Autel is ready to take on the Dji Mini with its latest EVO Lite and the EVO Nano, the latter being a sun-250g drone aimed at taking a share of the license-free market from DJI and the Hubsan Zino Mini SE. Autel offers the obstacle avoidance feature which the other two drones lack.
The EVO Lite, which is slightly bigger, will compete against Dji Mavic. It weighs around 820g, features the world’s first 4-axis gimbal, resolutions up to 50-megapixels, sensor sizes up to 1″, and video capabilities up to 6K at 30fps.
The Evo Nano series has two drones, the standard Nano and the Nano+.
Features of Standard Nano
- 1/2″ CMOS sensor capable of shooting 48-megapixel photos
- 4K HDR video with a built-in 3-axis gimbal.
Features of Nano+
- 1/2.8″ 50-megapixel CMOS sensor
- RYYB colour filter array
- Utilises both phase detection and contrast detection autofocus with a large f/1.9 aperture.
Both the drones offer one-click automated shooting modes through the app, along with MovieMaster. This helps to process quickly editing footage from your drone together into a final movie. The camera’s view can be streamed to your smartphone with a range of up to 6.2 miles at 2.7K resolution at 30 frames per second with the boastful claim of “no lags”.
Why is Nano better than DJI and Hubsan?
The Nano drones offer obstacle avoidance – currently the first and only drone in its class to do so. Such technology does come at a price, while a DJI Mini 2 currently costs around $449, the Hubsan Zino Mini SE is around $349 and the DJI Mini SE is a mere $299. Autel EVO Nano starts at $649 and the Nano+ costs $799.
With the Evo Lite series, Autel offers two variants, the Lite and Lite+.
- Both drones offer “no lags” on 2.4
- 5.8 and 5.2Ghz frequencies boasting a range up to 7.4 miles
- 2.7K 30fps streaming straight to your mobile device.
- An automated one-click camera moves from your smartphone app, too.
- Ultra wide-angle obstacle avoidance
- Front field of view of 150° to eliminate more blind spots.
The system can operate with fewer cameras, meaning some saved weight and less drain on the batteries. According to Autel, it can last for about 40 minutes, or 30% more than the competition.
The difference between Lite and Lite+ is the camera. While the standard Lite features the 1/1.28″ 50-megapixel CMOS sensor as the Nano+ mounted to a 4-axis gimbal to help you more easily shoot vertical videos. The Lite+ on the other hand comes with a large but lower 20-megapixel resolution 1″ sensor capable of shooting 6K video at 30 frames per second.
Lite+ also comes with that 4-axis gimbal and offers an adjustable aperture of f/2.8-11, potentially negating the need for neutral density filters.
As far as the pricing is concerned the Lite and Lite+ drones are priced at $1,149 and $1,249 respectively. The price factor will give its rival Mavic good competition for sure.
Autel will make all four drone models available in the market by the end of October. You can find detailed specifications for all the drones on the official Autel website.