January 2020Release Date
The Autel Robotics Evo II (Evo 2) is an exciting update to the initial Evo. Sharing much of the same ideology for form-factor and flight characteristics, the newer machine is an update in almost every way. Primarily, pilots should be excited for 40 minute flight times, extended connectivity range, and an 8K camera. Sure, you can upgrade to a Pro model that has a larger sensor and only a 6K camera, but base model Evo II buyers are getting their hands on one of the first consumer products to shoot 8K video, not just drones, one of the first, period.
This orange folding drone is a machine that satisfies consumers, but also tackles commercial and professional needs. Notably, the top model of the new Evo II line comes with a dual-camera configuration, sporting an 8K sensor and a decent IR camera. The base model and the commercial model each get that 1/2-inch 8K sensor, while the pro model gets a full 1-inch 6K sensor. They can all send the camera feed back to the Autel Robotics Live Deck, for your studio and independent recording needs as well.
The Autel Robotics Evo II will be available in early 2020 starting at $1495. Exact prices and availability yet to be announced.
September 2016Release Date
The Syma X12 nano drone is a tiny machine that easily fits in the palm of the hand. This drone, as with most in this size-class, is a very simple flier, offering almost no flight features or stability, just a couple simple navigational joysticks and some prop guards. You can fly machines like the Syma X12 outdoors, on a calm day, but they are best for indoor flight. With just around 5 minutes of flight from the built-in battery, the X12 is on par with most nano drones, all of which are fun little aircraft that are great for first time pilots to safely get some stick time.
Check out the Syma X12 for around $20.