Autel’s Evo II series drones offer up to 8K 10-Bit video with 40 minutes flight time

Jan 13, 2020

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Autel’s Evo II series drones offer up to 8K 10-Bit video with 40 minutes flight time

Jan 13, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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In early December last year, Autel filed an FCC application for the Evo 2 drone showing an impressive looking set of specs. A folding drone, similar to something like DJI’s Mavic series, but with the option to get camera modules that shoot up to 8K video or even offer thermal imaging capabilities. The Evo 2 series (yup, it’s not just one drone) has now been officially announced, and the Verge managed to check them out in person a few days ago at CES 2020.

Now that it’s been officially announced, we have the complete specs, and we now know that there are actually three drones that form the Evo II series. It’s not just one drone with interchangeable camera modules. There’s the Evo II, the Evo II Pro and the Evo II Dual. All three of them are essentially the same drone, but with different cameras.

Evo IIEvo II ProEvo II Dual
SensorSony IMX586 0.5″ CMOS sensorSony IMX383 1″ CMOS sensorSony IMX586 0.5″ CMOS sensor + FLIR Boson Thermal Camera
Lens35mm equivalent, f/1.8 fixed aperture29mm equivalent f/2.8-11 variable aperture
Stills resolution48-megapixel20-megapixel
Video resolution8K (8000 x 6000)6K (5472 x 3648)8K (8000 x 6000) standard camera / 640×512 thermal
Video bit depth10-Bit10-Bit10-Bit (standard camera)
Video bitrate120mbps (h.264 / h.265)120mbps (h.264 / h.265)120mbps (h.264 / h.265)
ISO100-3200100-12800100-3200 (standard camera)
Built-in Storage8GB8GB8GB
SD storageStandard: 32GB, max 256GBStandard: 32GB, max 256GBStandard: 32GB, max 256GB
Max speed44.7mph (72km/h)44.7mph (72km/h)44.7mph (72km/h)
Range5.5 miles (9km)5.5 miles (9km)5.5 miles (9km)
Flight Time40 Minutes40 Minutes40 Minutes
Battery7100mAh7100mAh7100mAh
Obstacle AvoidanceYes, 12 sensorsYes, 12 sensorsYes, 12 sensors
Price~$1,495~$1,895Unknown

Both drones also offer HDR video at 1080p HD, 2.7K and 4K UHD resolutions, with omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, a 5.5 mile (9km) video transmission range, and a controller with a built-in screen (although you can attach your phone to it, too).

Autel hasn’t officially announced pricing yet, although those in the table above are those which The Verge was told to expect them to be released at when they actually become available in the next few weeks. We’ll update the table once we know for sure.

Although, if the prices they were told are true, it’s looking extremely competitive against the Mavic 2 series drones from DJI.

Find out more on the Autel website.

[via The Verge]

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    Duncan Dimanche

    dope tech !!