Yuneec Mantis Q – foldable 4K travel drone

Yuneec is no stranger to making drones, and their latest offering the Mantis Q looks to be a direct competitor to the DJI Mavic Air, DJI Mavic Pro, and Parrot Anafi. The Mantis Q is a foldable 4K travel drone that at first glance looks almost identical to the DJI Mavic Air.

The Mantis Q features voice control and facial detection, and Yuneec claims the drone has been designed to be easy-to-use, and ultra-portable. Using an integrated camera, the Mantis Q can record both photos and videos. Still images with a resolution of 4800×2700 (16:9) or 4160×3120 (4:3) pixels can be captured as well as video resolutions of up to 4K: 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps.

The drone’s camera can be tilted upwards by up to 20 degrees or downwards by 90 degrees during flight. The Mantis Q also comes with automatic flight modes such as Journey, Point of Interest and Orbit Me. The Mantis Q can fly at speeds of up to 13.4 mph in Angle mode, 44mph in Sport mode, and 9mph while flying indoors.

Vision-based tracking and face detection

Yuneec claims that you can simply smile at the drone to activate face detection and as soon as the Mantis Q sees the user’s face, it will take a photo from up to 13 feet away. In Gesture Control mode, Mantis Q will detect a hand waving and it will take a photo.

Voice Control

The mantis Q has a Voice Control feature so that users can command the drone just by using their voice. Voice control allows users to take a photo or begin recording video all without having to manually take their hands off of the controls. Mantis Q responds to commands such as “Wake up” for powering on, “Take a picture”, “Record a video” and “Take a selfie”.

Intelligent flight modes

Just like most other drones these days, the Mantis Q has several intelligent flight modes you can choose from.

Journey Mode

Depending on the desired setting, the Mantis Q will fly upwards on a linear path and then return automatically – making for the perfect shot.

Point of Interest

Select an object while in POI (Point of Interest) mode and the Yuneec Mantis Q will circle this object automatically.

Return Home

With a push of a button, the Mantis Q will automatically return to a point near its takeoff area and land by your side.

Sensors and safety

The Mantis Q comes equipped with advanced indoor stabilization technology. Down-facing dual sonar sensors and infrared detection are claimed to make it safe enough to fly indoors and outdoors. Added safety features include a “Return to Home” function and FAA-compliant software.

Option to fly with a controller, or with no controller

You can fly the Mantis Q with and without the added controller. Yuneec claims that when using the controller, a live image can be viewed with a latency of less than (200ms) on a smartphone which is connected to the remote control.

Size and weight

The Mantis Q weighs in at 16.9 oz (479g) with a battery attached. It has dimensions of  (LxWxH, folded) 15.24cm x 7.62cm x 5.08cm  (6″ x 3″ x 2″).

Here is what the competition weighs:

DJI Mavic Air: 15.16oz (430g)

DJI Mavic Pro: 25.91 lbs (734 g)

Parrot Anafi:  13.91oz (374 g)

Flight time

The Mantis Q is also claimed to be able to stay in the air for a category-leading 33 minutes.

Here is what the competition can do:

DJI Mavic Air: 21 minutes

DJI Mavic Pro: 27 minutes

Parrot Anafi:  25 minutes

Imagining system and camera

The Mantis Q uses a camera with a 1/3.06 inch CMOS sensor with a camera lens that has an equivalent focal length of 21.5 mm. The field of view is 117°. There is no indication of what the maximum aperture of the lens is.

Here is what the competition uses:

DJI Mavic Air: 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with a camera lens that has an equivalent focal length of 24 mm, at a maximum aperture of f2.8. The field of view is 85°

DJI Mavic Pro: 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with a camera lens that has an equivalent focal length of 26mm, at a maximum aperture of f2.2. The field of view is 78.8°

Parrot Anafi:  1/2.4’’ CMOS with a camera lens that has an equivalent focal length of 26-78mm, at a maximum aperture of f2.4. The field of view is 69.0°

Video recording formats and resolutions

The Mantis Q records to Class 10 or U3 Micro SD cards in either MP4 / MOV. Yuneec doesn’t specify what the bitrate is. The resolutions and frame rates it can record in are:

4K: 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps

1080P: 1920 x 1080 @30fps or @60fps (with image stabilization)

720P: 1280 x 720 @60fps (with image stabilization)

Here is what the competition can do:

DJI Mavic Air

Records to Class 10 or UHS-1 Micro SD cards in MP4 / MOV, at 100 Mbps. The resolutions and frame rates it can record in are:

4K Ultra HD: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

DJI Mavic Pro

Records to Class 10 or UHS-1 Micro SD cards in MP4 / MOV, at 60 Mbps. The resolutions and frame rates it can record in are:

C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

Parrot Anafi

Records to MicroSD cards, class 10 U3 at 100 Mbps recommended in MP4. The resolutions and frame rates it can record in are:

C4K 24fps (4096×2160)
4K UHD 24/25/30fps (3840×2160)
FHD 24/25/30/48/50/60fps (1920×1080)

Stabilization and gimbal

It’s interesting to note that on Yuneec’s website they only list the 3-axis stabilized (Electronic Image Stabilization EIS) system as working in HD. Whether it works in 4K is unknown. If it doesn’t work in 4k then that is a huge problem and this drone won’t really be a DJI Mavic Air or DJI Mavic Pro competitor.

Battery

The Mantis Q uses a 3S 2800 mAh Lipo Battery which takes approximately 1 hour to fully charge.

Full specifications

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

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)

Price and availability

The Yuneec Mantis Q will start shipping in September for $499 USD. In comparison the DJI Mavic Air retails for $799 USD, the DJI Mavic Pro is $999 USD, and the Parrot Anafi is $699.99 USD.

The Mantis Q looks like an interesting alternative to offerings from DJI and Parrot, but there doesn’t seem to be any frame rates other than 30p listed for the drone, and if there isn’t any EIS offered when using the drone in 4K then it’s pretty much a non-starter for me.

What do you think about this latest offering? Would you buy a Yuneec Mantis Q offer a DJI or Parrot drone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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