Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec has announced its latest collaboration with German photo hardware firm Leica Camera AG. And the first product of this handshake is the Typhoon H3 series drone aimed at both the needs of filming and high-quality photography.
Typhoon H3 is equipped with ION L1 Pro camera, which uses a 20-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor. The camera is capable of 4K / 60p video recording with a maximum bitrate of up to 100Mbps. The integrated 3-axis gimbal and retractable drone chassis allow the camera to rotate 360-degree freely and capture smooth panoramic shots.
The camera, whose key settings, including automatic white balance, color reproduction, sharpening and noise reduction, are calibrated by Leica. It promises to bring images with high saturation, more detail, and vividness.
Developed according to Leica-guided specifications, this camera incorporates a variety of automatic and semi-automatic brightness balancing modes with a large dynamic range. The 10-bit DNG and Y-Log profiles are optimized for a variety of professional photography tasks and are compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom programs.
The standard Typhoon H3 kit will come with PX4-based ST16S flight control with two batteries that can fly about 25 minutes on a single charge. The 7-inch touch screen integrates directly into the controller to enable live view in 720p resolution and has a transmission range of up to 2 km (1.2 mi).
Yuneec emphasizes that all data is transferred strictly between the drone, its camera, and controller, without the participation of a cloud system to ensure security.
The release date of Typhoon H3 has not yet been announced. The drone is expected to cost around $ 2,200.