We all are familiar with DJI and Yuneec, two of the top global drone manufacturers. But another giant is emerging in the world of aerial photography (AP) platforms: the Autel Robotics. Autel Robotics announced its arrival in the manufacturing of consumer camera drones in 2016 when it released Autel X-Star and X-Star premium. The X-Star Premium quickly warmed its way into the heart of many drone users who affectionately referred to it as “the Flying Pumpkin” because of its orange color. The reason is obvious: most of the features that you will find in expensive drones are also in X-Star Premium, yet the cost is considerably lower than them. But Autel Robotics seems to have more in store for us (drone users).
Recently, Autel announced that it is set to release two new camera modules for the existing X-star series. The first will be a FLIR Duo dual thermal and visual camera module. The second will be a visual camera which has an upgraded picture quality, using a 1-inch CMOS sensor. It is the goal of Autel Robotics that these new dimensions will give you greater flexibility in using your drones and help you achieve better results.
About Autel Robotics New Camera
Ability to capture high-quality aerial photographs and video footage is one of the most sought after feature by drone users all over the world. The introduction of Autel’s Robotics new camera modules is a cutting edge innovation in the drone business. Unlike its predecessor that was able to produce only 12MP photos, the new camera module can capture up to 20MP stills. However, you can still be assured that when the cameras are mounted on the 3-aixs gimbals, there will be minimal vibrations to ensure stability to capture smooth video footage and high-quality photos.
Here are details of the new Autel Robotics new cameras.
The FLIR Duo Module shows both thermal and visual images. It will give you the flexibility of switching between the two, view the both at the same time with picture-in-picture or a blended image in-flight. Having such hi-tech features means you can capture highly-detailed thermal images which are suitable for a variety of applications such as search and rescue mission, inspection, etc. The FLIR was launched in the first quarter of this year (2017).
The 1-inch sensor camera module is set to be launched in the second quarter of 2017. This upgraded camera will shoot 4K Ultra HD video and 20MP stills. The larger sensor means the camera will be able to perform better in low light scenarios and capture more cinematic images with a wider aperture.
ALL IN ALL
If you are looking for a drone with the highest image resolution –at the moment- that produces thermal and visual shots, then you should get the Autel Robotics new camera. Moreover with, Autel Robotics, you can relax with the knowledge that despite such amazing capabilities of the cameras, the cost is considerably lower than what you can find with other drone manufacturers. You can visit their website if you need more information.