Can you tell what size this drone is? Can you see its hidden surprise by looking?

ACSL Soten drone images grabbed from ACSL video
(Image credit: ACSL)

The world has been waiting to see a serious contender like ACSL to threaten leading consumer drone manufacturer DJI. There is competition from Autel, Skydio, Parrot, and others at the pro level, but thus far the most famous consumer attempts have been abortive, not least GoPro's.

After announcing their plans last year, ACSL finally threw their hat into the ring with their SOTEN drone which, at first glance, really looks to have drawn some inspiration from the DJI Mini series (which isn't usually a bad thing). At the same time, the company's Japanese heritage was extremely reassuring for many potential customers in the US where – regardless of the truth of the matter – anti-Chinese politics have now blocked many from buying DJI. Others, understandably, don't want to risk losing government clients.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook