Yuneec Typhoon H3 + ION L1

Yuneec Typhoon H3 with ION L1

20MP 1"-type CMOS sensor | 3-axis gimbal rotates 360° | 4K/60p video

What we like:

  • 10-bit Y-Log gamma for video
  • Raised landing gear facilitates 360° shooting
  • Failafe 5-rotor mode

What we don't:

  • Expensive batteries
  • H.265 limited to 4K/30p
The Typhoon H3 hexacopter (6 rotors) is the first product from a strategic partnership established between Yuneec and camera company Leica. It’s specifically aimed at aerial photographers and cinematographers who want high quality photos and video. The drone’s most noteworthy feature is an ION L1 Pro camera that was co-engineered with Leica.
The standard H3 kit includes the PX4-based ST16S flight controller and two batteries that can power the drone for up to 25 minutes of flight time, and it can reach a maximum speed of 40.2 km/h (25 mph). While the Typhoon H3 doesn't contain any rear-facing obstacle avoidance sensors, it comes with a redundant control signal, a Return Home function, and an adjustable virtual fence that ensures it won't fly beyond a specified radius. The hexacopter has a failsafe 5-rotor mode that automatically activates if one fails. This ensures that the drone remains in the air and doesn’t crash. Additional batteries retail for $163 each.
Imaging modes optimized and calibrated by Leica promise top-notch vibrancy, contrast, and resolution.
The ION L1 Pro camera features a 20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor, and a 23 mm equivalent F2.8 lens providing a 91° FOV. Imaging modes optimized and calibrated by Leica promise top-notch vibrancy, contrast, and resolution. Developed in accordance with Leica specifications, the camera offers a range of options including automatic exposure bracketing and wide dynamic range. Photographers will appreciate the ability to capture DNG Raw photos from the 1”-type sensor.
The Typhoon H3 can capture 4K/60p video using H.264 or 4K/30p using H.265, with a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps. 10-bit Y-Log video capture is available for professional post-production workflows. The camera is mounted on a stabilized 3-axis gimbal that offers up an unrestricted 360° view for panoramic shots thanks to raised landing gear. Yuneec claims the camera provides ‘lossless’ digital zoom, though we haven’t yet tested this feature. Short JPEG intervals for seamless hyperlapse creation are also included.
A 7" touchscreen is built into the remote and displays a live camera image in 720p (HD) resolution. Image transmission distance extends to almost one mile. A second pilot can be added with the Team Mode function and the purchase of an additional ST16S remote control. Four intelligent flight modes are included for professional-grade cinematography: the Follow Me/Watch Me mode follows a designated subject, Curve Cable Cam allows you to plot coordinates beforehand for the drone to follow while the camera remains independently controllable, Orbit Me flies around a target in a circular motion, and Journey ascends along a linear path then automatically returns for a flawless shot.
The Yuneec Typhoon 3 is ideal for aerial photographers and cinematographers who want the benefits of top-end features like a 1”-type sensor and Log gamma for video, as well as those who want to keep their data protected; Yuneec emphasizes the fact that all data is transmitted strictly between the drone, its camera, and controller. There isn't a cloud system in place, ensuring privacy. The failsafe 5-rotor mode also provides an additional level of security should a motor fail in flight.