Yuneec Mantis G

Yuneec Mantis G

13MP, 1/3.06" CMOS sensor | 117° FOV | 4K/30p video

What we like:

  • Upload video directly to social media
  • Wide field of view
  • Intelligent flight modes produce cinematic effects

What we don't:

  • No obstacle avoidance sensors
  • Shorter range than many competitors
While it may seem like the Yuneec Mantis G isn’t much different from its predecessor, the Mantis Q, it boasts major improvements including a stabilized gimbal, for smoother shots, and a new Waypoint feature that enables pilots to plot out a course in advance to tell the drone where to go. The Mantis G is geared toward consumers, specifically vloggers and bloggers, who want to enhance their social media profiles with HD and 4K aerial video or imagery.
The Mantis G boasts a top speed of 72 km/h (45 mph) in Sport Mode, while remaining relatively quiet, and can stay air-bound for up to 33 minutes in a no wind environment – the longest in its class. It doesn’t include any obstacle avoidance sensors, but can be flown outdoors as well as indoors thanks to its indoor positioning system. Redundant control features and an adjustable virtual fence are two more safety features the Yuneec has included on this foldable drone. It comes with a serial triple charger and each additional battery costs $71.
Social media mavens will be especially pleased with the Instant Sharing feature that allows you to upload photos and videos directly from the app onto various social platforms including Twitter and Instagram.
The camera, mounted on a 2-axis gimbal, uses a 13MM, 1/3.06” CMOS sensor. It has a particularly wide 21.5mm equivalent lens delivering a 117° FOV, and can capture Raw images. The camera also responds to hand gestures and includes a facial recognition feature. Video can be recorded up to 4K/30p, 2.7K/30p, 1080/60p, or 720/60p. Yuneec does not disclose the exact bit rate or codec used by the Mantis G.
The Mantis G’s PX4 controller was built on a reliable open source framework, ensuring stability when flying. The improved 2.4GHz and 5GHz signal transmission expands the range of the almost instantaneous live image to 1.4 km (a bit under a mile). Besides the newly-added Waypoint intelligent auto-flight mode that allows users to plot routes in advance on a map, Journey, Point of Interest, and Visual Tracking are included and allow the drone to continuously follow a designated target.
The drone can also be controlled with voice commands. When it comes to recording video or taking photos, it can interpret simple prompts including ‘take off,’ ‘come back,’ and ‘start recording’ in English, German, and French.
For content creators who like to travel and capture quality imagery on the fly (pun intended), the Mantis G is an ideal drone to pack. Social media mavens will be especially pleased with the Instant Sharing feature that allows you to upload photos and videos directly from the app onto various social platforms including Twitter and Instagram. Professionals seeking higher quality imagery would do well to upgrade to a more expensive drone. For the casual consumer looking to add aerial shots to their Instagram Stories or Facebook profile, the Mantis G is a compact, affordable, and convenient tool to add to the arsenal.