DJI Mavic Pro vs GoPro Karma: Take Two

You might remember me talking about the GoPro Karma and the DJI Mavic drone, in an effort to find out which choice would be better; we were somewhat in the dark regarding details, but now there’s more info to go on, which is why I’m going for it, once more.

Over one week, both  DJI and GoPro revealed a foldable and ultra-portable personal camera drone. There’s so much hype surrounding these two products, we feel the Internet tingling, so why not compare the two and see what’s what regarding features and specs?

Weight

The Mavic Pro weighs 1.62 lbs (734 g), making it lighter than the 2.22 lbs (1006 g) Karma.

Folded Size

Both drones are portable, easy to store; however, folded up, the Mavic Pro (83 x 83 x 198 mm) is smaller than the Karma, which measures 89.9 × 224.3 × 356.2 mm.

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Flight Speed

The Mavic Pro will reach 40 mph (65 kph), compared to the Karma, which benefits from a top speed of 35 mph (56.3 kph).

Flight Time

The Mavic Pro will supposedly keep flying for around 27 minutes, while the Karma brags about 20 minutes of fun.

Distance

The Mavic Pro will keep flying as far as 4.3 miles (7 km) from its controller,compared to Karma’s 0.62 miles (1 km) – which is ridiculous, by thew way.

Camera

If pictures is what you’re interested, you should know that the Mavic Pro packs a built-in camera, while the Karma may need an extra GoPro camera, which adds to the overall weight. However, both drones feature 1/2.3″, 12-megapixel CMOS sensors capable of shooting JPEG and RAW photos, not to mention 4K video. The rest, is in the dark.

Stabilizer

With both drones featuring a gimbal for 3-axis stabilization, it might be worth mentioning that the Karma has a range of motion of -90° to 0° up and down, while the Mavic benefits from a wider range of motion of -90° to +30°, as well as rolling capabilities.

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Remote Control

The Mavic Pro remote controller features an LCD screen, paired to a smart device that will be receiving a live 1080p video feed from the drone. By comparison, the Karma controller features a 5″, 720p touchscreen with a live video stream.

Flight Modes

Let’s make this simple, shall we? The Karma lacks obstacle avoidance and “Follow Me” features, while the Mavic

features various sensors and cameras for its obstacle avoidance system, object tracking system, and gesture control system. Need I say more?

Costs

Also worth mentioning is that the DJI Mavic Pro costs $749 or $1,000 with a remote controller.

The GoPro Karma costs $799 for the drone and controller, although the extra camera – such as the GoPro HERO5 Black ($400) will cost extra. So, overall, stronger specs, smarter flight features, and an attractive price makes the DJI Mavic Pro the obvious winner.

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