Autel has announced the world’s first 8K foldable consumer drone, the EVO II, which will be available with three different camera modules: an 8K 1/2-inch camera (EVO II), a 6K 1-inch camera (EVO II Pro), and a combination of 8K camera and thermal camera (EVO II Dual). Omnidirectional obstacle avoidance is made possible by the drone’s 12 computer vision sensors and two sonar sensors.
The EVO II features a 48MP 1/2-inch CMOS sensor that offers a maximum video resolution of 7720×4320 pixels and photos of up to 8,000x6,000 pixels. Lossless, in-camera zoom up to 4x is also on offer. The EVO II Pro has a 20MP 1-inch CMOS sensor and boasts an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11, an ISO range of 100–12,800, and HDR capabilities. The EVO II Dual features the same 8K camera as the standard model but adds a thermal camera with a FLIR Boson sensor with a resolution of up to 640x512. All three cameras offer a maximum bit rate of 120Mbps and 10-bit color depth. There’s 8GB of built-in storage with the option of adding up to 256GB via a microSD slot.
The EVO II can fly for up to 40 minutes and has a transmission range of 5.6 miles (9 kilometers). The maximum speed in Standard mode is 15m/s (54km/h), and if that’s too sluggish for you, there’s also an appropriately named Ludicrous mode, which increases the top speed to 20m/s (72km/h).
The EVO II is priced at $1,495, while the EVO II Pro will retail for $1,795. Contact Autel for pricing of the EVO II Dual. Shipping dates have yet to be released.
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