The DJI Mavic 3 and Autel Evo 2 are two of the most popular drones on the market. They both have their own unique features and benefits. In this article, we will compare and contrast the two drones, in order to help you decide which one is right for you.
- 5.1K Video
- Cine version +Pro Res 422 HQ option
- A dual camera system provides a zoom view
- Energy-efficient return home
- The sensor of the -Zoom camera is disappointing
- -Some features due later via firmware update
- -Price increases are significant
- 8K Video
- 4K at 60fps
- Best flight modes
- Phone-free operation
- Software could be polished more
- No Panorama mode
- A mix of USB ports
- No cables supplied
DJI Mavic 3 Vs Autel Evo 2
The Mavic 3 is similar to DJI’s other Mavic drones but larger. The Mavic 3’s four arms fold out of its body, making it easier to carry the drone.
The drone’s brow is covered by a large camera mounted on a gimbal. The battery slots are located in the rear. The battery compartment has a USB-C port as well as a microSD card slot. Although the Mavic 3 comes with 8GB of internal storage, it can be expanded to 32GB if you wish.
Although it works, I don’t like the gray paint job on the Mavic 3 drone. The drone is a shade darker than other drones. This makes it harder to see from the sky. What about some bright orange or red?
To prevent it from colliding with things, the drone has sensors on its sides, top, bottom, front, side, and top. The DJI Air 2S has side-view sensors.
Autel Evo 2
It’s smaller than the Mavic 2 when folded, but it’s 53mm wider when opened at 397mm. The Autel is also noticeably taller due to the addition of legs on each arm. This gives it a useful 22m clearance. The Autel, a 4×4 that can take off on a rougher surface than the Mavic, is a sports car.
The aircraft’s ruggedness does not mean it lacks features. It houses 12 camera sensors that are required for true omnidirectional collision detection. There are two cameras at the top and one on each side. There are also ultrasonic landing sensors and downward-facing LED lights. This is a complete slap on the Mavic 2’s halfhearted counterpart: The DJI drone cannot use its side sensors in any automated mode, but the EVO 2 can detect and avoid objects if you are about to hit them sideways.
This feature is available at all times, provided you don’t choose the 45mph “Ludicrous Mode”. It worked well in our tests and made us feel more secure flying, especially when we were tracking a subject from the side. It’s not necessary to manually do this, but the drone also has a variety of subject tracking modes. These modes include Dynamic track (follow), Tripod Track (hovers while subject follows camera), Parallel Track (follows subject but moves with it like a doll), Orbit around a fixed point), Smart Orbit about an object).
A viewpoint is a great tool for videographers. You can adjust the speed of the drone by tapping on the screen. This makes it easy to take slow approaches. Precision Flight, which is a little like DJI’s tripod mode, and Dual Stability are also useful. These allow for smoother shots by stopping gently. It seems that you can influence the drone’s choice with the control sticks during all of these modes, which is fantastic.
Video and photos are recorded to a MicroSD Card accessible via a flap to the left. A USB-C port can be found on the right to download from both the card and the drone’s built-in memory (a very small 6.68GB, according to our Mac).
In short, The design of the DJI Mavic 3 vs. the Autel EVO 2 is very similar. Both drones are compact and foldable, making them easy to transport. The Mavic 3 has a slightly larger wingspan than the EVO 2, but both drones have similar features. Both drones have 4K cameras and can be controlled via smartphone or tablet. The Mavic 3 has a slightly higher top speed and longer flight time than the EVO 2, but the EVO 2 has a higher obstacle avoidance rating.
The controller is a continuation of the Air 2S and other DJI drones. There’s not much to say about it. We like the design. It feels great in hand and can carry the weight of an iPhone 13 Pro Max in its case. It is so well-designed with rubberized grips, bays for storing control sticks and a neat cable well. Even better, charging is done via USB-C, which matches the batteries. It can hold enough charge to last well over the three batteries included with the ‘Fly More’ and ‘Cine’ packs.
The new Smart Controller, which comes with the Cine, is slightly larger than the predecessor. It supports the Mavic 3’s O3+ as well as Wi-Fi 6. Pro users can avoid the hassle of plugging in their phones to their controllers. The screen is bright enough to be used outdoors, and the download speed (beyond Wi-Fi 6 range) is 15MB/s (almost three times faster). The control latency should be reduced by 10m/s to 120. This will not affect Mavic piloting.
Pilots may be upset about switching from DJI Go4 to DJI Fly. However, DJI seems to be listening and are adding new features such as RAW only shooting. This feature was added in December’s update. You can also edit other flight characteristics using curves in Advanced settings. Don’t expect to see a return to the old software any time soon.
Autel Evo 2
The controller feels almost like a weak link in the design. With my iPhone 11 Pro Max in its case, the phone grip, a simple hand, was easy to use. The phone is actually positioned above my controller as I prefer it. Also, the fold-out arms make it easy to hold the controller.
The connectors are where things go wrong. There aren’t as many cables to connect phones to DJI’s controllers. Instead, there is a Micro USB connector to charge your phone (not USB-C) and a larger USB socket to connect to your phone. My iPhone Lightning cable was lost, and I had to find it. It is a bit awkward if you have a Mavic.
The built-in display continues this lack of design polish. It’s great that the built-in display can be used to monitor video, photos, and other operations. However, the screen’s layout is not as beautiful as it could be. Despite the complaints, you can still get most of the DJI Smart Controller for half the price.
Autel has also added Gesture Control to their pilot program. If you raise your arms high above your head, the drone will recognize you. It can also take photos if they are straight out and videos if one arm is raised. The drone will acknowledge your gesture by blinking its lights. Although it works well, we find it a little gimmicky, and we don’t like giving a one-armed drone salute.
All in all, there are a few key differences between the controller remotes of the DJI Mavic 3 and the Autel EVO 2. The Mavic 3 remote has a built-in display, while the EVO 2 remote does not. The Mavic 3 remote also has a longer range, up to 4.3 miles, while the EVO 2 remote has a range of only 3.1 miles. Finally, the Mavic 3 remote has a slightly higher price tag than The EVO 2 remote.
Mavic 3 can fly aloft for 46 minutes (41 when hovering). Autel Evo 2, on the other hand, has a maximum flight time of 40 minutes
Video and Image Quality
DJI Mavic 3
The Mavic 3 does not have one camera but two: A 4/3CMOS Hasselblad sensor, with a resolution of 20MP, and a secondary 1/2 inch CMOS (12MP), which is used as the digital zoom lens.
The primary camera features a 4-degree field-of-view, 24mm equivalent lens, and an aperture range from f/2.8 to aperture f/11. This gives you more control than other drones. You can set the ISO from 100 to 6400. However, ISO 3200 and above will produce a lot more graininess than other cameras.
It’s capable of shooting video at a resolution of up to 5.1K (24/25/30/48/50 fps) as well as 4K (24/25/30/48/50/60/120 fps). This is a significant step up from the Mavic 2 Pro, which was able to shoot at 4K/30 frames per second.
The amazing footage was captured even in 4K. I flew the Mavic 3 in my own neighborhood and around a friend’s farm in upstate New York. I was able to see every detail of what I captured.
Autel Evo 2
The EVO II 8K produces stunning results, and the camera has a lot of functionality. One exception is notable. Panorama modes that rotate the drone automatically or produce stitched panoramas are not available. This is a strange oversight, considering that the DJI drones can quickly plan and execute automated survey missions for mapping. Although you can stitch your own photos in Photoshop, it seems a bit awkward.
The EVO II excels as a still camera and is not suitable for mapping. It produces JPEGs with a subtle but effective HDR effect. However, there is clearly some geometric distortion towards the edges. This is not surprising in Raw files from wide lenses, but it is what one would expect to be processed in the JPEGs. However, the 48-megapixels provide lots of detail in good light. This is evident in the tower image. The image was taken from the ground, which shows the limitations of dynamic range. However, it is impressive that the crane details can be seen.
Video is a different matter. It’s difficult to determine how useful 8K video files can be, as very few devices can play them at full speed. If you are composing well, 4K might be the best option. It can achieve 60fps and subtle but effective HDR, but it also means that most devices can play it smoothly without stuttering. The high-resolution modes are best used for cropping post-production. A 2x zoom at 4K is lossless. Shooting at 4K results in a sharp video that isn’t too crisp. Digital zoom was the only thing that disappointed me. It looked worse than the parrot Anafi equivalent.
This brings us to switch between the Autel Explorer app and other things. The tool was pleasant to use for the most part. The camera settings can be accessed via a bottom bar that slides left and right. This allows you to choose resolution, frame rate or recording format. Each button creates a menu. You can easily access the flight modes by using the drop-down page at the top of the screen. The record and still swap functions are just as easy as any phone camera app. Any warning messages are difficult to dismiss, which is a minor problem that I know will be addressed in the future.
The Mavic 3 has a higher bitrate, meaning that it can capture more detail. It also has better color reproduction, meaning that colors will appear more accurate and vibrant. Finally, the Mavic 3 has a slightly higher frame rate, meaning that you can capture smoother video.
The DJI Mavic 3 is the better drone overall. It has a longer flight time, higher top speed, and better camera. The Autel EVO 2 is a good drone, but it doesn’t quite match up to the Mavic 3. It has a shorter flight time and lowers top speed. That’s all about the difference between Mavic 3 vs. Autel Evo 2. If you want to know more about another blog, please access our website Lucidcam.com to explore the more interesting blogs.