The all new portable drone from GoPro called Karma is soon to be released and is pretty different to the class leader Dji Phantom 4. Rumors are saying that Dji is working on a similar foldable drone concept called Dji Mavic.
GoPro Karma and the Dji Mavic consept – Probably the new market standard
Since GoPro announced the Karma, we have learned that Dji is planning to release a similar koncept called Dji Mavic. The release date is set to mid October 2016. Its pretty much the same concept with a more compact and foldable drone. This is probably the new market standard for drones although Dji does their best to separate the different drone concepts. Dji also have to give some thoughts about their pretty expensive hand held stabilizer Osmo since GoPro includes this in their GoPro Karma and Dji doesn’t seem to have the same feature on their Dji Mavic.
GoPro Karma vs Dji Mavic vs Dji Phantom 4
- Top speed – The Phantom 4 is the fastest one of the pack with its 72 km/h compared to Dji Mavic (62 km/h) and the GoPro Karma (56 km/h)
- Image Sensor – The Dji Phantom 4 and the Dji Mavic has the same image sensor but different linses. The GoPro Karma you will be able to uppgrade when their new GoPro Heros hit the market.
- Flight time – The Dji drones have better flight time than the GoPro drone. The Dji Mavic – 27 min, the Phantom 4 – 28 min and the GoPro Karma – 20 min. We all know that the conditions has an segnificant impact on the flight tim i.e. wind, tempratures etc. So flight time could be a bit of a problem with the GoPro Karma.
- Follow me function – despite the rumors GoPro didn’t manage to squeeze in the Follow me function. Dji have had the follow me function as a pretty important selling point on the Phantoms.
- The display – The GoPro Karma has an built in pressure sensitive display while the Dji Phantoms are dependant on your mobile phone/iPad or similar.
- Obstacle avoidance system – The GoPro Karma doesn’t have a obstacle avoidance system. However many Phantom 4 drone pilots has learned the hard way that the OAS does not work in all directions/conditions.
- Handling on ground – The GoPro Karma is extremely portable and ready to use right out of the back pack, i.e. you will end up bringing the drone with you instead leaving it home. The Phantom 4 pilots has to add another USD 200 on their budget to get the pretty bulky Dji back pack.
- The Gimbal – One of the most important selling points for the GoPro Karma is that the Gimble/stabilizer can be used separated from the drone, very smart and consumer friendly. The Dji gimbal/stabilizer is not portable You have to buy a additional stabilizer from Dji at a cost of USD 650 including camera.
- Price – If you already have an GoPro Hero 3 or 4 the Karma is a pretty cheap way to get into the drone world. If you buy the Karma with the all new GoPro Hero 5 the price compared to the Dji Phantom 4 is pretty much the same.
Dji Mavic and the GoPro Karma – A game changer on the dronemarket
The GoPro Karmas portable stabilizer system is one of the selling points that Dji has to take seriously. We are looking forward to an head to head battle between the GoPro Karma and the Dji Mavic and it will be extremely interesting to follow the drone market since we consider the portable drone concept to be a real game changer.