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Autel EVO II Drone – A First Ever 8K Video Drone

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The drone section at the CES 2020 was not at all interesting for the past few years. But Autel Robotics finally gave everyone a reason to look towards it again. The company announced three different drones this year named Autel EVO II Drone – including the EVO II, the EVO II Pro, and the EVO II Dual.

The specs of all the three drones are phenomenal, but the first two models have some serious specs that just blew us away. All of the three drones have the same new airframe but different cameras. Let’s begin our discussion about the EVO II drone.

Autel EVO II Drone

Features of the Autel EVO II Drone

The features of the EVO II Drone are described below

48 MP Camera and 8K Video Shooting

The Autel EVO II drone is the best one out of the three. It takes 48-megapixel photos and also titles to shoot 8K video. This 8K video feature will not only make it the first drone to do so but also one of the first consumer-grade 8K cameras, flying or not.  Autel says its instinctive 10-bit 8K at 25 fps shot on a Sony IMX586 sensor, designed for phones was able to attain 8K video. It is because there are more processing power and battery in drones compared to phones. Also, there is more room to cool the parts down of a drone than that of a phone.

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Lens with Adjustable Aperture

The 35 mm lens of the Autel EVO II drone also has a particularly extensive f/1.8 fixed aperture. It helps with filming at night and in other low-light environments. Though, the small 0.5-inch sensor of the drone will likely add a good amount of noise. Despite this reason, the lens adds a full stop of light to what you characteristically get a drone could help you keep your ISO low.

40 Minute Flight Time

If that’s not all, the 7,100mAh battery of the Autel EVO II drone gives you an estimated 40 minutes of flight time. This flight time is much more compared to the 31 minutes for the DJI Mavic 2 series.

12 Obstacle-Avoidance Sensors

Last but not at least, the company says its 12 obstacle-avoidance sensors make it excellent at dodging obstacles like the Skydio R1-a drone that surprised us with its entirely autonomous flying. You can also adjust the virtual protective bubble around the drone to theoretically squeeze it into smaller spaces without turning off obstacle avoidance completely. Autel claims of the same speed f the EVO II drone as the Mavic 2 Pro and Autel’s “Ludicrous Mode” which is 44.7mph / 72km/h.

Autel EVO II Pro Drone

Now, let’s move towards the Autel EVO II Pro drone. This version of EVO II is adapted more towards pilot looking to get the most alluring footage. The EVO II Pro drone is offering 6K video footage which is not as attractive as the 8K footage of EVO II. But, it has a full 1-inch Sony IMX383 sensor and adjustable aperture from f/2.8 up to f/11. And, this feature is similar to the DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic 2 Pro. Unluckily, the Pro version of EVO II takes 20MP shots and doesn’t take 48MP stills. But still, the 20MP shots are more than enough for larger and clear prints.

Autel EVO II Dual Drone

At last, the Autel EVO II Dual Drone is more of an endeavor because it sports an FLIO Boson thermal camera along with the 8K camera. In thermal mode, the EVO II Dual drone is capable of recording simultaneously but the drawback is the camera’s resolution is very low.

Autel EVO II Drone

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Combined Features this Drone Series

All the three drones of the Autel EVO II series have a range up to 5.5 miles, built-in 8 GB of internal storage. They also come with a controller that has a built-in screen, in addition to the ability to plug to your phone. There is also a bigger optional screen that you can buy, but there is no confirmation on the price of it yet. The drones are presently in production, and the company expects to ship EVO II in a matter of weeks while the rest coming later.

We can expect the EVO II to cost around $1,495 and the EVO II Pro around $1,895. According to our thoughts, Autel EVO II Drones look like one of the most capable drones out there but we can’t give our final thoughts on it until it officially enters the market. Still, this drone series is a Game Changer!

Via: The Verge

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