EVO II: The evolution
EVO II is the second series of Autel Robotics‘ EVO drone. It was presented last January at CES in Las Vegas.
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Its predecessor EVO, in the two versions – basic and rugged -, had excellent technical specifications at a more than affordable price. But the EVO II series looks like a real thorn in DJI’s side, with three models, all foldable, able to cover the needs of all types of users.
EVO II versions
Three versions of EVO II: 8K, Pro 6K and Dual (with double chamber: thermal FLIR Boson and Sony). Few differences in weight of the three models from 1.127 to 1.192 kg, but many common features, such as flight time up to 40 minutes and advanced sensors, which place EVO II, in its declinations, definitely at the top in the ranking of drones. But let’s see them one by one.
EVO II 8K
The EVO II 8K drone is a leisure drone with an excellent photographic sector, capable of satisfying even professional photographers. Able to capture images with a resolution of 8000×6000 pixels, with a 4x zoom, it has a weight of 1127 grams, capable of reaching a speed of 72 km/h (cruise speed 54 km/h). It can reach a height of 7000 m a.s.l. and its range of action can extend up to 9 km (BLOS even if it does not seem approved for this category). It is equipped with highly respectable sensors (12 omnidirectional sensors).
His camera (Sony IMX586), has a maximum resolution of 8000×6000 pixels for photos and 7680×4320 pixels for videos, in MOV/MP4 format, with 1-8x zoom.
EVO II Pro 6K
EVO II Pro 6K is a professional drone, which differs from the previous version for the type of camera mounted (Sony IMX383) with a maximum resolution of 5472×3648 pixels for photos and 5472×3076 pixels for videos, in MOV/MP4 format, with zoom 1-8x. The ISO range is 100-12800 for photos and 100-6400 for videos. It is therefore a drone particularly suitable for professional photographers or for those who use the drone for work (2D/3D mappings, precision surveys). The other features common to EVO II 8K and EVO Dual have not changed.
EVO II Dual
EVO Ii Dual can be defined the spearhead of the second series of EVO. It is a professional drone suitable for thermography. It is the direct competitor of both Parrot ANFI Thermal and Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. However the success of this model will depend on the price. Equipped with dual cameras, thermal FLIR Boson with 614x512pixel thermal resolution, visible camera with Sony (IMX586), with a maximum resolution of 8000×6000 pixels for photos. 1-8x zoom and ISO range 100-3200. To consider that a thermal imaging camera for drones of the FLIR model Boson starts from over € 1500 (model 320).
EVO II is undoubtedly a very interesting drone both for those who use the drone for leisure (EVO II 8K model) and for those who use the drone to carry out professional activities (EVO II Pro 6K and EVO II Dual models). The 40 minutes of flight are more than enough to perform recreational flights and important activities worthily (but both the second batteries and the flight planners can come into play).
At the moment, however, it is not possible to know the availability on the market of the three models, whose price starts from $ 1495 (about € 1340) for EVO II 8K, to pass $ 1795 (about € 1600) of the EVO II Pro, while for the model EVO II Dual the cost will depend on the model of lenses mounted on the Boson thermal imaging camera from FLIR.
This is the ink to the Autel Robotics website.
For more information about the thermography with the use of the drone we recommend reading the blog article “Thermal imaging with drone“. To learn more about the technical characteristics of drone thermal cameras, we recommend reading the article “Professional Paylaod – Read the technical specs“.
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Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 14/10/2021