Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone: Built to Last

If there is any quadcopter which would give competition to the DJI’s Phantom then it probably X star premium. With easy to use controls, as well as the amplitude of features included, this drone sure is one of the best you can get for aerial photography.


Primary Specifications

Control Range100 metres
Flight Duration9-12 Minutes
Recharge Duration200 Minutes
WarrantyNo info available
Battery7.5V, 25 LiPo
Frequency2.4 GHz
CameraYes, .3 MP
Video Resolution720P, HD
Ready to FlyYes
Remote ControlYes
Dedicated AppYes
Headless ModeYes
FAA RegistrationNot Required
VR Headset CompatibilityNo
360 Degree EversionYes

Flying Experience

The drone comes loaded with features such as auto landing as well as take-off which does work smoothly without any lags or issues. The sensors at the bottom along with the monocular camera are able to balance the drone in a steady position as well as direct its movement in case of weak GPS signals. The speed is one of the most impressive features of this drone, and it can comfortably clock the speed of 35 mph and thereby helping you make fastest of videos. You can choose the mode of flying, and there is the beginner mode for you to get accustomed to this device.


The gadget comes in loaded with the 4K Ultra HD camera which makes it absolutely easy to capture quality images while at the same time focusing on details. The 12 MP camera added to this drone has 3 axis gimbal attached to it which works beautifully in keeping this drone intact and in position during the flight. The camera also is equipped with still, burst and time lapse mode, suiting all the needs of a photographer.

Build and Design

Compared to the design of Phantom this drone has its pros and cons. However, both these are similar in appearance aside from the fact that the Autel one is shinier and orange. As usual, there are four propellers attached to the drone for smoother flights, made even smoother with headless mode. One of the major advantages Autel does possess is that the gimbal and camera in it are easily removable and hence you can upgrade these parts if you like. In case you aren’t an aspiring photographer and just love drone flying then you can detach the camera and add in a few extra minutes of flight time.

Remote Control

The 2.4 GHz RC controller is made with utmost care for durability. The controller can comfortably control the device up to a distance of 1.2 miles, and there are joysticks available for you to control the flight and height of your drone. On the RC, you will find the RTH (Return to Home) button, along with auto fly modes as well as LCD screen to give the status of drone fly.

You can also control this drone using the Starlink application which you can download from Apple Store or Play store comfortably.

Is X-Star Premium Worth the Money?

X-Star is a great buy for any professional photographer looking for equipment to help in aerial photography. Although the company could have included features such as collision detection and air control, some which one can find in Phantom 3, the superior app experience and Secure Fly technology compensates for that.

As a consumer, you can save a lot of money at a later stage as camera and gimbal are detachable and hence easy to upgrade. Therefore, a one-time investment, the X-Star premium will sure suffice most of your photography or drone flying needs.

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