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Mavic Air vs Autel Evo: Which is the BEST Portable Drone?

Both DJI and Autel have upped the ante with their new portable drones. The DJI Mavic Air is ultra-portable and the Autel Evo looks incredibly capable. How do they stack up against each other and the original folding drone, the Mavic Pro? Let’s take a closer look.

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Here is a quick look at how these three drones compare on some of the more important features.

Mavic Air vs Autel Evo
Some Evo specs have not yet been released. *indicates estimate

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The DJI Mavic Air is smaller and lighter than the Autel Evo. While the Evo certainly will be easy to take with you, the Mavic Air takes this to another level. The Evo has the Mavic Air beat when it comes to both flight time, top speed and range. The cameras are pretty even when it comes down to specs, so until we get a chance to test them we will call it a draw. The Mavic Air will use dual-band WiFi to transmit FPV. Similarly, the Evo will use 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz to communicate with the transmitter.

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Take a look at the awesome and compact DJI Mavic Air.

Special Features

There are a few things that will set these drones apart from each other. The Autel Evo will come with a remote that has a built-in LCD screen to view the live video (a super tiny screen). You won’t have to worry about connecting your smartphone if you don’t mind the small screen or your phone battery is dead. Autel is also considering offering the Evo with different camera options including a 360-degree camera and a camera with a 1-inch sensor.

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The Autel Evo will have their signature orange color.

The Seattle-based Autel is well known for their excellent customer service and the value of that should not be undervalued. While we haven’t had any issues with DJI customer service, they don’t have the reputation that Autel has built.

DJI Mavic Air vs Autel Evo
Take a look at the Mavic Air from above.

The Mavic Air will feature a handful of additional “Quick Shot” flight modes to make getting video quick and easy. New Boomerang and Asteroid flight paths add to the video modes that DJI already included with their consumer drones. The Mavic Air will also be capable of flying without a remote control using gestures only.

Autel vs DJI
Take a look at the Autel Evo in its compact form.

Which one is best?

Both of these drones are excellent options and you’ll have to prioritize which features you think are most important. The Mavic Air may not quite live up to some of the specs of the Evo but it certainly isn’t far off. Combined with its smaller size and lower price tag, it is hard to justify the extra $200 in our opinion. There is no doubt that the Mavic Air is the must-own drone of 2018. If you have your heart set on the Evo you’ll have to wait until March. In the case of these two drones, it doesn’t really seem like there is a wrong decision.

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