Autel Robotics showcased its brand new consumer drone at CES 2020 and it's a doozy.
The successor to its popular 4K drone, the Evo II boasts a modular design with a 1/2-inch CMOS sensor that can capture 8K video (8000x6000) and 48MP stills, making it the first 8K foldable consumer drone in the world.
Understand, that distinction garners most people's excitement from the "8K" bit, but let's keep in mind that because this is a highly portable drone, filmmakers and drone operators will soon be able to capture incredible 8K footage anywhere their feet can carry them.
This is, in part, why the Evo II is being called the "Mavic Killer" because it takes the portability and accessibility of the DJI's Mavic line and soups it up with 8K. But it does more. It features the longest battery life of any foldable drone out there, has a top speed of 45mph, and a transmission range of over 5 1/2 miles, meaning it can fly longer, farther, and faster than the Mavic 2 Pro.
The Evo's specs depend on which model you're getting: Evo II, Evo II Pro, or Evo II Dual. To sum up the key differences:
- Evo II: 1/2" CMOS sensor that can capture 8K video and 48MP stills
- Evo II Pro: 1" CMOS sensor with adjustable aperture (f/2.8 - f/11) and 6K video
- Evo II Dual: FLIR Boson sensor and same 8K camera as standard model.
- 1/2 CMOS sensor (Evo II and Evo II Dual) or 1" CMOS sensor
- Resolution: 8K (8000x6000) (Evo II and Evo II Dual) or 6K (5472x3648) (Evo II Pro)
- 48MP (Evo II and Evo II Dual) or 20MP (Evo II Pro)
- ISO Range: 100-3200 (Evo II and Evo II Dual) or 100-12800 (Evo II Pro)
- Bitrate: 120mbps
- 10-bit color depth
- Internal Storage: 8GB
- microSD support
- Max Flight Time: 40 minutes
- Max Hovering Time: 35 minutes
- Max Wind Speed Resistance: Level 8
- Max Speed: 15 m/s (Standard Mode) or 20 m/s (Ludicrous Mode)
Pricing and Availability
No word yet on how much each Evo II model will cost or when it will be available, but we'll keep you posted.