Autel X-Star Review
Autel X-Star Review
The X-Star Pro is made from a thick and durable plastic that doesn’t buckle or wobble when put under a little pressure (unlike some cheaper drones). Despite being a “clone” of the Phantom, it does seem to retain the same structural strength as the DJI. It’s 4 large rotors have a wingspan of around 352mm and provide excellent lift and thrust.
Like most premium drones there is no casing protecting the rotors (because this allows for maximum performance). This means that this isn’t really a product for new drone pilots. If you accidentally fly a little too close to something and even slightly clip one of the rotors it’s game over.
The camera is probably the best component about this drone. It’s an amazing piece of kit that rivals anything else on the market (even from DJI). I quite honestly believe it’s one of the best drones for aerial photography. It shoots in 4k ultra HD at 40fps which makes for some simply stunning videos.
There are a variety of other FPS settings that enable you to customize your shooting if you wish. You can shoot 1080p at 120fps, and 720p at 240fps, great news for people who love to take dramatic high frame rate shots.
As with most drones, the camera performs better when taking still images as opposed to video. However, to be totally honest the difference is reasonably negligible between the two modes if you’re not moving fast.
On the subject of moving, this is a camera that can deal with just about anything you throw at it. It’s more than capable of taking crystal clear high-speed videos without any artifacts or blurring affecting the quality of the video.
The other positive part of the camera system is the incredible 3 axis gimbal that attaches it to the body of the drone. It’s super stable and super reliable, even at high speeds.
Your shots will be effortlessly smooth without any intervention whatsoever. The only time you’re likely to encounter issues with camera stability is in high wind situations. However, you probably shouldn’t be flying in these conditions anyway (so it’s unfair to expect the stabilization to work).
To be totally honest, there’s not much to dislike about this drone. It’s a well-made product that is almost the very definition of good value. If you buy the X-Star Premium you don’t get the big name brand recognition of DJI, but you do get one heck of a good drone.
This is one of the best drones for aerial photography you can get at a reasonable price point.
All that goodness combined with a very reasonable price point makes the Autel X-Star Premium an easy recommendation.