Taking Aim at DJI, Yuneec Preps High-End H520 Drone

January 5, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Drone maker Yuneec is courting cinematographers and other business users with its newest flying machine.

The H520 is a six rotor aircraft due in the second quarter of 2017. According to Yuneec, the drone can be outfitted with a number of different camera options, including the new CGO-CI camera, which is targeted at cinema and broadcast users. While details on the new camera were sparse, Yuneec says it supports panoramic shooting, burst and time-lapse modes.

The camera sits on a 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal. The craft’s landing gear retract, giving you a clear view of your aerial surroundings. You can also tilt the camera and gimbal up 20 degrees—a feature principally designed for drone inspections but also useful for filmmakers in search of unique angles.

While the H520 has six rotors, it can fly with five in the event one is damaged. It incorporates Intel RealSense technology to map out obstacles along a flight path navigate around them. The H520 has a number of safety features including geo-fencing, variable speed control, return-to-home and low-battery return to home.

The drone includes the ST16 controller which sports a 7-inch Android tablet and a 720p video downlink from the drone camera and an HDMI output for external monitors. Look for it in the second quarter of this year with prices ranging from $2,499 to $4,499, depending on your configuration.