Who's it for?

The EVO II models make sense for certain advanced and commercial pilots. The 8x zoom will come in handy for some uses, and the ability of the standard model to shoot 48MP photos in burst or AEB mode will be handy to a subset of users. Because it's a modular aircraft, pilots can also change out the cameras, which will appeal to business owners who may decide they want to add a thermal camera to their arsenal without having to purchase an entirely new rig.

If getting 6–10 more minutes of battery life out of your drone is important, you want to zoom in up to 8x on subjects, or have obstacle detection sensors on top of your drone, then the EVO II is worth a look. However, there's a steep learning curve for taking advantage of the features, and the app is not as intuitive as it should be.

...remote pilots can change out the cameras, which will appeal to business owners

On the other hand, unless you need zoom capabilities on a 1"-type sensor, and you really care about the crispness of your imagery, the Mavic 2 Pro will fare better for most professionals. Consumers who want an easy-to-use drone to take on vacation are better off with the Mavic Air 2.

Not having to worry about geofencing constraints is a huge benefit for those operating in controlled airspace or other sensitive areas. Everyone active in the drone industry has seen or heard at least one story about a DJI user successfully unlocking a zone only to have the drone refuse to take off.

For even more information, I recommend checking out this comprehensive comparison spreadsheet from our friends at Drone-Works, which lists all specs for the Autel EVO II, EVO II Pro, DJI Phantom 4 Pro + V2.0, Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom, Mavic Air 2, and Mavic Mini in one place.

What we like:

  • Ability to create 48MP stills with high dynamic range
  • 8K/25p or 6K/30p video capture
  • 40-minute battery life
  • No geofencing
  • Quieter flight (compared to the competition)
  • Zoom up to 8X while shooting photos or video
  • Modular design that allows user to change cameras

What we don't:

  • Remote is poorly designed
  • No panorama mode
  • The app is overly complicated, and features aren't intuitive
  • Transmission to remote is blurry at times
  • Range isn't nearly as good as advertised
  • Gimbal clamp is difficult to remove