AT THE TOP of the bustling consumer drone marketplace, two big names have been battling (sometimes litigiously) for dominance. DJI popularized drone flying as a hobby with its Phantom line, but lately, Yuneec has been whittling into DJIís marketshare with its competing Typhoon line. Both companyís flagship quadcopters are equipped with excellent video cameras, both are accessibly priced, and both have autonomous and safety-minded features that make flying easy for inexperienced pilots.
So far, DJI remains the market leader. But Yuneecís latest offering, the Typhoon H, may well change that. The companyís newest drone isnít just different or stacked with unique features (which it very much is). Itís also far more powerful than any other drone in its price range: it costs $1,300, putting nearly head-to-head with the $1,400 DJI Phantom 4.
The first thing that sets the Typhoon H apart: itís a hexacopter, with six rotors instead of the four found on the popular quadcopter design. Whatís more, the Typhoon H only needs five of those rotors to stay in the air, so if one motor konks out mid-flight, you donít crash or splash. The H also features retractable rotor arms, which cuts down on the size of the transport case and makes it roughly the same size as a typical quadcopter when stowed.
Most drones that come with more than four rotors, such as DJIís Matrice 600, are aimed at professional...Continue Reading