DJI Phantom 4 comes with front facing cameras able ‘see’ and ‘sense’ any obstacle, from tress to birds to walls to flying objects, that may come its way. It was against this world-class Obstacle Avoidance System (OAS) that the Typhoon H Realsense was meant to compete against.

Many a DJI Phantom 4 review has termed its OAS truly a thing of the future.

Yuneec’s Typhoon H Realsense boasts a collision avoidance feature based on the Intel Realsense module. The Typhoon H Realsense uses ‘sonar’ technology instead of actual physical detection or visual tracking to avoid obstacles. The results have received mixed reviews – some experts pointing out to the fact the Typhoon H Realsense waits until very late before detecting an oncoming or imminent object.

Compared to the Typhoon H Realsense, the DJI Vision Positioning System – available as an extension – makes flying it an ever safer and easier experience.

Pilots can afford to sip their cup of coffee or check mails on their mobile phones when the drone was left to fend for itself, giving them a short respite while controlling their RC quadcopter. With the OAS supported by the DJI features like TapFly and ActiveTrack features, Phantom 4 is literally a breeze to operate. Even the most inexperienced beginner can fly the DJI RC quadcopter, safely and comfortably.

These features are not available with the Typhoon H Realsense. Dependent solely on GPS, tracking the Typhoon H Realsense is no joy either.

Typhoon H Realsense does have specs and credentials that are pretty impressive at least on paper. With the Typhoon H Realsense, Yuneec would have expected to have real potential that can challenge the safety credentials of the Phantom 4. Unfortunately, the Typhoon H Realsense collision avoidance feature is limited to detecting incoming or forthcoming articles when they are a mere five feet away.

Almost every Typhoon H review discusses how DJI is still ahead of the game in terms of R&D for better control and stability. The DJI vs Yuneec contest was expected to heat up with the release of the Typhoon H Realsense.

However, for the Typhoon H Realsense, a very common headache is the loss of connection during flight. This can be attributed to the unfortunate fact that Typhoon H has a much shorter operating range compared to the Phantom 4. In addition, a more stable GPS tracking means incidents of the DJI Phantom 4 signal loss extremely rare.

It has taken Yuneec around six months to bring the Intel-powered Typhoon H Realsense to market, but at long last, booking and sales have begun. Unfortunately, initial reviews of the Typhoon H Realsense are not really looking positive with pilots and drone enthusiasts are asking – is the expensively priced Typhoon H Realsense really worth that much money?