We think from a more all-round fun perspective the Mavic just pips the GoPro Karma drone to the post with its ‘sport mode’ and higher speed of 40mph. That feature takes the drone beyond a filming a tool, although be aware it does disable the obstacle avoidance to get the extra speed. So you need to be on your toes when operating it in racing mode.
In terms of video quality, there are issues with the ‘fisheye’ effect of the GoPro. But not everybody dislikes that effect and it is easily fixed in post with GoPro’s fee software suite. The series 5 GoPro cameras build on an already excellent range of cameras. The same goes for DJI camera on the Mavic, it comes from a long line of quality arial cameras. Especially with the gesture control and voice control features offered from each one respectively.
Becoming an early adopter in these drones you are inherently taking a small gamble, but they are certain to be best in class. Both companies will be working hard to make sure that customers of these drones are happy. It is really a way to keep those customers and sell them accessories and upgrades in the future.
DJI Mavic Pro has clearly trumped GoPro’s Karma in many areas but you can’t take these products too much at face value. This is GoPro’s first foray into the drone market and they can improve some of the features of the Karma through software updates alone. You will also notice that the ‘core’ or drone unit can be bought separately, meaning we could be seeing upgraded units in time to come.
It is unfair to say they are incomparable as they are both clearly looking to take a share of the same market. But they do have a whole different set of features and specs, so you really just have to figure out what is right for you. The Mavic Pro will satisfy the pure drone enthusiast while the Karma will grab the enthusiast video market with its ecosystem of filming tools.
Both drones nicely compliment the companies current product ranges and will clearly sell in high volumes. In terms of which one to buy, it is really about which company you want to buy in to, as much as the drone. If you love the GoPro camera series then the Karma is a no-brainer because it comes as a neat all-in-one package on top of the camera you already own. You also have the additional flexibility of the handheld shooting with the detachable gimbal. On the other hand, if you are starting from nothing and want to to get in to drones as much as arial shooting then DJI’s Mavic Pro could be the right choice for you. The sports mode opens it up to be a fun hobby as well as a seriously well spec’d piece of shooting equipment.
You can see more about DJI’s Mavic Pro and GoPro’s Karma here . The Mavic Pro is available for order now on a ‘first come, first served’ basis shipping within December. GoPro’s Karma Hero 5 bundle is available ‘first come, first served’ and ships from the end of November.
We will be covering both drones in much more detail, so stay tuned for more updates.