In appearance quite similar to a brightly colored DJI Phantom, the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is a high-end (and likewise, high priced) drone, best fit for affluent hobbyists, serious aerial photographers, and basically anyone considering the purchase of a Phantom or a Yuneec brand drone. Featured at the 2016 CES, the X-Star Premium makes a very viable case for there still being quite a bit of space for new producers in the drone market.
The first thing you're likely to notice about the X-Star Premium is the striking color, though it is also available in white. Otherwise, the aesthetic of the X-Star is actually quite similar to that of the Phantom. The X-Star comes readily equipped with several 'flight modes', including a beginner mode that geo-fences your flight within pre-established boundaries as well as caps the speed, and "follow me" and "orbit me" modes for more hands off filming use. The X-Star is rather quick for a high end photography drone, meaning that it's both quite a bit of fun (what drone isn't?) but also comes with a bit of a steeper learning curve in order to fly effectively. The signature advantage of the X-Star Premium, especially as compared with the DJI Phantom(s), is the removable gimbal camera. This is significant for two reasons: upgrades in the camera department are likely to come with some rapidity, as drones photography continues to grow, and in the event of damage to your camera this feature allows for some serious savings on replacement costs.
More than a worthy challenger to DJI's newfound supremacy, the Autel Robotics X Star Premium can hopefully do two things: jolt a growing field into more competitive experimentation, and provide you with a reliable, enjoyable aerial photography robot. To those new to the art, make sure to do your research -- a quick Google search will reveal just how expensive going against the FAA's restrictions on drone flight can be.
This is a very high quality product with a light learning curve and lots of features...I'm glad happy to announce that I'm not feeling frustrated in any way, shape or form.
Video Quality is great. Very stable and very clear. 4K looks awesome! The gimbal works perfectly. Photo quality is also great!
When you yaw the aircraft, it rotates unevenly...Autel Robotics acknowledges a problem, but has no ETA on a fix yet.
Great drone, easy to use, fly and to program. Very stable.
The quality is world class and can be seen in every detail...The Starlink app lets you view live in both video and map modes.
Plenty of performance and value . . . a viable and affordable choice for anyone who is seeking a DJI Phantom alternative.