GoPro can look forward to some stiff competition from a worthy, new entrant. With DJI launching Mavic the drone scene just got a bit more exciting. It was hardly a week ago that this Chinese company announced the launch of its all new drone the Mavic, a foldable drone equipped with a portable drone camera which will probably give the yet to be released Karma from GoPro. With all the hype both the drones have generated, here’s how one stacks up against the other, features and specs wise.
Although the Mavic Pro boasts a built in camera and is capable of capturing 12 MP photos and RAW photos, it is competitively priced at $999 with a bundle deal at $1,299.
The GoPro Karma is at a slight disadvantage as it does not have a built in camera. While the GoPro Karma itself costs just $799 (without camera) the additional cost of a Hero 5 Session camera is anywhere in the range of an additional $999, and $1099 if you choose to go for the Hero 5 Black camera.
The Mavic Pro boasts a built in camera that has a clear 78 degree field view. It is capable of recording 4K-resolution videos at 30 frames per second, in other words 1080p resolution video at 96 frames per second. Moreover, It is also capable of capturing 12 MP photos in JPEG or Adobe RAW formats.
It is a pity that the GoPro Karma is not endowed with a built in camera. People using GoPro Karma need to use either the attachable Hero 5 Session camera or the Hero Black camera. However, the GoPro camera can capture 4K resolution videos just like the Mavic Pro, with the same 12 MP photos, RAW photos. Additionally it has a built in GPS. However, the Hero 5 Session is capable of capturing only 10 MP photos, and cannot capture RAW and does not sport GPS either.
The Mavic Pro weighs just 1.62 pounds (734g) and is easily portable. It is foldable and can be stored and transport with incredible ease. The Mavic Pro’s propellers fold up, making it very compact. It measures 83 X 83 X 198mm when folded up.
The GoPro Karma tilts the scales at 2.22 pounds (1006g), though it is easily portable and foldable as well, making it easy to store or transport. The GoPro Karma’s propellers fold in, endowing it with the same compactness. It measures 89.9 224.3 X 356.2 mm when folded in.
The Mavic Pro is capable of attaining speeds of up to 40 mph (65kph) while it is flown in Sport mode.
The GoPro is capable of cruising at speeds of up to just 35 mph (56.3kph), with the Mavic Pro having an edge over it.
The Mavic Pro is capable of flying nonstop for 27 minutes on a single charge.
The GoPro Karma is capable of being airborne continuously for up to 20 minutes on a single charge.
During flight, the Mavic Pro is capable of covering a distance of 4.3 miles (7km) from its controller.
The GoPro Karma can cover only a distance of 0.62 miles (1km) which is quite inadequate for practical purposes.
The Mavic Pro remote controller is equipped with an LED screen that carries essential flight information, what’s more is it is compatible with your Smartphone for great auto-flight features, and for capturing 1080p video feeds from the drone. The specs of the touch display however will depend on the model of Smartphone used.
The GoPro Karma is equipped with a controller that boasts video game controllers and sports a 5-inch, 720p touchscreen display that is capable of capturing live video streams.
The Mavic Pro is equipped with a clutter of sensors as well as cameras that helps it avoid obstacles while airborne through its obstacle avoidance system, object tracking system, and gesture control system, aptly called Flight Autonomy. People flying the Mavic Pro need not have prior drone flying experience.
The GoPro Karma does have a few automated features that enable it to travel between two points. However, it is a drone that is predominantly manually controlled, with very few automation gimmicks that are worth talking about.
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