Shoot 4K video on the ground and in the sky with the Yuneec Q500 for $350

CNET | 4/16/2018 | Rick Broida
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See that belly-cam? It can detach and shoot video on land using an included handheld gimbal!

Story - Video - Event - Michigan - Morning

True story: I'm getting ready to shoot a short video to promote an upcoming road-rally event here in Michigan. This very morning, barely an hour ago, I woke up thinking how cool it would be to incorporate a few aerial shots.

And, then, bam: Like a gift from the heavens, this deal. Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter for $349.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. Once upon a time, this drone sold for $1,300 -- though that price included an aluminum carry-case and spare battery. This bundle includes neither.

First - Things - Refurb - Warranty - Yuneec

First things first: It's a refurb, but you get a full one-year warranty from Yuneec.

Second: This is more than just an aerial camera. The belly-slung 4K orb is removable and can be used to capture ground-based footage. To that end, Yuneec supplies the battery-powered SteadyGrip, a handheld gimbal mount. I've seen similar products designed for use with phones, GoPros and the like. They start at about $100 and rise from there. So it's a substantial value-add.

Drone - Yuneec - Sorry

Third: How do you catch a unique drone? Yuneec up on it. Sorry, had to.

Although the Q500 is a couple years old, it's pretty advanced, offering various autonomous flight modes, a robust remote control (which has a built-in 5.5-inch touchscreen display) and geofencing. The latter is good for beginners worried about the drone flying off into the stratosphere, never to return.

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