hitting the power and the motor switches, the drone went up in the air without a problem.

Our first test wanted to ascertain just how stable the Yuneec drone is when we switch it into hover mode. We’ve tried moving it around a bit back and forth. The drone responds well to commands, and once we’ve let go of the controls, the drone entered the hovering mode.

From what we can tell, it had little tendency to drift, although we didn’t get around to test it on a windy day. As far as turning is concerned, the Typhoon has a good rotation factor, being able to spin around with little deviation.

We also tried to tinker a bit with the altitude. Each time, the drone would smoothly go up and down, without encountering any problem. However, we’ve observed that when we wanted to change the direction, the drone had the tendency to move in the opposite direction.

But after playing around with the controls a bit, the problem did not persist. One thing that bothers us is that the drone has something against smooth landings. Therefore no matter what mode we chose, the drone would come cluttering down as if it was drunk.

Flying the drone in the backyard was a piece of cake, but after taking the drone a bit down the road, we found out that it did not fare that well against obstacles, mainly because the Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon quadcopter lacked any propeller protection. So, every time the drone hit a branch or a power cable it would come down abruptly.

What’s in the Box?

  • Q500 RTF airframe with installed CGO2-GB
  • ST10 transmitter and personal ground station
  • ST10 LCD screen sun shade, also an ST10 neck strap
  • AC to DC USB adapter
  • USB to Micro USB Cable
  • also USB Interface
  • 5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo Battery
  • 3S 11.1V LiPo balance connector charge lead
  • LAO DC Automobile accessory socket
  • 8GB microSD Card with Adapter also
  • motor holder
  • 2 sets of propellers

Our Verdict

To conclude our Yuneec Q500 review, we can state that flying the Typhoon was a remarkable experience. The best thing about this drone is that you can start flying it as soon as you take it out of the box. Also, thanks to its impressive photo and video features, this drone has the chances of becoming the best traveling companion.

7.5 Total Score
VERY GOOD!

Yuneec’s RC has two stick-like controllers used to control direct and elevation, two side controllers for adjusting the camera’s pitch and to control the proportional speed.

Design
9.5
Quality
9
Price
8
Flight Time
8.5
Performance
9.5
User Rating: 3.08 (3 votes)
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