Yuneec’s New Typhoon H3 For Aerial Photography and Videography Buffs (Plus a Comparison with the Typhoon H Plus)
BY Isabella Lee2 October 2019
The new Typhoon H3 is the result of a freshly formed partnership between Yuneec, a global leader in electric aviation, and Leica Camera AG, an international premium manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products.
Yuneec and Leica announced the beginning of their strategic partnership in conjunction with the launch of the Typhoon H3 with ION L1 Pro camera. It’s a drone equipped with a high-end 1″ sensor camera, six rotors, and a 3-axis gimbal to get the shot you need when you need it, even in windy conditions. The new drone was specially developed for sophisticated aerial photography and, thanks to Leica photo-engineering technology, also meets the highest standards of quality.
The Typhoon H3 with ION L1 Pro camera merges art and technology, craft and modernity in a unique manner and, in doing so, takes our aerial photography to dizzy new heights.
—Wenyan Jiang, Founder & Chairwoman of Yuneec International
Both the software and the hardware of the ION L1 Pro camera were developed in collaboration with Leica engineers, which means the device is characterized by its outstanding image quality, intuitive operation that is typical of Leica, professional image-processing options and the iconic Leica industrial design.
Yuneec Offers Safety and Security with Newest Drone
Yuneec is one of the world’s largest drone manufacturers, recently ranked #2 just below DJI, in Droneii’s 2019 Drone Manufacturer Report. Drones from Yuneec are characterized by safety, easy operation, and transparent open-source architecture.
The Typhoon H3 is equipped with many safety features such as:
- Redundant control signal
- Return Home function
- Adjustable virtual fence
- 5-rotor mode, enabling safe landing if one of the 6 rotors should fail
- Obstacle avoidance
- Detection of proper/improper battery engagement
Yuneec also made it known that the Typhoon H3 is designed as a closed system that protects the operator’s privacy. Data privacy concerns among drone pilots have increased since the US government issued warnings of data misuse by Chinese drone manufacturers. However, with the Typhoon H3, all communication takes place directly between the drone/camera and the ST16S remote control.
More information about the H3 and the ION L1 Pro can be found at www.yuneec.com.
Typhoon H3 vs. Typhoon H Plus
The Typhoon H3 is very similar to the Typhoon H Plus but with a few upgrades, particularly to the camera. If you’re trying to decide which to purchase, we’ve put together a side-by-side comparison:
Both feature a 1-inch CMOS camera sensor able to capture 20-megapixel stills and 4k video at 60 fps. For the photographer or videographer, the selling point on the Typhoon H3 may be its additional camera features including five camera modes: normal, vivid, WDR, 10 Bit Log, and Black & White.
The Lecia camera brings more professional settings to the Yuneec customer:
- Leica optimized and calibrated image modes (AWB, color reproduction, sharpening, de-noising, etc.)
- Leica calibrated DNG with corresponding ADOBE profile
- Lossless digital zoom
- 10-bit YLog video mode based on Leica specifications
- Semi-automatic ISO/shutter & 1/3 step setting of EV/ISO/shutter
- Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
- Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
- Short JPEG intervals for hyperlapse videos
- User-defined picture mode & sharpness settings
- Professional histogram
- Panorama shots
The Typhoon H Plus retails around $1,899 USD while the Typhoon H3 will reportedly retail for around $2,600 USD. Inquire for exact pricing at www.yuneec.com.
Yuneec has been pretty busy lately. This is their second new drone this year. They launched the Mantis G just a month ago in September; check out our overview of the Mantis G here. Let us know what you think of Yuneec’s new drones in this thread on our community forum.