Autel Drone Review 2022: Best Choice For You.

Autel Drone Review
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This article is for people who are looking to buy the new, updated version of the Autel Evo. With updated features including but not limited to improved hardware and software, this is surely the best investment for the future. Intro of Autel Evo 2 review. Its looks are not for everyone, but there is no arguing with the video quality.

This article is for people who are looking to buy the new, updated version of the Autel Evo.

Autel Drone Reviews

Autel Evo ii review

PROS

  • 6K video and 20MP raw imaging
  • 1-inch sensor camera
  • Multiple color profiles, including Log
  • 10-bit HDR up to 4K quality
  • Support for raw and JPG images
  • Large battery for flights lasting more than 30 minutes
  • Automated flight paths and obstacle sensors
  • Max video resolution: 8K/25p, 6K/30p, 4K/60p

CONS

  • Oversharpened default video profile
  • Smartphone apps are still required for many functions
  • 10-bit Log video unavailable at 6K
  • The iPhone cable is not included

The majority of consumer drones can be used with an app on your smartphone. To view the camera and take photos, you will need to connect your phone. Autel Robotics takes a different approach with the Autel Evo ii Pro ($1,795). This controller has a color display that allows you to fly, take photos and record video without the need for an additional device

. Although it’s a solid performer, you will pay more to be able to control the quadcopter from your smartphone. You’ll also discover that many camera features require an app. At $999.99, the DJI Air 2S is a smaller drone with similar cameras and is a better choice.

Build & Design

Autel Drone Review - Build & Design

All three models in this lineup leverage the same body design, where the differences lie in their camera payloads. But, they use a new foldable design that’s slightly larger than the previous model. And a design bearing a solid resemblance to DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro. But at 1150 g (2.5 lbs), it’s quite a bit larger and doesn’t quite fit into the palm of your hand.

Granted, its larger wingspan does help when it comes to air stability. It also has quite a bit taller stance since Autel’s added legs on all four arms. And this addition gives the drone a useful 22 mm ground clearance, making it easier to take off on uneven surfaces without a helipad. So comparatively, it doesn’t have the same ultra low profile design as the Mavic series. But, it’s a design change that works to its benefit.

Autel’s also refined the battery locking mechanism this go-round. And this new model now uses the Battlock System to prevent accidental ejections during flight. This re-design is also far easier to remove and replace than its predecessor, which required substantial force to remove. And the battery also includes LEDs to display their present charge.

Overall, Autel has notably refined the design over the original model. It still sports the bold orange finish. But, now it’s a new matte finish, rather than the shiny plastic. But, it’s a welcome return. And this color becomes a key separator amongst rivals, as it makes the drone highly visible and easily identifiable in the sky. Interestingly, the materials used also feel noticeably more premium and in line with its price point. So overall, the build quality and design here are improved. And they’re good for the premium segment.

Autel’s includes 8 GBs of onboard storage as a backup if you run out of space on the MicroSD card. And you can access the media stored on it via the drone’s USB-C port. Otherwise, the drone has a MicroSD slot that houses cards up to 256 GBs.

High Visibility

High Visibility

 

The EVO II Pro is quite large for a small drone. It measures 4.5 by 4.3x 9.0 inches (HWD) and has a 2.6-pound takeoff mass. Bright orange makes it very visible. Since I can recall, Autel has been using this color scheme. It pops against the blue sky and green fields making it a lot easier to spot than drones with duller finishes.

To use the EVO II Pro, drone operators who fly in the US must register with the FAA. You can find all details on the FAA Drone Zone website. A $5 fee covers most people for three years. You will need to complete a certification course if you are flying for pay. It’s a good idea for beginners to learn the basics of drones.

The airframe has obstacle sensors around the plane. At normal speed, they will prevent the aircraft from colliding with anything, leaving you free to focus on your photography. The EVO II’s flight battery is quite large and allows for a 40 minute flight time that is the best in its class. However, the battery life in real-world situations can vary. My testing time was closer to 32 minutes, which is slightly more than the DJI Mavic Air 2 or Air 2S, but not by much.

The EVO’s flying style is crucial. Hovering in the air takes more power than forwarding flying. The battery can hover for 35 minutes. You can also drain it faster when you go to high-speed flight mode, Ludicrous speed. It’s not clear if this is a reference to Spaceballs, Fast and Furious, or both.

The EVO II’s standard flight mode is 22 mph. It also offers all-around obstacle detection. This is very useful when working at lower altitudes, where trees and other obstacles may pose a problem. Switching to Ludicrous mode when you fly higher above trees gives footage more motion.

Autel has put 8GB of storage in the drone. There’s also a micro USB port that can be connected to a computer to offload files. A memory card is almost a necessity, as it doesn’t have enough space to store 6K footage. It’s not a big deal as microSD cards don’t cost much. You can buy a 64GB card for $20.

GPS is used to stabilize the EVO. It hovers without noticeable drift thanks to its many sensors and pinpoint satellite positioning. You can view the drone’s position on a map if you use the included remote. The EVO II still offers automated return-to-home.

You can set limits on the distance that your drone can fly but it cannot enforce geofences around airports or other restricted flight areas. This means that you have to check if your location is allowed for you to take off. Check the FAA’s app B4UFLY if you have any questions.

Pro pilots who are familiar with the rules and regulations of where they can fly will find this drone appealing. DJI drones automatically enforce restricted and no-fly zones. This means that certified pilots must go through an unlocking procedure before taking off. You don’t need to do anything extra if you have permission.

Controller

Controller

 

The Autel Explorer app does not offer dynamic adjustments or flight control. The only options you have are to adjust the Rotational EXP settings or the Gimbal pitch speed. You don’t have the flexibility to customize your flying experience. DJI drone, however, offers throttle, rotation, and vertical movement. This is a huge difference.

The RC controller is in need of an update, as this is the second-generation release. It’s not the most ergonomic controller, with two awkwardly folded-out handles made from slick plastic. It’s also difficult to hold if your palms are sweaty. It is also disappointing that Autel has not included a better routing solution for connecting the mobile device.

The RC only has one USB Type-A port. The port is also without a cubby for the cable to be stored away. Connecting any cable to this port will cause it to dangle from the side. They don’t include any other connectors, except for one USB-C. This means that you will have to purchase your own if you don’t have a USB -C-equipped phone. It’s so strange. It doesn’t include a Lightning cable, though, so you’ll need to bring your own if you’re an iPhone owner.

This logic is not clear to us. Also, note that the rear A/B buttons are located in the grip. This position makes it easy to accidentally press them. You’ll also activate unwelcome features if you do. This occurs at least once per flight and slows down the workflow. The remote is not built or designed well and is an inferior product.

It also doesn’t have a USB-C port on the remote controller, which is odd considering that this type of connection is available to aircraft. It also doesn’t have a switch that allows you to quickly switch between flight modes.

The pitch control’s gimbal pitch wheel doesn’t offer much motion range. You must be careful when moving the wheel so that it doesn’t max out the pitch and ruin the shot.

  • The Autel Evo II features a 3.3-inch (83.82mm) screen. The Evo 2 has a 5000mAh battery that provides hours of power.
  • The brightness of the Autel Evo II remote control is 330 Nickels.
  • Switch between Evo II flight Telemetry and Live View on the Remote Controller. The best way to fly the drone is with the Evo II remote controller.
  • For FPV live viewing, attach your smartphone to the Autel Explorer app and select the different camera settings and flight modes.

DJI Auto Evo 2 Intelligent Flight Modes Review

DJI Auto Evo 2 Intelligent Flight Modes Review

 

The Autel Evo II can be flown in manual mode with the GPS on.

These autonomous Flight Modes are also available on the Autel Evo II.

  • Dynamic Track 2.0
  • Tripod Track
  • Parallel Track
  • Viewpoint
  • Smart Orbit
  • Gesture Control
  • Precision Flight
  • Dual Stability

Autel 2 Follow Me Dynamic Mode

Autel Evo 2’s Dynamic Track 2.0 technology allows you to be tracked autonomously. The Autel Evo2 Follow object detection technology can recognize up to 64 subjects simultaneously, including vehicles and people.

The Autel Explorer app will allow you to select the object that you wish to track.

Dynamic Track works with collision avoidance and obstacle detection.

Autel Evo 2 Tripod Track Mode

The Autel robotics Evo II drone can fly as though it were on a tripod. While hovering, the Evo II drone can be seen moving around as you walk.

Autel Evo 2 Parallel Track Mode

The Autel Robotics Evo 2, will track and follow you while keeping its distance. You can set the distance in the Explorer App under Parallel Track. The distance will be maintained if you continue walking towards the Evo 2.

Autel Evo 2 Viewpoint Mode

To select a direction, tap the screen in the Autel Explorer App’s live view. The Evo 2 will fly independently towards the target. To fly autonomously to a target, you can tap on it and drag the finger up or down.

Autel Evo 2 Orbit Mode

You set the center point in the Evo 2 Orbit mode. The radius is then set by flying over the subject. You can adjust the direction of your fight orbit to fly anti-clockwise or clockwise. The Robotics Evo 2 will orbit around the subject.

Autel Evo 2 Gesture Control

Gesture Control allows for hands-free flight and video recording, as well as still photography.

Autel Evo 2 Precision Flight

Robotics Evo 2 Precision flight mode allows you to control the speed, height, flight speed, and rotation of the Evo 2. This mode is used to get really smooth flight, allowing for exceptional aerial cinematic footage.

Autel Evo2 Dual Stability

The Autel Robotics Evo 2 is stopped if it breaks too hard or banks too harshly. It reduces flight braking and general flight speed.

Autel Robotics Evo 2 Intelligent Flight Modes Video Review

Battery Life

Autel estimates that the battery will last for 40 minutes under ideal conditions. It has a massive 7,100 mAh LiPo 3S lithium-ion battery. However, you can expect to fly for 35 minutes in most conditions. Its battery life is great, however. Comparatively, many rivals offer only 30 minutes of flight time.

This extra time is a selling point, especially when you are mapping or performing SAR missions. It also allows filmmakers to stay in the air longer to capture important moments. With such a large battery, you can expect a long charging time.

Autel suggests a charging time of 110 minutes to fully recharge the battery, which is a bit longer than usual.

Flight Performance

Flight Performance

 

This app is available for iOS and Android. The Autel Explorer app is very well designed. You’ll find a variety of functions that allow you to change the resolution, frame rate, and shooting mode.

The lower right offers fine-tuned settings. It also displays the tilt of the gimbal, which is very useful. It also displays standard information like battery life, longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates, and a map. It also uses Google Maps to give more information about the area.

The drone feels a little heavy in the air but is very agile. It feels almost like flying an aircraft. It will immediately make you feel its durability and robustness. It’s less agile than the Mavic in maneuvering and taking off, however. It can reach speeds of up to 45 MPH (20m/s) with the Ludicrous Mode.

It can also move very quickly and efficiently. It can also handle Force 8 winds of between 39 and 45 MPH. This is quite impressive. It is quieter than some of its competitors, but it does fly a little bit longer in mid-flight. Overall, Autel’s performance and flight dynamics have been significantly improved over the original model. It’s also much more responsive and stable in high winds.

Flying Experience

Flying Experience

 

Push-in shots can cause the drone to veer. It also tends to veer while pushing in shots, sometimes resulting in a poor shot. It also alters its speed, even though it is at full throttle. This causes it to bob slightly which can ruin the shot. It’s not reliable for single-shot subjects, which means it isn’t worth the risk.

It offers the same reliability as its rivals in terms of transmission range. It is more likely to become disconnected at lower altitudes or distances than its competitors, even if it is within sight of the aircraft, especially when flying in urban environments.

Lacking features

Lacking features

It does not have the Dronie or Rocket intelligent flight modes that are most common among casual pilots. It can lose signal when using intelligent flight modes.

The drone lacks a built-in panorama. This is unfortunate considering it is a drone designed for professionals. They aim the drone at mapping and survey missions.

Camera Quality

Camera Quality

 

The camera features a 1/2-inch stack 48MP Quad Bayer CMOS sensor. This configuration is similar to the Mavic Air 2. This configuration, however, allows the camera to produce 8K 24 FPS video. It is the first consumer drone with this feature, unlike the Mavic Air 2.

It also captures 6K 30 FPS and 4K 60 FPS as well as 2.7K and 1080p 120fps video. Autel’s increases the maximum data rate by bumping it from 100 Mbps up to 120 Mbps. It can also shoot H.264 (the standard) and H.265(HEVC), as well as MP4 or MOV formats. It also has a 25.6mm equivalent lens, a 79o field-of-view, and an aperture of f/1.8.

This configuration is superior to DJI’s lineup, with higher frame rates and better resolution. Only the Air 2 can play 4K 60 FPS video. You get 120 FPS at 2.75K. This drone is also available in A-LOG with 10-bit color. This drone features a flat natural game with a wider dynamic range for color graders. It does this without the lens distortion issues that are common with the Mavic.

This camera is superior in quality and produces more detail, fewer artifacts, and greater latitude for post-processing. This configuration is superior to both the Mavic 2 Pro (which has a resolution of 4K), and the Air 2. 8K allows for unrivaled flexibility when cropping, scaling, and punching in images. You can also get high-quality still images with the footage, which has four times as much detail than 4K UHD.

It still outperforms rivals at higher ISOs, despite its resolution increase. It delivers an instant improvement before 4K footage becomes unusable. Now you can capture usable footage at ISO 800 instead of 400. It’s unmatched in detail and flexibility compared to the rest of the market.

The HDR video captures 16 exposures in a single frame to increase the dynamic range. This effect is subtle, and not overexaggerated as rivals.

The camera can also capture JPEG or RAW images at full 48MP resolution. This is a major selling point over competitors that offer this as an additional shooting option. The Auto Exposure Bracket allows you to create 48MP HDR images with the Automatic mode.

This drone can also print images up to 100 inches in width. The images it produces are stunning. Images are rich in detail and have fine details. They also have a distinct, subtle HDR effect which is a bonus.

Although the Digital Zoom option can be a little disappointing when used, it is easy to access just like any other function on the menu.

The 8x digital zoom is superior to the 4x lossless version.

You can also use the time-lapse mode to capture both JPEG as well as RAW images. Hyperlapse Mode captures time-lapse videos that include movement.

It can be exposed for long periods of time, up to 8 seconds.

It also has zebras to warn of overexposure.

 Image Capabilities

 Image Capabilities

 

Hyperlapse does not have a total video length indicator. You will need to manually track the recording time. The drone does not automatically merge the captured photos like its rivals. This will have to be done separately.

Odds and ends

Drone-Works provided me with the Robotics EVO II “Rugged Bundle”, which included a GPC-designed hard case. The package also includes two additional sets of propellers as well as an extra flight battery.

It is quite large for a drone that is compact. This will make it difficult to carry around, especially when airport security becomes more common.

The right-hand side shows a Mavic 2 Case I bought for myself. Although the drone is not much smaller than that of the EVO II but the case that comes in the ‘Rugged Bundle’ is enormous for a foldable drone.

Autel Evo2 Review Of Features and Specifications

Autel Evo2 Review Of Features and Specifications

Let’s look at the Autel Robotics Evo 2 specifications, features, and frequently asked questions. This video gives you an overview of the Autel Robotics Evo 2 features.

What’s the Autel Evo Flight Time?

It is rare to find a flight time for Autel Evo that takes 40 minutes.

What is the Autel Evo2 hovering time?

The Autel Robotics Evo 2 hover time is 35 minutes with no wind.

What’s the Autel Evo2 Weight?

The Evo 2 takeoff weighs 39.75 ounces (11127g) and up to 42.04oz (1192g), depending on which model has the Evo 2 Dual (8k camera / FLIR Boson thermal cam) being the heavier.

Can the Autel Evo2 Fly-in Windy Conditions

The Autel Evo II, which can fly in Level 8 winds conditions on the Beaufort Scale is capable of flying in fresh gales. Beaufort Level 8 winds are up to 46 mph (74 km/h). This drone is a huge deal compared to other drones this price and size.

What Size Is The Autel Evo 2?

The Autel Evo 2 dimension is 15.63 inches (397mm) folded. It is slightly larger than the Mavic 2’s diagonal size of 13.94inches (354 mm).

What is the Autel Evo price?

Here are the best Autel Evo 2 Deals.

  • Autel 8k Camera is USD 1.495.00
  • Autel Evo 2 Pro USD 1,795.00
  • Autel Evo Dual (8k plus FLIR Thermal).

Are there Autel Evo2 Bundles?

There are currently no Autel Evo2 bundles. The Autel Evo 2 bundles are in production and should ship shortly. Autel Evo 2 bundles should then be available.

How Fast can Autel Evo2 Fly?

The maximum speed for the Autel Evo 2 is 45 mph (72.42 km/h).

Autel 2 Flight Range Distance

The Autel Evo 2, with a 9 km range, has a flight distance of 5.5 miles.

It is not a good idea to fly any drone beyond its limits in terms of range, distance, and height. There’s always a chance you might lose sight of your drone or transmit to it.

Autel Evo 2 Global Navigation Satellite System

Autel Evo 2 uses both GPS and GLONASS to connect to a variety of satellites. GPS is vital for smooth hovering, flight navigation, and the geotagging of aerial photos for photogrammetry using 3D mapping software.

What is the Autel Evo Max Height Limit for?

Autel Evo 2 maximum height is at 4.35 miles (7 km) above sea level.

Is the Autel Evo 2 waterproof?

The Autel Evo2 is not waterproof.

How to Fly the Autel Evo 2?

The Autel Evo 2 can be flown using the remote control with a 3.3 inch (83.82mm) screen.

Attaching your smartphone to the remote control is the best way to fly Autel Evo 2. The Autel Explorer app will be installed on your smartphone.

What is The Autel Evo 2 Fly App?

Autel Evo 2 remote controller review The Autel Evo 2, uses the Autel Explorer app You can download the e-book from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Is the Autel Evo2 easy to fly?

It is easy to fly the Autel Evo 2.

What can the Autel Evo 2 be used for?

The Autel Evo 2, a professional quadcopter, is highly advanced and has exceptional flight stability. It also offers excellent camera options that can be used in a variety of sectors.

You can use the Autel Evo 2, to take photos of wildlife and scenery. It also has video capabilities that allow you to market hotels, resorts, or homes. It is ideal for site surveying due to its high-resolution camera. The Evo 2 can fly fast and be used to film sporting events. It can capture 48-megapixel stills. This makes it ideal for creating 3D maps and drawings of buildings and structures.

Autel Evo Dual 8k camera and FLIR Boson thermal cameras are included to make them useful for search and rescue operations or firefighters.

Drones can be used for many purposes. These are all covered in our article entitled Best Uses for Drones.

Autel Evo 2 Max Video Transmission Distance

The maximum distance of video transmission for Autel Evo 2 is 5.5 miles (9 km), and it can be transmitted unobstructed using the remote controller with a smartphone connected.

Please Note: It’s very important to be familiar with and adhere to your country’s drone flying regulations.

Resolution for the Autel 2 Video Transmission

The live video transmission of the Autel Evo 2 is 1080p to the remote controller.

Autel Evo 2 Frequency Bands During Video Transmission

Autel Evo 2 uses a 2.4 GHz ALink to transmit.

Autel Evo 2 Obstacle Sensing Reviewed

The new Autel Evo 2 is able to sense objects from all directions. This is called Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensoring. The object can then be flown around or, if there is no route available, it will hover in its place.

How Does The Autel Evo 2 Obstacle Sensing Work

How Does The Autel Evo 2 Obstacle Sensing Work

The Autel Evo 2, which is equipped with 12 Omnidirectional computer vision sensors on both sides, has 12 total. For precision hovering, the drone also has 2 ultrasonic sensors.

Autel Evo 2 Obstacle Sensing Range

  • Forward 0.5-40 meters (1.64-131 feet)
  • Backward 0.5-32 meters (1.64-105 feet)
  • Above: 0.5-24 meters 1.64-78 feet
  • Downward 0.5-22 meters (1.64-72 feet)
  • Sides 0.5-24 meters (1.64-78 feet)

Autel Evo2 Obstacle Sensing Area Of View (FOV).

  • Forward: Horizontal: 60deg, Vertical: 80deg
  • Backward: 60deg, Vertical: 80deg
  • Upward: 60deg, Vertical: 50deg
  • Downward: 60deg, Vertical: 50deg

An Alternative to DJI

It is no secret that DJI drones are the market leader in consumer drones. Other companies have tried to enter the market, but either retreated ( GoPro), or opted for products for the industrial sector ( Yuneec).
The DJI EVO II Pro drone is very competitive with the EVO II Pro. The camera is comparable to the Mavic 2 Pro’s and Air 2S cameras, and we love its 360-degree obstacle detection system as well as other safety features. DJI’s unlocking process can be frustrating for professionals who need to fly in restricted areas. However, it should not be seen as an excuse to violate regulations.
While the promise of a phone-free flight might appeal to some, you can’t access every camera feature of the Explorer app. Automated flight is not possible. However, we wish the app was more polished.
The DJI Mavic 2 Pro, which is comparable in price and features to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, is an alternative. It received a glowing review from us three years ago. Although it’s not as popular today, there is no doubt that the Hasselblad camera is a quality product.
The DJI Air 2S is available for around $1,000. The camera lacks aperture control. Sunstars will not work on it. You’ll need neutral-density filters for incoming light. It’s not difficult to see the value. The camera can record 10-bit video at full resolution and performs a variety of automated shots. The DJI drone is still available and includes all the usual trappings. The EVO II Pro is an excellent alternative for pilots who want more autonomy.

FAQs

Is Autel equipped with geofencing?

Autel drones have often featured “No Geofence Restrictions ” as a selling point. Autel EVO II drones now have geofencing capabilities. However, this doesn’t mean these capabilities will not be enforced.

Can the Autel Evo2 fly in rain?

Q5: Is the EVO 2 waterproof? A: It is not. Drones aren’t waterproof. Rain can damage the camera, gimbal, motors, or cause other problems to the controller or drone. It is important to land your drone as soon as you can if it gets caught in the snow or rain.

What is the maximum Autel Evo can go?

Autel also allows you to fly your drone at 2,600ft (800m), while DJI restricts its drone to 1,640ft (500m).

Conclusion

Autel’s EVO II, in the end, is undoubtedly the best drone camera for professional videographers. It also offers the most value for money. It easily outperforms the Mavic 2 Pro from its iconic pedestal and leaps ahead as the more capable drone.

It has superior image quality, a longer life span, and obstacle sensing. These features are a plus in real life. It’s a premium drone, but not without its faults. This is for certain. It is a benchmark in the industry, and it will be the preferred choice for many. But, It’s too expensive at the moment and has features that are mostly not necessary for beginners. Instead, consider the DJI Mavic Mini 2.

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