YUNEEC Partners with Leica to Release the Typhoon H3 Drone

October 2nd, 2019
YUNEEC Partners with Leica to Release the Typhoon H3 Drone

YUNEEC has just introduced a new drone, the Typhoon H3 co-engineered with Leica. This new engine features six rotors and boasts an impressive 20MP 4K Leica camera that can capture up to 10-bit YLog footage. Let’s take a closer look at this powerful drone for photographers and filmmakers.


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YUNEEC Typhoon H3 Features

The Typhoon H3 (codename YUNTYH3EU) is YUNEEC’s latest flagship six rotors drone. This sturdy beast weight close to two kilograms with the built-in camera, and can fly for up to 25 minutes. Despite its heavyweight, the aircraft can fly at an incredible speed of 72km/h (44mph). Also, more rotors mean more risks of failure. But if a rotor is damaged or fails, the Typhoon H3 automatically activates a 5-rotor mode to return home safely.


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Like every modern drone nowadays, the Typhoon H3 is full of sensors to avoid obstacles and make your flight safer. Indeed, there are intelligent auto flight modes, similar to DJI’s ones, like Follow Me/Orbit/Journey/Curve Cable Cam.

Due to the camera’s position, which is pretty low, there are two landing gears to take off and land the Typhoon H3 on any terrains. These landing gear are retractable once the aircraft is in the air so the camera can freely turn 360 degrees around the engine.

To control the aircraft, the Typhoon H3 comes with a remote control that features a 7″ LCD screen, that can control the drone up to 2 km, and that runs on Android. So, the engine is excellent, but the power of this drone for filmmakers is in the camera, which is a first-time partnership between YUNEEC and Leica.


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YUNEEC Partners with Leica

The Typhoon H3 comes with an ION L1 Pro camera engineered in partnership with Leica. This camera features a 1″ CMOS sensor that can take 20MP photos and record 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second. The six rotors aircraft should be quite stable, but the camera is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal for more stability. The lens of ION L1 Pro is a 23mm Leica Elmarit-D glass, with a maximum F/2.8 aperture.


Image credit: YUNEEC

The camera can shoot stills in DNG Raw. On the video side, the camera stores your recordings on an SD card in H.264 and H.265 codecs at a bitrate up to 100Mbit. Various picture profiles are available, including normal, vivid, WDR, B&W, and 10-bit Log/YLog. The 10-bit Log picture profile is the one that provides you with the broadest dynamic range possible.

According to YUNEEC, Leica developed the built-in software with features that “works now like a photographer is used to. Semi-Auto modes, ISO increments or EV intervals were made to feel like a regular camera.” Of course, you can set all your settings to manual if you want full control over your image.

Finally, there is an exciting feature that is called “Cruise Control” that keeps the speed of the drone constant. That way, you can concentrate on your shot and framing without having to worry about the drone trajectory or inconstant speed.

Pricing and Availability

The YUNEEC Typhoon H3 comes as a kit that contains the drone, the camera, the controller, and two batteries. It retails for $2599.00/2399€ and should start shipping by the end of October.

What do you think of the YUNEEC Typhoon H3? Do you think it could be an interesting contender to the DJI Mavic Pro 2? Let us know in the comments!


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Guillaume Juin
MemberOctober 3rd, 2019

I really don’t see the point. Camera features are about the same than mavic pro 2, but the size is more similar than the inspire 2 ! 4/3 sensor, raw or prores, and interchangeable lenses should have been minimum !

GuestOctober 3rd, 2019

I wouldn’t see it as a competitor for the DJI Mavic but a fine alternative to the Inspire. There are those of us who bought, and are still using, the first Inspire 1 quadcopters. Ours still works great but I can’t believe DJI will be supporting it for much longer. If we have to upgrade, we can’t afford an Inspire 2 with all the bells and whistles. So, I would probably recommend the Typhoon H3 as our new drone. By the early specs it would easily met our needs for photos and video. Beside, I like the idea of no longer having to tie up our iPad with our drone since Yuneec has a monitor (and Android) built into the controller.

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GuestDecember 12th, 2019

I came here while searching for more info about this new copter. I fly a lot for low to mid budget productions and was searching for new drones in the market.

All footage of the H3 I saw until now reminds me a lot on our Inspire One. From all the footage I found online I can say the quality is in my opinion no were near the Mavic Pro 2. The detail on the H3 has the same giddery patterns than on all the old DJI drones like, mavic 1, phantoms, x3 and x5 cameras.

The Leica branded yuneec camera does looks better than the X5 On the I1 which had a GH4 sensor.

The reason we stopped using the Inspire one was that the Mavic Pro 2 looked so much better in Video than that GH4 sensor. Also the capabilitys in post are really good in terms of manipulating colors.

Would I trade a mavic for a H3?

Videowise I’d go for the Mavic2 Pro. Even for bigger productions Its hard to beat the Mavics quality and portability.

Its not worth the hustle to get such a big drone in 2019. Especially when a small drone like the Mavic is so good at capturing video.

You even can fly a mavic with dual remote which gives you all the control you need for perfect concentration on framing.

The Inspire2 is a whole nother level than the mavic and the H3 in terms of image quality but also in price.

So were dies this H3 Leica camera fit in? If you want to have a drone like your old inspire1 but don’t have the money for the Inspire2 go for the H3 i’d say.

For everyone else who wands stunning quality in the smallest formfactor you can get today, buy a Mavic Pro2.

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