Unlike DJI, which offers a remote that
requires a user’s mobile device to stand in as the
display, Yuneec bundles the fully functional ST16
ground controller with the H. The ST16 features
a 7-inch touch screen Android tablet embedded
amongst a host of tactile controls. The remote
can receive a 720p video stream from the H
from up to 1 mile away in optimum conditions.
Unlike most comparably priced drones,
the Typhoon H has six propellers, not four.
This makes it slightly larger and a bit more
cumbersome to pack up and break down.
You can’t simply pull it out of the case and
let it loose: You have to push up each prop
arm individually and click them into place.
We do like that the H has retractable landing
gear, enabling you to turn the camera a full
360-degrees for sweeping aerial panoramas.
You have to manually retract the gear, though.
The ST16 remote is feature-rich but a bit
bewildering if you’re used to, say, DJI’s rather
lean, app-driven approach. Patiño liked the
remote, despite the fact that it’s about two times
the size of a Phantom remote. “I like not having
to use my phone as a remote control,” he says.
He also liked the fact that it had a removable
battery—something DJI remotes don’t have.
The 7-inch tablet doesn’t have an anti-glare screen, but there is a glare shield in the
box to help you see in bright light.
image Quality & Performance
The ½.3-inch image sensor on the H’s
integrated camera is fairly standard for
drones in this price range. You can expect
action camera-level performance as far as
highlight clipping and crushed blacks but
the 4K footage and RAW stills are still very
acceptable for aerial footage, Patiño says.
The H is very stable—and very speedy.
“Tight and responsive” is how Patiño describes
Battery life in general was shorter than the
nearly 30 minutes advertised, though we were
flying in colder temperatures ( 30-40 degrees F)
which can shorten battery life.
If the H’s six prop design makes for a bit
more work in setting it up and breaking it
down, it also makes the craft much steadier in
the air than a quadcopter. “There was much
greater stability,” Patiño tells us, “it handles
super well.” The object avoidance was first
rate—in fact, indoors it was able to detect and
avoid bright white objects (a cyc wall) that
DJI’s Mavic Pro couldn’t detect.
Yuneec has flown under the radar as DJI
has soared into the public’s consciousness
as the leading drone maker. That’s a shame,
because as the H proves, Yuneec also makes
At $1,300, the H is stacked up against the
$1,200 Phantom 4 or the slightly more expensive
$1,500 Phantom 4 Pro. If imaging is your primary
concern, we think it makes more sense to spend
up for the Phantom 4 Pro, which offers a larger
sensor, greater resolution, and higher frame
rate 4K. The P4 Pro is also a bit more compact
and easier to travel with than the H, but
Yuneec’s model makes a great choice for those
who need rock-solid stability in the air and
a robust controller on the ground. Hopefully
subsequent iterations of the H will focus more
on image quality, with a larger image sensor
and better lens being high on our wish list.
Just like the a6300, the a6500 boasts a
24-megapixel CMOS sensor with a native
ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to
51,200). Like its predecessor, the camera’s
major claim to fame is an over-abundance
of focus points. There are 425 phase-detect
points and 169 contrast-detect points with a
sensitivity range to - 1 EV. Burst speeds can
hit 11 fps through the viewfinder or 8 fps in
live view—same as the a6300.
So what’s new? Sony added in-body 5-axis
image stabilization to the a6500, checking
off a big box on many a6300 owners’ wish
list. The system is good for up to five stops of
image correction, per CIPA. Another major
upgrade is the buffer memory, which can
now accommodate up to 300 JPEGs or over
100 RAW files during burst mode (the a6300
topped off at a mere 44 and 21, respectively).
Throw in a touch screen and a $500 premium
over the $900 a6300 and you have the a6500.
We are huge fans of the a6000-series
design. Where rival models from Olympus
and Fuji mine analogue-era nostalgia,
Sony’s approach is modern and functional.
The a6500 is compact, comfortable and
highly customizable. Indeed, there are now
yuneec typhoon H
Pros: Feature-rich; excellent controller;
object avoidance; nice selection of
autonomous flying modes.
cons: Battery burns quicker than
advertised; six-blade design means more
time in setup and breakdown; camera
tech is getting old for the price point.
Sony knew it was taking aim at pro
photographers with its a7 series of
full-frame mirrorless cameras, but
a growing number of users have
also been clamoring for a more
advanced APS-C mirrorless as
well. Hence the decision to quickly
retool the a6300 into something a
bit more professional.
Six blades are better than four
when it comes to in-air stability.
When it comes time to pack up?
Not so much.