Autel EVO 2: 8K Folding Drone, 48MP Stills, Thermal
- Jan 09, 2020
Autel Robotics stole the show this year in the drone section of CES with the release of the highly anticipated EVO 2 series of compact folding drones. All together, Autel released three new drones – the EVO 2, the EVO 2 Pro, and the EVO 2 Dual. Two years ago Autel released the original EVO drone which quickly became stiff competition to DJI's Mavic series drones. Autel is opening 2020 with a big bang, and the drone industry is loving the new technology, innovation, and competition amongst consumer and prosumer level drones in an area of the industry that has been dominated by DJI with their Mavic 2 Series. Let's get right into the three EVO 2 models that were released this week.
Autel EVO 2: 8K Video & 48MP Stills
The standard EVO 2 model is the first and only consumer folding drone to feature 8K video and still imagery capabilities at 48 megapixels. This is quite an achievement as the EVO 2 becomes the first consumer-grade camera, aerial or ground, to achieve 8K video. Capturing content at 8000x6000 gives content creators and photographers alike greater flexibility to work with EVO 2 footage in post without making any sacrifices to quality and resolution. In addition, optical, in-camera zoom of 4X gives operators the ability to narrow in subjects without losing resolution.
Autel EVO 2 Pro: 1" Sensor & Adjustable Aperture
The Autel EVO 2 Pro caters to professional photographers and prosumers looking for the ultimate footage by making use of the Pro model's 1" Sony IMX383 Sensor. This sensor provides an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 all of the way up to f/11. While the standard EVO 2 caps out at 48MP, the Pro model takes 20MP stills, which is still plenty of resolution to work with even for large canvas or metal prints. The adjustable aperture and intuitive camera controls make the EVO 2 Pro a content creator's dream come true. Lastly, a common question we've already been receiving from mapping pilots is, "Does the EVO 2 have a mechanical or rolling shutter?" The answer is, the EVO 2 has an electronic rolling shutter.
Autel EVO 2 Dual: FLIR Boson 640 Thermal + 8K
The EVO 2 Dual is the most impressive model of the new EVO2 series, featuring a FLIR Boson 640x512 Thermal Camera along with an 8K camera for stills and just short of that for video. Advexure will also have the EVO 2 Dual available in a 320 frame size option. Autel designed the Dual Model for enterprise use cases, specifically public safety, construction, and inspection by enabling drone pilots to finally have a compact and folding drone that can capture high resolution thermal imagery combined with 8K standard imagery. This model stacks up as very tough competition to DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual model which has been our most popular thermal drone at Advexure.
Below is an example of a 640x512 still image in thermal mode captured by the EVO 2 Dual's FLIR Boson Thermal/Infrared Sensor.
Most Impressive EVO 2 Features
- 40 Minute Battery: Longest battery life of any foldable drone.
- 8K Video: First consumer grade aerial or ground camera at 8K.
- 5.5+ Mile Range: Incredible control range.
- 640 Thermal Resolution: First compact, folding drone with 640 frame size.
- Interchangeable Cameras: You are no longer stuck with one drone for one use.
There's a lot to love about the new EVO 2, but the above five features are those that really distinguish the EVO 2 from it's competitors. Aside from those, Obstacle Avoidance which is aided by 12 computer vision sensors on the EVO 2 create omni-directional protection. This system begins detecting potential hazards up to 100 feet away.
EVO II Flight Time
How long does it fly? That's always the number one question! The EVO 2's 7,100mAh battery yields a maximum flight time of 40 minutes, which place the EVO 2 in a class of its own. Yes, that spec is probably in perfect conditions, but even so at 35 minutes the EVO 2 is still the longest flying 8K folding drone on the market. It's also worth noting that Autel has a patented Battlock system like no other drone that ensures its battery remains seated and locked even during maneuvers at 45mph or that occasion hard landing...they happen to the best of us.
EVO II Pricing & Availability
EVO II Pricing
The EVO II is in the midst of production as we speak and will be arriving into Advexure's facilities soon! Amongst the three different EVO II models, there are six kit and bundle packages that we offer.
EVO II (8K Camera): $1,495
EVO II Rugged Bundle: $1,695
EVO II Pro (6K Camera, 1" Sensor): $1,795
EVO II Pro Rugged Bundle: $1,995
EVO II Dual (640 Thermal + 8K Camera): Request a Quote
EVO II Dual (320 Thermal + 8K Camera): Request a Quote
For pricing on the EVO II Dual please request a quote or give our team a call at (424) 317-4450 as online pricing is restricted for this model.
EVO II Availability
Please see estimated availability dates below for each model of the EVO II series. Note that all dates are estimates and subject to change. We will do our best to keep these stock estimates up-to-date.
EVO II (8K): TBD
EVO II Pro (6K, 1" Sensor): TBD
EVO II Dual (Thermal + 8K): TBD