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.
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.
Well, GoPro might be out of the drone game, but it looks like challengers are stepping up to take on DJI. First there was Yuneec’s new Typhoon H Plus, and now Autel Robotics have announced their new EVO; A compact folding drone to take the DJI Mavic Pro head on.
Boasting a 30 minute flight time, the EVO contains all the features we’d hope to find in a competitive drone today. Obstacle avoidance with detouring, not just a dead stop. 4K 60fps camera with a stabilised 3 axis gimbal, and intelligent flight modes with object tracking. And for a price of just under $1,000.