YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF)

YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF)

YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF)


Product Highlights

  • Designed for Aerial Photo and Video
  • Capture Up to UHD 4K30 / 1080p120 Video
  • Take Up to 12MP Still Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • ST10+ Ground Station / Transmitter
  • 5.5" Touchscreen to View/Operate Camera
  • OSD Overlay of Flight Telemetry Data
  • No-Fly Database
  • Includes Two Flight Batteries
  • Aluminum Hard Case & Trolley Included
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WARNING: Carefully read instructions to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to use this product responsibly may result in loss, damage, or injury.

YUNEEC Q500 overview

  • 1Description

A completion level of ready-to-fly (RTF) means this version of the Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3-GB Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case Camera and Aluminum Case from Yuneec comes factory-assembled and that a pre-bound transmitter/ground station unit (radio controller) is included. More than just an RC multi-rotor, the Q500 4K Typhoon is designed for APV – aerial photography and video. To this end, it incorporates the CGO3-GB, a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera with UHD 4K video recording at 30 fps, 1080p video recording at up to 120 fps, and 12-megapixel stills capture.

The Q500 4K Typhoon is bundled with the ST10+ Personal Ground Station, a 10-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and 5.8 GHz video receiver rolled into one hand-held unit. In addition to traditional RC joysticks to pilot the quadcopter, there is a built-in Android mobile device which boasts a 5.5" touchscreen – a bump from the original ST10, which has a 4.5" screen. It allows you to view an FPV (first-person view) video image from the camera along with telemetry data superimposed, as well as access settings not available through normal transmitter.

As part of the RTF bundle, if features two 5400mAh flight batteries, providing up to 25 minutes flying each per charge – depending on wind-resistance and other factors. Additionally, the bundle features an aluminum case with removable trolley to safely store and transport the Q500+ and accessories in.

CGO3-GB 4K Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal

    The included CGO3-GB combines a 12-megapixel, 4K camera and a 3-axis brushless gimbal into a single unit designed to capture stabilized aerial video and still images. In addition to 4K, the camera can shoot 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion as well as 60p, 50p, and 48p. A built-in microphone enables audio recording and can be turned on or off via the ST10+ or mobile app. Photos can be captured in JPEG or DNG RAW and it is possible to snap photos while recording video

    For live view and remote operation, the camera features an integrated 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi downlink that enables operation and viewing from the 5.5" touchscreen on the ST10+ Personal Ground Station. You can also pair with a mobile device using the free mobile app – available at Google Play and iTunes app stores. The app or ST10+ offer control over resolution, white balance, ISO, and shutter speed. A smartphone holder that mounts on the ST10+ is included

    The camera features a wide angle 130-degree FOV lens. While the gimbal that supports it features a control angle accuracy of ±0.02°. High quality video and stills are recorded to a microSD card up to 128GB in size. Low quality, upload-friendly versions can be saved onto a mobile device

    ST10+ Transmitter/Personal Ground Station

      Transmitter (hand-held radio controller) and ground station system are combined into one device with the 10-channel ST10+. It features a 2.4 GHz transmitter for joystick operation of the quadcopter. In addition, there is a 5.8 GHz-range receiver for the video feed from the camera plus telemetry data. Updates over the original ST10 include a brighter touchscreen that is now 5.5" in size. The screen plus embedded Android OS enable you to control the camera as well as view a live feed from it, complete with telemetry data overlaid (OSD)

      Flight Control Features

      No-Fly Database
      The Q500 4K Typhoon flight computer has access to a database of published FAA no-fly areas - such as zones near airports. Additionally, the maximum flight altitude can be locked to remain below 400' AGL (above ground level) for further compliance

      Flight Modes

      Smart Mode
      Designed for beginners, this mode uses GPS to establish a 26' "SAFE Circle" around the pilot. Stick relativity is maintained, meaning the aircraft will move in the same direction the stick is pressed is relative to the pilot, regardless of which way the quadcopter's actual "nose" is pointing. A "virtual barrier" imposes maximum radius of 300', help to ensure visual with the quadcopter is always maintained
      Angle Mode
      This mode is optimized for experienced pilots using the Q500 4K Typhoon for aerial photography. It provides more control and steeper bank and pitch angles, helping open your work up to a greater variety of possible shots
      Home Mode
      This safety feature can be activated at any time with the simple flip of a switch on the ST10+. When activated, the Q500 4K Typhoon will automatically return to its "home point" and land within a 10' circle of where it took off. If for whatever reason the transmitter signal is lost, Return Home will take over and fly the Q500 4K Typhoon back to the home point until it lands or the signal is restored

      Note: Proper GPS calibration is required to ensure this feature works correctly

      Includes CGO3 SteadyGrip

        Transform the CGO3-GB camera and gimbal into a handheld, stabilized mini-rig with the included CGO3 SteadyGrip. It features a smartphone holder for iOS and Android devices that have screens up to 6.4" so that you can use the app to monitor a live feed and operate camera settings (5.8 GHz Wi-Fi support on the mobile devices is required). The gimbal slides on with rail attachment for quick setup and draws its power from six AA batteries that are housed in the base (batteries available separately). A pitch control roller on the top of the handgrip allows you to manually adjust camera tilt while shooting

        Note: This version of the SteadyGrip is not the same as the version used by the CGO2-GB camera (YUNCGOSTG100)
        UPC: 813646023858
        In the Box
        YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF)
      • CGO3 4K 3-Axis Gimbal Camera
      • ST10+ Ground Station for Typhoon 4K Quadcopter
      • 2 x 5400mAh 3S LiPo Flight Battery for Q500 4K Quadcopter
      • Balancing Connector Lead
      • SC 3500-3 DC LiPo Balancing Charger
      • AC Adapter for Charger
      • Car Adapter for Charger
      • USB Interface / Programmer for Q500 Quadcopter
      • 8GB microSD Card with SD Adapter
      • Motor Holder / Prop Installation Tool
      • 2 x Complete Set of Four Propellers for Typhoon Quadcopters
      • CGO Steady Grip for CGO2-GB Camera / Gimbal
      • Aluminum Case for Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter
      • Limited 6-Month Warranty
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        YUNEEC Q500 specs

        Flight Time Up to 25 minutes (depending on flying conditions)
        Maximum Flying Height 400' / 121.9 m above ground level

        Note: Adjustable via the Q500 GUI
        Maximum Rotational Velocity 65°/s
        Maximum Bank Angle 35°
        Maximum Climb Rate Smart and Angle Mode: 9.8 fps / 3 m/s
        Maximum Descent Rate Smart and Angle Mode: 6.6 fps / 2 m/s
        Takeoff Weight With Battery and CGO2-GB Camera: 3.7 lb / 1.7 kg
        Model CGO3-GB
        Focus Fixed
        Resolution Video: UHD 4K at 30 fps

        2.7K at 30 fps
        2.5K at 30 fps
        1080p at 120, 60, 50, or 48 fps
        Photo: 12 MP
        White Balance Automatic
        Audio Audio recording via integrated microphone (turn on/off with app)
        File Formats Photo: JPEG, DNG RAW
        Recording Media microSDHC/XC Class 10: 4 to 128 GB
        Power Requirements 7 to 14 VDC (powers from flight battery)
        Temperature Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
        Operating Temperature: 32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C
        Weight 6.5 oz / 185 g
        Control Angle Accuracy ±0.02°
        Steady Grip
        Dimensions 8.8 x 3 x 7.1" / 223 x 75 x 181 mm
        Weight Without Camera / Gimbal: 13.9 oz / 395 g
        Video Transmitter
        Frequency 5.8 GHz
        Range Up to 984.3' / 300 m line-of-sight
        Transmit Power 500 mA (average) to 600 mA (peak) at 12 V (7.2 W maximum)
        Flight Battery
        Capacity 5400 mAh
        Chemistry Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo)
        Voltage 3S (11.1 V)
        Model SC 3500-3 Balancing Smart Charger
        Supported Chemistry Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo)
        Charge Voltage 12.6 VDC; 3.5 A / 45 W maximum
        Fuse 7.5 A
        Power Requirements 10.5 to 15 VDC; 5 A (100 to 240 VAC adapter included)
        Model ST10+ Personal Ground Station
        Frequency Control Channels: 2.4 GHz
        Video Receiver: 5.8 GHz
        Channels 10
        Flight Modes Smart
        Home Modes
        Operating System Android
        Number of Channels 10
        Range Control Signal: Up to 2624.7' / 400 m line-of-sight under optimal conditions
        Display Size: 5.5"
        Interface: Capacitive multi-touch
        OSD Flight systems telemetry data can be viewed on-screen
        Feedback Tactile (vibrating) and audible feedback
        Power Requirements Built-in Battery:
        3.6 V; 5200 mAh, 18.7, Wh
        Charger 5 V USB charging (AC adapter included)
        Dimensions Height: 9.4" / 240 mm
        Width: 16.5" / 420 mm
        Diagonal Length without Rotor Blades: 22.2" / 565 mm
        Propeller/Main Rotor Diameter: 13" / 330 mm
        Weight Without Battery and Payload: 2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
        Packaging Info
        Package Weight 27.0 lb
        Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.25 x 19.0 x 15.0"

        YUNEEC Q500 reviews

        Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case (RTF) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 98.
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Just bought this for aerial cinematography and was skeptical on the 4K quality but after a few flights and working with the camera settings I am TOTALLY impressed! This thing shoots great quality and smooth video! All I can say is MONEY Shots! This thing is worth the investment! It's also easy and quick to setup and start capturing those money shots! It's light and can't handle high winds but on calm days it's fantastic. Your gonna break some propellers but they are cheap enough to have a few extras on hand! It's a great addition to your gear and nice to be able to offer up those (use-to-be) impossible shots!
        Date published: 2016-04-13
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from Q500 for Real Estate Video I bought this quad copter late last year. Un fortunately the remote control unit was DOA, But I was able to easily send it back to Yuneec in the USA ( yes - a definite advantage) and got it back in about 3 weeks...not too bad. I have had the opportunity to use it for a few real estate photo shoots and it works amazingly well. Easy to control, easy to maneuver, easy to film subjects. The quality is beyond great..Here is what one of my clients said to me after I sent her the video I produced for her listing... seriously..I can't stop watching it. That says it all to me. Great drone for aerial photography.
        Date published: 2016-02-16
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from My First Serious Drone All of my drone experience has been with the little versions that I've flown around the living room. The Yuneec Typhoon is my first serious drone. After a little over a week of test flights, to check out all of the advertised features, I'd say that it works just as expected. However, the CGO3/Gimbal assembly greatly exceeded by expectations: IQ and stabilization are amazing! After watching others fly their drones (and amazing me with the results they were getting) I decided to jump in. Today's drone market has several very good models to choose from, and the Yuneec Q500 4K bundle is definitely one of the best.
        Date published: 2016-06-29
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Awesome Aircraft These are absolutely amazing. I bought one of these, and liked it so much I bought a second one. So many great features, so stable and great video and pictures. These fly like a dream and I have zero issues with either of these. So easy and fun to fly. Quite impressive to see these launch, fly and land. There is iPhone and android software you can get to have more displays active; I wish there was some windows software as I can connect to the camera's wireless with my laptop, but can't seem to find any software that will work to view with. This drone though works flawlessly as it was designed to, great battery life..and fun to operate. great deal and service from B&H Photo..Thanks
        Date published: 2016-06-25
        Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for first time Drone owners This is the first drone that I actually own but no stranger to drones. What I first noticed is that the Typhoon is much more quiet then the Phantoms.(props are larger) Yuneec did a really good job with this gimbal, the picture is very stable. I would 5 star The q500 but the camera has blurry edges! At full res. the picture quality is Amazing except for just a small bit of the edges are soft. I spoke to Yuneec about this(they have awesome customer service) they way this issue was explained to me was that the wide lens is smaller then the sensor by millimeters therefore the edges are blurred. but at other resolutions, 1440/1080 the edged are just fine. This is not that big of an issue because Ill fit it to a 1080 timeline. A few things I'd like to see is a better shade box for the controller(take out the bottom part for easy screen access), ND/Polarized filters, Longer battery life, foam in the case instead of Styrofoam.
        Date published: 2015-08-03
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a machine.... As a mid-level experienced pilot this drone is the type of aircraft I envisaged owning. I had a Blade QX2 before, great for starting out, fast - but flight time is limited, with no onscreen telemetry - range anxiety was always an issue. The Q500 4K is in a different league, very smooth, stable, re-assuring - combined with the ST10+ and CGO3 4K - what more do you need? 25 minutes flight-time, full telemetry and surprisingly quiet. If it's in stock - buy it!
        Date published: 2015-08-18
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would Crash again. I love this drone we fly all over austin. but one day she got near a tree and lost her way. from a tree she feel into a river and i thought all was lost i got all the part i could find the body and the camera crack and wet i thought she would never fly again. i called yuneec and they told me not to worry send it back and we will have it flying in a hurry. i did this for 70 dollars off to the lab with you i said come back to me soon. weeks go by and i get a call its yuneec your drone is fixed and ready to fly. thinking that cant be how much will this cost. it wasn't that bad 100 bucks is all. so i got the drone back and we are flying again. away from trees its most evil or friends. great drone tough beast yuneec is fast and friendly when something goes wrong. TL:DR crashed drone into tree then river yuneec fixed it for 170 total dollars.
        Date published: 2016-04-20
        Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great out of the box but you need to update before 1s flight Get a proper lipo charger, update the firmware especially the camera to the standard version for the full FPV range, two more batteries and a foam replacement insert to the case, and last get rid of the sd card for a Sandisk Extreme Pro 32gig. Keep orig' sd cad for firmware updates. Do a compass calibration to prevent drifting in GPS mode. And your flight experience will be brilliant.
        Date published: 2015-08-28
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