Autel Robotics has launched two new drone series: the EVO Nano and the EVO Lite. Each new flyer is intended for pilots of a specific skill level. The ultra-lightweight EVO Nano looks to be one of the most capable beginner-class drones ever made, while the mid-range EVO Lite is a larger bird, with more sophisticated hardware, additional features, and broader applications.
Though it’s billed as an entry-level flyer, the EVO Nano and Nano+ feature some of the most impressive specs we’ve ever seen in a beginner drone. Both versions of the Nano can shoot 4K video, transmit live images up to 7.4 miles, and boast long-lasting battery life of up to 30 minutes. Compare these specs to the Nano’s chief competitor, the DJI Mini 2, and you’ll notice they are nearly identical. However, the Nano also features a three-way obstacle avoidance system, which is a first for any drone in this weight class. No sub-250g drone has ever offered this type of vision sensor system, including the DJI Mini 2.
If you’re wondering what sets the Nano and Nano+ models a part, it’s the image sensor. The Nano comes with a 1/2" CMOS sensor capable of capturing 40MP stills and up to 4K30 video. The Nano+, meanwhile, shows off a 1/1.28” CMOS sensor that shoots 50MP photos and is backed by an RYYB color filter array with a large f/1.9 aperture that’s meant to improve image quality in low-light environments. Both camera systems fully support Autel’s sophisticated subject tracking software, Dynamic Track 2.1, as well as its four automated shooting modes.
Both the Nano and Nano+ weigh 249g, meaning no FDA registration if you operate as a hobbyist.
Autel’s new mid-range series includes the EVO Lite and EVO Lite+ drones, both of which are significantly larger than the EVO Nano series and offer enhanced performance in certain areas. The EVO Lite+, for example, features a 1" CMOS sensor that can capture 20MP stills and video up to 6K30, making it the better solution for hi-res filmmaking and content creation.
Sensor size aside, the EVO Lite series and the EVO Nano series share many of the same features and specs, including video transmission distance, obstacle avoidance, and more. One feature the EVO Lite series has that no other drone in the world can claim is a 4-axis camera gimbal that allows users to capture vertical imagery.