Yuneec has a racing drone — and it costs less than $200

Chinese dronemaker Yuneec today launched its first racing drone.

Called the HD Racer, the palm-sized drone is designed for racers with a range of skill levels. The HD Racer uses an all-digital, low latency HD video downlink to allow pilots to see what the drone is seeing in real-time. Additionally, pilots can record their flights in 1080p at 60fps.

Protected blades mean the drone is intended to be flown indoors.

The HD Racer will retail at $179.99, and will be in the second half of 2018.

Yuneec today also announced a fixed wing drone called the Firebird FPV, as well as an improvement to its Typhoon H drone called the Typhoon H Plus.

 The second generation of Typhoon H means an improvement to the Typhoon H’s iconic six rotor hex airframe, including a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. The Typhoon H Plus’s camera is equipped with a high aperture, one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The camera is expected to have improved low-light performance as well.

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The new Firebird FPV is a fixed-wing drone (like a plane, rather than the quadcopter style. The Firebird FPV has a flight time to 30 minutes, and Yuneec claims the drone is simple and easy to fly at any skill level. A Safety Mode prevents the drone from flying too low by making it impossible to descend below the set floor altitude.

The Typhoon H Plus will retail at $1799.99 and the Firebird FPV will retail at $699.99, both slated to be available in the first half of 2018.

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