This is a guest contribution by DroneFly.com
With the large number of drones for sale today, it is difficult to make a decision sometimes. A lot of first time drone buyers are torn between the features provided by an upper end drone, like the DJI inspire 1, and the more cost friendly types, like the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K. Rather than leaving you to do all of the research and guess work, we’ve let these two popular heavyweights battle it out, and here are the results.
DJI Inspire 1
The DJI Inspire 1 is a beast amongst personal drones, specifically, its size. It is much larger than most of the other drones on the market, and as such, people think it is going to be less stable and susceptible to updrafts and wind gusts. Fortunately this is not the case, in fact the Inspire 1 handled beautifully. With its built-in sonic position system it even handles exceptionally well indoors where many drones tend to fail or crash. The multi-remote feature allows two pilots to control the drone and camera features separately, providing precision flying and excellent imaging capabilities. The price tag gives many buyers a bit of a shock at about $3,000 for the drone, however the ease at which the camera is removed leads everyone to believe that the DJI Inspire 1 will be one of the few drones that is designed to be upgraded. Only time will tell.
Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K
The Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K is an incredibly solid drone for the price. It is also bigger than most personal drones and offers similar resolution features (4K resolution) as the Inspire 1. However, the images on the Q500 are not as crisp and get blurry around the edges. The Q500 does not have an automated home feature either. So when you’re drone dips behind a house or a set of trees, you better be wearing your track shoes because you are going to lose signal, extremely quick. The Q500, despite these flaws, is still a very solid drone, especially for beginners or intermediate enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade from a store bought, glorified quadcopter.
If you have the extra money to spend, then the DJI Inspire 1 is the drone of choice. However, if you are on a budget, the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K provides plenty of bang for the buck. If you are interested in purchasing either drone, DroneFly.com has both of these 4k models for sale.
|DJI Inspire 1||Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K|
|Aircraft dimensions and weight RTF with payload|
|438x451x301mm, 559-581 mm diagonal, 2935g||420x420x210mm, 565 mm diagonal, 1700g|
|22.2V 4500mAh 6S LiPo battery (optional 22.8V 5700mAh 6S LiPo), max. flight time 18 min.||11.1V 5400mAh 3S LiPo battery, max. flight time 25 min.|
|Flight speed 22m/s (79.2km/h, 49.2mph), 122m altitude regulated (4500m max.), pitch/yaw speed 300/150deg/s tilt angle 35deg, ascent speed 5m/s, descent speed 4m/s, wind speed resistance 10m/s||Flight speed 8m/s (28.8km/h, 17.9mph), 122m altitude, rotation speed 65deg/s, tilt angle 35deg, max. descent speed 2m/s|
|GPS accuracy H/V 2.5/0.5m, vision positioning system for indoor flying||GPS|
|Camera and gimball|
|12.76Mpix Sony EXMOR CMOS sensor, lens 20mm(35mm equiv.) f/2.8, 94deg FOV no distortion||12Mpix 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, lens 14mm(35mm equiv.) f/2.8, 115deg FOV no distortion, fixed focus|
|ZENMUSE X3 3 axis detachable gimball||3 axis detachable CGO3 gimball|
|Recording video UHD/4K at 24-30FPS, FHD at 24-60FPS, HD at 24-60FPS, 12MPix still photos, burst, AEB 0.7EV stepping, time lapse||Recording video UHD/4K at 30FPS, FHD at 24-120FPS with audio, 12MPix still photos|
|Storage microSD class 10 up to 64GB||Storage microSD class 10 up to 128GB|
|C1 controller – 2.4/5.7-5.8GHz (922.7-927.7MHz Japan), USB and mini-HDMI video out, phone/tablet holder, 7.4V 6000mAh 2S LiPo internal battery||ST10+ controller – 2.4GHz 10 channel control, 5.8GHz video uplink, Android OS, 5.5″ capacitive touch screen, 3.6V 5200mAh LiPo internal battery|
|Dual user host-slave connection, Max. range 2km||Range – FCC 800m control/600m video, CE 400m control/300m video|
|DJI Go mobile app||CGO mobile apps|
|Included ND camera filter, chargers, carrying case, accessories, spare parts, tools, 16GB microSD card||Included CGO Steadygrip V3 for handheld shooting, 2 LiPo aircraft batteries, carrying case, accessories, tools, spare parts, USB programmer, 16GB microSD card|