#2. Autel Robotics EVO II Pro – $1,795.00
Autel Robotics isn’t that popular (yet) as DJI but at the moment they are the only manufacturer which offers a drone comparable with the Mavic 2 Pro. With the Autel Robotics EVO II Series, they offer three models, The EVO II, EVO II Dual and the EVO II Pro.
As from these 3 models, the Autel Robotics EVO II Pro is the best drone for filming, this model ranks as #2 in the list of best drones for filmmaking. Just like the Mavic 2 Pro, the Autel Robotics EVO II Pro has a 1 inch CMOS 20MP sensor. It also has an adjustable aperture (f2.8-f11). Thanks to this you will get a superior image quality, as well in low- and limited-lighting conditions.
VIDEO RESOLUTION | RECORDING MODES | FLIGHT TIME
Comparing the video resolution, the Autel Robotics EVO II Pro can record up to 6K! The 10-bit, A-Log color mode allows you great flexibility in post-production as it retains rich detail in shadows and highlights. You even have 4K HDR recording to enhance contrast and color. It records with a maximum bitrate of 120 Mbps which is 20 more than the Mavic 2 Pro. The video resolutions of 6K (max 30 fps) is pretty impressive, and even more when you scale it down to 4K it’s amazing how much detail it’s able to capture. Thanks to this high resolution you also can zoom in/crop the image a lot when you want the subject to appear closer.
Autel Robotics claims a maximum flight time of 40 minutes for their EVO II. In practice, this won’t be the average flight time but it seems the Autel Robotics EVO II outperforms the Mavic 2 Pro here. With a maximum flight speed of 72 kph/45 mph and 360° Obstacle Avoidance, it offers the same performance in this like the Mavic 2 Pro.
AUTEL ROBOTICS EVO II PRO VS. MAVIC 2 PRO
Despite the higher 6K resolution and longer flight time compared to the Mavic 2 Pro, the Autel Robotics EVO II Pro underperforms in the following areas; Price and handling.
Currently with a price of $1,795.00 it costs almost $200 more than the Mavic 2 Pro. For this amount, it comes in a striking orange color, which is not so much better in the taste, but definitely stands out more in the air.
The handling doesn’t seem that precise as you will experience with the Mavic 2 Pro. It drifts more away when hovering in the air and it doesn’t react that well on the input you give on the remote controller. I’m sure Autel Robotics will improve this with feature software updates.
With a Diagonal Wheelbase of 397mm, it is slightly bigger than the Mavic 2 Pro (354 mm) and therefore also heavier with a weight of 1191 grams.
Features making the Autel Robotics EVO II Pro the second-best drone for filmmaking:
+ Video resolution of 6K
+ 10-bit, A-Log Color profile
+ Maximum bitrate of 120 Mbps
+ Adjustable aperture
+ Great low light performance thanks to the 1-inch sensor
+ Battery life and flight time
+ Obstacle avoidance
– Less Intelligent flight modes (only Dynamic Tracking mode)