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
Small size and backpack included but still bigger.
Smallest drone size on the market so far.
Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro
Convenient backpack but still bigger.
Almost fits into the pocket of your trouser.
Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro
Convenient backpack but still bigger.
Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro
Attachable GoPro Cameras 4/5. More functions, better quality and fps.
Bolted. 4K Ultra HD Video at 30fps or 1080 / 96fps .
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
Able to record and program
Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
27 min. at 0 wind and 15.5 mph. Normal flight mode 21 min.
Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
up to 65 mph
Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
Small and easy to use controller. Bright touchscreen works fine even in sunlight.
Small controller which works with cell phone as screen. All important functions will be displayed over the controller display while camera and is displayed on mobile screen. Res 1080.
Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro
Stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app
Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro
The Karma is build on simplicity and easy to use handling. It depends on the consumer needs. Fly paths is a good function to let the drone do the flight job while the consumer can focus on the camera.
With build in beginner mode the drone seems to be very easy to use, also for unexperienced pilots. During your flight time a beginner mode will turn hard movements into soft and guaranty best picture quality.
Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro
Removable stabilizer and handle included.
Not included. DJ Oslo needed as an extra tool for another approx. 300 $.
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.