Yuneec has announced three new drones at CES 2018 — a follow-up to the impressive Typhoon H that made its debut two years ago, and two first entries into new categories for the company.
The Typhoon H Plus is the second generation of Yuneec’s drone aimed at pro photographers and videographers. It has a larger six-rotor hex airframe and produces 40 percent less noise, with Yuneec claiming that it’s capable of stable flight in winds of up to 30mph.
The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is comprised of a one-inch 20-megapixel sensor and a “high-aperture” lens, and it can shoot 4K video at 60fps. Low-light performance in particular is also said to have been improved.
Like the previous Typhoon H, the Plus uses Intel RealSense technology for collision detection and avoidance. The drone’s controller is based on Android and has a 7-inch 720p display. The Typhoon H Plus will be out in the first half of 2018 for $1,799.99, the same price as its predecessor.
The Firebird FPV, meanwhile, is Yuneec’s first fixed-wing drone, offering an airplane-like experience with a nose-mounted camera. It has a claimed flight time of 30 minutes and is designed to be easy to fly, with automated return home, landing, and geofencing modes along with a safety feature that prevents you from flying too low. It’ll be out in the first half of the year and will cost $699.99.
The HD Racer marks Yuneec’s entry into the racing drone category. It’s a small drone with protected blades, and its durable construction and beginner modes are designed to help ease people into drone racing.
The onboard camera can record 1080p video at 60fps, and a low-latency video downlink gives pilots a live feed while racing. A flip-up feature helps pilots right their drones and get back in the air in the event that they do crash. The HD Racer won’t be out til the second half of 2018, and will sell for $179.99 upon release.