If you are in the market for a new personal drone, there are two models on the market that are superior products against the rest. In one corner you have the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, and in the other corner, you have the Yuneec Typhoon H. Both drones are great models to choose from, but which is better? The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is a more popular model to choose from, but the Yuneec Typhoon H may have some under-rated features that may make it a better buy. It is a tight competition but let us compare the specifications on the Yuneec typhoon h vs phantom 4 to determine which one is better.
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Yuneec Typhoon H vs DJI Phantom 4 Basic Specifications
Both models pack a lot of punch in performance, as their lightweight structures allow for a flawless performance. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 comes in at just a little over 3 pounds while the Yuneec Typhoon H is just under 4 pounds. In regard to size, The Yuneec Typhoon H is approximately 28 inches length and width including propellers by almost 12 inches in height, comparatively, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is about 14 inches length and width not including propellers which makes it similar in size.
The Phantom 4 operates on 1 lithium polymer battery while the Yuneec Typhoon H operates on two lithium polymer batteries. When it comes to size and weight, we would give a slight edge to Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 for its slightly lighter weight prototype that allows for better flight characteristics.
The greatest feature on each of these models is the high quality camera resolution they provide. DJI Phantom 4 Pro can operate on 3 resolution sizes of either 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9 while the Yuneec Typhoon H can handle 4K Ultra High Definition video, with 12 megapixel photos, only at 720P. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a 20 Megapixel camera that can handle image resolutions of up to 4096×2160 which is comparable to the 4K capabilities of the Yuneec Typhoon H, but with the 20 MP can operate at a 1080P.
The Yuneec Typhoon H supports a full 360 Degree anti-vibration gimbal, while the DJI Phantom 4 Pro can have a 3-axis pitch, roll, and yaw with a 120 degree pitch range. While the Yuneec Typhoon H may have a better overall range for photos, we would give the edge again to the DJI Phantom 4 Pro for its 20 MP camera over Yuneec Typhoon H twelve.
There is no denying that the investment into the Yuneec Typhoon H is in the form of its state of the art controller. The controller is an ST16 Pro all-in-one device, which features a 7-inch android touchscreen, capable of advanced control design and a live feed of your camera at your fingertips.
Alternatively, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro can use a mobile holder attachment, but this only has a 5.5 inch GL300K: Built-in display device android operating system. Additionally, the Yuneec Typhoon H comes with an extra battery for longer handheld performance. There is no denying here that when it comes to the controller, the Yuneec Typhoon H is way ahead over the DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
Both models are very nimble and flexible in the flight of landing and taking off, but they do have some slight differences. The Yuneec Typhoon H uses a retractable landing gear which allows an unobstructed view for the 360 camera. Additionally, these landing arms fold in, which helps keep the model compact when not in use for easy storage. Finally, the propellers are highly crafted and are easily install-able with a quick release button.
On the other side, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro includes a 5 rotor fail safe, which makes it compliant under the guidelines set by the Federal Aviation Administration. While the DJI Phantom 4 Pro does not have retractable arms, by design it is already compact and so lack of this feature is negligible for this model. However, you will find that the propellers tend to be about 40 percent louder compared to the Yuneec Typhoon H. So, while the DJI Phantom 4 Pro gets points for being compact and FAA compliant, we give the edge to the Yuneec Typhoon H.
Flight Duration and Velocity
Both the Yuneec Typhoon H and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro have comparable specs on duration and velocity. The Yuneec Typhoon H can offer flight durations of up to 25 minutes including while using its 4K UHD camera. Alternatively, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a slightly longer duration with a 30 minute flight time while using its 4K UHD camera. The Yuneec Typhoon H can also reach a top height of 400 feet, while the DJI Phantom 4 Pro technically has a 1 mile range, with a ceiling of 19685 feet from sea level due to air pressure.
When it comes to speed, the Yuneec Typhoon H boasts a flying speed up to 30 miles per hour in Angle Mode, almost 44 miles per hour in Follow Me Mode, and 13 miles per hour in Smart Mode. Alternatively, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro can move 36 miles per hour in angle mode, 45 miles per hour in smart mode, and 36 miles per hour in Follow Me Mode. When it comes to flight duration and velocity, we believe the better battery life and compact design provide an overall much better performance on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, even though Yuneec Typhoon H. The big setback for Yuneec Typhoon H is its lack of speed in smart mode.
Both models provide a suite of smart features that can enhance the user experience of owning a quality drone. The Yuneec Typhoon H features both Collision prevention and advanced obstacle navigation, which means it should never collide into anything within its trajectory and can be set-up to allows be within your range. If you decide to walk or run in one direction, the drone will not require your controller input, as it will be able to follow you accordingly, or set an orbit around you if you desire. The device will also be limited to its 400 foot range in height, which is the max the FAA allows, and the device is built to not exceed that, so you will not have to worry about reaching illegal heights.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro, on the other hand, has Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance, which is like the Yuneec Typhoon H but more tolerance for error. The model also has what is called an Ocusync Transmission, which provides flight autonomy with redundant sensors. While this in practice behaves like the Yuneec Typhoon H advanced obstacle navigation, it again does not have the quality specifications to be qualified as maintaining a smart distancing or geo-fence that the Yuneec Typhoon H has. So while the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has the capabilities to follow the driver because it’s not capped at the 400 feet FAA ceiling limit, it tends to run around more wildly than the Yuneec Typhoon H. Ultimately what the DJI Phantom 4 Pro makes up for in total range, lacks in safe user control.
When it comes to price, there is a big gap between the two. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro comes in right now at a whopping $1599! Alternatively, the Yuneec Typhoon H, which originally came in around $799, has dropped in price substantially to $599. The question is does the overall performance of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro more than twice that of the Yuneec Typhoon H? Our answer is probably not, so the price point match is easily a winner for the Yuneec Typhoon H.
While the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is undoubtedly more popular for its better energy use, camera resolution, and compact design, the edge would have to go to the Yuneec Typhoon H. Overall where this model delivers is in the user experience, with a state of the art remote control, a design that allows unobstructed camera views, and in our opinion much better smart features than the DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
The smart features are great on both models, providing at least some level of collision protection and following capabilities. However, from this perspective, we feel that range is less important over a controlled geofencing provided by the Yuneec Typhoon H unless you want a drone that can fly miles over a mountain.
Even if someone might favor the more compact design with better velocity specs, we feel it is not well justified at more than double the price of the Yuneec Typhoon H. So when it comes to the Yuneec Typhoon H vs Phantom 4, we would say that you cannot go wrong with either model, but if you are stuck on a decision for a long time, take your chances with the underdog here and go with the Yuneec Typhoon H.