At CES, Autel introduced the compact, quite interesting sounding EVO II camera drone series -- one of the three models is the first aerial camera to film in up to 8K, while the Pro model features a 1" sensor with (not quite) 6K video recording. A third model is more suited to other applications with optional IR recording. All EVO II drones are identical in construction except for the supplied camera version, so that it is theoretically possible to exchange the camera module. Speaking of identical: a certain similarity with the Mavic cannot be overlooked.
According to the Verge, the EVO II weighing 1127g has the 48MP Sony CMOS sensor IMX586 for smartphones, which is read out here with full 8K resolution (7680x4320 with 24 or 25fps / 10bit). It is correspondingly small (type 1/2"), the sensor pixels are also very small and the data rate is also rather narrow with max. 120Mbps for 8K.
Instead, the EVO II Pro model features a 1" sensor with 20MP, which delivers videos with a maximum resolution of 5472x3076 (p30/p25/p24 / 10bit). With a higher 60fps frame rate it is possible to film from 4800x2700. The aperture is variable, starting at f/2.8, the focal length corresponds to 28.6mm 35mm. The maximum data rate is 120Mbps, the weight is 1174g.
All EVO II drones are equipped with a gimbal stabilizing on three axes, a HDR mode, a LOG mode as well as an automatic, visually working obstacle detection via 12 computer vision sensors. This can apparently also be used to let the drone fly autonomously, for example in a follow mode. Autel states the top speed at 72 km/h, in a so-called "ludicrous mode" based on Tesla, by default it is max. 54 km/h.
Thanks to a 7.100mAh battery the maximum flight time is 40min under ideal conditions, the radio signal has a range of up to 9Km; controlled by the supplied console. When folded out the EVO II measures 424 x 354 x 110mm. Internally there is 8GB memory, in addition there is the possibility to record on SD card.
Officially no prices have been communicated yet, but they should be around 1.500 dollars for the EVO II and 1.900 dollars for the EVO II Pro. The EVO II drones are expected to be available from February.