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Yuneec Launches the Mantis Q – a Voice-Controlled Folding Drone

This folding drone has some great features, including voice control and a 33 minute flight time

Most drone fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of the DJI Mavic 2, but rival manufacturer Yuneec is grabbing some headline of its own by launching a folding drone called the Mantis Q.

The Mantis Q is targeted at photographers looking for a compact and lightweight drone that’s easy to transport during adventures and comes with a huge amount of cool features. First up is voice control, which allows the drone to be instructed to take-off, land or take a photo. The Mantis Q also features visual tracking technology too, so the drone will follow you around, a useful feature if you are doing sport or wish to capture a more cinematic look to your video.

The foldable Mantis Q is compact and perfect for travel. Image by Yuneec.

Speaking of video, the Mantis Q can capture ultra high-quality 4K footage and movies shot up to 1920×1080 (1080P) are electronically and live stabilised over all three axis. Stills images can be captured at 4800×2700 (16:9) or 4160×3120 (4:3) pixels in JPEG or DNG format.

Another headline-grabbing feature of the Mantis Q is the flight time. Yuneec say a 33-minute flight time can be achieved on a single charge, which is hugely impressive. What’s more, a sport mode allows the drone to travel up to 72 km/h.

The Mantis Q can shoot 4K video and RAW stills images. Image by Yuneec.

As well as outdoor use, the Mantis Q has an indoor mode, which Yuneec says allows the drone to ‘be flown safely and stably at speeds of up to 15 km/h in indoor environments where neither GPS nor GLONASS satellites are available for positioning.’

Aspiring filmmakers will be pleased to hear there’s a number of intelligent flight modes to help capture more cinematic angles for your footage. There’s also a Return Home mode to deliver to drone back safely to its take-off position.

The Yuneec Mantis Q is available to pre-order and UK drone fans will pay around £499. Check out the video below to see the Mantis Q in action.

Check out the Mantis Q