Autel’s folding 8K drone to compete with DJI and Skydio: Report

All three drones will have a range of up to 5.5 miles.

Autel Robotics at CES 2020 announced three new drones — the EVO II, the EVO II Pro, and the EVO II Dual. All three drones will include the same external structure but will come with different cameras.

Autel's folding 8K drone to compete with DJI and Skydio: Report
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The EVO II will take 48-megapixel photos and claims to shoot 8K video and therefore will be one of the first consumer-grade 8K cameras. The 35mm equivalent lens could help with filming at night and in other low-light environments. Also, the 7,100mAh battery will give you an estimated 40 minutes of flight time compared to 31 minutes for the DJI Mavic 2 line. The company said that its 12 obstacle-avoidance sensors make it as good at dodging obstacles as the Skydio R1.

The EVO II Pro will have a full 1-inch Sony IMX383 sensor and adjustable aperture from f/2.8 up to f/11, just like DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic 2 Pro. It is basically tailored more toward pilots looking to get the best-looking footage. However, this version doesn’t take 48-megapixel stills; instead, it only takes 20MP shots.

The EVO II Dual will sport a FLIR Boson thermal camera in addition to the 8K camera. They will record simultaneously, although at a very low resolution in thermal mode.


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