Autel Evo II drone stuns CES with 8K video and 48 megapixel stills

Autel Evo II
(Image credit: Autel Robotics)

There has been plenty of amazing camera tech on show at CES 2020 so far, but Autel Robotics unveiled a family of drones that really made our jaws drop. The Autel EVO II is the first collapsible drone that can shoot 8K video, and take 48 megapixel stills – and a fitting announcement to coincide with the 10th birthday ready-to-fly drones

Weighing 1127g, the Autel EVO II quadcopter has an impressive flight time of 40 minutes, 8GB of internal storage (as well as an SD card slot). It has 12 sensors to aid with navigation and obstacle avoidance - and it comes with a controller that has a built in display.

The Autel EVO II Pro boasts a larger one-inch sensor with 6K HDR video shooting capability (Image credit: Autel Robotics)

But although the shooting specs of the Autel Evo II may look impressive, and a serious rival to DJI as the best camera drone, serious filmmakers and photographers may be be even more tempted by the Autel Evo II Pro - which boasts a larger one inch sensor (four times larger than the 1/2 in sensor in the standard model). 

This reduces your resolution to 6K video shooting and 20 megapixel stills, but the larger photosites should ensure better overall image quality with less noise and improved lowlight capability. The Pro version also adds HDR video shooting, and an adjustable aperture.

A third drone in the family will be the Autel EVO II Dual – which provides a thermal imaging camera, alongside the standard 8K 48mp camera, to appeal to industrial users and emergency services. 

The Autel EVO II has 12 sensors for obstacle avoidance (Image credit: Autel Robotics)


Takeoff weight: 1127g (EVO II), 1174g (EVO II Pro), 1192g (EVO II Dual)
Max speed: 20m/s
Max flight time: 40 minutes (no wind)
Max hovering time: 35 minutes
Internal storage: 8GB, plus SD card slot
Camera sensor: 1/2in 48MP CMOS (EVO II), 1in 20MP CMOS (EVO II Pro), 1/2in 48MP CMOS + FLIR LWR thermal camera (EVO II Dual)
ISO range: 100-3200 (EVO II & EVO II Dual), 100-12,800 (EVO II Pro)
Bitrate: 120mbps
Bit depth: 10 bit

Autel Evo II drone

(Image credit: Autel Robotics)

Pricing & availability

US-based Autel Robotics tells us that the new family drones are now in production, and that the Evo II should be available at the end of January for $1,495. The Pro version will follow a month later, and will cost $1,795. Availability and pricing for the Dual version have not yet been announced.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.