With the new Yuneec Breeze 4K, Yuneec has launched a product into newcomer market. This compact, low-priced flyer is the drone equivalent of a cellphone camera, complete with an over-emphasis on selfies.So if you want an extremely affordable, compact UAV drone with native 4K recording and some decent basic flight options for playing around in the field, the Breeze is a great starter option at a decent price. It’s also wonderfully easy to fly. However, if you’re looking for something for more serious or even professional aerial recording in a compact form factor, forget this drone and go for a model like the DJI Mavic Pro. GoPro Karma is also a decent option due to its superior 4K video recording chops and greater range. Why?
First of all, the Yuneec Breeze 4K comes with no gimbal for its built-in camera. Instead, the recording apparatus maintains image stability for video and photos through an EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) system and to make things a bit clumsier here, even this subpar EIS system doesn’t work when the camera is turned to 4K ultra HD recording. This is a major defect of the Breeze and for some users, it could be a complete deal breaker, especially for potential buyers who are looking for robust stable recording chops for their professional aerial video/photo projects. Then again, Yuneec doesn’t promote the Breeze as a Pro user’s camera anyhow.
The other big shortcoming: the Yuneec Breeze 4K really only stays aloft for about 10 minutes. Yuneec includes two batteries in the box, which doubles the flight time to 20 minutes if you switch batteries. This makes it almost useless for long range flight or major high altitude aerial shots even if you’ve got two batteries charged and ready to use. In any case, the 10 minute flight time is further worsened by an extremely limited flight range of no more than 260 feet vertically and about 330 feet in terms of horizontal distance. It should also be noted that even these limited flight distances are the ones you get if you manually extend the drone’s range. Out of the box, the Breeze drone comes with default settings that limit it to a range of no more than 300 feet and a height of only 30 measly feet, which is good for little more than basic user following and selfie shots.
Finally, while the Yuneec Breeze 4K possibly doesn’t deserve this complaint since it’s not priced to be a premium drone, the range of autonomous flight options in the Breeze is pretty limited. Selfie, Orbit, Follow Me and Journey are the very basics of autonomous consumer UAV flight and certainly not impressive in any consumer drone. We should also note here that the Breeze doesn’t come with a slot for SD storage of video or pictures. Instead, all recordings of any kind are stored in an integrated 14GB storage memory that’s built into the drone. This amounts to about 40 minutes of 4K video and a fairly decent amount of photo recording or HD recording but it’s still a clumsy sort of process by which the drone itself has to be connected to a USB cable for photo and video download.
Overall, Yuneec Breeze 4K is a very solid product if you understand what it is made for and the limitations of the device. Like Yuneec’s tagline for the product, this is “Your Flying Camera” rather than a competitor to the DJI Mavic, GoPro Karma, or other entry to mid-level drones.