Autel Evo 2 – I Show You How To Swap Out The Camera – Blindfolded
Yesterday, I posted a clip where I did an overview of the drone, and I pointed out some of the key features and functions and innovation that the engineers from over at Hotel robotics were able to build into this. Incredibly, smart drone – and I am so excited about this because I feel like they sat down – they thought long and hard about what this drone should be and they really push the envelope in so many different areas. So, for example, little fly 40 minutes which is longer than any other drone in the air. Today it will fly five and a half miles which is well beyond visual line of sight. It is 360 degree obstacle avoidance, which means you can fly it around. You'Re not going to run into stuff and it's got the best imaging package on the market today for a drone of this size. The best feature for me – and the most compelling feature is that you can swap out the camera. So, for example, you could start with the Evo 2, which has a half inch sensor, beautiful pictures or record 8k 6 k. 4K video. All resolutions you care about. It takes amazing pictures, but maybe down the road you'd rather go for the one inch sensor and I don't want you to have buyer remorse and think, oh man, why don't I go for that Evo 2. I should have waited for the pro. The best part. Is you don't have to buy the pro you just buy the camera and in a couple of minutes on your kitchen table with a few tools, you can pop the camera out pop the new camera in and maybe even down the road.
Beyond that, you decide. I'M gon na do some rescue work and I want to put a dual camera in there. So I've got FLIR and imaging. You can buy one of those sensors and pop it in there it's a really simple process to do and there's no warranty violated. You don't have to send it off to the company for a couple of weeks to haven't change the camera. It really is just that simple. Now after I posted the clip yesterday, I got a ton of feedback from you guys with a lot of really good questions and I'm working on a clip to answer at the top 10 of those. But by far the most popular question was: how much trouble is it to swap out that camera and a couple of people called me out and said it can't be that easy it's got to be complicated. It really isn't that complicated. So what I'm gon na do is actually swap it out now and I'm gon na show you how to do that. Now I only have the half inch version. I don't even have a one inch sensor yet I'm waiting for them to send me that and I'll actually probably do a clip and update it and show you how to put it in there. But the cool thing is it's really straightforward to do so too. Do this you're gon na want to find a flat surface, typically you're gon na? Do it on a piece of cardboard or someplace that isn't hard like this, because the screws are pretty small they're gon na bounce around.
You only need two tools. You need a small Phillips head, I've got a 1.2 here and you need two Torx t6 and that's gon na release the camera, and I also have what's called a spudger. Now, if you don't know what a spudger is it's, essentially a piece of hard plastic that's got kind of a wedge on one end and a point. In the other end, you could use a pencil or even your fingernail, but I like the spudger just makes a little bit easier and that's used for popping the cable out now before you start the procedure. I want to warn you that you don't want to do this with the battery and I'm. A old school engineer, and the last thing you want to have is any kind of potential in this unit when you're swapping out the camera. So, just as the safety procedure pull the battery out and that'll get, you started flip it over you're, going to take the gimbal lock off next and to do that you'll squeeze on either side release the gimbal lock, pull it off and set that aside now, you're Ready to go now on the front of the quad right behind where the camera is you'll notice, a piece of plastic with vents in it, and there are two screws in there that have to be removed. Now I was thinking about this today. I know when this thing hits the market 85 people are gon na immediately.
Show you how to change out the camera and that's gon na be kind of boring to watch me work with tools and stuff like that, so I thought man. How can I make this more interesting? How can I make it a little bit more daring right? Why don't? I do it blindfolded so that's exactly what I'm gon na do now to be fair. I did do this today once or twice just to get the feel for it, but it really is that simple. So here I have a really nice blindfold don't. Ask me where I got this it's. Actually, a sleep mask I'm gon na put this on and I'm gon na take out the camera. Now I don't have another camera to replace it and, quite honestly, the screws are so small that I'm gon na lose them for sure. I'Ll never find those holes again, but trust me if I get it out, you'll see just how easy it is. So I've got the Phillips head right here and I've got the torque, so I'll just separate those, because once I put it on, I can't see what I'm doing and the spudger is ready to go all right. So on goes the blindfold. This is gon na be exciting. I don't know how this is gon na go so let's see don't laugh here. We go all right. We'Re done now. I'Ve got the torques here, it's a t6 and I'm feeling, along that top Ridge and I've got to find those two screws.
Now those holes are up there someplace and it probably should sing a song or something while I'm doing this or maybe tell a joke. I don't know: hey kids don't do this at home. This is not something you want to do at home, all right, so the first ones loose. Let me find that second hole it's over there somewhere now. The other thing that's cool about this is that you want to be careful, especially in the winter time, that you've grounded yourself. So before you start this procedure at your kitchen table, sit touch of metal pipe or touch the sink and make sure you've released. All that static electricity, okay, two screws – you saw that that cover pops right off right off the box. Put that aside with the screws now we're moving on to the Phillips now by pulling those two screws off in the cover off that actually releases the camera. But the challenge is the camera connects to the drone through a cable that's up top here, and there are two tiny Phillips head screws. So you got to use a really small Phillips head screwdriver and may have to cheat on this one because it's really hard to find those screws and I'm thinking to myself. Man should I be telling a joke here or singing a song, something all right. This can't be really exciting to watch it's a lot easier if you're looking, but I don't want to cheat and look.
I may have to pull it off in a second a look but anyway, I'm getting started all right. So let me tell you a joke. We let's see how about, if I tell you a riddle that might be a little easier. So there was a farmer, and the farmer had 26 sheep one died. How many does that leave them now think about that for a second it's, not an easy question. To answer you really got to think about it because you would say normally if I've got 26 sheep, when one died, I got 25 left. But the truth is you don't, so think about it. A little bit I'm still trying to find that Phillips head screws are tiny it's in here somewhere, Oh got the first one, all right so there's one! These are really really small. So when you take these out, make sure you use a magnetic tip screwdriver all right. That'S one please let me find the second one, so 26, sheep it's, not 25, you think it'd be 25 you'd be wrong and there's no funky math it's, not like I'm doing something special where the math is like crazy it's not like we're gone base to math Or something it's base, ten math, so again, 26 sheep. When you pull those two Phillips head screws out, there's a little cover, a metal cover that holds down on the connector that you got to pop off to get the camera out.
Now, if I find a spudger I'll give you the answer to the riddle in a second, but let me make sure I do this right. I'Ll get the spudger here, be really gentle on this cable. So you'll find a cable comes back from the camera assembly and then you pop off the connector and once you get the connector free that, like that, you can see the connector I'll, do close ups of these and insert them later on by the way. There'S. No editing here this isn't one of those David Blaine tricks where they edit it out and then all of a sudden boom the cameras out I'm doing this live there's, no edits all right. So I've got the cable, disconnected and there's your camera and pretty much it all right. The answer to the riddle before I get into it is he had 26 sheep you'd think well, one died, he's got 25, but I said: he's got 20 sick sheep one dies, he's got 19 anyway for this one, so there you go there's the camera and man. That'S, tough, coming out from behind that blindfold, but anyway, you'll see in the Cameron I'll do close. Ups of all this on the front there were two holes on the frame assembly. There are actually two little post that stick out. So when you put the camera back in, you want to put it in like this, so you Center it on those two posts, connect it up to the back.
Put the connector in first be gentle when you put that thing in just push it down, make sure it's, firmly seated right from the center put the two Phillips head screws in with the cover on top of it, bolt it back down with that other cover. On top of it and you're good to go now I will tell you: there are no procedures needed to calibrate anything, so the software can recognize the half inch, the one inch and the dual cameras, but I will tell you once you put the camera in there. You might want to do a gimbal calibration because again, you're messing around with this thing, it's, always a good idea when you have problems with your camera to actually do that. Gimbal calibration and that's really easy to do through the software and that's pretty much it. So I don't think that whole thing I didn't time it I kind of goofed up in those Phillips, but I don't think that whole thing took me 60 SEC's in 60 seconds and if I had the other camera now that I'm looking at it, I could put It back in really quickly so it isn't that big a deal and all you guys out there that were saying oh it's got to be complicated. I did it blindfolded it can't, be that tricky right, so that's pretty much it for today. I love this drone. I talked a lot about it. Yesterday, I've got a ton more clips coming I've had it for a couple of weeks and I've been out flying it like mad.
I just really think it's really innovative and it's really leading edge and they've done some great job around the engineering and this thing for me, this is the drone on right. Now, and and again, I don't work for on tell I'm, just a guy who loves technology and I'll, give you my honest opinion and I get accused of being a fanboy for other companies, all the time I'm, a fan of technology. If you build something like this I'm in your camp, so I like this product.