DJI, the Apple of the drone industry, may be facing a new challenger to the drone crown. Autel have announced the EVO 2 (also stylised as the EVO II), the world’s first 8k foldable drone.
The Autel EVO 2
Touted as the ‘Mavic Killer’, Autel’s EVO 2 is offering consumers a lot that is not currently available from other drones.
Having showcased the drone at CES 2020, Autel’s successor to its 4k drone is out for blood.
The video below gives a brief interaction to the EVO 2:
Coming in 3 varieties; the EVO 2, EVO 2 Pro and EVO 2 Dual, the drone bring a lot of new, high end features to drone pilots. Coming with a 1/2 inch sensor, 1 inch sensor and FLIR Boson sensor respectively, Autel is doing a lot to surpass DJI’s Mavic 2 line.
Autel is launching the EVO 2 range with a controller that has a built in screen. Whilst DJI does offer this, it is sold at a considerably higher price.
Additionally, Autel’s drone has a 40 minute flight time with up to 9km flight range. Whilst the flight time is more impressive than the Mavic 2’s (both the Zoom and Pro), which is 31 minutes, the range for the EVO 2 is half that of the Mavic 2, which is 18km.
When it comes to obstacle avoidance, the EVO 2 is no slouch. With 12 computer vision sensors and AI machine learning, the drone benefits from omni-directional protection. Additionally, it can start detecting obstacles up to 30m away.
The drone also comes with a radar feature if you wanted to turn off the obstacle avoidance. The feature gives pilots information on the environment whilst still being firmly in control.
The main point Autel is mentioning is that the drone is the worlds first (and currently only) 8k drone. The resolution gives photographers the flexibility to print photos they take over 100 inches wide.
EVO 2 and Mavic 2 compared.
|EVO 2||EVO 2 Pro||EVO 2 Dual||Mavic 2 Pro||Mavic 2 Zoom|
|Take off weight (grams)||1127||1174||1192||907||905|
|Max speed (m/s)||15||15||15||20||20|
|Max flight time -no wind (minutes)||40||40||40||31||31|
|Operating temperature range (C)||-10 to 40||-10 to 40||-10 to 40||-10 to 40||-10 to 40|
|Flight range (km)||9||9||9||18||18|
|Internal storage (gb)||8||8||8||8||8|
|Expandable SD storage?||Yes – up to 256gb||Yes – up to 256gb||Yes – up to 256gb||Micro SD up to 128gb||Micro SD up to 128gb|
|Sensor||1/2″ CMOS||1″ CMOS||1/2″ CMOS and FLIR LWR||1″ CMOS||1/2.3″ CMOS|
|ISO Range||100 – 3200||100 – 12800||100 – 3200||100 – 6400 (video) & 100 – 12800 (manual photo)||100 – 3200 (video) & 100 – 3200 (manual photo)|
|MAX resolution||8000 x 6000||5472 x 3648||8000 x 6000 & 640 x 521 IR||4k 3840 x 2160||4k 3840 x 2160|
|Adjustable aperture||No||f/2.8 – f/11||No||f/2.8–f/11||f/2.8 (24 mm)–f/3.8 (48 mm)|
|Optical zoom||No||No||No||No||24mm to 48mm|
With specs as high as what are being touted by Autel, you can see why people are calling it the ‘Mavic Kill’.
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