The Yuneec Mantis Q drone, just launched and set to compete with the DJI Spark.

Can The New Yuneec Mantis Q Drone Compete With DJI Spark/Air/Mavic 2?

Yuneec has been in the drone industry for quite some time but in recent years has distanced themselves from the consumer market, but with the launch of their new foldable ‘Mantis Q’ drone, can they compete against the market lead of DJI.

The new Yuneec Mantis Q, a folding drone launched with a stunning 33 minute flight time.
The new Yuneec Mantis Q, a folding drone launched with a stunning 33 minute flight time.

With a sub-$500 price-tag this new drone can not be expected to fully compete with the impressive offering from DJI, but there are two key features of this drone which will appeal to some niche consumers in the market:

  • Upward gimbal tilt to 20 degrees.
  • 33 minutes flight time.

These two positives are unfortunately met with a major negative in the lack of a mechanically stabilised gimbal, instead the 1-axis mechanical gimbal is only used for upward/downward tilt, consequently stabilised video output from the Mantis Q is limited to 1080p.

The new Yuneec Mantis Q, a folding drone launched with a stunning 33 minute flight time.
The new Yuneec Mantis Q, a folding drone launched with a stunning 33 minute flight time.

For a first drone, the Mantis Q could be a great choice due to the generous flight time of 33 minutes, longer than any other consumer drone currently available.

This flight time allows for flight exploration without concern for short battery life, as with the DJI Spark. The range of this drone is another limitation but no more so than with its DJI alternative (the Spark again).

The transmitter of the new Yuneec Mantis Q foldable drone, which requires the addition of a smart-phone.
The transmitter of the new Yuneec Mantis Q foldable drone, which requires the addition of a smart-phone.

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Full specification…

The technical specification for the Yuneec Mantis Q drone follows, captured directly from the Yuneec website, and consequently could change following the publication of this article.

Aircraft
TAKEOFF WEIGHT (INCL. CAMERA AND BATTERY) 16.9 oz
DIMENSIONS 9 27⁄32″ x 7 23⁄64″ x 2 9⁄32″ (LxWxH, unfolded) — 6 39⁄64″ x 3 25⁄32″ x 2 9⁄32″ (LxWxH, folded)
FLIGHT TIME Up to 33 min (in no wind environment at a constant speed of 15.5 MPH)
MAXIMUM RATE OF ASCENT Angle/Manual Mode: 6.7 MPH // Sport Mode: 8.9 MPH // IPS/Phone Mode: 4.5 MPH
MAXIMUM RATE OF DESCENT Angle/Manual Mode: 4.5 MPH // Sport Mode: 6.7 MPH // IPS/Phone Mode: 2.2 MPH
MAXIMUM FLIGHT SPEED Angle/Manual Mode: 13.4 MPH // Sport Mode: 44.7 MPH // IPS/Phone Mode: 8.9 MPH
BATTERY 3S 2800mAh, changeable
RADIO RANGE 4,921 ft (FCC standard)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 32° F – 104° F
SATELLITES GPS & GLONASS
Camera
SENSOR 1/3.06 inch CMOS
PHOTO RESOLUTION 4:3 (4160×3120); 16:9 (4800×2700)
PHOTO FORMAT JPEG / JPEG+DNG
VIDEO RESOLUTION 4K: 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps // 1080P: 1920 x 1080 @30fps or @60fps (with image stabilization) // 720P: 1280 x 720 @60fps (with image stabilization)
VIDEO FORMAT MP4 / MOV
IMAGE STABILISATION 3-axis stabilized (Electronic Image Stabilization EIS)
CONTROL RANGE -90° to 20°
VIEW FIELD 117°
EQUIVALENT FOCAL LENGTH 21.5 mm (0.85″)
SD CARD Class 10 or U3 8/16/32/64/128G
ISO RANGE 100 – 3200
ELECTRONIC SHUTTER For Photo Mode: 8s-1/8000s / For Video Mode: 1/30-1/8000
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION 0, ±0.5, ±1.0, ±1.5, ±2.0, ±2.5, ±3.0
WHITE BALANCE Auto, Lock, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
SCENERY MODES Nature, Saturation, RAW, Night, Soft
METERING MODE Spot Metering, Center Metering, Average Metering
PHOTO MODES Single Shot, Face Detection, Gesture Control
DOWNLOADING SPEED PHOTOS 1 MB/s
Remote
NUMBER OF CHANNELS 10
VIDEO TRANSMISSION 4,921 ft (FCC standard, optimum conditions)
BATTERY 1S 3.7V 3000mAh Li-Ion, built-in
App
REQUIRED OPERATING SYSTEM iOS 9.0 or above (Voice Control iOS10 or above, Voice Control with local processing iOS11 or above) / Android 5.0 or above (Voice Control requires internet connection)
The new Yuneec Mantis Q from the top, showing the power button, props and upper-side of this new folding drone.
The new Yuneec Mantis Q from the top, showing the power button, props and upper-side of this new folding drone.

More information…

See full details of the Mantis Q via the Yuneec website:


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