Review: Yuneec Breeze 4k Selfie Drone

The Yuneec Breeze 4K is a compact drone operated by your personal mobile device using the Breeze Cam app. The Breeze 4K is designed with straight up mobility and portability in mind with an incredibly small form-factor. It’s not only highly affordable by the standards of 4K-capable drones, it also can be easily transported, is extremely easy to fly and comes with a fairly decent package of flight and photo/video options.

Quick Specifications of the Yuneec Breeze

Brand Name: Yuneec Breeze
Overall Dimension: 196 x 196 x 65 mm
Brushless Motor: 2206kV brushless motors
Battery: 3S 11,1 V 1150 mAh LiPo
Flight Time: 12 minutes
Camera: 13 Megapixel
Photo Resolution: 4K – 4160 x 3120 pixels (13 MP)
FOV: 107
Image Stabilisation: Electronic image stabilization
Video Modes: UHD (4K): 3840 x 2160/30 FPS (480p live image) // HD: 1920 x 1080 / 30 FPS stabilised (720p live image) // HD ready: 1280 x 720 / 60 FPS stabilised (720p live image)
Internal Memory: 16 GB Flash

What Comes In the Box

The Yuneec Breeze ships in a handy compact case containing the Breeze, 2 batteries, a battery charger, prop guards and a set of replacement propellers. Speaking of propellers, the Breeze comes with a spare set, along with the set already on the drone. The props are a unique double folding design. They take up 50% less space, and are presumably less likely to break should they collide with any object or person; just don’t try it out!

No controller is included, the Breeze is controlled through the Yuneec Breeze Cam app, available for both iOS and Android. You’ll need a fairly new device, however, as the app communicates with the drone over 5Ghz wifi.

Pros

  • Easy to fly.
  • Assisted flight modes.
  • Small and easily transportable.
  • Good-quality video and stills.
  • Settings to tune the various flight characteristics.
  • Control of the camera’s up and down angle remotely.
  • Spare parts availability.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Short battery life.
  • No physical gimbal. It uses EIS, electronic image stabilization.

Conclusion

Flying the Breeze is extremely easy. Insert a fully charged battery, fold out the landing gear, and the Breeze is ready for take off. Download and install the Breeze Cam app, and you’re good to go.

The Breeze offers five flight modes all of them are easy to use.

Pilot: This can be considered as manual mode. You have full control over the Breeze, and can freely fly.
Selfie: This mode is the easiest to use — even with no prior flight experience, you can be flying in seconds. Simple sliders control height and distance, and the Breeze is limited to a fairly small distance and altitude.
Orbit: This is another easy to use mode. The Breeze will rotate around you or any other point of interest at a selected height and distance.
Journey: The Breeze will fly away from you for a set distance, and then fly back; all the while tracking you in the video for the perfect shot.
Follow Me: This mode keeps the drone at a predefined distance while following you. Where you go, the Breeze goes.

Each mode overlays the controls on top of the live video feed. You can start and stop recording, take pictures, and change camera settings at any time. There is a return to home button, which will automatically fly the Breeze home for you, as well as a landing button to automatically land.

The Breeze Cam app guides you through every step needed for a flight. It always asks for confirmation before take off, and provides plenty of options to configure and tweak the parameters. Should you experience any signal drop outs, the Breeze will wait patiently for you to reconnect. Should the battery run low, the Breeze will automatically return home and land safely.

If you’re looking for an easy way to start shooting aerial video, Breeze is a solid entry point. Sure, it doesn’t have the high-performance flight specs you’ll find in more expensive drones, but what it lacks in speed and range, it makes up for with a portable design, simple controls, and a super-reasonable price.

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