Yuneec Typhoon 4K

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Novice Suitability


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UAV Typhoon Q500
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The Yuneec Typhoon 4K earned the second-highest novice suitability score, receiving consistent marks across the individual measures. The operational assessment results indicate the Typhoon is an exceptionally well-rounded and constructed option to gain familiarity with multirotor operation, ensure safety, and support more advanced uses, upon mastery of basic operational skills. The system scored higher than average for endurance, payload capacity, camera quality, utility, critical metrics, construction quality, operational ease, availability and accuracy of reported values, and user support; and less than average for maximum airspeed (intentionally governed by manufacturer; can be released), pricing, and communication range. All equipment required to operate the system is included, as purchased, and the pricing is consistent with other high-quality and capable systems. Additionally, the controller provides an excellent ergonomic design to support use of advanced features, without the need to purchase and incorporate a smart-device (e.g., smartphone or tablet), and the system is capable of carrying a user-configured payload. The sUAS automatically prevents operation within four-miles from national aviation authority designated No-Fly Zones or above the designated 400 ft above ground level (AGL) ceiling. However, the manufacturer has provided some users with a means to unlock these limits, if they are able to properly demonstrate appropriate FAA approval (e.g., COA or Section 333 Grant of Exemption). The Typhoon 4K is very appropriate to a novice operator, while also providing advanced features and capabilities useful to more experienced operators, especially to those planning outdoor operations in support of aerial filming, training, or research.


  • FPV enabled (WiFi/digital, 5.8GHz, 720p streaming to controller)
  • Handheld controller featuring touchscreen
  • Three-axis gimbal and distortion free camera
  • Includes handheld SteadyGrip for use of camera, when not mounted to sUAS
  • WatchMe, FollowMe, and Return Home functions
  • Geofencing and No Fly Zone

Additional Specs

  • Max Speed: 14.78 kts
  • Endurance: 25 mins
  • Payload Capacity: 1.32 lbs
  • Maximum Photo Resolution: 12 MP
  • Video Resolution: 4K
  • Price: $1,099.98 USD (as tested)
  • Communication Range: 1,200 ft
  • Battery Capacity: 5,400 mAh

More information at the Yuneec website.


  • Ready to fly with full system functionality, as purchased (smart-device not needed)
  • Lightweight, given all the provided capabilities
  • High degree of stability, even with GPS disabled and placed in Angle mode; very quiet in operation
  • Excellent ergonomics, well thought out design of controller (e.g., placement and function of engine start, photo, and video buttons, rate and gimbal sliders, and touchscreen), as well as integration of components (smart-device not required for full operational functionality)
  • Solid performer regarding endurance (25 min), pricing ($1,099.98), utility, critical metrics, construction quality, operational ease, accuracy, and user support
  • Battery warning features tactile shaking of the controller, as well as visible alert
  • Detailed documentation provided


  • Apparent that weight was a consideration in design, as construction material of some elements (e.g., gimbal and camera housing) appears very fragile
  • No obvious provisions for significant maintenance or repair of components
  • Indoor operations required disabling GPS and flying in Angle mode (not recommended by Manufacturer, results in reduced stability)
  • Control movements result in audible alerts, which can be confusing to a new user
  • Landing can be problematic, as the aircraft rises and falls (i.e., pogo’s) several times before finally settling on the ground
  • No-Fly Zone feature helps novices, but substantially limits advanced users
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