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 II||Evo II Pro||Evo II Dual|
|Sensor||Sony IMX586 0.5" CMOS sensor||Sony IMX383 1" CMOS sensor||Sony IMX586 0.5" CMOS sensor + FLIR Boson Thermal Camera|
|Lens||35mm equivalent, f/1.8 fixed aperture||29mm equivalent f/2.8-11 variable aperture|
|Video resolution||8K (8000 x 6000)||6K (5472 x 3648)||8K (8000 x 6000) standard camera / 640x512 thermal|
|Video bit depth||10-Bit||10-Bit||10-Bit (standard camera)|
|Video bitrate||120mbps (h.264 / h.265)||120mbps (h.264 / h.265)||120mbps (h.264 / h.265)|
|ISO||100-3200||100-12800||100-3200 (standard camera)|
|SD storage||Standard: 32GB, max 256GB||Standard: 32GB, max 256GB||Standard: 32GB, max 256GB|
|Max speed||44.7mph (72km/h)||44.7mph (72km/h)||44.7mph (72km/h)|
|Range||5.5 miles (9km)||5.5 miles (9km)||5.5 miles (9km)|
|Flight Time||40 Minutes||40 Minutes||40 Minutes|
|Obstacle Avoidance||Yes, 12 sensors||Yes, 12 sensors||Yes, 12 sensors|
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]