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Remote Disconnect Errors From First Power On, Sending Drone Flying Off in All Directions
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020
Let me tell you something, for a $1500 drone… Quality control is crap. If I thought this was a isolated incident... I would’ve sent it back and got a second, but reading the forums… This happens to too many people with some workarounds, unfortunately they didn’t work for me. Making me think that the controller was bad from the factory. Which, the second it disconnected, sent it off flying in random directions and had it crash once. The scary part was, there was no rhyme or reason. I would disconnect the cable on my phone reconnect it... then it would just connect seconds or minutes later.
For a company who is touted as being one of the premier drone manufacturers, their quality control is just terrible. If the drone cost two or $300, I could forgive it. But when you were paying a premium price for a premium drone, you don’t expect amateur issues. Not to mention, I was lucky if I can get it to fly a half mile without video disconnect. No matter which way I turn the antennae’s or where I flew it. Not to mention, the video quality even with the 1 inch sensor was worse than that of a half inch sensor at 4K... and considering that they had the forethought to put the 1 inch sensor on this drone, how is it that the older Evo has 60 frames per second but this drone does not? Then I also had an issue of getting statically lines in the video when I moved the drone forward. I have no clue what caused it, but it was obviously not only disconnecting from the remote, it was also getting interference from the main CPU to the video chip.
So, instead of returning it and getting a second, which I didn’t know it would work or not. I decided to go with an Autel Evo. Which has been a dream do not only fly, but the video quality is second to none even at night. And was much a higher quality than the Mavic 2 Pro.
What I found out after doing some research is that the Mavic in fact, does not use all of it sensor in the high-quality mode, therefore you aren’t getting the benefit of the 1 inch sensor to give you that extra light. Which is why the video quality at night looks so horrible.Yes, you can clean it up and post which I’m going to guess is what the decent looking videos from it do. But I wasn’t going to pay so much for a drone that basically required me to do surgery after the fact. Which the Evo does not. I can post videos directly from the drone and they look incredible, with very vibrant colors and sharp incredible imagery.
Making me salivate over the prospect of the Evo 2 and it’s 8K/24w/ 48 Megapixel still camera and it’s 6K 1” camera, which are interchangeable. The cool thing about Autel... they are from Washington state, it’s a small company with 14 employees and you can call and talk to anyone of them that you want. Which means, fast, efficient American customer service. Not to mention, they listen to fans of their drones and implement features because of them.
Evo 2 should be available in mid to the end of March & I can’t wait!