Yuneec Expands Mantis Series with New Selfie Drone: Mantis G
BY Isabella Lee11 September 2019
Yuneec announced Mantis G at Interdrone last week in Las Vegas. The new drone is an upgraded version of the Mantis Q (launched last year) with a new integrated gimbal for smoother videos and sharper photos.
Yuneec is marketing the drone as the must-have drone “for all those who want to spice up their social media profiles,” dubbing this a souped-up selfie drone. But that’s nothing to scoff at. Taking a look at the specs, we can see why videographers and photographers of all sorts would like to get their hands on this drone.
Mantis G Camera Features and Specs
The Mantis G’s gimbal-stabilized camera ensures smooth and brilliant recordings up to 4K. The 2-axis gimbal allows the camera to be tilted upwards by 15° or downwards by 90° during flight.
Here are the detailed camera specs:
- Sensor – 1/3.06 inch CMOS
- Effective Pixels – 13M Pixels
- Video stabilization – Mechanical 2-axis Gimbal
- Controllable Range (Pitch) – -90° to +15°
- Video Resolution – 4K: 3840×2160 30fps
- Equivalent Focal Length – 21.5 mm (0.85″)
- FOV – 117 °
- Latency (Depending on environmental conditions and mobile device – Less than 200ms
Share your photos and recordings on social media with ease thanks to the seamless social media integration. The Instant Sharing feature lets you upload photos and videos directly from the Yuneec Pilot app to social media.
Improved Controls and Performance
The Mantis G also offers improved controls and performance due to its low weight, voice control capabilities, redundant frequencies, and signal transmission.
Here are a few more impressive specs from the Mantis G:
- Flight Time- 33 minutes
- Weight – 505g (About 1 lb.)
- Speed – Up to 72 km/h in Sport Mode
- Intelligent Flight Modes – Waypoints, Visual Tracking, Coming Home, and Smart Shots
- Foldable design
- Indoor and outdoor use
- Geofence and drone location display
The lightweight copter can be controlled via smartphone in connection with a controller or even by voice control. The Yuneec Pilot App, which has been enhanced with new voice commands (in three different languages), makes this possible. Not only a modified antenna design and redundant frequencies (2.4 and 5 GHz) but also the newly implemented Smart Streaming feature ensure stable communication and signal transmission between the copter and controller.
The Mantis G software is based on the rock-solid open source PX4 code, which is known for its stability and reliability. In addition, integrated No Fly Zones prevent the copter from flying into protected areas around international airports. Furthermore, the drone’s flight range can be limited with the help of a virtual fence. Thanks to GPS and IPS sensors, the Mantis G can be flown both indoors and outdoors. Like all Yuneec drones, the Mantis G does not transfer any video, photo, or telemetry data to external servers.
Yuneec Ranks Second in the Industry
Yuneec was recently ranked second, after DJI, in the recent DroneII Drone Manufacturer Ranking Report. The report ranks top drone manufacturers in the world. DroneII found that Chinese companies do best on the list of Top 20 civil and commercial drone manufacturers and North American companies lead the list of Top 20 dual-use drone platform manufacturers.
The new Mantis G will be available for $699, competing with the DJI Mavic Air and DJI Spark. Mantis G has longer flight times than both the Mavic Air and Spark but does not offer the advanced obstacle avoidance capabilities of DJI drones. Also in competition with the Mantis G will be Parrot’s ANAFI, which has a slightly larger camera tilt range of 180° for a small rise in price.
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