Autel EVO Max 4T review: an enterprise powerhouse

The Autel EVO Max 4T is the perfect drone for emergency services, search & rescue and surveying

Autel EVO Max 4T
(Image: © Future / James Abbot)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Autel EVO Max 4T is undoubtedly an impressive drone and is an extremely compelling option for law enforcement, search and rescue and aerial surveyors. It’s surprisingly easy to use, but at the same time not intuitive. So once you’re up to speed with the features, functionality and general operation, it’s the perfect drone for its intended use cases.


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    Multiple cameras

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    Advanced obstacle avoidance

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    Professional mapping functionality


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    Easy to use but not intuitive

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    Only one battery in the kit

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    Raw files require a lot of processing

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Not all drones are made equal. Although it’s natural to assume that most models are essentially the same when so many consumer drones blur the line between professional and consumer operation, some models are aimed purely at specialist professionals. The Autel EVO Max 4T is an enterprise drone designed for use by emergency services, search & rescue and mapping/surveying. It looks similar to medium-size consumer models with a folding design and can capture photos and videos using three cameras: a wide-angle, a zoom and a thermal camera alongside a Laser Rangefinder for providing coordinates of a defined point.

I’ve flown and reviewed most of the consumer drones released in the past 10 years, alongside the high-end DJI Inspire 3, but I have to confess that when I had my first test flight with the Max 4T I was a little intimated. Sure, it flies like any other camera drone and getting it up and into the air to capture photos and videos was easy enough, but it was just the sheer amount of options available on the huge smart controller that made it appear much more complicated than it is.

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DimensionsFolded 10.1 x 5.71 x 5.16 in / 257 x 145 x 131 mm / unfolded 12.52 x 15.75 x 5.79 in / 318 x 400 x 147 mm (excluding propellers)
Weight3.57lbs / 1620g
Flight modesSlow, Smooth, Standard, Ludicrous
CamerasWide-angle, Zoom, Thermal & Laser Rangefinder
VideoUp to 4000x3000px at 30fps
Photo formats JPEG, DNG
RangeUp to 12.4 miles/20km (FCC), 4.9 miles/8km (CE)
Battery8070 mAh / up to 42 minutes

DJI Inspire 3
The DJI Inspire 3 is a high-end professional drone aimed at photographers, videographers and filmmakers. Image quality from the 44.7MP full-frame interchangeable lens camera is excellent, with video up to 8K available alongside some impressive surveying/mapping credentials.


DJI Mavic 3T Enterprise Thermal
If you’re on a slightly tighter budget but the thermal side of things is what matters more, then the DJI Mavic 3T is a great option. It also offers side-by-side thermal and video for search and rescue uses.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.