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Yuneec - Typhoon 4K Quadcopter - Black

This YUNEEC Typhoon 4K YUNQ4KUS quadcopter features an on-board camera with 4K Ultra HD video resolution, so you can capture striking video footage and photos from a unique aerial perspective. The ST10+ Ground Station enables simple in-flight adjustments.

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Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.
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    What's Included


    • 16GB SD card
    • 5400 mAh lithium-polymer battery
    • AC-to-DC adapter, balancing charger, USB adapter/charger and cable
    • CGO3 4K gimbal camera
    • CGO3 transport cover, sun shield
    • Owner's manual
    • ST10+ Ground Station, CGO Steadygrip
    • Typhoon 4K Quadcopter
    • USB interface/programmer, prop installation tool

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (265 out of 316)

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    Features


    2.4GHz transmitter

    Lets you perform a variety of precision aerial tricks. Follow me, watch me, dynamic return home and geo-fencing flight modes allow versatile use.

    On-board 3-axis precision gimbal camera

    Allows you to record up to 4K Ultra HD video at 30 fps, as well as 1080p slow-motion video at 120 fps, to capture brilliant aerial shots.

    No-Distortion Lens technology

    Ensures crisp, clear video footage and photos.

    ST10+ Ground Station with built-in touch screen

    Lets you adjust video resolution, white balance and light exposure as you fly to capture the perfect shot.

    Rechargeable 5400 mAh lithium-polymer battery

    Provides extended air time.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 316 reviews

    84%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stop... just buy this drone

      Posted
      ThaWatchman
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I had been wanting to get a drone for a long time, and just could not find the right price point to start out with. I really wanted a drone that had a good camera. At first I bought a 3DR Solo around Black Friday 2016 after reading decent reviews so I cashed out my My Best Buy Points and picked it up along with a new tablet and a Go Pro. Once I got my new drone set it up and charged everything that was as far as it got no matter what I did the drone would never take off; I would exchange it for 2 more all with the same results it never would fly. So I gave up on the Solo and returned it and got my points back and just waited for one of the other big names to come down to my price point. So in the summer of 2017 B and H Photo had the Q500 on sale for half price so I cashed out my points again and called BB for a price match which they did and 2 days later I got my drone but this time after charging everything up I was up in the air and hooked. I know that everyone drinks DJI's KoolAid but I must say I love what Yuneec has done. Yuneec doesn't get the attention they deserve. I have always had a problem with one brand getting all the attention and public interest; it is always a sign of a company that knows it is popular and can charge what they want, have poor service, and be slow to innovate; which to me that is DJI. Yuneec is putting together drones that are accessible and require no additional hardware. The all in one controller is great no need to find the right phone or tablet and no need for a Go Pro. The Q500 had it all. It is a great beginner drone and has a lot of features to work with and not be overwhelmed. Now the drone is slow with about 17 mph at max in Angle mode and the screen on the remote can be choppy but despite those flaws I still highly recommend this drone as a starter. So far after 6 months of flying I have not had any crashes caused by user error now I did have one fatal crash not long after I got the drone, but that was due to hardware failure and Yuneec gladly repaired and replaced everything that broke on the drone for free including the camera that was ripped off from the fall in the woods and never retrieved. Customer Service was fair and the service department was fantastic in keeping me informed of all the repair updates. I have enjoyed this drone ever since and as a matter of fact it fueled a new habit and I just recently bought the Typhoon H which is a great drone but I could not have made that leap without the Q500. I still fly the Q500 and love it along with the H. You will not regret this purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great camera drone

      Posted
      Scotty

      Purchased my Q500 4K before Christmas 2017. Needed a serious camera drone. Have other drones with non-stabilized cameras. Unfortunately had problems with this first Q500 4K drone. Something was loose and rattling around in CGO3 camera. Also the FPV video while flying, was breaking up with pixilation and lag. Could not even fly it with bad video. Returned drone to BestBuy. They quickly replaced with another. Have had this Q500 4k drone for 6 months with 104 flights. Love this drone. Looks amazing, not like the boring looking white DJI drones. Easy to see and fly. Super quiet and is a stable dependable camera platform. No major problems to date only slight WIFI lag. Only sometimes and not always. Switching from video to picture mode display on transmitter, reconnects camera and cures excessive lag. FPV is best in picture mode, one second lag. I fly in FPV picture mode, then switch over to video mode, to take a video, then back to picture mode. Camera with recorded video and pics are excellent. Just get to know the minor camera adjustments (white balance, frame rate, iso, evo and frame speed). Don't rely on CGO3 cameras presets or auto settings. I use the (Gorgeous Setting), then adjust to 1080p @ 30 fps, 100 iso and 60 sec. while adjusting evo on the fly. This works best for me and gives movie quality video without using the 4K settings, which I do not use. I also use a gray scale device at start up, before flight and lock in the white balance. Max range before the WIFI FPV video drops out is approx. 1300ft. I extended this range to 2500ft. by installing a aftermarket FPV external antenna kit for the drone, around $30. Flight time is approx. 20 mins. Recommend a extra battery. All in all a excellent buy and now comes with a wand remote. That is a $100 extra for free, something that wasn't offered with my drone. Can't afford a DJI drone? For $600 this big bird is well worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Drone for all Levels

      Posted
      NickK_BBYSTAFF84
      • Best Buy StaffStaff

      What I Love: I don't have to rely on an external device to fly. If you happen to crash the Q500, Yuneec will have it back to you within a month. If you crash a DJI drone you will not get your drone back for three months. Yuneec has great customer service. The Q500 allows you to take off the gimbal/camera and mount it on a steady grip for smooth ground shots. You can film or shoot photo's manually, and in raw formats for professional shots. Extremely durable. Crashed on my second flight and the wiring to my camera did break, so they gave me a different wire. A few weeks ago I crashed in non gps mode (45mph) and there was nothing but a few scratches. Besides the wiring by the camera, it's a solid drone. What I don't like: Loosing video signal is common. After 1200Ft with no objects between me and the drone is the safe zone for connection. You can reach 2100ft but your video feed will cut in and out. Dji's are known to have greater range. Landings are tricky. When descending to land, (2 feet above the ground) the q500 has a tendency to bounce. If there is wind make sure you counter it or you could tip on landing. Once you do it enough it's easy to do. When you let go of the sticks to hover, the q500 generally holds its place but does move a foot or two away from it's original position. The phantom three is much more steady. One last thing is the flight modes, you get smart mode, angle mode, and return to home mode. In smart mode you can access follow me and watch me mode. On the professional version of the phantom three you get orbit mode, journey mode, point of interest mode, and the follow me mode. Not a huge deal but a disappointment. If you ask me what's better, the Dji phantom 3 professional or the Yuneec Q500, I'd say its a personal preference. There are pros and cons of each that I mentioned above. Hope this was helpful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Easy to fly, great value, good beginner drone

      Posted
      E15880
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Based on my extensive research before buying the Q500, it really seemed like this was the best choice for me as a beginner. Here is what convinced me: Other drones are clearly better at autonomous flight (programming a preset flight path, even one well beyond your sight, and trusting the drone will come back safe and sound--something the new FAA rules forbid anyway); the Q500 doesn't have this option at all. But it's not something I'm at all interested in; in fact, it makes me queasy even thinking about it. Other drones can also go much faster; my Q500 tops out at only around 18 miles per hour. Again, for a beginner, slower is better. The Q500 also has a slider switch on the remote which you can adjust on the fly to restrict the speed of all flight controls to your liking--very handy for an anxious beginner. The Q500 is surprisingly easy to fly and is very stable, even with moderate breezes. The remote is very user friendly, and I like having the full display built into the remote, rather than having to sync up a wireless connection to your smartphone or tablet, like the competing drones. The battery lasts for well over 20 minutes, which is pretty good compared to the competition. The camera takes phenomenal photos and video--not choppy or grainy at all. The gimbal provides for smooth, jiggle-free video, even during high winds and abrupt flight maneuvers. The drone will fly beyond a quarter mile from the remote, but that's about where the video signal cuts out (and sooner if there is no direct line of sight). The drone's construction seems very sturdy and high-quality, something I've heard owners of competing drones complain about. If the Q500 loses connection with the remote, it automatically returns to the GPS point it took off from (but I'm yet to lose connection). The gimbal and camera can be easily detached and mounted on an included handheld device, making it a great camcorder, especially for high-action recording, like running, riding a roller coaster, etc. (just without any zoom functionality). It's comparable to other small gimbal camera setups, and for about the same price (nevermind a drone is included in that price!) Connection to a smartphone for viewfinder function and settings controls is simple and quick. Here are the only things I don't like, and the only reasons the Q500 doesn't get a full five stars from me: It has "follow me" and "watch me" functions that have the drone and/or camera follow the remote or Wii-remote-sized remote (sold separately) autonomously, and these functions work okay, but not great; and I'm told if you go too fast or change directions too quickly, the drone may "fly away." Yikes! I really wish the Q500 had a feature of autonomous orbiting and camera fixation around a single point on the ground, like one of its competitors. Of course, this may be something Yuneec programs into a further firmware update (fingers crossed). I also wish it had the feature available on one of the competitors of selecting a moving person or object on the screen and telling the drone/camera to follow them/it. That seems like an awesome feature that alone may make that competing drone worth the higher cost for a slightly more experienced pilot. Final opinion: a great drone for my purposes, at a great price. I would definitely buy it again, up until the point I felt comfortable as a very skilled and experienced pilot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Capable drone, but shouldn't be your first.

      Posted
      Youraverageguy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      If you're looking for an all in one system to use for photos and videography, the Yuneec Typhoon q500 4k delivers professional quality footage. The included ST10 controller is well built and intuitive. The screen is not especially bright for daytime outdoor use but when used with the included sun shield it is manageable. Overall changing settings and the overall responsiveness of the controller with the drone cannot be beat at this price point. The drone itself is a little on the larger side but I regularly get about 20 min of flight time. Which is still a lot of footage with the high quality CGO3. The punch out in the drone is a little slower that others but for the purpose of videography the speeds this drone goes are just fine. I suspect changing the type of blades used with the typhoon would help improve the overall speed. I am not looking to race with it so for my purposes it works great. The Yuneec has a slew of functions including follow me and some other smart functions like smart orientation. In terms of all it's features it checks all the boxes. I've gotten about 1500ft away with it being controlled just fine. The Yuneec Typhoon 4k is not meant to compete with the range on the DJI Light bridge so don't expect to fly it from miles away. The included 4k camera and 3 axis gyrostabilized gimbal are phenomenal and allow for amazing footage even in windy conditions. I've flown in 16mph winds gusting to 20mph and gotten footage that is extremely still. The last thing I would say is start with a smaller more inexpensive drone before dropping the money on this guy. It will help with your piloting and orientation and if you crash it you're not out $800.00 or more. For everything included with the drone and how it handles I would have no problem buying this again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      If only the it functioned as good as it looked

      Posted
      Eddierandom
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Originally having purchased a Phantom Pro 3, I'll admit I was a little envious of what "extras" the Q500 4k included in the box. Things that would have bumped the Phantom Pro's cost to almost double it list price of $1,259. Having made the decision to exchange a defective phantom for the q500 4k since the store I was at didn't have the Phantom Pro in stock, I didn't feel like I was going to be missing out on much, especially since I was getting $200 back!! Well there's no such thing as a free lunch. After watching the videos that are included on the memory card and while waiting for the batteries to charge up, I figured I'd setup the steady grip accessory to at least get a feel for the optical quality and stabilization capabilities of the gimbal and camera.. That's when my impression of this product took a nose dive. The steady grip requires 8 FRESH AA batteries ( they must be rechargeable, can't use alkaline) Why with all of the extras included did Yuneec think it would be acceptable to not include a battery pack for the steady grip!?? Oh well moving on, I have to search for one of the many small adapter cables they include to plug in the gimbal to the grip. Then I have to balance the grip and camera carefully to engage the slide lock to complete the connection to the grip. I notice that some of the rubber on the grip isn't glued down and actually started peeling away from the grip. Okay, I guess I could glue it down later. I power up the camera after having downloaded the cgo3 app for iOS which was a task in itself- As of writing this there are several apps, two of which are named cgo3 and developed by Yuneec. Both rated 2 stars in the app store. Both are terribly glitchy. I am directed to connect my phone to the cgo3's WiFi network. It says the password is on the top of the gimbal (it's not) so I enter 1234567890 and it connected after about 1 1/2 min. I'm inside and its night time. The in room light was not sufficient for anything but the stability seemed decent. I messed with the settings and couldnt get a decent image. Okay, I'll test it outside in the morning. The app and camera crashed more consistently than being able to connect to the cameras WiFi network. I'm almost laughing at this point. I unplug the camera from the grip, and in doing so, the cameras filter holder popped of wildly exposing the cameras internals and sending the filter cover off to the floor. Okay. This. Is. A. Joke. I haven't seen such poor attention to detail and quality control in my life!! I was left with the feeling that this product was rushed out before actually being ready. I watched some videos online to see if maybe I was at fault for any of the complications I was experiencing all to find that there are more of videos telling you how to fix or mod things as opposed to how to get it to function out of the box. So when it came time to fly, I figured I'd do a pre flight test without the props on the bird. I booted up the remote control, It connected 20x faster than the grip, but the image quality of the remotes built in screen suffered from cheapdisplayitus.. Can this get worse??? Yes. The lag or latency of the "HD down link" was a joke. I was not going to attempt flight with that kind of lag. In contrast DJI's system was high def and no lag thanks to their light bridge tech built into the remote.. So I tried to pack the typhoon as best I could to send it back.. Totally would have kept it for $500. If you're in the market for a quadcopter between $1000 and $1500.. Do yourself a favor and just get the phantom pro 3. It's a better experience and a better product. If you really need a steady grip, invest in the DJI OSMO.. It works like it should. It's going to take a lot more than extra features and included accessories to restore my faith in Yuneec.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Buyer Beware -Customer service will hang up on you

      Posted
      JasonDavis
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Purchased during Christmas for my son. Because we live in Colorado and the weather was snowy and icy, we were unable to fly to aircraft until recently. We following instructions, we charged the battery according to the instructions and flew one time for about 10 min as it was getting late in the day. The next time we took it out the unit would not power back on. We called the manufacture, and they told is the product is under warranty however the battery is on a 30 day warranty and we have exceeded our 30 days window. I tried to plead with the rep that this unit was purchased brand new and never opened unit the weather was warm enough to fly. How can we as a customer be held to 30 day warranty on an items that was never opened and/or used. The warranty was expired prior to us being able to use the product due to Colorado weather. Had we taken it out ti fly in the snow, the warranty would have been void based on bad weather conditions. I requested a replacement battery as was denied y request and was told that I would need to pay full price for a replacement. I would never recommend this product to anyone interested and I can only base that decisions is based only on their horribly rude customer customer service as we've only flow the aircraft for less than 10 min total. -My teenage son begged us to buy this for him for Christmas and now it just sits in a box until we can afford to purchase another battery -in my heart, I they should do the right thing a send a replacement battery at no cost. Every opportunity I get I will do my best to update forms with feed back on the product and their customer support. I was in the store last week and was able to talk someone out of buying this because of the troubles we've experienced with the unit and their support..

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Looks great, not sure about flying

      Posted
      mjs61084
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was contemplating two drones, this one and the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. I ended up purchasing this one because it looked so much better than the Phantom 3. I brought it home and could not get it to fly steady. I ended up putting it away and figured I would try the next day. The following day I tried again, same thing I could not get it to fly steady! I read all of the how to videos online, checked out forums, and checked out YouTube videos online before I tried to fly it. I couldn't get it to hover correctly, it would just bounce up and down. It was very sporadic in how it responded to the controller. I was holding the left joy stick in the down position to get it to land and it would take between 10-15 seconds to actually get on the ground, mostly trying to land while swaying side to side and nearly tipping over. This happened regardless of whether it was in the rabbit or turtle mode. There was another occasion where I took it up about 7 feet and it nearly crashed into my fence. I would gain control of it and it would start to get out of control again. I ended up returning it for the Phantom 3, which I have had zero problems with. It's highly controllable and reacts very well to commands. Maybe this one was working correctly and that it just isn't a beginner drone, meaning I didn't know how to control it. However, I will say I don't have any problems with the Phantom 3, so I'm giving it two stars based on my experience. Maybe it really was broken....I'm not sure, but it wasn't worth a $700 fly away.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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