The features and specs on this drone are nuts, so to make it easier on you, we’ll start with what sets this drone apart from the rest of the pack.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Typhoon H is a hexacopter. It’s got six rotors instead of the usual four — and it only needs five to fly. This redundancy means that if you lose one rotor for some reason, the drone will be able to recognize the problem and safely fly back to the home position for repairs.
Second, unlike the P4’s camera, which can only pan up and down, the Typhoon H camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that can swivel in 360 degrees. The landing gear is also designed to retract at the flip of a switch so that it doesn’t get in the way of your shots.
On top of that, the H is also armed with built-in obstacle avoidance tech. Now in all fairness, the Phantom 4 has this feature, too — but while the Phantom’s sense and avoid tech is visual, the Typhoon H uses sonar, which means that it can still avoid obstacles in low light and complete darkness. It’s worth noting, however, that the sense and avoid system is mounted on the nose of the drone, and can therefore only detect obstacles if it approaches them facing forward. Still, it’s definitely better than nothing.
Another standout feature is the Typhoon’s full suite of autonomous flight modes. Much like the 3DR Solo and Phantom 4, the Typhoon H boasts features like Cable Cam, Orbit, Follow mode, and even a few others — all of which allow the user to relinquish control of the drone’s flight and focus solely on controlling the camera.
And last but definitely not least, Yuneec’s Typhoon H comes with its own dedicated controller — The ST16 ground station. That means you don’t need to own a tablet or a smartphone in order to use the drone to its fullest — something that can’t be said of the Phantom 4 and 3DR Solo.
This controller is a beast. In addition to knobs and buttons for just about everything under the sun, the controller also has a built-in 7-inch touchscreen for displaying telemetry data, streaming live video from the drone’s onboard camera, and accessing additional features and flight modes.
And it gets better. The ST16 isn’t the only controller that the Typhoon H can connect to. You can actually link the drone up to two different controllers at the same time, then use one to control the drone and another to control the onboard 4K camera. Filmmakers should take note — you can’t get this kind of dual pilot functionality in any other off-the-shelf drone right now.