What meant to be the benchmark of the semi-pro drone market, the DJI Phantom 4, seems to be replaced by the DJI Marvic. For a long time there was no doubt that Phantom 4 is the drone of the drone for semiprofessional users. After last week, when GoPro launched the Karma Pro, it seemed to be a good opponent to fight the Phantom 4 with it’s new drone architecture for better portability. In my latest drone post I tried to compare the GoPro Karma with the DJI Phantom 4, not knowing that there is already a stronger DJI weapon in the pipeline, waiting for it’s launch.
So next I better hold the KARMA against the MAVIC PRO. So the new segment of foldable drones, which was created and owned by GoPro as of last week, has now to be shared with the market leader DJI. So what are the main differences between both products, keeping in mind that GoPro’s KARMA is much more as a equipment box with the handle grip and removable GoPro camera.
Comparing both drones:
Package Size: Karma/Mavic Pro
Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro
Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro
Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro
Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Follow me funtion: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro
Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro
So, it seems that the DJI MARVIC is the better choice of both drones. But, that is hard to tell as it really depends on the consumer needs. The GoPro comes as an entire removable camera equipment set, holding a high performance outdoor camera (Hero5), a handle grip stabilizer and a drone. Where the DJI Marvic is only a drone. In package size smaller, but with the DJI handle grip OSMO close to what GoPro has.
In terms of functions, i.e. Follow me and Obstacle avoidance DJI will the better choice. I assume that GoPro will provide at least Follow me as an update soon where Obstacle avoidance is maybe harder to implement in the first model.
All insides are taken from various test and reviews which came out lately. Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it 🙂
Casey Neistat had his hands on both. the GoPro Karma & DJI Mavic, lately. Check out his thoughts about the new DJI gadget.