Just a quick post as yuneec have just announced a new quadcopter to their lineup, what do you think? The breeze is essentialy a pocket sized flying camera, or the ultimate selfie stick.
Update: We are now stocking the Yuneec Breeze Selfie Drone, and should be getting our first batch in about 2 weeks. And as a special to dronetrest members here is a coupon to get £25 off if you order before the end of September, just use coupon code
At £439, it might be quite fun to have just to take some cool aerial photos when you are on the go, targeting the parot bepop 2 market, but it is smaller and lighter (350g vs 500g of the bebop).
It has a 4K camera sensor, that stabilises the footage by cropping the videos down to 1080p. But being small also means its not going to handle much wind. Also I am not a huge fan of using my mobile phone to control the drone on a wifi connection as sometimes the connection is terrible, only giving you 30m range. But as a super transportable and easy to use videography drone it
Here is the launch video
Here is the official blurb from yuneec
The Breeze is a new concept that will bring aerial photography and videography to the mass market.
Imagine a flying action camera that has intelligent flight modes that make it fool proof to fly, combined with 4k video capabilities and a 13MP camera and you will start to understand why the Breeze could be the must have gadget of the year.
With both GPS and Indoor Positioning sensors, auto take-off and landing it can be flown safely both outside and indoors and It’s so compact it can be taken almost anywhere to capture things from the air like never before.
It’s controlled by an app on IOS™ or Android™ devices and it even offers and instant sharing to social media.
The intelligent flight modes include “Selfie”, “Journey”, “Orbit” and “Follow me” which let the Breeze fly itself so you can concentrate on capturing the magic moment in a video or photo. And just in case you’re wondering, it does have a pilot mode too so if you want to just use it as a normal drone you can do that as well!
12 minutes flight time
Due to the small size, its not rely possible to put a big battery on it, so it only flies for about 12minutes per battery which is nothing like the flight times of something like the phantom 4. However fortunately its possible to add a few extra batteries which can be hot swapped between flights
The camera itself is not mechanical stabilised, so when filming in 4K, you dont have any stabilisation, however when recording in 1080p, the image is electronically stabilised, so assuming its not too windy the videos will look nice and smooth in 1080p. Furthermore the nice thing is that yuneec breeze does not use a fisheye lens, so all your photos and videos should not be distorted.
The camera unit itself can be tilted to face forward, or downwards depending on the type of shot you are after, although I am not too sure if this is something controlled remotely, or if you have to manually set the angle yourself, but i am guessing its manually set.
The closest competitor to this I would say is the parot bebop 2, or the zerotech dobby, with the yuneec breeze fitting right in the middle between them. The parot bebop 2 is abit bigger, but can fly for 25min, the breeze is smaller and lighter but can only fly for 12min. The dobby drone can only fly for 9min. But given the size and the primary function, quick 12 min flight to capture some aerial footage might be good enough while you are on the go. We are looking forward to getting our hands on one of them to test. Find out more from unmanned tech shop.