The Yuneec Breeze, released in mid-2016, was one of the first compact selfie drones that has a good camera. It’s very similar to the DJI Spark, but keep in mind that the Spark was released about 8 months later. It boasts a 4k camera, a compact body for portability, and a bunch of high-tech automated flight modes. While the Breeze is sort of a mini version of Yuneec’s Typhoon model, it still has a bunch of neat features. It’s designed with beginners in mind; you can’t really use this for anything more than amateur video. In the review, I’ll compare it to the Spark so you get a sense of which is better (Spoiler Alert: Spark is better).
The Breeze originally went for 500 dollars, but that price has dropped to 229 on Amazon. For that price, you get the Drone, 2 batteries, propellers and other necessary stuff, but no controller. First off, 2 batteries make a big difference. The flight time on the Breeze is only about 10 minutes, so now it’s twenty. Second, the lack of a controller is because it’s a selfie drone, so it’s meant for people who want to take pictures, not fly far away. There is, however, a controller you can purchase (see picture on the left). On Yuneec.com, there’s an “FPV kit” which includes the controller and a VR headset, but I can’t see the price on that. On B&H, they have just the controller which is 39.99. I personally don’t think the controller is worth it, because it doesn’t add much range, it just gives you the physical joysticks. Controlling from the app isn’t ideal, but I don’t think it’s worth 40 bucks to get the controller. Now, the DJI Spark goes for 400 bucks right now, so Breeze is $150 cheaper.
The flight on the Breeze could be a lot better. First of all, the range is about 100 meters. That’s a little over a football field. Now, for people who are just using this to take selfies, that may be fine, but I want at least a mile range from a drone so I can fly it far away. Second, the flight time is advertised 12 minutes, but it’s really 10. 10 minutes isn’t terrible, but it’s not good. Spark has 16, which is better, but something like the Mavic Pro, which gives about 25 minutes, makes such a big difference. Since you get 2 batteries for the Breeze, I guess that bumps it up to 20, but it’s still a pain to switch batteries.
However, the indoor stabilization is pretty nice. If you’re using this to take a selfie, it will hover pretty precisely. The other great thing about this drone is the Auto flight modes. Like the Spark, it has a few different flight modes: Pilot (manual controls), Orbit (it circles around an object), Selfie mode (for taking selfies), Journey (the drone flies up and away from you, creating a “zooming-out” video), and Follow Me (the drone follows an object). Considering the size and price of this thing, having 5 flight modes is pretty crazy.
I should also mention that you’re going to be using your phone for all the controls (unless you buy the controller), so you will be using the Breeze Cam App, which lets you control it and view the live video. Overall, the flight is alright. For most beginners, the flight won’t be hard to get the hang of.
The most appealing part of this drone is its high-quality footage. The camera is capable of shooting 4k video and 13 megapixel photos. The 4k resolution is sure to excite some beginners, but beware! The digital stabilization only works when shooting 1080p, so shooting 4k will be extremely jerky and not good for videos. Plus, there is no gimbal on this drone, so the stabilization is all digital, which is far less trustworthy. And since there is no gimbal, you also cannot turn the camera from side to side; your only option is to move up and down.
So while the 4k res is much better than most drones of its size (Spark’s max is 1080), keep in mind that there is some fine print, and you won’t get very smooth footage. However, this is a selfie drone, and if you’re only using it for selfies and pictures, it won’t make a difference.
This drone is really tiny. It’s not as tiny as the Spark, but it can still be easily carried in one hand. Portability won’t be an issue with this tiny thing.
Overall, while this drone boasts a ton of noteworthy features, I think most people will be better off buying the DJI Spark. However, this drone comes in at 229, and the Spark is 400+, so if you’re willing to sacrifice camera quality for a cheaper price, the Breeze still is a great option. If you want an option that’s also cheap, check out the Parrot Bebop 2 (ranging from about $300-500).
Even though I say this drone isn’t perfect, it’s still a pretty good drone, and for 200 bucks, it could easily be worth it.