Autel RoboticsEVO

  • Flight time
    30
    minutes
  • Slow-mo resolution
    3840x2160
  • Video resolution
    3840x2160
  • Control range
    7
    km
  • Gimbal
    3-axis
  • Camera resolution
    3840x2160
8.2
Rating
camera
drone
8
Retail Price
$
999
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Another DJI competitor with a trick up its sleeve.

The EVO from Autel Robotics is clearly copying the DJI Mavic series, but surprisingly this is more than just a subpar clone. Clearly the styling a little different from the Mavic 2 or Mavic Air. Just like the last drone Autel Robotics made (the X-Star Premium) the design of this thing looks very strange in my opinion. It comes in this bright orange color which is great for visibility, but some might argue it looks like a cheesy toy. Other than the color, the general design is pretty good. It folds into a small shape and has a full 3 axis gimbal just like the Mavic.

Not the the best obstacle avoidance but it’s OK.

The EVO has obstacle avoidance sensors on the front and in the back. In the font, you get two obstacle avoidance cameras (same as the Mavic). On the back, you’ll find not cameras, but a IR sensor for obstacle avoidance. IR sensors or good for close obstacle detection, but they don’t work for seeing obstacles that are more complex or far away. The Mavic Air and Mavic 2 use cameras on the rear, so they will naturally do better at avoiding obstacles at higher speeds. In any case, if you need obstacle avoidance on your drone, the EVO has it.

Here's the secret weapon only on EVO.

If you’ve seen the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro, you know they shoot 4K video at 30FPS. The EVO Goes one step further shooting 4K video at 60FPS. This is a great feature if you like capturing sports and action shots and slowing down the action. If it seems strange that a small company could come out with a drone that has a faster camera than DJI, that’s because it is. Personally, I think that DJI limited the framerate on the Mavic 2 so it didn’t fully cannibalize the Phantom 4 Pro, but nobody knows for sure.

Another cool feature of the EVO is the controller. Unlike most drones, the controller for the EVO has a built in OLED screen. That means you can see the live video feed without needing to connect your smartphone.

The EVO is an interesting drone. It doesn’t have all the features that the Mavic 2 and even the Mavic Air have, but the features that it does have are very useful. I think the price is a bit high for something that isn’t name brand, but I’m guessing that controller design is where a lot of the extra cost is going. If you need a drone that can fold up and do 4K 60FPS video, then the EVO might be the only drone for you. If you want to shoot the best looking videos possible and a more capable drone, I would still go with a Mavic 2 Zoom or Mavic 2 Pro.

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EVO
Rating
7.0
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Product quality
7
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Camera Quality
8.0
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Ease of use
8.0
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Flight Time
6.0
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Speed
7.0
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Range
6.0
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Flight Autonomy
8.0
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Portability
EVO
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