Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Review

The X-Star from Autel Robotics is an upgrade of the X-Star that was introduced a while ago. If you have knowledge about the brand, then you know they are well known for putting high-quality drones with a budget-friendly price.

This drone comes packed to the gills with features. The main differences between the original and the premium version are:

  • The range of transmitting live footage where the premium reigns supreme i.e., up to 1.2 miles
  • The splash-proof hard-case in the premium version
  • Inclusion of 64G MicroSD card in the premium as compared to the 16G in the original

The rest of the features are pretty much identical. But the above-mentioned differences are enough to take the premium on to another league altogether.

To learn more about the comparison between the two drones, click here.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Review

 

Let’s find out more about the X-Star Premium and what it has to offer in this comprehensive review.

Design

 

This quadcopter has a simple yet practical design. It is aerodynamic in design, which makes it take to the air with ease. The size of the drone is on the smaller size.

The drone is made of high-quality plastic and appears to be very reliable and sturdy. It does not have a folding design, but it comes in a cool hard case for protection and ease of transport.

An interesting feature of the X-Star Premium is the modular design. This means that parts of the drone can be replaced. Among these are gimbal and the camera. If you get an opportunity to upgrade the camera, you can very well do so without compromising the structure of the camera. This is a fantastic feature, and we give a big thumbs-up to the manufacturers.

Another great design component about the X-Star Premium is that you can get your pick of the color. Unlike most drones that come in white, you can take your pick between white and bright orange. The orange drone comes in pretty handy when you are flying it in high altitude or in areas with vegetation as it becomes very easy to spot.

Camera

 

The X-Star Premium is a top contender when it comes to the optical assembly. The 4k camera is definitely the star of the setup. Capturing stunning 12MP still photographs is a breeze with this one.

The videos and live footage of the drone are also exceptional. If we decide to be very picky, we might critique the fact that 4k footage at 60 fps is not the best. At 60fps, it is best to shoot 2.7k for the best results. On the other hand, 4k is best shot at 30fps.

As expected from any stellar drone, the camera is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal. It does a great job of holding its weight while in flight. However, if you think that you can take distortion-free photographs in windy conditions, you will be disappointed. You might also want to fly the drone with ease—aggressive turns and making sudden jerks can affect your shots in a significant way.

You will have no issue capturing as many pictures and footage as you want. The X-Star Premium can store up to 64 GB of data, which is awesome. But of course, you might want to transfer them to a hard drive occasionally.

Flight modes and features

 

Similar to other big names in the industry, the X-Star Premium comes with a number of flight modes.

Some of the mentionable ones are:

 

  • Follow me mode – Using this mode, you can take drone for a ride or a walk and capture the experience for viewing later on.
  • Point of interest – Capturing interesting shots is possible with this flight mode. Simply select a point of interest on the map and the point of radius as well.
  • Waypoints – Draw a line or point to the waypoints to pick a flight course. In this mode, you can also choose to slow down or speed up the drone and have a lot of fun with it. You can also take shots irrespective of the flight pattern using this flight mode.
  • Orbit – Select a target, and the drone will orbit around it. This requires a little bit of learning curve, but you get used to it pretty fast.

Although the flight modes in the X-Star Premium do the job of making the flight easy and effortless, it is not stellar, to say the least. The manufacturer decided to put the focus on other areas of the drone, and it shows.

Flight behavior.

 

The X-Star Premium flies very effortlessly. However, landing and taking off can be a bit bumpy. Although this is not a big problem, beginners should be aware of this issue.

Another area where the drone could have improved is in the hovering department. The aircraft’s sensor becomes a little unsteady when it hovers below 20 feet. This is not a deal-breaker, but it can be frustrating when you want to shoot low areas. This is the reason why flying the X-Star Premium indoors is not a lot of fun. Luckily, the problem does not show up at higher altitudes.

The X-Star Premium has a top speed of 36 mph. This is not the fastest speed, but it’s not bad at all. It ascends at a speed of 6 m/s and descends at a much lower speed of 3 m/s.

Apart from the standard GPS, this aircraft also features GLONASS, which adds to its safety features. The automatic return to home in this drone also works exceptionally well.

A feature that is unique to this drone is the Starpoint Positioning System. This is a feature that you will find most useful in tracking the position of the drone as well as the pilot in areas where there is a weak signal. It works independently of the GPS and GLONASS, which is fantastic.

The X-Star Premium also has a Beginner Mode, which can assist amateur pilots in a significant way. This mode is also unique to this drone from Autel.

 

Controller and app.

 

The controller or the transmitter of the X-Star Premium is one of its best features. It feels very comfortable in your hands, and the grip is excellent. The control buttons are effortless and even beginner pilots will have no problem using it. It has a range of 2,000 meters, which is a great distance.

The LCD on this one is not the largest, but it gets the job is done, which is what matters. You can also use the transmitter in conjunction with a smartphone or a tablet, which gives you an enhanced experience.

You will have no problems using the Starlink app, which is free for download. It works seamlessly with all devices, whether Android or iOS.

A distinct feature of the X-Star Premium’s controller is the ability to back up the flight information in a video format. This is a fantastic feature which can be a lifesaver in case the cable connecting the device disconnects or the app crashes mid-flight.

Additional information about the X-Star Premium

 

This aircraft has a flight time of 25 minutes in real life, which is great. It goes without saying that this time is affected by the settings and features you employ during the flight.

A 4900 mAh SMART battery powers the drone. The battery also has a number of features that make it a top performer. First, it has a fast-charging capacity, which is very convenient. A full charge does not even take a full hour. Second, it is self-discharging, which means it has an improved life span.

The 2-way charger also comes in very handy and saves a lot of time as well. You will also love the built-in cooling fan in the charger, which keeps it from overheating.

The X-Star Premium comes in a hard case, which keeps it safe and also makes it portable. It also comes with spare propellers, chargers, USB cable, transmitter, and a 64-GB MicroSD card.

Pros

 

  • 4k camera
  • 3-axis gimbal stabilization
  • The modular design of the gimbal and the camera
  • 1.2 miles of live footage transmission
  • Excellent built quality
  • Starpoint positioning system
  • Beginner-friendly features

Cons

 

  • The size is quite big
  • Landing is a bit bumpy
  • Limited flight modes

Conclusion

 

There are some issues with the X-Star Premium from Autel Robotics. Most notably, the inability to shoot 60fps in 4k is a little bit of a letdown.

But apart from this slight issue, the X-Star Premium is a reliable drone that is definitely a good value for money. It has a number of features that make it easy for beginners to fly the aircraft. But of course, veteran drone pilots can also have a lot of fun with the drone as well.

If you are looking for a well-performing and reliable drone without having to shell out a thousand dollars, you might have met your match in the X-Star Premium. It is sturdy; it performs well and takes a professional quality aerial shot, which is what a drone is all about.