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Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone with 4K Camera, 1.2-Mile HD Live View & Hard Case (Orange)
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- 4K Ultra HD video camera with quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
- HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away and autonomous flight modes via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
- Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFlyTM magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning SystemTM
- Intuitive remote controller with LCD display and one-touch action buttons
- Included accessories: Premium hard case, 64-GB MicroSD card, intelligent battery, 1-hour fast charger, spare propellers and small parts
- Backed by Autel Robotics customer support: U.S. based, seven days a week
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The X-Star Premium has twice the HD Live View range compared to the X-Star, includes a larger 64-GB card, and comes packed in a semi-hard, splash-proof, zippered premium case.
The X-Star Premium is a sophisticated yet amazingly easy-to-fly quadcopter designed for superb aerial imagery. The 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal can record crystal-clear, smooth Ultra HD videos or take 12-MP photos with HD Live View up to 1.2 miles away. This drone is ready to fly out of the box, and can be flown with or without the help of the free Starlink mobile app. Powered by an intelligent flight control system, dual GPS and GLONASS satellite navigation and aided by the Starpoint Positioning System, the drone stays safe and stable, even indoors or at low altitudes. Where other drones might become erratic or fly away when there is magnetic interference, the X-Star is equipped with our exclusive SecureFly technology to help your drone come back home safely.
Learning to fly the X-Star is easy: you can start the motors, take off and land, hover, or have the drone automatically return home by using the one-touch buttons on the remote controller. The controller’s integrated LCD displays critical flight information, allowing the Starlink mobile app to show fullscreen live HD video. Starlink brings a wealth of autopilot features such as follow, orbit, waypoints, and also lets you adjust camera settings and record images in flight. With the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics, a new perspective is just one flight away.
From the Manufacturer
4K Camera and Removable Gimbal
Breath-taking scenes deserve to be captured with world-class quality. That’s why the X-Star Premium is equipped with a 4K Ultra HD camera that has 108 degree FOV and is mounted on a 3-axis gimbal that prevents unwanted camera movements to capture stable, smooth video footage. Take video at 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, or 720p240 and take 12-MP photographs. The camera and gimbal are easily removable for replacements or future upgrades.
Clamp your smart-phone or tablet (sold separately) securely in place to enjoy the camera’s HD live view. Make informed decisions with the help of important flight information displayed on the controller's integrated LCD screen. Command sticks provide maximum grip and confidence for agile maneuvers, while function keys instantly capture the perfect moment, or quickly activate the aircraft’s flight-assist modes.
Each X-Star Premium comes backed by Autel Robotics’s 7-day-a-week customer support. Our U.S.-based team looks forward to assisting you with any questions you have about your X-Star Premium, from getting started to troubleshooting.
The X-Star Premium debuted at CES 2016 and was noted as one of the top drones to watch in the coming year. As more reviews are published and our reputation grows, our customer-first mentality and attention to detail continue to shine.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Born to Explore.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
We've been excited about and active in the drone industry for years, and we loved seeing consumer drones hit the market, but we grew frustrated when all of the products available felt limiting to customers in some way. So we took matters into our own hands and created a drone series that is accessible to everyone -- it's affordable and easy to use, and modular and customizable to inspire creativity. With that modular design, we're inviting our customers to join us in reshaping the world we live in. We can't wait to hear about all the ways you use your X-Star to solve problems, to improve life, and to capture the world around you. And we look forward to innovating in partnership with our customers to bring the next generation of drones to the market.
What makes your product special?
What makes the X-Star Premium special comes back to our ideals as a company. Our top goal is to create the best possible experience for our customers. We made the X-Star series customizable with a modular, quick-release gimbal design. We made flying simple with built-in autonomous flight features like Orbit, Follow and Waypoints, and an intuitive remote controller with one-touch flight functions and an LCD screen. We made drones safer with our Starpoint Positioning System and exclusive SecureFly technology. On top of that, we're committed to providing customers with world-class customer support seven days a week.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part of the whole experience has been the people we've met. Whether it's the people we work with, our customers, or drones enthusiasts, it's been inspiring to meet and partner with people who have so many ideas and so much enthusiasm for what we do.
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I am just wondering about the original review, what is it that the Phantom 3 or 4 can do that this drone can't?. I own both drones, X-Star Premium and a Phantom 3 Professional.
Let's talk about the controller first, Autel has added an LCD display to the controller itself which provides critical flight telemetry data such as altitude, range, battery remaining (for both the remote and the AC), gimbal's tilt, AC's orientation, etc. This redundancy provides an increased margin of safety and allows the pilot the option to use the full screen of the external display to view video coming back from the drone at 720P. Let's say that the battery of your tablet or phone dies or that your flying app collapses while you are flying the drone, with X-Star Premium you have an actual LCD that tells you everything you need to know to bring your drone back home safely.
While DJI's Phantom 3 / 4 have a return to home feature (button in the controller), if DJI's Go App or the mobile device was to crash, the operator does not have the visibility of knowing how far the phantom is from the home point, orientation, battery level of the aircraft, altitude. Simply an RTH button in the controller.
While many people choose to fly their drone for only for the joy of flying, the real purpose of camera drones is to capture photos and videos from an elevated perspective. The X-Star Premium 108's degree FOV camera is capable of taking video at 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, or 720p240 fps. It has the ability to take 12 MP photographs and has burst shooting (3/5/7 seconds), time lapse (5/7/10/20/30 seconds) and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) modes and saves them as JPG or DNG. This is something the P3P and P4 can do.
The X-Star Premium is designed with an easily removable gimbal which only requires the push of a button on the side of the gimbal to slide it off. This feature will allow the camera to be easily upgraded as payload technologies advance. If you’re happy with the platform and just want an upgraded payload, you can save significant money by replacing only the camera instead of buying a new drone. I know the Phantom 3 does not have this.
Range can be subjective, the FAA requires to fly within visual line of sight. Speaking of range, the X-Star Premium advertised maximum control range is 1.2 miles. In practice, pilots have managed to extend the range nearly twice that far. Autel achieves this extended range by broadcasting the video link via the 900 MHz frequency band (via the controller) rather than the more commonly used 2.4GHz WiFi band. Not only does using this frequency allow for increased video range, it also reduces the potential for interference from other WiFi signals in the area, resulting in a clear picture at extended ranges. I get more interference in my phantom 3 than with the X-star Premium.
The FAA requires pilots to keep their drone within line of sight. In most weather conditions, high-visibility orange should allow X-Star Premium pilots to fly at greater ranges while still maintaining visual contact with their drone.
This is a big one and a deal breaker for me - In an ideal world, every drone would work perfectly, right out of the box. Unfortunately, in the real world, sometimes drones have problems. When problems happen, it’s important to have someone to turn to for help. Autel Robotics has made a commitment to customer service. They provide 7-day per week customer support via phone, email or live chat. After hours, you can still find the answers to many of your questions through an extensive knowledge base that can be found on the Autel Robotics website. It’s difficult to put a value on customer support. If you never need it, it’s worth nothing, but if you must have it, there’s no substitute.
This is where DJI falls way short, try to give them or email them for support, good luck with that. Do you want to buy a drone without warranty and customer support?. Buy a Phantom from DJI, they have louse customer service and support.
When you grab the X-Star Premium and touch it, the shell feels solid, well made. Unlike the Phantom 3 P3A - P3P that feels like a cheap piece of plastic, not to mention the Phantom 3 Adv and Phantom 3 Pro line is prone to develop cracks. Apparently there is a major design flaw with the Phantom 3 shell around the motors area, the plastic is simply not strong enough. Customers are reporting cracks even after shell replacement.
I have compared the quality of the pictures and videos side by side, I prefer the quality of the X-star premium video. The X-Star Premium is equipped with a 4K Ultra HD camera that has an 108-degree field of view. It takes 4K video and 12 megapixel photos. Footage is shot with an integrated 3-axis gimbal.
If I could only fly one drone and pick just one, between the P3P and X-Star Premium, I would pick the X-Star Premium.
I wrecked this drone in the Columbia River Gorge while shooting waterfalls. It must have bounced off of 3 trees and several boulders before landing upside down on the ground. FYI, don't fly when you get gusts off of a waterfall. After replacing ONE propeller, I flew it again with no issues! This thing is built tough!
It arrived as expected - it seemed to take forever, just because I was excited - but arrived when it was supposed to. It came with 4 complete sets of propellers...which, I thought it would only come with 2 sets.... so, two of the sets were clearly used, BUT in great working condition - I have only flied with the used sets, and they work perfectly. So, thanks to Autel for 4 total sets of props - a great surprise - not sure if it was on purpose.
As many reviews say, it pretty much can fly itself. I like the return to home and landing features - keeps things hands off - especially as I get more experienced, and keeps me from crashing. I have yet to have had time to really use the orbit, waypoint, and follow me features - but look forward to that. The video shoots well - however, I have yet to bring the video to my computer to have a real look at it - you can watch it in 720 on your phone, but it's not that clear - so looking forward to extracting that video.... I bought 2 more batteries on amazon - which were the cheapest deal I could find.
Case is nice and sturdy. Can't say enough about it! If you are looking to spend some money on a drone - this would be a good one! I will write a more extensive review when I have played with it more!