Autel Robotics has generated a lot of buzz in recent months with the X-Star and X-Star Premium.
They have been upping their appearances at events, and we were delighted to catch up with them at InterDrone.
Take a look –
The bright orange of the drone makes it stand out in a sea of white drones and, as we discover in the video, also serves a safety purpose.
The X-Star Premium has a 4K 360 degree panoramic camera, and a 3-axis stabilized gimbal. It takes 12MP photographs. The drone includes a 64G micro-SD card, and the camera detaches.
While Autel Robotics do not currently offer a handheld gimbal like DJI and Yuneec do, this would be an obvious next step and the detachable camera looks set for this.
Battery life is up to 25 minutes and the drone including battery weighs 3.13lb. The X-Star Premium comes with a carrying case.
Autel Robotics also offers the X-Star. The key differences between this and the X-Star Premuim are that the maximum control and video transmission distance with the Premium is 1.2 miles and with the basic model it is .62 miles. The X-Star comes with a smaller 16G micro-SD card, and a case is not included at purchase.
The X-Star Premium drone has much of the functionality drone pilots have come to rely on, such as Orbit, Follow, and Waypoints.
For beginner pilots, Autel Robotics have included a cool feature which allows pilots to easily create a geo-fence that will limit the range and speed of your drone, so you can grow your confidence whilst you fly.
There’s nothing more frustrating than heading out flying to discover your drone an issue with your drone when you find the perfect flying spot! The Smart Pre-flight Check in the Starlink App aims to combat this by ensuring that your drone is safe and ready for flight prior to take off.
The remote control has a LCD display which helps to monitor important flight information while flying.
We have all heard horror stories about the customer service provided by drone companies, and Autel Robotics are making after sales support a big feature. They provide 7 day a week support in the US.
The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is available now. It retails at $899.