Best Commercial Drone with Camera, DJI Phantom 3 Adv or Pro vs Autel Robotics X-Star Premium

(Last Updated On: March 2, 2017)

Most of People knows DJI, but who is Autel Robotics? Autel Robotics is founded in Shenzhen (Same as DJI) 2004, a commitment to automotive electronics R&D, production and sales of national high-tech enterprises. But Autel Robotics jumped drone market from 2014, is a new player. There are some patent legal problems between DJI and Autel. DJI said Autel X-Star copied Phantom series. We don’t know the truth, and somehow not care about it. Autel X-Star Premium is a quite good product which can be the competitor as DJI Phantom 3 Advance or Professional or 4K.

DJI vs Autel

Sincerity to make, Autel X-Star Premium with 4K ultra high-definition camera, quick disassembling three axis stabilized platform, 720P HD image transmission up to 2000 m, the intelligent flight control system and automatic driving function. Double satellite navigation and Starpoint positioning system are adopted to ensure the safety of the aircraft.

There are top 10 reasons to select Autel X-Star Premium

10. It’s orange. X-Star Premium owners lovingly refer to their drone as “the Flying Pumpkin” because of its orange color (although both versions are also available in white). The FAA requires pilots to keep their drone within line of sight. In most weather conditions, high-visibility orange should allow X-Star Premium pilots to fly at greater ranges while still maintaining visual contact with their drone.

9. It has a modular payload. The X-Star Premium are designed with an easily Autel X-Star Premium Gimbalremovable gimbal which only requires the push of a button on the side of the gimbal to slide it off. This feature will allow the camera to be easily upgraded as payload technologies advance. If you’re happy with the platform and just want an upgraded payload, you can save significant money by replacing only the camera instead of buying a new drone.


8. Range. Speaking of range, the X-Star Premium advertised maximum control range is 1.2 miles. In practice, pilots have managed to extend the range nearly twice that far. Autel achieves this extended range by broadcasting the video link via the 900 MHz frequency band (via the controller) rather than the more commonly used 2.4GHz WiFi band. Not only does using this frequency allow for increased video range, it also reduces the potential for interference from other WiFi signals in the area, resulting in a clear picture at extended ranges.Autel Robotics X Star Remote Controller

7. LCD Display. The X-Star Premium requires an external display such as a smartphone or tablet to allow the pilot to see live video from the drone’s camera. This requirement means you have to spend a little extra on a smartphone or tablet if you don’t already have one, but gives you more choice of display sizes and resolutions. However, unlike others that require an external device, Autel has added an LCD display to the controller itself which provides critical flight telemetry data such as altitude, range, battery remaining, etc. This redundancy provides an increased margin of safety and allows the pilot the option to use the full screen of the external display to view video coming back from the drone at 720P.

Remote Controller Smart Screen6. Smart Modes. While lacking ActiveTrack, TapFly, Point of Interest, or Journey mode which can be found in more expensive models, the X-Star Premium comes with a good suite of “smart modes.” It has orbit, follow and waypoint modes, return to home with programmable height, and intelligent orientation control. These modes allow the pilot to focus more on setting up the right shot and less on controlling the drone.

5. 64 GB SD Card. Most drones these days come packaged with a micro-SD card, generally 16GB. Autel Robotics packages a 64GB SD Card with the X-Star Premium. It’s a small thing, and not much more expensive than a 16GB card, but it’s a nice touch and adds value to the package.

Autel XStar Premium Case

4. Rigid Case. The X-Star Premium comes in a zippered, splash resistant, rigid case. This case is no beer cooler. It has a solid feel to it and is sized to easily fit on an airplane. Purchased separately, the case costs $89 but it is included as part of the X-Star Premium package.

3. Picture Quality. While many people choose to fly their drone for only for the joy of flying, the real purpose of camera drones is to capture photos and videos from an elevated perspective. The X-Star Premium excels in this area. Its 108 degree FOV camera is capable of taking video at 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120, or 720p240 fps. It has the ability to take 12 MP photographs and has burst shooting (3/5/7 seconds), time lapse (5/7/10/20/30 seconds) and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) modes and saves them as JPG or DNG. Although picture quality can be somewhat subjective, the general consensus among X-Star Premium owners is that there is no better camera on a consumer-grade drone from photos and video we’ve seen, we’re inclined to agree.

Autel Robotics Customer Support2. Customer Support. In an ideal world, every drone would work perfectly, right out of the box. Unfortunately, in the real world, sometimes drones have problems. When problems happen, it’s important to have someone to turn to for help. Autel Robotics has made a commitment to customer service. They provide 7-day per week customer support via phone, email or live chat. After hours, you can still find the answers to many of your questions through an extensive knowledge base that can be found on the Autel Robotics website. It’s difficult to put a value on customer support. If you never need it, it’s worth nothing, but if you must have it, there’s no substitute.

1. Price. It’s impossible to talk about the “best commerical” drone without talking about price. When you compare available features to the Phantom 4, Typhoon H, and the Phantom 3 Professional, the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium’s price tag is beyond fantastic.

Pros of Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
  • Colorful Design
  • 1080p at 120fps while P3A can do 1080p at 60fps
  • modular payload gimbal
  • A little cheaper
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Autel Robotics X Star 2
Pros of DJI Phantom 3 Advance
  • Bigger market share, software is mature
  • 3.1 miles distance remote controller, better than 1.2 miles of X-Star
  • Remote control mode, Lightbridge of P3A, better than X-star ( not clear )
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DJI Phantom 3
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium is a little upgrade of DJI Phantom 3 Advance, 
but has some patent issue, and need time to prove himself.


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