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

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent compact choice for all pilots!

    Posted
    MrShinyCadillackness
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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 is 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 is 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 is a smaller sensor (Sony 12MP CMOS ½.3”), the low light capability will suffer. It isn’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 will 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 is really, really nice. So far, I have experienced very smooth flight and tracking of subjects. The unit is 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 will 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 is 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 will 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 is not 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

  • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great 4K portable drone

    Posted
    DAYRYDER

    Before I get into this review, I just wanted to share my experience with drones. I own a few which includes a 3DR Solo, Yuneec Typhoon H, Yuneec Breeze and few toy drones. My perspective of this drone will come partially from my past experience and knowledge of those in comparison to this one. I had been waiting to purchase the Autel EVO from since the beginning of the year when they revealed it at a drone conference. It looked like it was going to be a strong competitor to DJIs Mavic Pro series drones with one of the major feature being that it could shoot 4K at 60fps and that it would possibly released with a 1" sensor. When it shipped, it did not have a 1" sensor like may thought it would but it's ability to shoot 4K at 60fps is stellar and still make it the leader thus far in that right. My experience with this drone so far has been somewhere between good and great. I am amazed at the level of tech that can be crammed into something this size when just a few years ago, drones twice the size of this one had a lot less features. Being able to take this on a trip with you and packing into carry-on luggage is priceless. As I said previously, I do own a Yuneec Typhoon and if you know anything about that drone, you know that it's a way larger platform. I can fit it into the overhead bin in a plane but it's a piece of luggage in itself. Then I still had to carry an extra bag with my personal items. Depending on what airline you use, you may be charged a fee for an additional item. When it was first released, the individuals that ordered them on release day got a travel bag for free which was a nice touch. There were a few issues with the firmware which caused the horizon to be tilted because of the gimbal but Autel has released updates which addressed this so it has been corrected. Also, at the time of this review, the iOS app has not been released but there is a beta version of the app directly from Autel when you register your drone with them. As much as I like my EVO, there are a few cons. In comparison with the Mavic Pro platform, this drone is slightly bigger and heavier than the Pro. DJI has also recently released the Mavic Pro 2 which has a 1" sensor and the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom which has a feature that allows you to zoom in on a subject. One other con is that since Autel is a smaller player in this category, there are not a not of aftermarket accessories for it at this time. That being said, if you want a portable drone that is very well made and high quality that can shoot stellar 4K footage and photos but would like to go with something other than what DJI offers, then this is is the drone for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Is this drone worth it? Full review.

    Posted
    Shae
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    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 haven’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

    Good alternative high end consumer drone

    Posted
    Beradon
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Autel Robotics Evo is a well thought out drone with only minor drawbacks. First, as far as design, it is 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 is 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 is 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's not to say it is perfect however, as it is 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's not 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Mavic replacement, but requires FAA license

    Posted
    Raiders
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I'm writing this review after having the drone for about a week and only using it sparingly because I found out after I received it that the FAA has changed the rules (again!) and now I have to register my drone (more info here: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/ and https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2017/december/13/drone-registration-requirement-returns). However registration requires a written test that I have to take from a third-party site that is not convenient get to. Thus, I have only taken this drone out for very limited flight time. Overall, this is a great option if you like the DJI Mavic form factor and features. The size is comparable to the Mavic (see pictures), and the set I received included a carrying case and controller. Performance is on par with other drones in this price range, but Autel has some advanced features that are not available in this price range too (automatic object avoidance front/back, height sensing cameras). The orange color is VERY orange and bright, so this is definitely not a "stealth" drone, although you could mask it pretty easily if you're patient and have good quality (3M) film. Photos are good (not great). The included gimbal does a decent job of stabilizing the image. I'll try to post some actual shots later (BB is limiting me to 2 pictures).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy on beginners

    Posted
    GAHokie
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    First time owning a “real” drone. I’ve bought those micro drones before but did not enjoy them as they were hard to fly. Figured I’d give this a shot. I used to play with RC cars and planes when I was younger and the drones have been tempting me for a while. Overall, this is really easy to fly. You can set it up in novice and take advantage of all the built-in safety features. Or you can dig into the advanced settings and take the training wheels off. Needless to say I’m sticking with novice mode for a while. The drone is real easy to fly and the obstacle detection works well to keep you from crashing it into something. Due to living near a flight restricted area, I haven’t had a chance to get this out to a location where I can put the range and altitude capabilities to the limit. The tracking mode is a great feature. I haven’t been able to figure out the orbit function yet. Flight time is good. Only having one battery is a damper though so you should definitely a must. I wear an extra large glove size, so the handles on the controls feel small to me. It would also be nice if they include a cable for lightning ports. They only include cables for micro-USB and USB-C. The tabs for the port covers seem a bit stiff. The one for the back of the drone is already broken, so it’ll be prone to get lost if I’m not careful. The one cover the memory card slot and the ports on the remote feel like they’ll break too with repeated use. We’ll see. Overall, I’m happy with the drone and look forward to getting more flight time and improving my flight skills.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Video

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

    The video on this drone is great compared to the mavic pro and air. The gimbal is a little weak and i don,t care for the gimbal cover . I love the app and no flight restrictions. The mavic air and pro fly better both are more solid but this drone is a great value if you can get it with the extra batteries and bag deal which i missed out on now its back on .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very capable

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

    I bought this to add to my collection. After flying several times, I would have to say this is a very capable drone with a lot of potential. It is just as good as the Mavic Pro and with continued firmware updates it will be unstoppable.

    I would recommend this to a friend