Autel Robotics Announces New Camera Modules for X-Star Series Drones at CES 2017

Autel Robotics Announces New Camera Modules for X-Star Series Drones at CES 2017

Camera drone manufacturer Autel Robotics announced today that it will deliver two new camera modules for the current X‑Star series of camera quadcopters in 2017. The first will be a FLIR Duo dual thermal and visual camera module. The second will be a visual camera with an upgraded picture quality, using a 1-inch CMOS sensor. Both modules will be on display at CES 2017 at the Autel Robotics booth at LVCC, South Hall 2-25618.

“We always strive to provide the best-possible user experience with every aspect of what we do, and that includes creating long-term value for our customers with our products,” Natalie Cheng, Autel Robotics USA Director of Communications, said. “We are so excited to bring these new dimensions to the X‑Star drones and see the amazing things our customers will do with this added flexibility…the possibilities are really endless.”

The FLIR Duo module is slated to launch in the first quarter of 2017. It will be able to show both thermal and standard, visual light images. The Duo will allow users to switch between the two in-flight, view both at the same time with picture-in-picture, or see a blended image of both. These capabilities will provide a better in-flight experience, as well as a highly-detailed thermal image, suitable for many applications including inspection and first response.

The 1-inch sensor camera module is set to launch in the second quarter of 2017. This upgraded camera will shoot 4K Ultra HD video and 20MP stills. The larger sensor will allow this camera to perform better in low-light scenarios and capture more cinematic images with a wider aperture.

Autel Robotics also announced its X‑Star series Software Development Kit and an update to its vertical takeoff and landing Kestrel platform at CES 2017.

Other activities at the Autel Robotics booth will include daily X‑Star Premium giveaways, a Technology Concept Showcase, product demonstrations, a flight simulator, and an immersive, virtual reality flight experience.


Autel Robotics USA is an emerging technology company based in Bothell, Washington. With seven-days-a-week, U.S.-based customer support, the company is dedicated to providing users with the best possible experience. For more information on Autel Robotics USA, please visit