Man #1: Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird.
Woman: It’s a plane!
Man #2: It’s the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone!
Were you born to explore? Are you interested in capturing the world around you in unique ways? Do you see limitation as something to conquer?
Enter The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone
You may be tempted to think of this Autel X-Star as just another drone. Well, you’d be horribly wrong…and wonderfully surprised.
Whether you’re a seasoned drone pilot, or so new to drones you had to Google “drone” just to figure out what all the fuss is about, you’re going to love THIS special piece of flying machinery.
The Autel X-Star Is Great For Beginners
Beginners will love it for its ease of use, including an entire mode dedicated to just the newbies. The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium comes with a geo-fence feature which limits range, altitude, and speed until you get more comfortable. And there’s another feature that allows the drone to automatically return home.
There’s also a fail-safe mode, which is preset to send the drone home when the battery reaches 25% capacity, and land at its current location when it reaches 10%, thus making it almost impossible to crash. And, no, that’s not a challenge.
It comes with a hands-free hover mode, which means you can set down the controls to freshen up your beverage, while the drone waits for you patiently hovering in the same spot.
Experienced Pilots Will Love The The Autel X-Star, Too
And for you professional pilots, you’ll love how customizable it is, which will allow you to get as creative as you want. You’ll also enjoy loads of features, the quick-release gimbal design, the durability, the value, and a customer support department that’s actually supportive. As this is something that tends to be lacking with other manufacturers.
No matter who you are, you’ll love this Autel X-Star drone from the very first moment you lay your eyes on it – how cool is that shade of orange? But you’ll love it even more after flying it for a while. There’s also a great forum for pros and beginners alike over at autelxpilots.com.
Video: Meet The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
For those of you who plan to use your Autel X-Star drone for photography or videography, it’s a dream come true for capturing stunning aerial imagery. You’ll shoot like a pro with camera features that include:
- A live view from up to 1.2 miles away
- 4K Ultra HD, 108 degree wide-angle FOV(field of view)
- A 64-GB MicroSD card
- 3-axis gimbal mount for more stability and smooth video footage
- 12MP camera with custom settings to ensure crisp, rich colors
- Alternative video settings – 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080P120, 720P240
The camera and gimbal are easy to remove for future upgrades. And the drone is also available in white. Though the orange is perfect for being able to easily spot it in the sky, clouds, or against any backdrop that also isn’t the coolest shade of orange ever. Perhaps if you’re planning on filming lava flows, and nothing else, then the white color makes sense.
The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium comes with a powerful, lightweight 14.8V LiPo battery that ensures up to 25 minutes of flight time on a single charge. And a fast charger is included that will charge your drone in just one hour, meaning you’ll spend more time flying, and less time waiting.
Your drone package includes
- X-Star Premium Aircraft
- Premium hard case
- Remote Controller
- Charging Cable
- 64-GB MicroSD card that can record over 2 hours of 4K video
- Intelligent battery for up to 25 minutes of flying time per charge
- 1-hour fast charger
- Spare propellers
- Small parts
The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium vs. The DJI Phantom
Comparisons to another popular drone model – the DJI Phantom- have been unfavorably kind to the DJI for a number of reasons. Better craftsmanship and sturdier construction of the Autel X-Star drone are common observations among drone connoisseurs. The Autel also wins points for its exceptional customer service department when compared to DJI’s motto of “out of sight, out of mind.” Even the price is better, as the Autel comes in a few hundred dollars less at just a shade under $900, including free shipping. Other impressions in regards to comparing the two drones include …
- Autel has a better warranty – 12 month bumper-to-bumper
- The altitude of the X-Star is measured in feet, not in meters
- The convenience of the LCD displaying critical flight information on the remote
- Better overall quality and features
- Faster vertical acceleration on the Autel
- The X-Star is more customizable
- A carrying case reminiscent of a British spy?
The Reviews Are In For The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
Amazon has an average review of 4.6 from 325 reviews for this Autel X-Star drone. One of those reviewers even gushes about a case that, “feels like James Bond’s luggage.” The case is splash-proof, shock absorbent, with a foam interior that holds six batteries, manuals, your charger, extra props, the remote, and even your mobile device, which is obviously sold separately. (Please, just don’t go thinking you’re also getting the new iPhone for your $900.)
Other reviews included, “This product exceeded my expectations, and for the price can’t be beat,” and “Absolutely fantastic! Don’t waste your money on DJI, especially considering their shoddy customer support compared to Autel Robotics U.S. based customer support.” In other words, if you’re in the US, you might even feel a bit more patriotic if you purchase the Autel!
Technical Specifications From The Autel Robotics Website
- 4K (Ultra HD) video camera (4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, 720p240 with 12MP still images, conveniently integrated into a quick-release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer
- HD Live View (720p streaming up to 1.2 miles away) and autonomous flight modes including follow, orbit, and waypoints via the free Starlink app for iOS or Android (mobile device sold separately)
- Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFly™ magnetic interference protection, and the Starpoint Positioning System™ for precise flying where GPS signals are unavailable
- Intuitive remote controller with LCD display for flight information and one-touch action buttons for starting the motors, taking off, hovering, going home and landing
- Backed by Autel Robotics customer support: U.S. based, seven days a week
19.5”W x 8.5”H x 19.5”D
Weight with battery 3.13lbs
19.69”W x 15.6”H x 9.76”D
Safety & Security
The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium includes built-in Smart-Flight autopilot features – Orbit, Follow, and Waypoints – that allow you to focus on the camera instead of flight controls. There’s also a Smart Pre-Flight check to insure everything is ready prior to takeoff, and SecureFly technology, which will keep the drone from becoming erratic due to magnetic interference, and allow the drone to return home safely.
This Autel X-Star drone also comes with the Starpoint positioning system, which tracks the aircraft’s position, measures flying height accurately – even indoors and when flying at low altitudes – and the dual GPS/GLONASS navigation system, so that you’ll know where your drone is even when signals are less than ideal.
An Intuitive Remote Controller
The Autel Robotics X-Star Premium gets a lot of praise for a remote controller that feels more intuitive than most. Besides a handy LCD screen that displays important flight information, it includes easy-to-use, one-touch action buttons, command sticks for easy maneuvering, and a clamp for your mobile device (which still doesn’t come with the drone).
But what does also come with your new drone, is the Starlink app, which is free to download. The app will allow you to configure your aircraft’s flight control settings including autonomous flight modes. It also provides you with a HD live view from up to 1.2 miles away.
The End…Of Your Drone Search
To conclude, the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is a professional piece of flying equipment that’s also affordable and easy to use, making it the perfect choice for all drone enthusiasts. It’s extremely high-quality, and it’s made by a manufacturer you can trust. The X-Star is also backed by a customer support department that is actually supportive and located in the U.S.
And only buy the white model if you’re filming lava flows and nothing else, or you hate the coolest orange color in the entire world. As if…
Thanks for taking the time to read this review of this great drone from Autel. Do you have any questions or comments that weren’t covered? Do you agree or disagree with anything above? Tell us about it in the comments below or contact us. We’d love to hear from you.
About The Author, Jason (Rotospace’s Creator)
Jason is an expert drone pilot who loves everything about this amazing aerial technology.
He flies two DJI drones: The Inspire1 and Mavic Pro Platinum …and enjoys keeping them airborne whenever possible.
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