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The Autel Evo quadrocopter, which seems to be of very high quality, is relatively new to the market. And that’s why we took a closer look at this model.
The Evo has the same benefits as the DJI Mavic Pro and is also in this price range. Among other things, it has obstacle detection in front and behind, but not only that, it flies around objects quite intelligently and does not just stop in the air as soon as an obstacle appears in its path.
In this report, you can find out more technical details about what to expect from the Evo drone, what to consider when buying, and whether the model is really suitable for something.
Vision Positioning System
In addition to the ideal implementation of obstacle detection through evasive maneuvers, you can also rely on a very sophisticated visual positioning system that is located on the underside of the drone. The system works differently depending on the area.
Depending on which surface is currently at the viewing angle of the Vision Positioning System, this affects its performance. We recommend that you do not rely on the Vision Positioning System if you are flying over water, transparent surfaces, moving objects and surfaces without a clear pattern or texture. Otherwise, it does a great job and recognizes objects without problems.
The Evo drone comes with a 4k camera that has 12 megapixels and is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal. With the camera, you can not only create great 4K photos, but also UHD videos at up to 60 frames per second.
The Evo has a fairly wide FOV of 94 degrees. A higher field of view is important in order to have a better focal length of the camera and to be able to better represent objects in more distant areas at the expense of a better focal length. This, of course, allows for very detailed and natural recordings. In addition, images and videos have greater color depth.
The design is very reminiscent of Parrot’s Anafi drone and of course the DJI Mavic Pro series. Visually, the Evo is pretty good, but it seems like a lot of manufacturers want to copy DJI drones.
Autel’s Evo also has foldable booms, so it’s a foldable drone. The propellers can also be folded down, making the drone so small that it fits comfortably in a small backpack or in the glove compartment of a car. The first visual impression is very good, especially considering that this is the first drone from the manufacturer Autel.
Typical of Autel is the orange design that the manufacturer has incorporated into the model on the underside.
Application, functions and modes
Of course, there were no savings on the functions and modes of the drone application. The Evo quadcopter has many important features and tracking systems. The app is available for both Android and iOS systems.
Among other things, there is a kind of “Follow Me” mode in which you can take a photo of an object, which is then followed by a smart drone with a camera.
In the app on your device (smartphone, tablet), you can see important telemetry data such as altitude, time and distance, as well as the live FPV image that the Evo camera is currently capturing. Within the app, you can select flight functions such as orbit, GPS tracking, dynamic track, waypoint-based view and flight planning and customize them to suit your needs, similar to what you already know from DJI brand models.
The 3D mapping feature is really cool as it can be used for measurements and industrial planning. The Autel Evo drone is also a model for companies to consider when choosing the right aircraft.
Range, flight time and control behavior
The range of the transmitter is 7 kilometers. The recently released DJI Mavic 2 Pro offers a similar transmission range. However, in the USA, you can only fly the drone within sight. This allows you to see the benefit of the higher transmission range, unless you are flying overseas and want to check it out. Each flying model with a takeoff weight of 250g must also have your address and name on it, this applies to that model.
The flight time of about 30 minutes also resembles the Mavic Pro series. Of course, you can change the battery and fly even longer, but you have to make a stop. A charger is included.
A great accessory is the remote control, which houses a 3.3-inch OLED display. It also displays important flight data. Due to the high power of the transmitter, the remote controller not only has a high signal transmission and range, but also a very stable signal transmission.
Scope of delivery – what’s included?
The package includes everything you need to immediately fly the drone. We recommend that you only fully charge the battery once before starting.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Autel Evo drone
The Evo drone is pretty well equipped compared to other flight models in its class, but it costs around 900 euros. Therefore, when buying, you should take a close look. We have summarized the most important advantages and disadvantages for you in the review:
- Flight duration is about half an hour
- Optically high quality – the drone is also foldable and can be transported anywhere
- Many excellent intelligent flight modes, including autonomous flight functions such as orbit, GPS tracking,
Dynamic track, viewpoint, waypoint based flight planning
- The remote has a controller with a 3.3-inch OLED display that can also view the live FPV image.
- There is an app for the Evo drone that displays all telemetry data and also allows you to view the live FPV image.
- Unique additional function: 3D mapping function, with its help, for example, you can take measurements
- FOV (Field of View) 94 degrees
- 4K camera with 3-axis gimbal and 12MP
- The recordings look very natural
- Front and rear obstacle detection and visual positioning at the bottom – intelligently avoid obstacles
- For the price, the Autel Evo drone is not necessarily in the segment that everyone can afford.
Conclusion on the Autel Evo drone
Here we have a drone that was the first to approach the DJI Mavic Pro both optically and technically.
Critics will now say that this is Autel’s first drone and it is difficult to say how it will perform in long-term tests. That’s true, but keep in mind that Autel has made a name for itself in robotics. Highly qualified engineers and specialists with many years of experience in this field work here. This is why the Evo’s intrinsic values leave nothing to be desired.
It will take a while for a manufacturer to properly position itself in the drone market, but we can imagine that the models will be the same or even better than the manufacturers Yuneec or Parrot with drone pilots.
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Comparison of competing models
Interestingly, there are several competing models that have similar prices and similar features. We have summarized the most important ones for you.
The Parrot Anafi was also only launched in 2018. It also has the typical design of the DJI Mavic Pro series, with foldable booms and foldable propellers.
Your Ultra HD camera delivers incredibly clear photos and videos.
Unfortunately, Anafi does not have obstacle detection, but it costs a little less. In addition, it must be said that many flight modes are not included as standard. App special features such as Follow Me mode must be purchased in the app first. This is typical of Parrot and has already angered many of the drone scene.
Nevertheless – if you are looking for a great drone model for less than 1000 euros and do not attach much importance to technical features, the Parrot Anafi is highly recommended.
Click here for a detailed report on the Parrot Anafi foldable quadcopter.
This model hit the drone market like a bomb some time ago. Everyone was talking about the new DJI Mavic Pro, and it was praised in seventh heaven. The experience of numerous amateur and professional pilots has proven the technical superiority of the Mavic Pro.
Other manufacturers picked up the hype, and gradually there were models very similar in design to the Mavic drone.
Even if the manufacturers are very good at copying the appearance, the internal meanings also matter.
Among other things, the DJI Mavic Pro features obstacle detection, 4K camera and excellent flight experience. You can find more on this here in the Mavic Pro review.
A serious competitor to the Evo drone is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Even though it doesn’t have a folding boom, it has a very powerful camera with which you can record 60fps with 4K video quality. The photo sensor has 20 megapixels, and the quadcopter has a vision system, that is, obstacle detection.
Of course, the Phantom 4 Pro costs several hundred euros more. This increases the value for money of the Autel Evo drone.