Yuneec is getting serious about the consumer drone market. In what will be the biggest challenge to DJI’s dominance to date, the company has started taking preorders for the six-rotor Typhoon H drone.

It’s the first consumer drone to incorporate Intel’s RealSense cameras to dynamically 3D map its environment. The technology will allow the ‘Follow Me’ mode to work in a variety of locations. Watching the marketing video, it’s clear Yuneec wants the focus to be on the use of the Intel RealSense R200 camera.

Coupled with a quad-core Atom processor, the drone will be able to follow your path while avoiding objects and the processing power will enable the drone to ‘learn’ its environment. Flight paths will be calculated and selected in real-time to keep the camera on the user.

“Intelligent navigation and obstacle avoidance in complex environments powered by Intel RealSense Technology expands creative possibilities and enhances safety for our customers,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “Now, users can confidently operate Typhoon H with RealSense Technology in a wide variety of environments that previously required highly-technical piloting.”

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Ultrasonic sensors will help you avoid an ‘oops’ moment by stopping the drone short of a collision. Downward facing sensors are integrated for interior work or areas where GPS coverage is spotty.

Typhoon H Specs

The Intel RealSense is a great addition, but drones are about the camera. The full 360-degree gimbal 4K camera is a shot at the DJI’s Phantom series. Each Typhoon H comes with retractable landing gear – yes you can hack your Phantom to do the same. Yuneec’s offering is out of the box.

Shooting in 4K at 30fps, it places it in line with current drones in its price range. 1080p is also offered up to 120fps. Still photography hits 12.4 megapixels.

Price? $1,899.99. Yes, it’s steeper than the new Phantom 4, but the 360-degree gimbal has been something Phantom fans have been clamoring for.

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DJI has placed the Inspire 1 right at the cost of the Typhoon H. For an extra hundred dollars you get a platform that can be extended with additional cameras and lenses and offers users the 360-degree gimbal. The ability to swap cameras out depending on shoots is a must for professionals. It could be we are about to see the Inspire 2 land, and DJI is moving to cut Yuneec off.

You can’t discount the inclusion of Intel’s RealSense on the Typhoon H, but let the price wars begin between the two. It’s a win-win for consumers.

Preorders for the Yuneec Typhoon H are live with the first shipments expected within four weeks.

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