FCC application shows the Autel Evo 2 drone is on the way and it shoots 8K video

Dec 3, 2019

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FCC application shows the Autel Evo 2 drone is on the way and it shoots 8K video

Dec 3, 2019

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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DJI might own most of the global drone market, but they’re not the only player in the game. An FCC application from Autel Robotics describes a new Evo 2 drone is coming and you get a choice of three different camera modules. One that shoots 8K, one that shoots 5.5K or a dual-sensor option that shoots 8K as well as infrared thermal imaging 720p.

Included with the application is the complete user manual for the Evo 2 drone, revealing all of the specs and features it offers. It’s a long PDF file describing the Evo 2 in quite some detail. But when it comes to the camera systems, there are three possible options.

  • 8K camera: Takes photos with a resolution of up to 48 MP (8000 x 6000), and records 8K video at 25 fps, 6K video at 30 fps, or 4K video at either 30 or 60 fps, with a bit rate of up to 120 Mbps.
  • Ultra-HD camera with a 1-inch sensor: Takes photos with a resolution of up to 20 MP (5472 x 3648), and records 5.5K video at 60 fps or 4K video at 120 fps, with a bit rate of up to 120 Mbps. The lens aperture is adjustable within the range of f/2.8 to f/11.
  • Dual-sensor camera: Includes the 8K camera plus an infrared imaging camera. It can operate in visible, infrared, and dual-image modes. In addition, this camera takes infrared images at a resolution of either 640 x 512 or 320 x 256 and records 720p video at 30 fps in dual-image mode.

The manual goes on to describe the various shooting modes of the three cameras, too, which include…

  • Single shot
  • Burst shooting
  • Auto exposure bracketing (AEB)
  • Timelapse
  • High-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging
  • NIGHTBEAT (high signal-to-noise ratio)

The cameras save the photos to DNG or JPG formats and video is recorded in MOV or MP4. Despite describing the MOV or MP4 containers, it doesn’t actually say what codec it uses, just that video with the 8K or UHD camera modules can be recorded at up to 120Mbps. I expect it’s probably h.264 because if it were h.265, they’d be making a much bigger deal out of it. Or, would at least have mentioned it somewhere.

Footage is saved to an SD card, and the Evo 2 supports capacities up to 128GB, specifically recommending the V30 SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I cards. The manual describes transferring images between the drone and a computer via Type-C USB, although the user manual doesn’t mention transferring images and footages to your smartphone. There does seem to be a mobile app, though, so I suspect there will be a way.

It will have a top speed of 44 miles per hour and a flight time of 35 minutes. It has 360° obstacle avoidance an operating distance of a somewhat insane 16 miles and no geofencing. The 16-mile range seems a bit over the top. At its maximum speed of 44mph, if you actually flew 16 miles away and turned right back around once you got there, your battery would run out about 6 miles short of returning home.

Not surprisingly, this one doesn’t fall under the 250g weight limit, having a take-off weight of around 1kg. But it supports gesture commands, GPS and ATTI flight modes, a home function and “smart tracking”.

It’s an interesting looking drone, most notably for its camera options, and it’s well worth having a read of the user manual if you get chance. I wonder if the lack of geofencing might get some operators in trouble in various parts of the world, though.

There’s no news on a price or an expected official announcement date. The original Autel Evo was targeted to be a Mavic Pro competitor, coming in at just under $1,000. So, if they’re planning to take on the Mavic 2 Pro with this one, then we might be able to expect a similar price. At least for the base model. Whether the base model will come with the 8K camera or the 5.5K camera, though, is anybody’s guess.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

[via DroneDJ]

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John Aldred

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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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10 responses to “FCC application shows the Autel Evo 2 drone is on the way and it shoots 8K video”

  1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    A Chinese maker with no geofencing? Quite unlikely.

    1. jakecarvey Avatar
      jakecarvey

      they can always choose where and when its geofence and sell across those markets

      think DVD region sectoring?

      1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
        Freelance cameraman China/HK

        Yes and no
        DVD zone is different between region but is still present in all dvd. This is a commercial choice to protect a market pricing.
        But for drone, it’s quite different. I guess people don’t like limitation and will order on amazon on a foreign country to import these. With DVD, you have the opposite situation where you can’t import DVD if they can’t be played in your local dvd player.

        If a drone sold in the US can flight in any airport in Europe, or the opposite, I would be super surprised.

        There is geo fencing, or there is none.
        The product description said none, which would be very unlikely.

        Which country will accept to get their airport, military bases or such with drone all around? I guess none too.

    2. Liberty & Justice For All Avatar
      Liberty & Justice For All

      Their previous version has none and they pride themselves on not nanny-ing their customers.

  2. jnnyr Avatar
    jnnyr

    The streaming specs are unacheivable. No way the throughput of 200 MBS is possible for 8k. Then the claim of 16 mile range? Puuullllease. First off, even if possible (which it isn’t), the batteries would never get you to even 6 miles. ridiculous claim.

    1. Liberty & Justice For All Avatar
      Liberty & Justice For All
    2. Liberty & Justice For All Avatar
      Liberty & Justice For All

      TheEVO 2has an unobstructed transmission range of up to 7km under optimum conditions. The remote control supports live video downlink, and functions with or without a paired mobile device. The video downlink system and aircraft remote control system operate at900 MHz or 2.4GHz. The 3.3-inch OLED screen displays a live video feed, battery level, GPSsignal, flight speed, and more.

    3. Black Ops Avatar
      Black Ops

      I got nearly 7 with a Mavic 2…this drone having 6 more minutes air time could push to 9-10 before having to turn around. You clearly do not know of what you speak.

  3. Black Ops Avatar
    Black Ops

    It will be capable in h.265…I know right, game changer and it will be very competitively priced with the Mavic 2 pro.