Yuneec Q500+ Review

The Yuneec Q500+ series is a large-sized drone, very similar in dimensions with the Phantom 3 from DJI. This means that it won’t be a good idea to try and fly it inside one’s s home, as it could end up trashing the room. For whom is pondering about buying a drone, check out our Yuneec Q500 review to learn all about this amazing quadcopter, and you’ll be convinced!

Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter

Yuneec Q500 Review Drone Main Features & Specs

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 in mind making it RTF. That 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 12 MP; 4K 120 FPS 5400 mAh 11.1 V LiPo 120 min 12 pounds 18.5 x 18 x 14 inches ~600 m

 

One of the best features of the Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon Quadcopter is that it has several autonomous flight modes. The Follow me, Watch me, Dynamic return home, and Geo-fencing flight modes, which allow versatile use.Yuneec Q500+ Typhoon QuadcopterRegarding the camera, the Q500 series sports out a CG03 4K Camera, with a 3-axis Gimbal with Steady Grip, which can shoot crisp and crystal clear pictures. Also, you get fewer distortions and no more shaky pictures. There is a 12 megapixels camera for taking photos, and 1080p video recording at up to 120 fps.

Arguments: Pros & Cons

Arguments:
Yuneec Q500 Review Pros:
  • Improved flight stabilization;
  • Automatic white balance;
  • No image distortion;
  • Intuitive remote controller;
  • Touchscreen remote;
  • 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. We saw a fully functional remote control that somehow reminded us of Bebop’s Skycontroller, without the massive stick-like controller and the tablet/smartphone port.

Yuneec’s controller is divided into two sections: the upper part of the RC that 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 fit well in our 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. So once we 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 CGO3-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 activate the recording mode, a median power button, a status indicator, and a 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, the touchscreen can be used 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 flight 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 to 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 easy, 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?

  • The Q500+ Drone;
  • The Camera;
  • 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;
  • 5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo Battery;
  • Charger.

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 one can start flying it as soon as it is out of the box. Also, thanks to its impressive photo and video features, this drone has the chances of becoming the best traveling companion.

8.5 Total Score
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: 2.88 (4 votes)
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