After viewing GoPro’s Karma drone launch, many people were expecting something that would change drone technology. Although Karma seems to have achieved a new level among its past GoPro products, it seems that the DJI Mavic may be the drone everyone will be looking to buy. Although we have yet to review both hands-on, the DJI Mavic (according to its specs) offers many more features. Making it one of the coolest products currently available today. The question is whether GoPro will be able to keep customers that are now looking toward a more feature rich drone that DJI is already rolling out. It seems like GoPro’s Karma will already be facing challenges when it comes to competing with DJI. Especially considering the Karma isn’t even available yet. One question asked by many GoPro fans is why the Karma won’t feature “Follow Me”, Obstacle avoidance, and other features the DJI Mavic includes. Although GoPro stated that “Follow Me” could easily be added through a software update with the Karma, it still won’t be able to offer any sort of obstacle avoidance. Simply because Karma has no sensors built for that specific feature.
That being said, the Karma does seem to be cheaper when comparing the price. According to the GoPro website, Karma costs roughly $1058.47 CAD ($799 USD) while the DJI Mavic costs around $1323.09 CAD or $999.99 USD. Both drones are still quite expensive but GoPro does offer a more “decent” price.
On Reddit, Nick Woodman was doing an AMA post (Ask me Anything) in which one user named 2eZ4J asked:
What do you think about DJI Mavic?
Nick Woodman’s Response:
I think it’s a sweet drone. DJI did a really nice job and should be stoked with what they’ve accomplished. Personally, I’m partial to Karma because I want more than just aerial footage…I want amazingly smooth, sick footage of everything I do…not just buttery shots from the sky. Karma lets me capture “drone-smooth” footy from my chest while I’m skiing, in my hand while I’m chasing my crazy kids around the skate park, and yes…in the air when that’s the shot I want. Being “more than a drone” is what Karma is all about…but in the area of drones specifically, DJI did a great job.
Nick Woodman’s response was quite great and does clearly point out one key benefit that sets the Karma apart (positively) from the DJI Mavic. A removable gimbal that allows for steady footage everywhere. Not limited to aerial drone footage. Something the DJI Mavic doesn’t offer. Although DJI has also released Osmo -Image Below (a separate product gimbal that is perfect for stabilizing handheld video footage).
The DJI Mavic is smaller than the Karma (from what we can see anyway) however we will be taking a look at both devices at a later date. Below are some images of both the DJI Mavic and the GoPro Karma.
We are looking forward to the hands-on review of the GoPro Karma and will provide a more in-depth review of the drone along with the new Hero 5 cameras which have also been released during the GoPro Launch. The GoPro Karma will be released on October 23, 2016. Check out GoPro’s Karma page at GoPro International Website.