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The X-Star Premium by Autel Robotics is the newest 4K resolution drone that is taking flight and stealing the hearts of the masses. It’s a new take on the original X-Star, but with better features, capabilities, and standards all around.
The Autel X-Star Premium drone is an easy-to-fly quadcopter, designed for photographers. I’ve been looking forward to getting this drone in the mail! I hadn’t gotten a chance to fly it yet, but I knew it made quite a splash in its debut at CES this year. It looks a lot like a Phantom, so I was curious to see how Autel’s X-Star holds up against the iconic drone.
The X-Star Premium is a drone that is designed for ultimate aerial imagery and flight simplicity. It has been designed to be very easy to fly, which is great if you’re a beginner who wants a drone that can capture great images from the air, with crystal clear resolution qualities.
While there are a lot of aerial photography drones currently on the market, this one is very different. It has features incorporated into its design in order to give the quadcopter additional functions and a better flight control system, which is pretty neat.
It’s a very decent size, not too big or too small, with a wingspan of approximately 352 mm. You can even select the color you want, from either white or orange, and the main material used is plastic. Where durability is concerned, this thing can take a beating.
The X-Star Premium brings some pretty awesome specs to the table when it comes to the camera. It can cover a 108-degree FOV and is ultra HD with 4K resolution. You are able to take videos at 720p 240fps, 1080p 120fps, 4K 40fps, or 2.7K 60fps, which is a great range of options for users. You can also take 12MP still shots, too.
The camera is fully built into the drone so you don’t have to install it yourself. The drone is not compatible with any external cameras, such as a GoPro, however, which is fine because the camera you are getting is better than any other external camera you probably had in mind.
The 3-axis gimbal stabilization system allows for crystal clear, stable photos and videos, which is great to have if you are flying and trying to get some shots in the wind, but unless the wind is minor, don’t expect to have spectacular images. The included Micro SD card stores all of your videos and still photos to save and be uploaded onto your PC later on. In total it can hold up to 64GB of videos and images
The intelligent battery that comes with the quadcopter offers up to 25 minutes of flight time, which is pretty good for a drone of its size. Not too many larger drones are able to stay up this long, such as the Phantom 3 which only as 23 minutes of flight time, so it’s pretty impressive.
The charger that is included is something else that is pretty neat. It guarantees to take an hour to charge, no more or less, even if the percentage it was charged at is different each time.
This is something that is great, because a lot of drone users generally have to estimate how long their drone is going to charge based on the percentage it was at when it was put on the charger, but this way you will know each time and can plan around it.
You can control your Autel Robotics drone from a distance of about 1.2 miles. So you don’t have to be in proximity with your drone. There are also some cool flight modes the drones have. They come with a Follow-Me mode which allows your drone to follow you whether you’re running or sailing. Another flight mode is the Orbit Me mode and the Beginner mode. The beginner mode comprises of a geofence to limit the drone’s range and speed. So, whether you’re a beginner or experienced with drones, there’s always something for you.
Your drone is prone to developing faults. The propellers can quickly become disengaged. You could use up all the space for video recording and pictures. All these possibilities are what necessitated the manufacturers to include extra accessories. The Autel Robotics drones come with a robust hard case for storing the transport. The hard case also makes carrying the drone easier. The drone also comes with spare propellers and a 64GB microSD card for extra recording. These accessories are not usually included in other drone models with the same features.
Whats In The Box?
Conclusion X-Star Premium:
It offers a great and wel-rounded UAV package, includes an excellent 4K Video and photo camera and flies well for the most part. Its few flaws are a bit more serious than we’d like but they don’t take away from the overall quality you get at this price.
When it comes to flying drones and quadcopters, there are two schools of thought. One holds that you should let the computers do all the hard work. The other holds that the pilot should be firmly in control, keeping the vehicle under human control. The UDI U818A represents the second school: This bare-bones quadcopter relies on the skills of the person holding the remote. It offers a few frills, but keeps its controls simple and fun to fly. While it is far from perfect (and the video quality is less than impressive), this is a great pick for aspiring pilots who want to be in control of their flights.
Minimal is the word that springs to mind for the design of the UDI U818A. There really isn’t a lot there. The frame (which also surrounds and protects the rotors) is made of light, thin plastic, with the electronics fitted in a small cavity underneath the center.
The small, 500mAh battery slides tightly into a holder on the bottom of this, to which the camera is also attached. The camera is small, a flat lozenge-shaped lump that connects to the body by power wires. The microUSB card that stores the video and still images fits into one side.
The rotors of the UDI U818A are similarly minimal, 5.25 inches in diameter and made of the same, light plastic. Most low-end quadcopters use friction to attach the rotors to the motor shaft, but this one uses a small screw to lock them in place. This makes them less likely to pop off, but also makes them harder to replace. A small screwdriver, for this purpose is included, along with a spare set of rotors.
A number of LED lights are placed around the frame of the quadcopter, including two white LED strips under the center, blue and red lights on the motors (indicating front and back,respectively) and a single white forward-facing LED.
The UDI U818A comes with a short printed manual, but the poor English translation makes this mostly useless, with descriptions like “four direction rolling mold on-off” for the stunt button and warnings such as “enough room is need for this motion, or danger may occur” about the stunt mode.
The boxy controller for the U818A is a little more opulently designed, sporting a large number of switches on its plastic exterior. On the shoulders are buttons for turning the LED lights on and off and for putting the quadcopter into stunt mode. On the front of the controller, there are a number of buttons surrounding the LCD display on the front.
These buttons take a photo, start and stop video, flip the quadcopter and change the flight mode. The LCD shows such data as battery level, signal strength and the amount of thrust currently being applied. The two control sticks are above this, offering the usual control layout: left for thrust and direction, right for forward/back and left/right.
The controller and quadcopter communicate over a 2.4-GHz radio signal. That is the same frequency band as Wi-Fi networks, but we had no issues with interference from Wi-Fi networks. I experienced good range, as far as 30 to 40 feet away. You cannot control this quadcopter from a cellphone or other Wi-Fi device; the controller is the only device that can do this.
The UDI U818A is a fun quadcopter to fly. It has the advantages of both smaller, lighter quadcopters (speed, quick maneuvering) and the advantages of larger quads: large, widely spaced rotors make it more stable in flight. Like its smaller siblings such as the Parrot Airborne or the Blade Nano RTF , this drone is buffeted by even very light winds, and if you bump into something, the flexible frame bends and hits the rotor blades, sending it spiraling out of control.
Two flight modes are available. Mode one limits the turning and climbing speed of the quadcopter for beginners. Mode two opens up the throttle, providing full access to the very fast turning and climbing speed that it offers. I would definitely recommend that you stick with Mode one until you get a feel for this zippy quadcopter, as it is easier to lose control in Mode two and send it out of control.
What’s in the box?
The U818A may have been around for some time but it still packs a good punch when it comes to value. It does not have the latest features in toy drones such as altitude hold and auto take-off/landing but I believe most people can live with its basic set of features, particularly those who prefer to have more manual control over their drones.