Yuneec announced the launch of their latest Typhoon H3 drone in collaboration with Leica
Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec has publicized its latest flyer, the Typhoon H3 presenting an ION L1 Pro camera which shows the first product coming from a new association with German photo hardware firm Leica Camera AG.
For Leica, collaboration is an opportunity to make its way into the drone market while Yuneec benefits from the German company’s proficiency in digital imaging and optics technology. “In the partnership between Leica and Yuneec, the emphasis is on the photographer and their artistic visualization,” said Yuneec International’s founder and chairman Wenyan Jiang. “This reveals itself in our first conjointly developed product, which will soon be launched as a perfectly harmonized tool that meets the premier quality criteria.”
Yuneec and Leica engineers worked together to make the ION L1 Pro camera, which is constructed around a 20-megapixel 1-inch type CMOS sensor made especially for aerial videography and photography and is fixed to a 3-axis gimbal underneath the drone. It flaunts an F2.8, 23 mm lens with a 91% field of view, ISO100-6,400 light sensitivity, and there are three photo characteristics to select from.
Adobe DNG profiles and 10-bit Log mode allow the creator more command over post-processing, and the component is capable of 4K video capture at up to 4,096 x 2,160 resolution and up to 60 frames per second.
The H3 hexacopter has a motor power of 730 kV, and if a propeller fails during flight, the drone will mechanically start a 5-rotor mode to balance and securely carry on its mission. There are also Failsafe and Return Home functions and an adaptable virtual fence. Flight approaches include Orbit where the drone revolves around a subject, Journey in which it rises along a linear path and then mechanically returns for the perfect shot and Follow Me.
Retractable landing stage gear means that the camera can take all-around action without any mechanisms spoiling the shot, hurdle evasion is helped along by incorporated ultrasound sensors, and the 5,250 mAh Li-Po battery provides for around 25 minutes in the air per charge. The H3 can fly to a height of 500 m (1,640 ft) and has the highest speed of 20 meters-per-second (45 mph). The drone with battery and camera weighs 2 kg.
The Typhoon H3 is controlled by a 16-channel, Android-based remote with a 7-inch display that can show live footage over wireless video downlink at 720p resolution, and has a broadcast range of up to 2 km (1.2 mi).
No US pricing has been announced, but the Typhoon H3 is presently registered in Yuneec’s Europe store for €2,399.