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The long awaited Evo 2 from Autel has jaw dropping specs which got many drone pilots very, very excited. Drone communities are buzzing and eagerly waiting for the new release. Pre-orders are announced for second part of January, via Autel website.
Launching 3 (actually 4) different models
There will be versions of the drone that you can purchase:
- Evo model is 8k camera with half inch sensor and 48MP with no adjustable aperture. This one will be released first. Will cost around $1495
- Evo Pro which is a 6k with one inch sensor with an adjustable aperture (great for pro level photography) – will cost around $1795
- Evo Dual (a competitor to Mavic 2 Dual) which has the same sensor as the base model but it includes a 640 by 512 or 320 resolution thermal sensor. This one will have essentially two models, making it 4 overall.
Just take a look at some of the main specs and see it for yourself:
Autel Evo 2 specs and photos
The three user-changeable gimbal modules for the Autel Evo 2 are:
- 586 gimbal: provides an 8K video camera that will take still photos of up to 48MP and records 8K video at 25 fps, 6K at 30 fps, or 4K at 30 or 60 fps with a bit rate of up to 120 Mbps.
- 383 gimbal: features an Ultra-HD camera with a 1-inch sensor for 6K video and still photos of up to 20MP. It will record video up to 5.5K at 60fps or 4K video at 120 fps and has an adjustable lens aperture from f/2.8 to f/11.
- Dual-sensor gimbal: provides an infrared camera that takes infrared images of 640 x 512 or 320 x 256 and records video at 720p at 30 fps in dual image mode. It has the same 8K video camera as described above.
- it features 8GB internal storage and 256 GB of external memory via microSD card.
Evo 2 camera
The camera is swapable – one of a kind feature among premium drones. They made a removable payload so if you buy one frame, you can buy what ever camera you want to add to it later on. If you start off with the Evo 2 and you want upgrade to the 1 inch sensor for the Evo Pro, you buy the camera and mount it on your 8k model and you essentially have the Evo 2 6k model now.
All three camera modules on the New Autel Evo 2 support:
- Single shot
- Burts shooting
- Auto exposure bracketing (AEB)
- High-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging
- NIGHTBEAT (high signal-to-noise ratio
Photos can be saved as DNG or JPG formats, and video footage can be recorded either MOV or MP4 formats on the Autel Evo 2.
The films made with EVO 2 look very natural, not overly saturated, good dynamic range, solid pixel density making it a pleasing shot overall.
Evo 2 flight time
It will be around 35 minutes if you hover and up to 40 minutes if you are slowly moving forward (10mph).
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Evo 2 range
It can go up to 5.5 miles but obviously due to regulations, you won’t fly it that far.
Evo 2 controller
The controller includes a high resolution 3.30 LED display that allows you to switch between an FPV view through the camera on the drone or displaying telemetry information.
It has a 5000 milli-ampere-hour battery which will give you hours of use on a full charge. The brightness on the display is 330 nits which is very bright for outdoor use and it provides a 1080p live view of the FPV view from the camera.
You can fly this drone without connecting your phone as the controller has a display you can use to control your drone (you turn this option on with a button on the right, upper side of the controller). You can also combine phone and controller display, where one shows you FPV while the other displays telemetry data.
Evo 2 obstacle avoidance
It has omni-directional obstacle avoidance with a range of 20m – meaning it has sensors to the front, rear, top, bottom and lateral side of the drone and within 20m of the obstacle will start sensing it and slowing down to avoid crash.
Evo 2 battery
It pulls out of the back of the drone and is much larger than the battery on Evo 1. To remove the battery, you’ll push out in the two tabs and just slide it out. If you want to check the current battery level, just tap the button once and if you hold it, it’ll spin up the drone.
Flying in wind
It can fly into winds up to 46 miles an hour and this thing is rock solid stable which is another huge plus over majority of other drones on the market that have wind resistance twice as small as the one from Evo 2.
Evo 2 Sensors
Evo 2 has two ultrasonic sensors on the bottom hat help to fix the position of the drone in vertical space. It also has two optical stereoscopic sensors that help with VIO and they probably help with precision landing. Then there are a couple of LEDs that help light up the landing area.
In the back of the drone that are two more stereoscopic sensors below the battery cap.
There are two more stereoscopic sensors on each side of the drone, on the top and on the front, as well.
Difference to Evo 1
Autel has upgraded all the airframe with completely different hardware and technology. The drone is much bigger with larger wingspan.
They now have things like 12optical sensors all the way around, not just one on the sides. Evo 2 has a full omni directional computer vision for obstacle avoidance and tracking.
If you want to look at an enterprise kind of solution that is a pro level FLIR sensor, a boson sensor that you can use for search and rescue and inspections.
The drone is going to be released in this month and that is an official announcement from Autel.
The official release will take place at CES. Expect the Evo 2 to be available soon thereafter at retailers such as DroneNerds, B&H, Adorama, BestBuy, and Amazon.
Autel Evo 2 release date January 2020
Autel is planning to raise the bar for consumer drones and give the industry leader, DJI, a reason to worry and work even harder on their already almost perfect products (just take a look at Mavic Mini that might lose serious chunk of the market with Evo 2 release. However, Mavic 3 Pro could be epic model as DJI will put all it has into it).
According to some sources, Autel Evo 2 will have three super-changeable gimbal modules that offer you 6K video from a 1-inch sensor, or 8K video or 8K video in combination with a thermal camera. Only this segment is mind boggling and there is no consumer drone that can even come close to these capabilities.
There is no official information on the pricing so we will have to wait for the CES.
As mentioned above, DJI will have to come up with an answer to this drone since Autel is going to make waves in the industry should the Evo 2 be as good as it sounds. Exciting times ahead of us.
Come check this article once the drone is released as we will seek a chance to test it out as soon as possible.