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Autel Robotics - EVO 4K Drone with Controller - Orange-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best drone in class

    Posted
    Wade3county
    • My Best Buy® Member

    By far the best drone in this price range and to be honest this really out beats the mavic and the 2 as well wow this drone has amazing range it can really pack a punch towards the wind the controller with screen in case you forgot your phone works great and battery life is awesome don't hesitate I normally never write reviews but this is how good this drone is just buy it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Totally awesome

    Posted
    DanA822
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    It's better than dji It's amazing. Highly recommend it. Easy to operate right out of the box It goes 2600 up 4.3 miles out 45 mph Battery life 30 minutes Let screen on the controller

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flys great for beginners

    Posted
    Flyboy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The Autel EVO was easy and fast to get started with. Great customer service experience that was quick and friendly. Also buying the EVO from Best Buy was the smartest move for me, and got the fly more bag, batteries and spare props for free. It's just been a great experience all around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Excellent drone!

    Posted
    Longhorn74
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    My son and I love this EVO drone. I have been flying a XIRO Xplorer for the last year and when I compare the two, it isn't even close. To begin the EVO is a much sturdier drone. If you have been flying drones for a while, this isn't as important, but if you are fairly new with drones, then I would highly consider this. When I first started flying the XIRO, my son and I had some crashes and got some pretty good knicks on the XIRO. Now that we have good flying experience, we rarely crash, but if that happened with the EVO, I can tell that it would take a pretty good crash to damage it. If you are just starting out with the EVO, I would stick to the controller they provide, but if you are more experienced, then definitely download their app and take control with your phone. I really like that you have those two options. The other aspect of this EVO that really stood out, was the video quality. The video quality that I can get from this EVO is ten times better than the XIRO. The EVO will give you a good solid 20 minutes of fly time and will alert you when it is down to less than 5 minutes of battery to ensure to bring it back home with plenty of time. It only takes about an hour and half to fully recharge the drone battery. The controller will last charged for much longer. If you are a novice flyer, I like that it has object avoidance going forward and that you can bring it back home with the touch of a button. The controller itself has many buttons which sometimes can be accidentally pressed if you aren't careful, that is why I prefer to use my phone to fly the EVO. If you are looking for a good solid drone that will take beautiful pictures and video, I would highly recommend this EVO from Autel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fun little drone!

    Posted
    Terry
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first experience using a drone and I couldn't be happier. I was very nervous to fly this thing on it's maiden voyage, as I didn't want to crash it and ruin the experience. After un-boxing, I charged the battery and controller to full power. I then downloaded the Drone Simulator app from the app store (Apple) and played around with the functions a bit to get the "feel" for how to fly a drone before I took to the skies. Once I had mustered up the courage to go fly on my own, I enabled novice mode and flew a few small pattern in my backyard (box, circle, figure-8, etc) to get a feel for the controls. The drone flies very well and was easy enough to control. The 'Go to home' button landed the drone within inches from where it took off from; very impressive. The camera takes great pictures and video and is impressively stable, even in windy conditions. After a couple of flights, I switched off novice mode and cranked up the speed. This little thing hauls and I watched it blow by me doing about 45mph (confirmed via the readout on the controller). The included storage bag fits the drone, controller, and battery nicely, with padded inserts to divide the bag into sections for each piece. There are also an abundance of additional zippered and external pockets. If you leave the battery attached to the drone, you can also easily fit the charger. For the more serious user, Autel does make a hardshell case with dedicated spots for each piece and room for additional batteries. For an improved flying experience, download the Autel Explorer app onto your smartphone and connect it to the controller. This provides way more settings and the ability to log flights and preview pictures. This also gives you a live stream of what the drone's primary camera sees. It is pretty hard on the phone battery though. However, the app is very well detailed and laid out. If there was anything negative that I could say, it's that the documentation that comes with the drone is very lacking in detail. There are so many functions and settings that can be controlled from either the controller, or even more-so by connecting a smartphone to the controller and hooking it up to the Autel Explorer app. I've flown a few times and I'm still trying to figure it all out. All in all, I'm very pleased with this drone, although I can't compare it to anything since it's my first experience with a drone/quad-copter. I can foresee myself needing to purchase another battery soon to extend my flying abilities past the 30 mins that the battery provides.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Posted
    n2guns
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    The drone part is great. The free extra batteries part is great. But lets talk about the remote antennae for a minute. The antennae extend outward using plastic pins as the fulcrum point. After extending, they can be rotated. Cheap plastic. One of the pins fell out without me noticing it. As I rotated the antenna the remaining pin broke the "ear" that the pin goes through. I then put that pin in the other side where the first one fell from. Yep, it broke that ear also and now it just kind of hangs there. I am assuming the wire that is holding it in place will dislodge or break with a few more uses. And this happened on the fourth flight... Will try to get a replacement sent. If I have a problem getting that, I will simply return it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Future evolution of drones

    Posted
    DSPARKA
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I'm really thrilled on all the capabilities that the Autel EVO offer. I attached 2 photos but I would of like to have been able to attach more. My initial process: I did the unboxing and the EVO was packed with care. To my surprise a shoulder bag was included as a bonus. After removing everything I almost missed the quick setup and manual box because it was on the very bottom which blended in with the interior of the EVO box. This is a premium drone with a bigger but fair price tag so I read every single line of the manual to make sure I know important things about it. When I got to the charging section I decided to start the charging before I continued my reading. FYI you need to remove the battery from the drone before charging. Pushing the button on top of the drone while sliding the battery does the trick to remove the battery. What's great about the charger is it charges both the drone EVO battery and remote simultaneously in 3 hours. To be clear the instructions indicates the drone charges fully in 1 hour and the remote controller is fully charged in 3 hours but my initial charge was faster. Register: It was always recommended to me to register drones https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/ so I would like to extend the recommend this to all drone owners. It took me 5 minutes and cost me $5 for 3 years registration. App: To get the full experience I decided to download the "Autel Explorer" app. It has easy instructions to pair your phone,drone and remote controller to each other. Design: The EVO design is a few steps towards the future and it looks great. I was not too sure about the color but the more I look at it and being able to spot it in the air made me fall in love with the orange/black color. This Autel EVO drone arms folds which makes very easy to pack up and take with you to anywhere you want to explore without taking much space. Picking up the drone and unfolding the arms I can feel the quality. It has many sensors that helps a beginner and even a pro be a better pilot. A 4K camera that has a 3 axis gimbal assures that I have clear and stable image during every flight I take with my EVO. Remote controller: I think I'm more hooked on the design of this remote because it looks like a gaming controller with a 3.3 inch OLED screen so I can clearly see what my EVO see in HD. Just like the EVO the remote controller allows you to fold the handles to make it easier to hold or pack to transport. The EVO remote have a lot of features and since there are a lot I will only list a few. I can take pictures or videos with a touch of a button. Easy land or take off with auto pilot, return home with auto pilot, it allows you to turn sensors on or off, GPS and plenty of indicators of your drone and remote controller health, it has a beginner mode so it reduces the speed and height for novice pilots or at least until you get the hang of the controls. Using the remote control and your phone together gives you the most option to take advantage of the many advance features. Flight performance: Flying the EVO is easy if you have some experience. I find it so much easier learning and flying the EVO after using another top drone company. I had plenty of space around me because I drove to a nearby field. I had room for error and was expecting a few crashes but luckily I did not have any crashes yet. I want to try the ludicrous mode but I want to give myself more time to get really familiar with the controls to handle the EVO safely at faster speeds. Something that I found most interesting was the dynamic track because it follows around a subject and it's accurate. Take off and landing can always be easy if you use auto pilot but with practice it's also easy to do it on your own. My final thoughts: At the end of the day I think this EVO drone is packed with much more features than we are used to in a consumer level drone. I like that firmware updates will be available to help with bugs or even add new features to the EVO. I would of prefer that the EVO had a longer battery life after a full charge so I can have more time and more fun. I think 1 and a 1/2 hours to fully charge the EVO and only get 30 minutes of flight is not the right balance. Knowing this I plan on buying a spare battery but I want to wait to see if a bigger battery that holds a longer charge will soon be available. That's my only negative feedback about the EVO and I know I will enjoy it the more I use it. I'm looking forward into taking beautiful pictures and videos using my EVO when I take future vacations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best high end drone for newbies!

    Posted
    AKK1
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    Summery: This is a very easy drone to fly, it looks great, it flies great, it shoots images and videos great, a good range, and speed, 2 different ways to take off, no real need for a mobile phone to operate, and NO need for mandatory updates before flying and not locked in no fly zones. Package contents: - The drone - Battery - Extra 2 propellers - 32 GB micro SD card already inserted - Remote controller with 3.3 lcd screen that allows to receive video feed. - Charger that charges both the battery and the remote control at the same time - Micro USB cable, and a USB C cable - The quick start guide and safety information Drone design and durability The drone is beautiful, sleek design that stands out with its foldable design that gives it a huge portability and can be easily stored in any backpack if you don't have or want to carry the drone bag itself which is small enough to mistake it for a dslr camera bag. The built is sturdy and I have to admit that it took some hits and fell while I was trying to fly it (INDOORS) with the sensors off. The propellers literally made holes in the wall when the drone hit it and were undamaged. The gumball seems very sensitive and woobly when the drone is turned off so I can't emphasize enough on how important it is to use the shield provided when the drone is not in use. Software: EVO's software is very easy to learn and master, but remember that practice is very very important with any drone because aside from damaging your drone, it might cause serious damage if it hits people or property. The remote controller is enough to use the drone but you will need the Autel explorer app to unlock all features and customize your flying experience. The video quality is mind blowing @4K with 60 fps. Image quality is great as you might expect as well with available filters to use for both modes. One of the best things is that the drone is not locked by Geo fencing, so it can literally fly anywhere, but be sure to comply AND register your drone with the FAA. Its takes 5 minutes and costs $5 to register your drone for 3 years. I also liked that the drone has a novice mode that you can activate if this is your first drone or if you are still practicing. The novice mode limits the speed to 8 miles per hour, as well as hight and it won't let you turn the censors off. Cons: Battery life sucks! Its no where near to the advertised 30 minutes, and if you live in the DMV area like I do where you can't fly the drone unless you drive at least an hour and a half to be out of a no fly zone ( you also cant fly drones in any national park). It will be really hard to enjoy the experience with 20 minutes flight time and 3 hours plus of travelling. So I highly recommend buying another battery for your drone. This drone, like most high end drones only records video feed, no audio, so you will need a video editor for converting and adding a video footage for playback. The drone should have came with an extra 4 pairs of propellers at least. When you drop $1000 for a drone, this should be a no brainer. The drone and the remote controller should have came with a USB type C instead of using a regular USB port. The EVO does not have obstacle avoidance when flying in reverse. Aside from a warning there is nothing else. Follow me feature still needs work but I am sure it will be better with future software updates. Conclusion: The EVO is a great drone that can last for years and has great potential. The price seems about right but with established competition coming out with 2 new drones around the same price, I don't know if this drone is going to be the go to for everyone. But I must say that AUTEL EVO's after sale service is located in the US and this is a huge plus compared to the competition which is very week in this department.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All-Round Best Drone I’ve Used.

    Posted
    Jaydozrock
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    So, I have messed around with a few drones before but this one has been the one that impresses me the most all around. Inside the box came the drone , the controller, the battery , a few necessary cables and documents and everything needed to get you off to a quick start and having some flying fun. First let's address the drone. It has one of the sleekest designs for this much engineering. It is not the heaviest drone I have ever used but it clocks in at about 2 pounds. Included in the drone was a 32gb sd card ( props to autel ) which can be removed easily replaced with a card of a higher capacity. I like the construction of the drone it's a very solid unit and its foldable/retractable design makes it quite an easy drone to store and transport. The included charger is quite impressive as it allows the drone and the controller to be charged at the same time Next the controller. This is the best drone controller I have ever used despite my feelings about some of the button placements. It has a very good shape and a comfortable design, feels great in the hand. Unlike many other controls it has a built in 3.5 inch OLED screen that directly shows the video feed, thereby having no need to have a smartphone connected. This is important because you reduce the chance of wireless communication between the drone and the remote being affected by the cellphone. Also some cellphones might be incapable of properly connecting or running the app in tandem with the remote. When connected with a suitable cell phone the remotes screen just becomes a secondary screen displaying useful data while the phone's screen shows the video feed. The camera/gimbal. The video and images from this drone is incredible.They sometimes come of softer in appearance and not the brightest but the colours and variety are satisfactory. At the cameras best it's able to shoot 4k at 60fps but it can also shoot 1080p at 120fps with a high dynamic range and very decent field of view angle of around 92 degrees. The first time I flew this the the video feed was a bit tiled which basically indicated to me that the there was some kind of gimbal drift. I updated the firmware which seems to have corrected this but only time will tell. All things flight. First off,the Evo performs pretty well in the air and was quite responsive to any commands from the remote. It was able to withstand short instances of windy conditions while flying and I can't complain. With regards to the speed of the Evo, it's pretty decent when flying . I was able to top out at about 36mph and would only complain about its ascent speed. Autel claims that the 4300 mAh battery provided with give the Evo a flight time of 30 mins. From my experience, I consistenly got between 22 -26 minutes of flight time in relatively calm weather conditions. Around the 15% battery mark the drone will alert you and attempt to land but you can still control it and possible get it to a safe place for retrieval. In terms of range Autel claims the drone can get a max distance of 4.3 miles, I did not attempt to verify this but I can confirm that I got a max distance of 2.1 miles ( therefore 4.2 miles in total), which should be great for anybodies need. The Evo has some of the best drone specs out there right now. It has a great controller and a pretty good companion app. The drone is a lot of fun to fly and I would say this was a very competitive entry from Autel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Drone!

    Posted
    KaneM7
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    What a fun drone this is!!! I've had so much fun flying this thing. Ludicrous mode is AWESOME!!! Packaging : each part comes individually boxed. Didn't expect the carrying case but was a much needed item Charger - it is kind of loud during charging. ON positive side, does charge both Battery and Remote on same charger. Wish you could charge items in the bag though. Battery is replaceable. Instructions: Drone is easily setup and very intuitive to fly. Although the included directions are limited. But with a little exploration and caution. All items can be figured out easily. I like to read manuals so was a little bummed on this. The Phone app is fantastic and put together well. Spend some time there to learn all you can do with this drone. Accessories: included of course is the drone and remote obviously. But also includes phone connection cable. Both USB micro and USB-C connection cables are included. Also has convenient storage and carry bag! The misco SD card is 32GB. In my test flight I took a 30sec 4K video, this took up about 1GB. So if you intend to do some recording you may want to invest in a larger card or reduce the video quality. Notes: 1. Camera is a digital zoom - using the zoom function on the drone does result in bad image. Best option was to zoom in my video app on PC - image was much better. 2. Camera has some issues with low lighting - Only issue I found with it. Overall, this drone did everything I would expect, The remote puts it above all the others in my opinion. Its very compact and easy to take along on trips without taking up much space. While I would prefer the hard case over the soft. It does fit quite snug and travels well. Not much room for other accessories but everything fits in the pockets. Price is very competitive. Providing more options and flight time compared to other models. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This drone is awesome!

    Posted
    SgtRock
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    I've flown a couple of drones before-both my sons have very small ones-but never anything like this baby. Out of the box it's an amazing looking machine. I loved the orange color mixed with the black. It's sleek and expensive looking. It took roughly an hour to get the set up complete, mostly because the battery to the drone only had about ? charge out of the box. The cables you need for most operations are included. Both the handset and the drone battery have to be charged (though the handset was at about 85% and uses battery MUCH more slowly than the drone uses its battery). The drone battery charger connection is a proprietary design, so I imagine there are no aftermarket chargers available should you ever need a replacement. Unpacking the drone was simple and mostly involved removing cardboard, protective plastic (to keep it shiny! @@@@@@@ and unfolding the rotor arms. Connect the battery and power up the controller and you're all set. Though you should probably be outside before actually flying. As I mentioned before, I've only ever flown very simple drones, so the controls-while basically the same-still took some getting used to. You can use the controller that comes with the drone, or attach your phone to the controller via the included cable (so long as it's not an Apple phone I guess? I've an S9 so that wasn't an issue for me) and use your phone rather than the screen. There is a simple app download that walks you through getting your drone connected to your phone and shows a lot of the basic instructions. All the basic flight functions are controlled via the two joysticks--you get used to it very quickly. When it starts you won'tice immediately how much noise this makes. @@@@@@@@ My dog sure noticed-she didn't care for the drone) You'll want to be aware of this depending on the situation (i.e. your neighbors might not appreciate it much, or if you're in the mountains, etc, you might want to be aware of what time you're flying it so as to avoid breaking noise ordinances or the like). The noise does dissipate well at a short distance. It also gives off a large amount of rotor-wash directly under it (a fact my kids just loved). The take-off and landing function worked well most of the time, though the drone occasionally had issues if it was crossed up with the collision avoidance system. Occasionally it just didn't want to move and would hit it's "hover point" rather than continuing to land. The controls for this were a lot of fun and mostly intuitive. If you're a gamer, it feels a lot like a video game controller. If you're watching the screen the whole time it feels a lot like a portable video game. The controller is comfortable, and all three of my kids gave it a go (under VERY close supervision) and had no issues understanding the basics of the controls. There are joysticks and trigger buttons, as well as two programmable buttons on the back. The biggest issue I had with the controller were these buttons. I ran it without programming them for anything, then decided I'dn't due to how many times I hit them by accident. If I do decide to program them for something it won't be any movement related function, as they're just too awkwardly placed. The screen and picture quality are just breathtaking. The screen has a nice, bright display that was every bit as nice as viewing it on my Samsung S9. The video quality is outstanding, and the zoom seems to function well, though it starts to pixelate after a bit. In lower light it's a bit grainy, but that's true of almost any but the most high-end camera. There is no audio, so only video is recorded. With as noisy as the rotors can be that makes sense. If (like me) you've never flown an advance drone like this you'll want to be aware of your altitude. This drone can go VERY high, which is neat, but can also be high enough to cause issues. We actually live in a neighborhood that occasionally has hot air balloons going overhead, so definitely make sure you're aware of what's going on in the air around your drone at all times (which is sound advice no matter what the situation, frankly). The battery life claims 30 minutes, and I suppose that's possible if you'ren't doing much with it. The most I've gotten out of it so far is 26 minutes. If you plan on taking it out for extensive filming, you'll need the charger and at least one more battery. The "collision avoidance" system works pretty well, but I learned the hard way that it only applies to things in front of the drone. I can tell you from experience that this drone is very durable, since I managed to fly it full speed backwards into my house (boy I'd love to blame my kids for that one, but nope, all me). The battery popped off and two of the arms folded back in, but I configured it back into the operating position (and maybe said a prayer) and it worked just fine. It also showed no damage-not even a scratch. Of course, your mileage may vary, so I'd probably recommend not flying it into things at all. A wonderful bonus is the carrying case that's included. It holds the drone, battery, controller, all the cords and has ample space for another battery, as well as extra pockets for extra SD cards or longer cords, etc. It's surprisingly nice for an included bag and has a carry strap to boot! There are TONS of technical aspects to this thing (note: many of which aren't covered in the 'manual'-which is more of a spec sheet with basic hook-up instructions really) that I won't bore you with here. The website covers all of these and advanced operation extensively. Just know that it's easy to get going, easy to operate and a LOT of fun. You may want another battery, but other than that it really does include everything you need to operate it. If you're in the market for an expensive drone that takes really nice video then I highly recommend this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Compact Drone

    Posted
    Robsapremiresilver
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    For all those drone enthusiasts, this midsize drone (Can come with camera size travel case) has a lot of tech built into a small frame. First the drone features: * Object avoidance (This makes the overall speed of the drone slow down and uses more of the battery). @@@@@ 22+min (as tested without the object avoidance feature) flight time (again depends on the flight parameters). @@@@@ Small handheld controller that has 3 in. QLED screen (but I still prefer my cell phone or pad for flight. @@@@@ 4k video source which is awesome but I also liked the 1080p video quality as well and it took less of the battery and memory (recommend getting 128gb). @@@@@ Settings allow for the drone to follow a source or object such as a car or motorcycle for example. @@@@@ The drone can reach speeds of 35 mph in manual mode and approx 20-25 in automatic object avoidance mode. I can go on and on. Bottom line is this drone delivers the goods. Love the fact that I can put it in a bag and go. Easily one of the best drones I have had. I would highly recommend this to my friends. This drone will be released and is priced at $999.99 and this is without the bag. Later it will be released in another configuration with the bag. Not sure what that price point is as of yet. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/autel-robotics-drone-orange/6238322. p?skuId=6238322

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great design, Awesome flight experience

    Posted
    Shail
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    Autel EVO is my first drone, so you can say that I am a beginner/newbie when it comes to drones. Earlier, I have played around a bit with my friends' drones and I can say that this is the best flight experience I have had so far. Here are my observations after spending 2 weeks and multiple flights with EVO. 1. It is super easy to control and it holds pretty well even in the windy conditions. 2. The initial setup is very simple. The bag that came with the drone is great addition as you can fit all the things in a compact bag. To that point, the way this drone and the controller fold is really good. You can easily throw them in your back pack if you don't want to carry the additional bag. 3. The video and the photo quality is very good. There are a number of drones with 4K capabilities in the market but very few with 60 fps. 4. The 3-axis gimbal gives the videos and photos amazing stability and even in the windy conditions you won't notice any jitters. 5. The controller is nicely designed too. The display on the controller is extremely sharp and bright even in the bright sunlight. It also has a holder to attach your smartphone with it. It holds my Samsung Galaxy S9+ well. The Autel explorer app is good and the controller syncs up with the phone instantly (using the provided cables). They have provided a micro-USB as well as USB-C cable which is great given the fact that a number of newer smartphones have USB-C port (as opposed to micro USB) 6. My 10 year old son was able to fly and control drones without any issues and was excited as me :) 7. The battery is good. I usually get 25-35 minutes of flight time after a full charge. Even the charger is designed well as it can be used to charge both the drone as well as controller at the same time. 8. As I mentioned above, the screen on the controller is excellent and you can fly the drone even without the smartphone. It came handy once when my smartphone was really low on battery. Overall, it is a great drone. So far, I have not come across any flaws or pain points. The price is a bit on the higher side but it is a premium drone and packs a lot of features. In fact, if you consider the other premium drones with these kind of features, you will find that the price of this drone is actually on the lower side. So, if you are a newbie like me or a drone enthusiast, you will love this drone. Go get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Drone for a First timer

    Posted
    JakeNH
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    My previous experience with drones was of the smaller, less advanced type, so unboxing and powering up the Autel Evo was like preparing for my first launch into space. First off, the packaging was well thought out and easy to remove, I think the total time it took for me to have this out of the box and charging for first flight was about 5 minutes. Handling the drone itself along with the controller it's apparent that the build and design of each was thoroughly executed. The drone feels heavy and solid, sleek finishes remove any potential resistance on the body. Handling the controller for me is reminiscent of a PlayStation-like controller; it's heavy but balanced enough to alleviate any strain on holding it during flight time. However, if you are using your smartphone in tandem it might be slightly stressful depending on the model and type of phone you are using. For me it's an iPhone 7 Plus so there is some amount of strain but very minor. While on that note, if you do use an iPhone you will need to use your own lighting cable as the Evo does not include one (it does include USB-C and USB-mini). I really enjoy the compact size of both the drone and the controller, they fit easily into the carrying case and really have a small footprint so you can take the Evo anywhere. Prior to your first flight the FAA does require that the drone be registered which you can accomplish at www.faa.gov/dronezone. The registration will cost you $5 and once complete you will need to mark your drone with the assigned FAA registration number (I used a labeler). I also used an app called DroneBuddy to make sure I was out of any restricted flying zones because there is a major airport nearby, however, it's outside of 5 miles from my location so I am OK to fly. Flight operation for me was very easy to adapt to given my experience in video games, I was able to get the Evo flying seamlessly around my yard and then eventually up over the tree tops around 200 feet. At that height I was flying at about 20 MPH. Once up there I started using the camera shooting 4K videos and snapping some photos, I really can't stress enough how clear the video feed is during flight, on both the phone and the controller display. Using the Autel App I planned out a waypoint path to test GPS accuracy which I was very impressed with the results on my 2 test flights. During these auto pilot flights it's very cool to peer around with the camera. During flight ops, the Evo constantly evaluates battery consumption, taking into account environment factors such as wind that will drain the battery faster. On average you are looking at about 25-27 minutes of flight time but the main benefit of this is that the Evo will alert you of a point of no return if you fly it too far away. At that time it will initiate a return to home maneuver or allow you to manually fly back. That being said, so far my furthest flight has been about 1600 yards - just shy of a mile. At that distance there was plenty of forest between the drone and myself and it did not lose or lag the video feed. I feel confident I could have flown further. Some minor bugs I have seen so far: 1. During a long descent the Evo can become fairly unstable and sort of wobble back and forth. This does not appear to affect camera shots as the gimbal does a great job of compensating. 2. After some sharper turns and moving of the camera during flight, the horizon can be askew when you return the camera to it's level mark. It has only happened a couple times but it's noticeable. From what I have read both of these issues should be corrected with firmware updates, although the weather has been bad recently so I have not been able to fly the drone to confirm. Lastly - and this is not an issue but a recommendation - I would say that the easiest way to transfer the high-resolution video and photos off the Evo is to buy a USB Micro/Mini SD card reader. Best Buy sells one for $15 that also utilizes USB 3.0 for faster transfer. Overall I highly recommend this drone, it's extremely sharp looking and feels well built. There are enough safety mechanisms and sensors built in to allow a first time user to get up and flying. I brought this to a friends house and I may have influenced this years Christmas list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good alternative high end consumer drone

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    Beradon
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    The Autel Robotics Evo is a well thought out drone with only minor drawbacks. First, as far as design, it's clear from the design that this drone hearkens to the design and layout of the other popular drone manufacturer. It has similar folding arms, a similar battery location and configuration, similar way the propellers attach to the arms, and even a similar camera gimbal. Because of this it's impossible to talk about the Evo without drawing some comparison with the other. There are, however, some unique aspects to this drone. First, the remote is a bit different, with the most glaring difference being that the remote has a 3" color OLED screen which makes need of a phone having to be connected completely optional, and really only required if you need functions offered by the Autel Explorer app. On the point of the App, I have to say it's dramatically easier to use than the app over the other brand. The options are more easily found and understood and less buried in layers of menus. That'sn't to say it's perfect however, as it's missing certain features, such as streaming capabilities, of which it has none. It also does not appear to have a natively stitched 360' picture mode. There's a slight annoyance when charging the remote a as it tends to turn on the built-in fan to keep the battery cool while charging. Being that the fan is small it tends to be a high pitched whine, and it'sn't terribly quiet. When using the remote outdoors this isn't much of a problem, but indoors while charging is a bit bothersome. Next, the flight of the drone itself is remarkably stable and smooth. I would argue that it was less prone to leap to new positions whether moving side to side or rotating when compared to the competition. This makes for a far more enjoyable viewing experience when watching the video recording back. The video quality itself is quite good, as are the pictures, however it seems to lean towards a blue shift in very bright situations. Speaking of bright situations, the 'auto' mode does not handle them well and I had to switch to manual mode and adjust the shutter speed in order to get both reasonable stills and video. All in all, I would say that this is a worthy competitor in the rapidly expanding consumer drone market with only minor caveats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Drone!

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    buckeyestargazer
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    This is my first "serious" drone and I have to say I couldn't be more pleased. Setup: The Evo comes well packaged with a clear quick start guide. After charging the batteries I was up and flying in no time. Upon first start up and connecting the controller, drone and my Android smartphone, the software checked for and installed a new firmware package. The software took care of everything and I just had to wait a few minutes for the firmware to finish installing. This newest firmware resolves a few issues, most notably the "descent wobble" present in the earlier software. Controller: I'm very impressed with the ease of use of the controller and associated software. I find it very intuitive and easy to find what I'm looking for. I don't have to search through endless lists of menu items to get to the settings I need. Flying: The Evo flies very well and is quick and responsive to commands. My first flight was in a constant 8mph wind and the EVO stayed perfectly stationary when hovering. Take off and landing are extremely smooth and I didn't notice any "ground effect." The Evo is a pleasure to fly! Battery and charger: The drone comes with one 4200mah battery. The specs say up to 30min flying but that number is really more like 25min. Plus, when the battery reaches 15% the drone automatically has to return home, so actual flying time is probably about 20min on a single charge. The only minor complaint I might have is the battery charger. It's a standard brick/cable style charger, and I would favor a cradle style charger instead. Or it would have been nice if Autel included a charging hub to charge more than one battery at a time. You're going to want more than one battery anyway. The Evo should be at the top of the list for anyone considering a serious drone purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 stars for the EVO Drone

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    Zunderwood
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    This is my first drone, so unlike others who have previous experience in this product space, my review comes from the perspective of a novice. That said, the first thing I noticed is that the EVO feels really well made. You don't get the sense that it will fall apart if you cause a poor landing. The unit comes with a soft carrying case, plus some spare replacement blades and an installed 32GB SD card. All cables necessary to charge both EVO and Controller simultaneously are included. Right out of the box, the EVO is set to record video at 4k. I flew the unit a few times while recording only to find that one flight that was less than 10 minutes generated a 1gb+ video file. That's way too big in my opinion, so I dropped the video resolution down to keep the file sizes in check. Video recordings on the EVO are extremely stable and lack any sense of jitter during flight. From my perspective, top-notch. You can also snap a picture while the EVO is recording video, and those pictures came out looking great, too. Recharging the batteries of the controller and drone take as long as 180 minutes and 80 minutes, respectively, depending on how depleted the batteries are. It's a good idea to get some spare batteries and to have them fully charged if you plan on using the EVO for more than 30 minutes - which is how long one fully charged battery is supposed to last. Not sure if 30 minutes will prove accurate in the long run. The controller has a bracket for holding your cell phone, plus cables that provide a phone-to-controller connection that fit most (if not all) non-iPhone-type phones. iPhone users will likely have to provide their own cable since one was not included. The EVO's documentation indicates that it has a range of over 4 miles, which I couldn't confirm. We live in an area surrounded by trees, so the EVO's obstacle avoidance features were tested to the max. Fortunately, all ended well. The controller and phone app are stocked with a ton of features, way too many to list here. I spent most of my time controlling the unit manually to see how the EVO would react with the many trees we have on our property. Again, I didn't encounter any problems during these flights. I thought the Orbit feature - which had the EVO circling above our house while video recording - was very cool. I plan on trying the Waypoint and the Follow features on an upcoming vacation where trees and other obstacles are at a minimum. Being a novice when it comes to drones, I can't say if this unit will ultimately unseat any of the big players in this market space or not. All I know is that the EVO is a lot of fun and easy to use, it takes outstanding photos and videos, and has exceeded my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Premium Drone

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    Beuge
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    The Autel EVO is an excellent premium mid-sized drone that is highly portable, easy to fly and produces fantastic video and photos. First impressions out of the box give you a sense of the premium nature of the product. The drone feels solid and well-built with a mix of plastic and metal parts. The camera gimbal, when out of the guard, will move around a lot on you, but this is the nature of a well stabilized camera. You'll appreciate this soon enough. And the remote feels solid and very comfortable in hand, without being too heavy. Initial setup is easy to complete following the included 'Quick Guide' and takes about an hour. Charging both the drone (removable battery) and the remote (fixed battery) is accomplished simultaneously with the included AC brick. After that you must update the firmware. This can be accomplished via a manual download from Autel's website (if you don't have a smartphone) or through your own smartphone connected to the remote and the 'Autel Explorer' app. A few things to note: 1) The cable included to charge the remote has a micro-USB B end on it while the remote itself has an unmarked square micro USB A port. The 2 connect fine, but cause you to second-guess if you're doing it correctly. 2) While an iPhone should work with the remote (I flew using an OG Pixel), an Apple Lightning cable to connect the 2 is not included and must be purchased separately. 3) Register your drone with the FAA. Even if you're just a hobbyist. While its charging is a good time to take care of this. The process is easily done via the FAA website. It takes just a couple of minutes and only costs $5 for 3 years. Like the initial setup, preparing to fly is similarly easy to step through. Setting up the drone, the arms are labeled clearly on how to unfold and have a solid, positive feel to them. If you're using a smartphone, connect your smartphone to the remote, power on the remote and the app launches automatically. Once both units are powered on, the remote will automatically connect to the drone and confirm its status, confirm a GPS signal, set the home point, and be ready to launch. In flight, the drone is easy to control, very responsive, and very stable, even in a moderate wind. Front facing and below obstacle avoidance work very well, though the rear obstacle avoidance is far less sensitive. Note that there is zero sensors for obstacle avoidance on the sides. Advanced flight modes such as Dynamic Track or Orbit, while not intuitive to find in the app, work very well and produce good results with minimal effort. 'Return to Home' has proven very accurate. And Flight time for me has clocked in around 22 minutes. This is a bit short of the advertised duration of 30 minutes, but could be related to environmental conditionals and/or piloting choices. Finally, the 4k camera on the EVO really is the icing on the cake. Video quality is superb with excellent detail and color representation and the image is ultra-stable thanks to the amazing gimbal. Easy access to the manual settings such as ISO or shutter speed really allow you to tailor the image to your circumstances and options such a video/photo file format (MP4, MOV, etc) are greatly appreciated. There are also filters available (ND, Polarized, etc) which are super easy to install. One other point I want to make. I needed to deal with Autel's support due to an issue I had (self-induced. not the drone's fault). The US-based support is super easy to deal with and very helpful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Is this drone worth it? Full review.

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    Shae
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    The Autel Evo is an intuitive, powerful, and extremely user friendly drone. I feel this drone is extremely simple to operate, especially with a bright and detailed display built into the remote control. All the menu/option buttons are easy to understand while flying with the remote control only. The ability to fly the drone without a mobile device is GREAT. Once a phone is connected, it becomes even more fun to fly, because I then have access to open the menus to change flight modes, camera settings, etc. This may be because I'ven't figured out how to change any settings while in "remote" flying mode, if it's even possible. But hey, I'm still learning. The sensors on the drone are pretty sensitive, at least when recognizing any nearby object. And by nearby, I mean it will alert me that there's a tree or building 30-40 ft. away in front or behind. This is fine unless I'm hovering, then the constant sound of the alarm begins to annoy me. Though the sensors are sensitive, I'm pretty disappointed in the rear sensors specifically. I decided to fly the drone backwards towards me, just to see how close it comes before stopping. The drone almost hit me before I decided to stop it myself. The drone came within 1ft. of hitting me. I really like the connection, or at least the quality of the connection while flying the drone in an area not completely open. I was able to fly this drone roughly 1,700ft. from my house while recording in 4k at 60fps. It can fly a greater distance. The direct path I took was obstructed by trees, but the connection didn't drop, nor did the video feed shutter. I've flown this same path with my other drone, and received a lot of warning messages and delayed/shuttered feedback with the video feed. I also like the zoom feature on the camera. It can come in handy, however, as I got closer to the 8x zoom, the picture got pretty grainy. One thing I really like about this drone is the speed in which it can climb and descend, which is pretty quick in my opinion. It comes with a 32GB sd card already inserted in drone. That was very much appreciated, as it allowed me to fly immediately, and I didn't have to worry that I didn't have the correct rewrite speed. As far as things I didn't like about the drone, first and foremost is the fact that it doesn't include a lightning to usb cord. This really sucks as I had to grab my charging cord to be able to connect to the remote. When traveling to locations to use EVO, I didn't think of it until after I had reached my destination and realized none of the cords that came with the drone were compatible to connect my iPhone. Good thing it can fly without a phone. As mentioned earlier, the rear sensors are a disappointment as well. Also, if having different flight modes is a big deal, this drone only offers 4 flight modes aside from the standard camera mode. For me personally, its not a deal breaker, but my other drone has a few more flight mode options which adds to the fun I can have with the drone. Overall, I think this drone is a very good buy. It can get the job done without being cumbersome or confusing. I would recommend it for beginners and seasoned pilots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent compact choice for all pilots!

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    MrShinyCadillackness
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    As an FAA part 107 licensed pilot and an owner of several drones, I was very interested to get my hands on the AUTEL EVO. Competition for "the best selling drone company" is very needed in my opinion. With its folding capability and compact shape, I would say that this drone has indeed been released for direct competition. Again, this is good for everyone. These companies will now strive to outdo each-other and therefore the technology will undoubtedly become better, faster. Not to mention it's better for consumer prices. It's a win, win! After dinking around with this drone for a little while now, I can say that I would easily recommend the EVO to anyone looking for a portable drone that shoots 4K. Sometimes lugging around a bigger drone with a case isn't always feasible, but tossing this in your camera bag or using the bag that they give you with the drone, makes it an easy decision to keep this with you pretty much at all times. Obviously image quality is a very big deal when considering any camera gear. The sensor in this unit's no slouch and captures rich, detailed images in good light. I do highly recommend purchasing a set of ND filters before trying to capture any daytime footage. When shooting at the correct frame rate, you'll definitely need them in any bright condition. That said, the reason I docked one star is that since it's a smaller sensor (Sony 12MP CMOS ? .3"), the low light capability will suffer. It'sn't horrible, but it could be better. While this is true among digital cameras of all kinds, it defeats the purpose of me actually using it in low light (dusk / dawn) conditions. So again, if you are shooting with ND filters at the correct frame rate, during lit daytime conditions, you'll be satisfied with this unit. Just try to keep your ISO at 100 as much as possible. The controller and EVO app are really done well. The main controller screen is extremely sharp. The text is so sharp that it's like looking at a retina display. It even works well in bright sunlight. I am using a Note 8 with Android and the app works flawlessly paired with the remote screen. Camera settings are extremely easy to change on the fly. A big bonus over other manufacturers. There is an easy to navigate main bar at the bottom of the app screen that lets you control all camera settings easily with swipes left and right. Another very cool feature of the app software is that it lets you set up a time-lapse to take photos automatically at set intervals as you are shooting your video. Awesome feature! Another really cool feature is the user selectable live video feed. This means you can switch the live video feed between either your device or the remote itself. Very cool if you do not have a device with you, or say your battery is depleted on your phone. The in-flight handling of this unit's really, really nice. So far, I have experienced very smooth flight and tracking of subjects. The unit's also very quiet compared to some of my other drones which is great news. As a bonus, if you are a newb, you can set this up in beginner mode which will help you learn how to fly properly before you turn it off and go into normal mode. Beginner mode keeps the drone at a lower altitude and a little closer to your position. That paired with the obstacle avoidance makes this a very good choice for said beginners. Battery life is also excellent. I have been getting about 25 to 30 minutes per flight which is great. When you are up in the air flying 25 to 30 minutes feels like an eternity. I would also recommend buying one or two extra batteries so you can get all of the footage needed no matter where you are and without having to recharge in the field. Another tip that I can give is to plan your flight when you arrive at your destination to save battery time and drain. If you know what you want to capture before you take off (instead of flying around aimlessly), your footage will be much better when you get back to your editing station. Keep in mind that if you shoot everything in 4K resolution, you'll need a very good video editing computer to edit your footage smoothly. If you do not own a high-end computer system, I would recommend that you create proxies of your files before editing. Actually, I would recommend creating proxies even if you do have a high-end system. It makes editing your video and scrubbing through clips like butter. All in all, this is a solid effort from Autel Robotics. With its portability and excellent remote / app, not to mention friendly price point, you really can't go wrong with this drone. Go get yours now! Lastly, being an FAA part 107 licensed pilot, it's my duty to highly recommend that everyone interested in becoming a pilot (not just hobbyists) to take the course, obtain the license, and learn how to fly safely. This will save you possible disaster circumstances if you are flying in the wrong area (airspace) which I am sure a lot of people do because they simply do not know any better. There are several courses online that you can take to help you study for and pass the test. If you decide to go this route, once you complete the course and receive your license, you'll understand exactly what I mean by all of this. Airspace is a tricky thing and warrants you having extensive knowledge on how to navigate it legally, properly, and safely. Studying for the Part 107 isn't only fun but very interesting and will teach you everything you need to know to put yourself in the right situation every time. Do yourself the favor. Fly safe, fly smart, and have fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend