DJI has been one of the most popular drone makers in the world for some time now. But it now has a counterpart, the GoPro. The two seem to share several features and also some that set them both apart.
The first distinguishable feature is that DJI Mavic Pro and GoPro Karma are clearly two very different designs. The Mavic Pro is a compact drone and has a silver finish. It weighs 1.62 pounds and measures diagonally more than 13 inches. With four propellers, it is small enough to fly indoors and outdoors. It’s foldable, so you can conveniently carry it on the go.
GoPro’s Karma is also similarly compact with four propellers around its black and white design. It’s also small enough to fly both indoors and outdoors. The Karma weighs 2.2 pounds and is 12 inches long.
The two are also similar in overall speed, with the Mavic taking a slight edge over the other with 40 mph vs. 35 mph.
The Mavic Pro is controlled from an iPhone or Android device. You’ll need to download an app to control your drone.
The GoPro’s Karma comes with a controller that enables you to have complete control of the drone without requiring additional software or even smartphone.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Flying
Indoors, both the drones are small and relatively easy to maneuver. None has an edge over the other. However outside, the Mavic Pro, has a manageable range of over 4 miles and can also fly thousands of feet up at 40 miles per hour.
GoPro’s Karma drone can fly at a height of 10,500 feet, which can’t quite match the 16,404 feet a Mavic Pro can soar at.
The Mavic Pro, according to DJI comes with a flight time of up to 27 minutes on a single charge whereas the GoPro Karma can deliver up to 20 minutes of flight time.
The Mavic Pro records videos at up to a 4K resolution and can also record content at 30 frames per second. It is expected that the Mavic Pro will come with a 60Mbps bitrate and an ISO range of 100 to 3200.
However, unlike the DJI Mavic Pro, the Karma is compatible only with one of the three GoPro cameras: the Hero4 Silver & Black, Hero5 Black, and Hero6 Black.
The Mavic Pro’s camera comes with a 12-megapixel sensor with ISO ranging 100 to 1600. It can also capture photos in single-shot, burst shooting, EV bias, auto exposure bracketing, and interval.
The GoPro Karma doesn’t come with a camera so the Mavic Pro would definitely be the superior choice.
When it comes to pricing, the Mavic Pro at $999, is a full $100 cheaper than the GoPro Karma with Hero 5 camera, which retails for $1100.
The Mavic Pro’s combination of high-end automation specs and outstanding efficiency gives it a boost over the GoPro for sure.