Is Autel Robotics EVO worth it? Read on Staaker’s guide below about Autel Robotics EVO Review to find out.
The Autel Robotics Evo folding drone was announced at CES 2018. It features a familiar design and flight capabilities for DJI Mavic Pro owners. It’s not a bad thing that the Evo folding drone is familiar with. The compact design and 4K stabilized camera mean it can be folded up easily, as well as reliability that you can take to your bank.
Autel Robotics is the only drone manufacturer to produce a machine of this size factor. This is not a toymaker trying to make it bigger. The Evo is rooted in commercial quality and is small enough to fit into your backpack.
The Autel Robotics Evo provides a solid flying experience. It’s a simple video receiver that can be hooked to your TV or another HDMI device. This makes it an essential tool for news crews and safe recording of side-by-side footage.
Review of Autel Robotics EVO
- Foldable, compact design
- Stable 4K video up to 60fps
- Log in to create a video profile.
- Supports UHD/DCI formats
- System to avoid obstacles
- Battery life is solid.
- It works with or without a smartphone.
- The default video profile looks too sharp.
- The memory card door is extremely tight.
- There are not as many safety features on drones as with other drones.
Autel Robotics EVO Specs
|Dimensions||5.5 by 5.5 by 10 inches|
|Integrated Camera||Integrated with Gimbal|
|Remote||Dedicated with LCD|
|Live Video Feed||720p|
DJI is the creator and owner of the folding drone market. However, there are viable competitors. The Autel Robotics EVO ($999), while doing some things that DJI Mavic drones do not, records 4K at 60fps. However, it does not have some of the advanced features available to the competition.
The EVO is a great aerial video platform if you are looking for high frame rates. It’s a great drone. However, my favorite folding drone is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, which is more expensive but has better capabilities.
The EVO features a 4K camera and a 12MP image sensor. It is smartphone-sized. The video quality was excellent. There’s enough resolution to display crisp details, and the colors look amazing. One thing I do not like about the default profile is how much sharpening it applies to footage. It gives it an unnatural look.
You can adjust the sharpening with the app by manually fine-tuning your default profile or switching to Film mode. This is the same as the default but with sharpening turned down. This is the first thing I recommend to EVO customers when setting up their drone.
There are other things you need to be aware of. To straighten my horizon, I had to adjust the gimbal roll adjustment manually. Propellers can also enter the frame while flying forward, even though the obstacle sensors throttle the top speed to 22 mph.
There are many frame rates that you can choose from. My test footage was shot at 24fps as I prefer a cinematic look. However, you can choose between 30fps to create a video look, 48fps to capture slow-motion, and 60fps to playback traditional half-speed. At any frame rate, you can shoot at 2.7K resolution, 1080p (2K), up to 120fps or 720p at 240fps.
You can choose from the standard profile and the Vivid, Black-and-White, and many other filtered looks such as Art, Dream, Classic and Nostalgic. These settings are great for casual users who want a unique look without learning how to color grade video.
If you are a professional and love to grade your videos, there is a flat Log profile that you can use. You can make adjustments by reducing contrast, reining in highlights, and decreasing shadows. Log footage looks terrible without color correction. This is why advanced video editing software should be used.
You can also shoot stills in Raw or JPG at 12MP resolution. The image quality is comparable to modern smartphones, so it’s more point-and-shoot than an SLR. This is true for most drones. You’ll be satisfied with the images if you are primarily interested in daylight photography.
A larger image sensor will allow you to get better shots than your phone. You can print if you want, but the EVO is fine for Instagram and Facebook.
A few drones have 1-inch class image sensors. They are about four times larger than the EVO’s smartphone-sized sensor. However, they can offer significant image quality improvements. You will need to either sacrifice a compact design or spend some money to get one.
For around $1,000, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced packs a 1-inch camera into a larger drone. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the only 1-inch folding sensor model that we have seen, costs approximately $1,500.
Click here to see our comparison between Autel Evo Vs Mavic Air.
The Evo is a very capable aircraft. It has a 30 minute maximum flight time and a speed of 45mph. This speed is comparable to the Mavic Air’s, and the flight duration is slightly longer than the Air’s 21-minute maximum. The Evo’s functional maximum speed is lower if you fly at a higher speed than the Evo allows.
Autonomous Flight Functions
The Evo, like all modern consumer drones, offers a variety of autonomous flight functions, including orbit, waypoints, return to home, and return. These functions work well and are easy to use, according to our tests.
These autonomous flight functions also have obstacle avoidance sensors that prevent them from hitting things. Although we wouldn’t recommend exceeding the limits of the obstacle avoidance sensor, they provide some security.
Evo’s automatic follow function is one area that we think Evo lacks. It was easy to identify a subject that the drone would follow, but it had trouble keeping the subject in the frame when they were moving faster than a slow walk. Although the DJI models are more adept at this task, the automatic follow function is still not as good as using a pilot to fly the camera.
The Evo is very portable. The Evo is lightweight at 1.9 pounds and folds down into a narrow (15-inch) package. It is comparable to the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, which weigh 1.9 pounds each. However, it is not as portable as the Mavic Air at 0.95 pounds. The Evo does not come with a carry case like the Mavic Air.
The Evo’s controller can be packed easily and is lightweight. However, the joysticks on the Mavic controllers don’t remove as easily, so it comes in a smaller package. The Evo is portable but not as compact as DJI’s standard.
Ease of Use
Autel created an intuitive user experience for Evo. The initial setup, setting up, and flying was easy. The built-in screen on Evo’s controller was the reason we didn’t give it a top score. The screen is great because it lets you fly without having to hold your phone, but at 3.3 inches, it’s still a smaller platform than a regular smartphone for navigation.
We don’t believe the Autel Evo is worth its $1000 price tag. The $800 Mavic Air is more portable than the $1000 Mavic Pro, which offers better overall performance.
FAQs Regarding Autel Robotics EVO
Is Autel robotics US-owned?
Autel Robotics, a US-based company, provides aerial robotics for the public sector, public safety, and commercial operations.
How high can Autel Evo go?
Autel allows drones to fly up to 2,600ft (800m), while DJI restricts drones to 1,640ft (500m).
How fast is the Autel Evo 2?
45mph Autel claims that the EVO II can reach a top speed at 45 mph and has a maximum transmission range of 9 km. This, if true, would mean you can fly it faster than the Mavic 2 Pro and further than the EVO II.
Is the EVO 2 waterproof?
It is not. Drones are not waterproof. Rain can damage the camera, gimbal, motors, and other components. It is important to land your drone as soon as possible if it gets caught in the snow or rain.
Although the Autel Robotics Evo drone is decent, it cannot compete with similar models within the same price range. It felt almost identical to DJI’s Mavic series in nearly every test.