YUNEEC TORNADO H920 PLUS
The Tornado is an excellent-flying drone that is solid and easy to control,
and it has smooth flight characteristics for great image quality. It’s ideal for
commercial videography use. K
that are distortion-free. It can also switch
between video and photos during flight. Two
gimbal setups are available for the Tornado:
one has the CGO4 camera, and the other is
designed to carry the popular Panasonic GH4.
Both come with a Proaction handheld gimbal,
which allows you to use the camera and gimbal
for ground work.
;is large bird flies smoothly and can stay
airborne for up to 24 minutes with a three-
battery payload. Lifting o; with any of the
recommended camera payloads is well within
the flight envelope of the Tornado, and it had a
good amount of power and speed even while
transporting these large cameras. ;e response
speed is controllable on the transmitter, and
when set to low, the movement of the drone is
excellent for cinematic shooting.
One of the key updates with the Tornado
H920 Plus is the addition of the autonomous
intelligent task modes, which allow you to
program di;erent flying functions of the H920.
While most of my flying is manually placing
the Tornado where I need it, I found a few of
these functions very useful. ;e first is Point of
Interest, which is similar to Orbit Me (in which
the drone circles around the pilot/transmitter).
I first pick a point and log it into the transmitter,
then pull the drone away from that point to
where I would like it to orbit. Once the program
has started, the Tornado will autonomously
orbit around that subject. ;e flight path is more
level and smooth than if I were flying the drone
myself. ;e Curve Cable Cam and Waypoint
Programming intelligent task modes also have
some useful commercial applications.
1 / BODY ;e carbon-fiber body is
solid, and the twist-on rings add solid
support to each of the arms as well as
make setup easy.
2 / MOTORS ;e six motors have
more than enough power and quick-release props for easy setup.
3 / BATTER Y COMPAR TMENT
;ree 6S 4000mAh batteries
easily and securely fit in this large
4 / TRANSMITTER ;e ST16
(16-channel) ground station has an
easy-to-see 7-inch LCD screen that
is clear and bright.
I am a big fan of the Panasonic GH4
camera, and when I learned that the
CGO4 has the same internal components
as the GH4, I knew it would produce
outstanding images and video. The
camera features a 3X optical zoom lens,
4K-resolution video, and 16-megapixel
photos. The CGO4 is lighter than any
other camera that could be mounted to
the Tornado, and that equates to longer
flight times. In addition, it has full remote-camera control with the ST16 ground
station. A simple tap on the screen and
the camera focuses on that area. Other
functions that can be controlled from the
screen include camera settings like ISO
(100 to 25,600), shutter speed (1/8000 to
60 sec.), and—the feature I like best—the
14 to 42mm zoom (3X optical zoom).
These camera controls are available
to the pilot, and when working in team
mode, they all transfer over to the camera
While it’s great having all the camera
controls on the transmitter, the true
beauty of this camera is the finished
video. The result is distortion-free, 4K
footage that is clear and sharp all the way
out to the edges. Add to this, the ability
to change lenses and you truly have a
professional camera that is a perfect
match for the Tornado H920 Plus.