Autel Evo Nano Review | Good, But Needs Work
My thoughts of the new, auto evo, nano plus ive had it for a couple weeks now, but i didnt want to rush out a review. I wanted to spend a good amount of time flying it before i made any type of review on it or kind of offered any thoughts. I also want to mention that i am not an influencer. I dont make glorified infomercials for brands and products a lot of times. Brands have a lot of demands when it comes to reviewing their products and thats. Why i dont really work with a lot of brands, because i just like to do my own thing. I dont want to be influenced, in fact, with the nano here i purchased it myself paid for it with my own money and thats. The way i like to do things so autel has recently launched four new drones. Theyve launched the nano series and theyve also launched the light series which i have here now were going to save this, for a different review. Thatll be coming in a few days. Each one of these new drones come in two models: they have the regular and then the plus model. Basically, the plus model has a better camera, for example, on the nano here. The plus model has a 0.8 inch of a sensor, whereas the regular version comes with a half inch sensor, which is still pretty decent and whether youre a fan of autel or not, or you have no interest in purchasing this drone.
This drone is a very important release. In fact, the whole lineup of votel now is very important. Autel is becoming a very serious competitor for dji, and competition in the drone space is very important. It can help keep prices down and innovation moving now, as mentioned ive been flying this for a couple weeks and its got a lot of really good attributes to it, and it also has some problems and in this video im going to go over the good and The bad now you have to remember that this drone is brand new. I dont even know if its officially released yet in the us all drones tend to have a few issues that need to be worked out with firmware when theyre first released. Look at the mavic 3 if youve got the city model thats a 5 000 drone from a company whos well established, and it was riddled with problems upon release. Theyve had a firmware update for it since release, but it still has quite a few issues that need to be worked out and thats the same with the autel nano here. Theyve got a good start, but there definitely is a few things that need to be worked out now. What makes this drone really important and actually pretty incredible, is the fact that it has a 0.8 inch of a sensor thats a pretty massive sensor for a sub 250 gram drone. On top of that, it has a lot of features that are only really available on the higher end.
Dji drones, such as optical avoidance, you can see we have two optical avoidance, sensors at the front there we have two at the bottom and we have two at the back now. On top of that, its full of intelligent flight modes such as hyper lapses. Panoramas its got some really good, quick shots such as orbiting and flick and its not available. Yet it is going to be coming with a firmware update, but this is going to be one of the first sub 250 gram. Drones that offers tracking autel calls it dynamic track 2.1 and its capable of tracking people, vehicles and even animals, as mentioned its not available yet so i havent been able to test that out, but i will be testing it out once it does become available via firmware Update now, another really interesting feature of this drone is its transmission system. Autel is calling it skylink thats their version of ocusync and for the most part, i think its fairly comparable. Now i havent done any kind of range tests with it. Ive had it out about two kilometers and i had a perfect signal. It had a really good feed. Of course you do get the odd little hiccup now and then, but i get that on dji with ocusync as well, depending on the environment im flying in now. According to autel, the nano does have a range of 10 kilometers, now whats really interesting about it. According to autel, when youre flying within one kilometer of your controller, the downlink coming to the controller is in 2.
7 k. When you get over a kilometer, then it switches down to 1080., so 2.7 k is actually pretty incredible. I dont think theres any other consumer drone on the market thats currently offering that not even the mavic 3., and i can say that the feed coming to the phone is actually quite clear now i dont know for fully making use of it. Yet if you do go into the settings to the transmission tab, it only gives you one option and that is smooth. Usually you get a couple options in the transmission you can have smooth or hd, or something like that. So i dont know if that 2.7 k is active yet or if that will be coming with a firmware update, but either way the feed that i am currently getting is actually quite impressive. Now the nano is rated to fly for 28 minutes and for myself, ive only been able to achieve 23 to 24 minutes, but i should mention that i am flying in extremely cold conditions. I live in canada, so most of the time ive been flying its been below zero, so your batteries do not perform as well, so for most people thats not going to be an issue and if youre flying in warmer climates or in the summertime, most likely youll Be able to get to at least 26 minutes now, according to autel, it can fly in a level 5 wind now i dont know if thats entirely accurate and well talk a little bit that in a minute here when we get into the negatives of this drone.
This drone is fully capable of raw photos, whether youre taking panoramas, hyperlapses or regular photos. You can shoot in jpeg, raw or jpeg and raw, so for what it is, its actually pretty impressive. Now these sub 250 gram drones are maybe not the best choice for everybody, but in a country like canada, they can be extremely important. Drone laws in canada are actually pretty lacks compared to a lot of countries. The only is we have to get a pilot certificate, which is pretty easy to obtain its just an online questionnaire, multiple choice that is open book and, for the most part, its fairly easy to pass. But with these sub 250 gram drones, you dont have to get your pilot certificate and you dont have to register it with transport canada. But, as mentioned that part isnt too big of a deal because it is fairly easy to get. But what is important in canada is that you can actually fly these in more places that you cant a regular drone sub 250 gram. Drones are not regulated the same as a regular drone. Ill just show you here on a map how important it can be im using drone pilot canada by dawn uh, great app. If you live in canada, i highly recommend it. So this is southern ontario. Where i live as you can see, we have these red circles. So those are no fly zones so with the basic pilot certificate, you cannot fly in those red zones.
Now the orange circles. Those are locations you can fly. You just have to use extra precaution because there could be some helicopter pads or unregistered airports. You just have to use extra caution, its just a warning, but if you see here when we turn on sub 250 gram, all those red dots just appear except for a couple. So if you live in a city like london here, you can see here now, you can pretty well fly anywhere, you want now, of course you cant go right to the airport and fly on the tarmac. You still have to use some common sense, but when we turn it off, you can see that whole area becomes red and you cant fly there so for a lot of people, its important that these drones, these sub 250 gram drones continue and get developed with richer Features and better cameras and thats what autel has done here with the dji mini 2? If you want to create a hyperlapse, unfortunately, you cant its just not available. If you want to do some tracking again, you cant do that. If you want optical avoidance again its not available on the mini 2. mini 2 doesnt even have something as simple as an orbit. Now not everybody uses those features and theyre not important to everybody, but for others its very important, as mentioned some people, the only option they have to fly is a sub 250 gram drone. Now, with all that said, it comes at a hefty price.
The autel nano is not cheap company like autel, just cant compete with dji when it comes to mass production and then, when you factor in the chip shortage and the cost of components going up for everybody, it does come in at a fairly hefty price. The basic nano comes in at 649 dollars and the nano plus with the better camera, comes in at 799 dollars, so thats getting to the price of the mavic 2.. Now with that said, you have to look at it another way as well. This basically has the features of the mavic 2, not the air 2s, but the original mavic 2. In fact, on paper, this actually has a better camera. The r2 has a half inch sensor, and this one here has the 0.8 inch sensor so its a little bit bigger. So when you look at the features that a drone like this comes with its pretty well on point with the mavic air 2., now with the launch of the nano and the light series, autel has released a new controller. That was one thing that a lot of people complained about, including myself with the autel evo 2. Is that the controller wasnt very comfortable to use comfortable to hold? But this one here is actually really nice. It fits in your hand really nicely, and these sticks are really nice to use. What i love is that theyve removed the buttons from the bottom that was kind of one of my biggest complaints of the autel evo 2 – is that i was constantly pressing those buttons, especially once you had a phone mounted in there and just the way you needed To hold it, the buttons were always kind of resting where my fingers were and every time i moved or adjusted.
My grip, i was pressing buttons and what theyve done here is theyve added a function button, so you can program it for a single press or a double press. The other nice thing about this drone is that it connects to gps super fast. It supports all three of the major networks and, from the time you power on till the time youre completely gps. Locked is usually about 20 seconds, maybe 30 at the most, so its really nice and fast. The only thing i wish they would have done differently. There is give you a count of actually how many satellites youre connected to the way they have it right now within the app its just a strength meter. So you dont really know exactly how many youre connected to now. I really like that you can create hyper lapses. With this little mini drone, i like to create hyper lapses, so having the option if im out flying this is really nice. Now when it comes to hyper lapses, you are very limited within the app. It only gives you two options and that is to create an orbit hyperlapse or you can fly it manually, doesnt, give you any options for length or interval, so those are things im, pretty sure will be updated over time with firmware. So as it stands right now, when its done, you only can create these little five second hyperlapses, which is fine for some people, but hopefully they will add some new options in the very near future.
Hyperlapses on the evo2 pro is actually fairly robust, so im sure some of those features will be brought over to the sky app. So lets talk about the sky app here, im going to fire up the drone and were going to take a look at it theres. Some really good things about it, but it does need a lot of work. The sky app is brand new for the auto evo nano and the auto level light and its just like the fly app. When the fly app first came out, it was pretty basic and it took a lot of updates to get it to where it needed to be. The sky. App is no different here and im sure over time it will become quite different than what it is right now well hit the start button there and uh right away. One thing that a lot of people have made note of is that it barks at you a lot. The app is actually quite yappy and i will agree to that, but it does a lot of self checks and that i have found a little bit annoying. It does some self checks and then it does a gimbal check and just when you think youre ready to fly, then it does another gimbal check. So sometimes it does that a couple times, but in general im actually pretty pleased with it. Its well laid out. Everything is right at your fingertips. If you want to go full screen, you can just by a simple swipe.
You know if you want to get rid of all that clutter on the screen. If youre really trying to get some precise shots, you can press and hold on the screen and, as you can see, we can move the gimbal up and down which is kind of a nice touch. Of course we can set our exposure by tapping on the screen. We can also press on it and hold, and that will lock it now. The app is definitely not complete. A lot of the features as mentioned are not there yet, but they will be coming a couple annoyances that i hope they change. First off, if you record on the drone im just going to hit record there, you can see there, you can no longer access your settings for the most part, thats, not a big issue, but if you need to adjust your limits when flying and i actually ran Into that i was flying and for some reason my height was only set at 50 meters, so i needed to adjust it. But of course i had to stop recording, set the new height limit and then start recording again now. Another thing that needs to be fixed asap is the pro mode. Pro mode is basically how you can set all your own manual settings and when we go over to manual, you can see here im going to adjust the iso right now its set to 100. So if we change that to 800, you can see there, it just went back to 100, so you cant actually change that at all, yet, basically, its still in auto iso, so itll just adjust depending on the lighting conditions.
That goes for your shutter speed. We can put it at a thousand, but it just went back to the 120 if we put it to 60 again, it goes back to 120., so thats, definitely something i hope they get sorted out very soon. Now the other thing thats very limited on the app is that we can only film at 30 frames per second. I dont know if theyre gon na add 60 frames per second, but a lot of people like to film at 24 frames per second and if youre in europe, 25 frames per second. But as of right now were not able to do that. Even if we go down to 2.7 k, you can still see we only have 30 frames per second, the only way we can get 60 frames per. Second, if you want to do a little bit of slow motion, is you have to film at 1080.? The menu system is laid out quite well, its very easy to navigate. So now, when it comes to video quality, when conditions are perfect, it actually does a really good job now notice. I said when conditions are perfect and were going to talk a little bit about that here coming up in a minute, but when the conditions are perfect, this can produce some stunning results. I actually prefer the colors coming off this over the mini 2, and i do have a comparison, video that i will be uploading sometime hopefully next week, but that 0.
8 inch of a sensor just makes all the difference, especially in low light situations. Heres, a quick shot me flying at night with it now im not really much of a night flyer, so i cant really compare it or say if its good or bad ill. Let you make your own assumption on that, but for me i thought it was actually pretty good. A small little drone like this, with a fairly small camera being able to capture night footage like that, i thought was pretty good now its nowhere near capable of what the mavic 3 can do. But again that has a four third sensor, so this drone, in my opinion, has the potential to be one incredible drone. I think when all the features are available and theyve done some work with the firmware, i have a feeling this drone is going to outperform the mini 2 in every aspect, however, and its a pretty big. However, this drone actually has quite a few problems currently. First of all, this thing does not handle the wind very well at all. Now, as mentioned, i live in canada, so the temperatures are pretty cool here and that can affect the performance of a drone in many different ways. It can affect the gimbal. All these gimbals have little rubber, dampers thats. Why theyre able to move like that that absorbs all the micro jitters if you dont, have a dampener on there youre going to get a lot of jello in your footage and when youre flying in extremely cold conditions that rubber gets hard so basically its like youre Flying without a dampener in there, on top of that extremely cold weather can affect the motors, so the gimbal wont perform as it should, but the cold weather also affects the battery performance.
Not only does the extremely cold weather cut the amount of time you can fly, but it limits how much power the drone can draw out of it. Now on my very first flight with this drone i was flying. The temperature outside was about negative seven degrees. It was a fairly windy day when i looked at the wind levels and the chart i was actually flying at the high end of a level five wind, which is about 38 kilometers an hour. I put the drone up and i sent it out about 500 meters. I spun the drone around and right away. I noticed the drone was drifting farther away from me. So of course i pushed the stick forward to bring it back to me a little bit and the drone would not move. I was full stick forward in standard mode and it wouldnt move. In fact, it was drifting backwards still, so i switched it into sport mode to give it a little bit more power, and it did start coming to me very slowly, but i mean like barely moving so my first flight. I thought i was going to end up. Losing it, but it did slowly make its way back to me, so i dont know if it was just too windy for it or if it was a combination of the wind in the cold, because other days i did fly it. It seemed to perform quite fine, but i know the problems that ive had with the speed is all weather related its either too windy or its too cold, because i have had this drone flying at exactly the speeds of what its rated for and on other days, When its a little colder and a little windier, i cant get it up to speed.
So for the most part, this drone does not do well in the wind and in the cold. Now there is a little bit of confusion on the auto website when this drone was first announced and first launched, they put the specs up. They actually had this listed to be able to fly at negative 10 degrees. When i contacted autel about my predicament, they mentioned that that was a typo and its actually rated for zero degrees same as the mini two now, depending on what site you go to, some still have it listed as negative 10. autel on their official site now does Have it listed at zero, however, i was informed that a firmware update will be coming and that will allow this drone to fly at negative 5 degrees without the gimbal behaving abnormally. So that is definitely something to keep in mind. My mini 2 doesnt do too well in really high winds. It does okay, but when you get cold temperature mixed with high winds again, my mini 2 can sometimes struggle if youre a person whos going to be flying in a lot of wind and cool temperatures. I highly recommend going to something like the light version. Instead, youll get a much better experience out of a drone like this over a mini drone. You got to think these things weigh 250 grams, its like a feather up in the air. When you have a drone that has more weight to it, its going to just perform its going to cut through the wind a lot easier.
So that was my first problem with it and again im saying its not entirely the drones fault. I think its a lot to do with the weather and the temperature, but the other thing that happens when you get those types of conditions: the cold and the wind. This gimbal just cant keep up, as mentioned in perfect conditions. The footage is flawless, but soon, as you have any kind of wind and the temperature is below zero, you do get a lot of jello in the footage and its pretty significant, and it basically makes this footage unusable. You can see in this clip here im just kind of doing a rotation and orbit around these buildings and when im flying into the wind, the drone isnt flying terribly fast, and you can see quite a bit of jello in the footage. Now i know im, not the only one thats had trouble with it, fighting the wind and jello being in the footage. There have been others, hopefully that will be addressed with firmware and, of course, im going to be continuing to test it out as we go along now. Another little issue i did have with it is: i could not hover indoors if i tried to hover indoors, the drone would just continue to rise up. It would never stop. So i think these sensors need some updates im, not quite sure what they can do there. Now we did get a firmware update yesterday and that did actually help it quite a bit.
It was able to hover a little bit more steady indoors, but it still did drift up a little bit, but just at a slower rate, uh. The other thing is the way this drone lands outdoors. Sometimes it lands perfectly if youre out hovering, say at a meter and you pull the stick down to land its going to go into its landing procedure, just come down slowly and land other times it doesnt. Yesterday i took a quick flight and when i went to land it i was a couple meters up and i pulled the stick down. This thing went full speed right into the ground and bounced off it. It actually bounced off so hard. I ended up damaging the lens ill, just throw a picture up on the screen here, so you can see it a little tiny mark there on the lens of court. Unfortunately, the camera was facing down and it landed on concrete, but, as mentioned other times, it lands properly other times, itll, just the single just bounce around on the ground. So that is something that definitely needs to be addressed with firmware now. One last little thing i just want to point out, as mentioned, we did get a firmware update yesterday and it is a forced firmware update, so you do have to update before you can fly, but theres a little bit of a problem. With that firmware update, i updated it and it took about 15 minutes, and it does give you a warning on the screen that its going to take about 15 minutes, and i think that was fairly accurate.
Now what the problem is. However, i found out the hard way is these batteries have firmware in them as well, which dji drones do as well, and they have to be updated separately. But yesterday i updated the firmware and i was going out to do a quick flight and i just took the drone, the controller and one battery with me. When i got to the location i powered it up and sure enough. It prompted me to update the firmware, but it wasnt just an inconsistent firmware update where they just need to update the firmware of the battery. It redid the whole firmware update again and again it was a forced update. So i had to wait another 15 minutes to update the firmware, which was kind of a pain, because i only had the one battery with me, so it did eat a significant amount of that battery. So i was kind of curious about it and i came home. Put in the third battery that came with the kit and sure enough there, it prompted me to do a forced update again that took another 15 minutes, so you will have to update each battery separately and you will be forced to sit through that 15 minute. Update that forced update for every battery so be prepared to spend a good 45 minutes hour, updating firmware now by the time youre watching this video. Maybe they have changed that and youve corrected that if its a bug or theyve changed the procedure now with everything said, i do believe that this drone has the potential to be pretty incredible.
It does need some firmware work, but im confident that autel will get all that sorted out. After all, this is brand new, like i said i dont even know if its fully officially released yet i hope they get that jello thing figured out in cooler temperatures. Otherwise, this is something that i wont be able to fly in the winter, so thats, basically it for my review. Like i said, i think this is a very important drone release for a lot of people and as mentioned even if youre, not an autel fan, or you have no interest in this drone, you got to think that a drone like this, the auto nano, is going To force djis hand to make sure that their drone is flawless and feature rich theyre not going to let a drone company like autel have a superior drone, especially for a third generation. Nobody knows what dji was planning for the mini 3.. Perhaps they werent going to add any kind of active tracking. They were going to save that for their higher end drones, but now theyre pretty well forced to make sure it does have some of these advanced features. Otherwise they could end up losing sales to autel. Well, folks, thats, basically it for my video. Hopefully you enjoyed it and got some value out of it. Stay tuned to my channel because ive got a ton of videos coming up over the coming weeks featuring this drone were gon na dive in deeper to some of the features were gon na.
Do some low light testing some night flights, comparisons against the mini, even the air 2s, just to see what the differences are all to perhaps help you decide which drone is right for you. If you are in the market for one and as mentioned, i do have a review coming up of the light series, quick, spoiler alert. This drone is incredible: if you enjoyed this video and got some value out of it, give it a thumbs up its always greatly appreciated dont forget to subscribe to my channel, so you dont miss any of our upcoming videos and well see in the next one. Music.