Yuneec Q500 4K Review
With the latest innovation in drones over the years, we’ve had systems that come ready to fly (RTF), can follow you automatically, land itself and take fantastic 4K footage. This exciting quadcopter has all of those things and so much more. So let’s take a look at these features and as I share my personal experiences with my Yuneec Q500 4K review.
This magnificent drone comes with an ultra HD camera that records videos at a rate of 1080p, but you can switch to the highest video resolution of 4K. Still pictures that are shot using this camera are also of high quality at 12MP. The lens of the camera is designed to resist any kind of distortion.
The camera is mounted on the aircraft using a 3 axis Gimbal to keep it steady during the flight. The drone comes with a transmitter that has a touch screen. The drone is powered by a rechargeable battery. In fact, the package comes with two batteries.
By default, the Quadcopter flies at a speed of 3mph, but you can push it to 15mph. The drone has an in-built GPS system that maps out the path that is used to return it back to the landing point. But you must tap the home function for the drone to fly back to the starting point.
The quadcopter comes with an aluminium carrier case that is made to extend its lifespan, you can, therefore, take the drone with you when travelling with ease. It’s such a shame that including a case isn’t standard with all models. I feel with the price you pay, you’d want something to protect it, and fortunately with the Q500, you have nothing to worry about.
In the Box
Typhoon Q500 quadcopter
ST10+ Transmitter / Ground Station (with built-in touch screen display and 854 x 480px screen resolution.)
CGO3 4K Gimbal Camera
CGO3 Transport Cover (for camera gimbal)
2 3S 5400mAH Lipo Batteries USB adapter/charger and cable
USB to Micro USB Cable
AC / DC Power Supply
2 Sets of Rotor Blades
16GB SD Card with Tutorial videos
USB Interface/ Programmer
ST10+ Sun Shield
ST10+ Neck Strap
Flight Case Keys
LED Status, Calibration, and Warning Sheets
|Flight Time||up to 25 minutes|
|Weight with Battery and Payload||60.0 oz (1700g)|
|Weight without Battery and Payload||40.0 oz (1130g)|
|Battery||5400mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo (included)|
|Charger||3S 11.1V LiPo DC Balancing Smart Charger with AC Adapter (included)|
|Transmitter||10-channel 2.4GHz with 5.8GHz video downlink (included)|
|3 Flight Modes||Smart (Follow Me and Watch Me), Angle and Home|
|Maximum Flying Height||Default 122m (400ft) above Ground Level (Adjustable via the Typhoon GUI)|
|Maximum Rotation Rate||65°/s|
|Maximum Roll Angle||35°|
|Operating Temperature Range||−5°C to 80°C|
|Radio Control Frequency Band||2.4GHz|
|Max. Descent Speed||2m/s|
|Max. Flight Speed||17mph / 27 kph (Angle Mode), 22mph / 35 kph (Follow Me/Watch Me)|
|Focusing System||Aerial Optimized Fixed Focus|
|Field of View||115°|
|Video Transmission Range||FCC Compliance: Up to 600m (1968.5 ft)
CE Compliance: Up to 300m (984.252 ft) with ST10
|Video Resolution||UHD: 4K at 30FPS, 2.7K at 30FPS, 2.5K at 30FPS — FULL HD: 1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120FPS|
|Photo Resolution||12 Megapixels|
|Storage (memory)||microSD Class 10 ~ 4 to 128 GB|
|Control Angle Accuracy||±0.02°|
|White Balance||Automatic or manual settings|
|Angular Vibration Range||±0.02°|
|Control Range||Pitch: between −90° and 0°|
|Camera Lens||14mm f/2.8 – No distortion|
- 25 minutes of flight time
- 3 Fight Modes: Smart, Angle, Home
- ST10+ Transmitter/Personal Ground Station
- Includes CGO Steady Grip for CGO2-GB Camera
- CGO2-GB+ 3-Axis Stabilized Camera
- 12 Megapixels Photo Resolution
- Access to a database of published FAA no-fly areas
- Aerial Optimized Fixed Focus lens with 115° field of view and no distortion
- Handheld CGO Steadygrip V3 for detachable CGO3 4K camera
The Yuneec Q500 is a top of the range quadcopter. The drone has a personal ground station transmitter that is operated by tapping on its touch screen. The drone is fitted with a CGO camera via a 3 axis Gimbal to prevent the pictures and videos from being shaky.
The CGO3 4K Gimbal Camera is amazing, giving you the freedom of shooting films using the 4K or 1080p resolution, and if you want to take many shots at once, it’s advisable to switch to 1080p because you will get 120 pictures in a single second.
If you end up losing range or signal or find you’re suddenly on low battery, there’s no chance of losing your drone as it comes with a Home function that causes it to fly back to the position that it took off from.
Like many quadcopters out now, there is usually a mode specifically for beginners. This is Smart Mode, and is recommended for first-time flyers. It simply means your quadcopter will move whichever way to move the control stick, no matter what direction the nose of the drone is facing. So if you want the drone to fly right, you move the control stick right.
You can also use another feature called Follow Me while on Smart Mode. This makes the Q500 follow you while in the air, as long as you’re holding the transmitter. This is because of the GPS unit fitted inside the transmitter.
Now for the more experienced pilots, Angle Mode is ideal for you. With Angle Mode, your drone will fly in the direction you point your control sticks, no matter where you’re facing. Also in Angle Mode, your drone will hover and hold altitude while you’re not controlling it. I tested this by not touching the control sticks and it held its position perfectly.
Home Mode is a feature that will help land your quadcopter if you’re in trouble. It automatically sends your drone to the point that you too off from and land precisely in that spot. It’s also a great feature if you’re suddenly out of range or have a low battery, as it will bring the drone back.
This feature-packed transmitter is a wonder to use once you get the hang of it. Along with the control sticks that you’ll use to fly your quadcopter, there’s a 5-inch touchscreen and various other buttons that enable you to take videos and pictures, start and stop the rotors and change the flight mode. The transmitter may look bulky, but you don’t have to stretch your fingers to reach anything. It’s actually well designed.
For those long-planned flights, the neck strap provided will come in handy. Also, if you find it difficult seeing the screen due to glare, use the sun shield that has also been provided.
As I mentioned earlier, there are 3 Flight Modes you can choose from: Smart Mode, Angle Mode, and Home Mode.
Now that we’ve checked out what this quadcopter has to offer, let’s get it out of the box and fly it for ourselves. Firstly, it’s quite a large aircraft, measuring around 22” in length, it’s larger than the DJI’s Phantom and 3DR’s Solo.
Before we take to the skies, we attach the propellers and charge the battery. Pretty standard stuff. Also, this is a good time to check out the manual and safety information.
If you need a copy of the manual, you can download it from Yuneec’s site, here.
While you’re flying, you can watch the camera’s footage from the touch screen on the transmitter in real time. The screen also has a lot of other useful information such as Operational Suitability Data (OSD), GPS status, positioning and so on.
Make sure you take off and land on a flat surface. As soon as your quadcopter gains power and takes off, it will hover up and remain there until you direct it with the control sticks.
- 3 Axis Gimbal
- Aluminium Carrier Case included
- GPS System
- Touch Screen Personal Ground Station
- Ultra High-Definition (UHD) Resolution (Four Times Higher than HD)
- User Controlled Video Resolution
- Return Home Function
- Two Rechargeable Batteries
- Smartphone Holder
- CGO Camera
- Two Spare Propellers
- Battery Life
- No Flashlights for Night Vision
- No Propeller Guards
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Popular Questions and Answers
Q: What is the top speed of the Q500?
A: It all depends on how you’re flying it. In GPS mode, the top speed is only around 15mph. In manual mode, you can reach speeds up to 40mph, however, the Return To Home feature will be disabled.
Q: How do you save your 4K videos?
A: There is a micro SD card included that will save all your videos and pictures that you take during your flight.
Q: Why does this come with two chargers?
A: One charger is for the drone’s battery, the other is to charge your ST10 transmitter.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed flying the Q500 around. I took some impressive 4K videos, and pictures, and will be uploading them to YouTube in the coming days. The controls handle well, the features are convenient and easy to learn.
Included in the box are two extra propellers that serve as spare parts for replacing those that may become damaged due to accidental falls.
The aircraft uses GPS system to generate a map that it uses to return to the starting point when it has flown far from the pilot. Moreover, the HD camera is fixed on the bottom of the drone via a 3 axis Gimbal to guarantee clear photos and videos.
If you want to carry the drone on your next trip out of town, the aluminium carrier case will definitely come in handy. The carrier case is free from rusting and scratches. The downsides, however, is that the drone can’t fly at night due to lack of LED lights, the quadcopter doesn’t have propeller guards, but these aren’t enough to keep this drone from being one of my favorites I’ve had the pleasure of flying. I found it so easy to fly once I got the hang of it that propeller guards really aren’t needed. It’s that easy to control and learn to fly. But if you prefer the safer option, propeller guards can be purchased separately. I’ve added the link above, along with other optional add-ons.
There you have it. I hope you’ve found this Yuneec Q500 4K review helpful and informative. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or feedback. Don’t forget to like our new Facebook page, here, and share! Thanks for reading!