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Great aerial video platform!Posted
This is my third drone and by far the best I have owned. The EVO weighs not quite (2 pounds) and includes a carrying case along with a 32 GB microSD card. The microSD card is protected by a hatch cover on the right side of the aircraft and is easy to get to. The EVO is very solid and well-made. Setup is simple. If you live in the US I encourage you to use the smartphone app B4UFLY for rules and restrictions in the airspace. The charger can charge both the drone and the controller batteries simultaneously. Flight Performance is good and helps in the video capture side of things. My battery life has been between 20-30 minutes. My radio range is about one mile in the city - needs to stay within eyesight based on current regulations. I really like the Anti-Collision System. Several warnings appear on the video feed as it approaches an obstacle and past a certain point it will refuse to move forward if you are on collision course. The image quality is quite good. The camera has a reasonable dynamic range and low-light sensitivity. If needed there are neutral density filters that can be purchased. The design of the controller is similar to many drone and video game controllers with a very nice feature - the controller can display the video without the need of a smartphone thereby reducing potential problems.
I would recommend this to a friend
Easy to use, excellent videoPosted
I want to qualify this review by saying that this is my first experience with a drone - so every bit of that learning curve associated with learning and piloting a completely new device is very present here. However, I've watched several videos about the Evo, including its initial rollout a few months ago, and have seen quite a bit about its initial strengths and weaknesses and were able to test those things over the last several days. The first thing to know is that the Autel Evo comes up right at the top end of consumer-grade drone budgets. It's expensive, but I think it justifies its price tag well. It boasts a longer flight time (30 minutes, which held up somewhere around 27-28 in real world testing), 4K video, which I'll talk about a little later, a dedicated remote control that can connect to your phone as a second display, and multiple tracking modes and programmable route options. These things all work as advertised, and they are impressive. Learning to pilot these things is relatively easy, and I assume that the experience is similar to piloting other drones. In spite of my (very bad) piloting skills, the video produced by the Evo is really, REALLY smooth. The gimble is excellent - it's so good that even with erratic shakes from side to side, the video looks like all my shakes were intentional. In very rare instances and with the craziest shakes, you can sometimes see the edge of the front propellers in the edge of the frame, but it didn't happen often enough to bother me, and became much less likely to occur after I'd flown the drone for several days. The tracking mechanism and route programming, at least from what I can see, requires a phone to use, as the included remote does not offer a touchscreen interface. However, they work extremely well and smoothly and open up a ton of possibilities for filming. The drone intelligently avoids obstacles - I had seen in earlier reviews that their obstacle detection suffered from rear detection. This was not the case with me. I had the drone follow me as I walked toward it and it successfully detected a tree behind it and avoided it. This was very impressive! The one thing I feel I can speak to well is the video quality. I love photography, and the prospect of shooting beautiful, cinematic video, is extremely exciting to me. The video quality is sharp and the optical stabilization is....just perfect. As mentioned above, watching your footage back is pretty thrilling. It's very crisp. I didn'tice that the highlights get easily blown out in direct sunlight, which can annoy some people who are looking to shoot extremely moody sunlit video. Colors also seem a little flat, if not oversaturated. This is definitely a drone in which you will want to put your footage through some kind of postprocessing in Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X. Having said that, though, the quality is so, so good. There's a lot you can do with this drone. I'd absolutely recommend it and can't wait to take it everywhere I go.
I would recommend this to a friend
5 stars for the EVO DronePosted
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
Impressive camera on an easy to fly drone.Posted
This drone is a bit challenging to setup but works well once it is done. Out of the box, it needed a firmware upgrade to fix the gimbal calibration. The horizon was constantly angled but Autel support advised to do some additional gimbal adjustments in flight via the phone app and it was fixed. Now, it is working well. The images are amazing and the camera stability for videos is spectacular as long as I do not do any crazy maneuvers. Flight time on one battery is about twenty-seven minutes on a full charge. However, the drone will want to return home at the first low battery indication when around five minutes are left or when it knows it is about to reach a point of no return. If the low battery indicator is ignored, it will land at its current position once the battery reaches the critical level. This is fine as long as it is not flying over water or somewhere inaccessible. I love the controller! It is small and compact when not in use but unfolds into a comfortable size. The controls are well placed and extremely responsive. The display is easy to read. If a phone is not used, the display has all data on one screen. However, it is best to connect a smartphone so the controller screen is dedicated to flight data and the phone screen can be dedicated to the camera display and controls. While the drone battery runs down as expected, the controller battery has a surprisingly high capacity. After at least five full flights / drone battery discharges, the controller battery is still close to 80%. I really have no idea how long it is going to take before it needs to be charged. It is also important to note that the live image quality and speed coming from the drone to the smartphone via the controller is excellent. There is little to no visible latency between the camera and the screen. When it comes to flying, Autel has a series of videos online to teach anyone how to fly. While this drone is by no means a toy, it is easy enough for a responsible child to fly it. I would say that this drone is more of a camera with a drone attached to it than a drone with a camera attached to it. I would not use it to do tricks or show off. Instead, I would use it to create spectacular aerial images and videos. In many cases, the drone will protect itself from damage. If it senses obstacles in front, behind, or below, it will reduce speed in that direction to avoid a crash. The only time this becomes annoying is when the landing zone is close to a large obstacle. In one case, it wanted to land on water because I was standing too close to a wall. I learned to come in sideways to land when near an obstacle so the sensors do not see it. Obviously, the pilot needs experience flying before landing in tight spaces. They recommend starting in an open field. However, anyone with a little experience should be comfortable flying after watching the manufacturer's videos and completing a few practice flights. Extremely bright LED lights are located on all four arms of the drone. They are highly visible even in the middle of the day. Solid red LED's are usually showing on the front arms and flashing green is the most common color on the rear arms. This indicates that all systems are normal and the drone has a good GPS signal from enough satellites to maintain proper control. Other colors indicate various details like low battery, poor GPS signal, loss of signal from the controller, or other faults. Obviously, the controller will advise the pilot of these as well, but it is nice to know these basic details without having to take eyes off the drone. The motors are surprisingly quiet. At idle, the blades can be heard spinning but they are barely audible. At takeoff, the sound level increases but it is still quieter than expected. In flight, it is louder when moving and fairly quiet when hovering unless it is fighting a strong wind. There are some videos online demonstrating how much quieter it is compared to other models on the market. For storage, the drone came with a 32 GB microSD card. I pop it out and plug it into my computer directly since that is ultimately where I want the data. It is also possible to download the images from the drone to the smartphone via the controller and app. The data transfer rate is fast for images. I have not tried yet for video. Overall, I am happy. This does what it is made to do and it does it well. Autel did not seem to cut corners. They made a solid piece of hardware. It had a software bug, but it is fixed with the firmware updates. The one caveat is that anyone using this drone should plan to use a smartphone with it anytime they are flying. While it is possible to fly without a phone, it is not really intended to work that way.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best high end drone for newbies!Posted
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
Splendid & Brilliant Drone with Neat FeaturesPosted
==== Summary ==== The Autel Evo is an impressive drone that takes fantastic videos & pictures. It's very easy to fly with its excellent controller & safety features, flight is stable & smooth, and comes with many cool flight modes. The fit-and-finish is excellent ensuring long-term durability. Autel has created a very compelling & quality drone and app ecosystem. I love it~! @@@@@ Pros: -Good-looking design with nice colors. -Quick & responsive flyer. -Easy to control. -Remote is well-designed & has a 330-nit 3.3" OLED screen. -Can fly without a smartphone & still have a live video feed. -UHD 4K video at 60FPS looks stunning. -3-axis stabilized gimbal = stable videos and pictures. -Obstacle avoidance (front, rear, & below). -Comes with a nice carrying case. -"Intelligent Flight" modes are cool, such as Dynamic Track and Orbit. -No "No-Fly Zone" restrictions & forced firmware updates. -Charger charges the drone & the controller at the same time. -No privacy & security scandals like Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) drones. @@@@@ Cons: -The drone is a bit sensitive to magnetic interference. -No automatic obstacle avoidance function when flying in reverse (just a warning). -Too easy to accidentally press the buttons on the back of the controller. ==== Design & Function ==== The Autel Evo drone is my first drone experience & I love it. Whether it's folded up into its compact travel form or stretched out for flying, I think it looks really cool with its striking color combo of glossy red orange with matte black color. Build-quality & build-material of the Evo are top-notch as well. The drone has been constructed with tight tolerances & all the seams and lines are clean and even. In other words, it has excellent fit-and-finish in a durable package. It's kind of embarrassing to admit but my first two flights ended in a crash - first inside the house & once outside during nighttime (not recommended by Autel). The Evo survived both crashes with no damages except some cosmetic scruff marks and a bruise to my pride. :P Handling the Evo is a simple & frustration-free affair. The folding front & rear arms actuate smoothly and the propellers fold and tuck away neatly. Gripping & carrying around the Evo one-handed is effortless thanks to its light weight and folded-up portability. The LED lights on the legs provide a quick visual status & orientation of the Evo. As for buttons & ports, there is a microUSB port (for file transfer) & a controller pairing button hidden underneath a plastic flap right below the two rear IR sensors. On the battery itself, you have a Power On button as well as a concave button you depress to slide off the battery from the Evo. Finally, there is a microSD slot on the right side of the Evo underneath a pull-back tab. Besides the drone and the controller, Autel also includes a carrying case with an adjustable shoulder strap that has ample room for the drone, the controller, extra batteries, and cables. Although the Evo is my first drone, I can still tell that it's a highly-crafted machine that has been meticulously designed with good durability in mind. It's stylish, very easy to handle and fly, and all the parts work harmoniously. 10 out of 10. ==== Controlling the Evo ==== The Evo can be flown in two ways - with just the remote controller & the embedded 3.3" live video screen or with the controller paired with a smartphone via a cable. The controller is quite a remarkable. The handles fold in and out smoothly from the body and is comfortable to hold. The smartphone holder can easily accommodate larger smartphones such as my Samsung Galaxy S9+ housed inside a case with its grippy rubber and secure clamping force. My S9+ was never once in danger of accidentally falling or popping out. There are many buttons on the controller that make it easy to operate the Evo. The four main ones are the "Take Off/Land" button, "Power On/Off" button, "Pause aircraft" button, and the "Hold to Start Go Home" button. On the shoulders are the "Record video," "Take photo," and "Screen navigation (DISP)" buttons as well as two Dial Switches - one switch controls the gimbal pitch/angle & the other is used to scroll through Settings & to select your choices by pressing down on the switch. On the back of the controller are the "A" and "B" buttons that are currently used to set Waypoints inside the Autel Explorer app. Per Autel, they will be customizable in future firmware updates. Due to their location, I found myself pressing them accidentally numerous times. I'm getting better at avoiding them with each flight session but they're still kind of annoying nonetheless. On the left and right of the screen are the two controller joysticks that you use to move/fly the drone. They work great and I had no issues with them. On the top are the two antennas that neatly fold away when not in use. Then in the middle of the controller is that nice 3.3" OLED screen. It gets as bright as 330 nits and that's where you'll be viewing the Evo's "Flight Information Panel" data or a live 720P HD video feed, all without a smartphone attached. Sweet~!! The Flight Information Panel offers lots of condensed data in a straight-forward and easy-to-understand manner. It's a LOT of data but I never felt overwhelmed. By flying the Evo with just the controller, you won't be able to use the Evo's Intelligent Flight Modes (Dynamic Track, Viewpoint, Orbit, Waypoint, VR). Plus you won't have access to the more advanced drone settings. Pair up the Evo to a smartphone and launch the Autel app, however, then you'll have full access to ALL the flight modes & the advanced settings. In addition, your smartphone's display will now act as your live visual feed (1080P resolution). My phone gets much brighter than the controller screen so it was my preferred way of viewing the live feed. With that said, I think it's wonderful that Autel provides the user with such flexibility to allow flight without a smartphone and still offering a live video feed. It's a very thoughtful & brilliant design by Autel. ==== How Does It Fly? ==== The Evo is one smooth operator and it flies great~! It performs all flight maneuvers very well - smooth take-off, graceful landing, quickly making turns and orbits, speeding forward, quick reverse, etc. With the built-in safety measures augmented by sensors and obstacle avoidance, the Evo is a great drone for novices and first-time fliers such as myself. More experienced users will have a blast thanks to modes like the "Ludicrous" mode which changes the top speed of the Evo to 45 MPH. 10 out of 10. ==== Video & Photo Quality ==== I was BLOWN AWAY by the quality of the UHD 4K 60FPS videos the Evo took. I've never before seen such high-quality, well-stabilized, and splendid video from any of my tech gadgets & toys. Auto-exposure & white balance are handled very well & 4K 60FPS is simply awesome. Here are two short videos I took & uploaded to YouTube - one in a residential neighborhood with mild wind & one at the beach during windy conditions: https://youtu.be/D8uh64AebFU https://youtu.be/MsI4W0Banuc When it comes to photo quality, the Evo was pretty good as well. The 12MP 94-degree camera in Auto Mode takes good consistent pictures with good dynamic range, exposure, and contrast. For more control, Autel offers many customizable settings within Settings. Low-light scenarios introduce some granniness and noise in the pictures but that's to be expected. Still, photos came out decent and useful. Overall, I'm very satisfied and happy with both the video & photo capabilities of the Evo. 10 out of 10~!! ==== Autel Explorer App & Intelligent Flight Modes ==== The Autel Explorer app is well-designed, comprehensive, and simple to use. Besides granting the user access to ALL the drone settings & the special Flight Modes, firmware updates are handled here as well. Inside Settings, there are 8 main entries on the left column & inside the "Intelligent Flight" menu, there are 6 modes to choose from - Camera (default startup mode), Dynamic Track (Evo follows a subject), Viewpoint (Evo flies toward a subject), Orbit (Evo flies in a circular pattern around a subject), Waypoint (Evo flies a predefined flight path), and VR (Virtual Reality goggles). I had lots of fun playing around with all the special flight modes (except for VR) & they all worked very well as intended. My favorite one is Dynamic Track, which I used often to chase around my hyper toddler. ==== Wish List ==== I'm very happy with the Evo but I wish it could do a little bit more. The highest on my list is for the automatic obstacle avoidance system to work while the Evo is flying in reverse. Please, Autel, include this feature in an upcoming firmware update~! Second, I wish it was less sensitive to magnetic interference. At times, the Evo's compass had to be recalibrated because I put the Evo down on some concrete (such as my driveway) & the metal inside caused a calibration error. Third, I wish the Waypoint Flight Mode will let me select flight points on the map first then having the Evo fly toward them instead of me having to fly the Evo to each Waypoint first. ==== Conclusion ==== Flying around in the skies while recording videos and taking pictures with the Autel Evo has been a highly fun and joyful experience, filling me up with child-like wonder and delight. I now have an additional tool to capture wonderful memories of my family and pets. I highly recommend the Evo to everyone for its user-friendly design & flight control, excellent build quality, and all the fun flight modes & safety features that work harmoniously together. Autel has engineered a high-quality drone & app ecosystem and I look forward to their future endeavors and products.
I would recommend this to a friend