Look out DJI, Autel Robotics are after your crown as they launch their X-Star Premium quadcopter. We have to say it a brave company that decides to take on DJI and the ever-popular Phantom, but Autel Robotics’ X-Star Premium is doing just that and while at first glance it bears remarkable similarity to the Phantom there are some neat little extras which come with this quadcopter which are going to make a number of you think carefully when it comes to spending between $600 and $1200 on your next upgrade.
The nearest comparison is probably the Phantom PH3 4K model which comes in at around $1100 and which boasts the now expected 4K camera and stabilising gimbal. However, Autel put a lot of extra thought into their model and their 4K camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal for extra-smooth video images. Another big advantage over the Phantom is the fact that both the gimbal and the camera can be easily removed when upgrades become available. With the way that digital technology, and in particular digital imagery is concerned, by the time you have blinked there is a new and upgraded model available, so this is quite a smart move.
We particularly like the camera included in the X-Star Premium as it offers exceptional high definition 4K at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120 frames per second, and 720p at 240 frames per second resolutions; now that’s impressive. And the news just keeps getting better as we were particularly impressed with the high-capacity 4900 mAh lithium-ion battery which offers a comfortable 25 minutes flying time.
Where range is concerned, the X-Star Premium is perhaps not quite so impressive, but with a range of 1.2 miles, unless you have got exceptionally good eyesight you are going to get close to breaking the law as you have to be able to see your quadcopter in-flight with the naked eye.
From the point of view of aesthetics, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the rich orange colour of this quadcopter, though it is also available in standard uninspiring white the orange contrast well with the black rotor blades black gimbal and black camera housing and all-in-all, it has a more impressive look to it than the Phantom.
Additional features the X-Star has over its rival includes a status LCD screen on the transmitter, whilst there is also a dedicated take-off/land button on the controller which for those of you who are transitioning from a smaller ‘training’ quadcopter, could be a very tempting feature and one which could perhaps save you quite a lot of money in the long run through a reduction in unsuccessful landings and dodgy take-offs!
There are two models available in this range, and whilst we have been speaking about the Premium model, the Basic edition is still impressive.
- Intuitive transmitter with status LCD screen;
- One button takeoff/land;
- Ultra HD 4K camera (FOV 108º);
- Removable 3-axis gimbal;
- HD video downlink;
- GPS and GLONASS positioning system;
- Powerful Starlink APP (iOS and Android);
- Smart-Flight modes (“follow”, “orbit” and “waypoints);
- Failsafe return to home.
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium package includes:
- Aircraft with 3-axis gimbal and 4K (Ultra HD) camera;
- Transmitter with built-in HD video downlink;
- Intelligent flight battery (4s, 4900mAh);
- Battery charger;
- 64GB micro SD memory card;
- 1 set of spare propellers
- Deluxe carrying Case;
- Autel Robotics X-Star quick guide.