Yuneec Officially Launches Typhoon Q500 4K Drone

Yuneec Q500 4K

We saw the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K quadcopter teased back at NAB 2015 and now it has officially launched with units expected to start shipping over the next few days.

The Typhoon Q500 4K builds off its 1080p predecessor with a new camera that shoots 4K video. It will also capture 1080p video at up to 120fps. Still images are 16MP and can be saved as JPEG or DNG RAW files – even while recording video. The built-in camera is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal, which can be controlled remotely from the ST10+ ground station transmitter. [Read more…]

 

3DR IRIS+ Quadcopter Gets a $150 Price Drop

3DR-Iris

Now that 3DR’s Solo quadcopter is almost ready to ship, its predecessor, the IRIS+, is getting a price drop from $749 to $599.

Prior to the announcement of the 3DR Solo back at NAB this year, the 3DR IRIS+ was the enthusiast drone that went head-to-head with the DJI Phantom line of drones.

The IRIS+ has the ability to use a “Follow Me” feature when combined with a GPS-enabled Android device and the compatible Tarot-2D gimbal is a more reasonable $210 at retail.

As the drone market continues to pick up, expect to see more and more advanced drones available and lower and lower prices. You can find the 3DR IRIS+ here at B&H Photo.

3D Robotics Offers ‘Flyaway Guarantee’ on the New Solo Drone

3D Robotics SOLO Drone-10

One of the biggest complaints that I have heard about the DJI Phantom series of quadcopters has been random flyaways that some users experienced. I have covered these issues ad-nauseam here on Photography Bay and there is a nightmarish forum thread here with dozens of first-hand reports. It is a real problem and something that can quite simply kill a passion of flying drones for many users after they helplessly watch a $1,000+ kit flyaway.

When I talked to 3D Robotics about the flyaway concern at NAB 2015, I learned that the company essentially offers a flyaway guarantee for the new Solo. [Read more…]