January 10, 2020
CES 2020

Autel Shows Off Its 'Mavic Killer', the 8K Evo II Drone

The world’s first 8K foldable consumer drone, the Autel Evo II, is out for Mavic blood.

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.

Tech Specs

  • 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.     

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Forget the 8k model, I'll take an ISO of 12800 and adjustable aperture.

January 10, 2020 at 2:41PM

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Joseph Arant
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Watch for DJI to refresh Mavic II Pro on or about Evo 2 release date. If the 6K has good low light at 120 Mbps Autel has a winner. Gimbal doesn’t look very filter friendly By Polar Pro Can pull off miracles.

January 10, 2020 at 9:06PM

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Rex
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Thank you!

January 11, 2020 at 9:42AM, Edited January 11, 9:42AM

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K W
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The problem with these CES prototypes is ....well they are prototypes ... no estimate of pricing, specs subject to change, no availability date ....

January 11, 2020 at 10:45AM

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Kind of hard to call something a "Mavic killer", with no word on pricing to see if it's even comparable. And let's not forget DJI's super easy-to-use app, which also is part of what makes their drone lineup phenomenal...what's EVO's app like?

January 12, 2020 at 2:14AM, Edited January 12, 2:14AM

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Autel’s app is super easy, barely an inconvenience!

January 14, 2020 at 5:26AM

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K W
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I love the idea of an 8k drone for two reasons. 1) Drone shooting conditions don't always allow you to grab the perfect angle but here you can pull back a bit and grab the perfect crop later. 2) There will eventually be some personal version of a large format screen (like 8k VR goggles, etc.) and the large/epic vistas drones capture are perfect "IMAX 70mm-substitute" wow footage.

January 12, 2020 at 7:51PM

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J Robbins
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Will be fascinating to see the video quality when pulling 8k from that tiny sensor

January 13, 2020 at 6:22PM

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