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GoPro Karma vs. DJI Mavic Pro Comparison, Price, Features: Handy Drones Pose Promising Features

By Maria Alamban - 17 Oct '16 18:52PM
  • DJI Evolution Inspire Launch November 12th, 2014
  • (Photo : Steve Jennings / Getty Images) Week-gap release announcement of GoPro Karma and DJI Mavic Pro show how tight the competition is to both models.

It was on September 19 when GoPro announced their first drone: the GoPro Karma. It competed with other older versions of drones from competing brands since the drone is very portable and comes very handy with its foldable wings.

Just a week after GoPro Karma got released, DJI also revealed their latest upgrade: the DJI Mavic Pro. The features of Mavic competed well with GoPro Karma, including its undeniable handy size. A clear infographic of the two competing models was reported by Value Walk, which showed the pros and cons of each newly-released model.

The two has a huge difference in weight and size. DJI Mavic weighs lighter at 1.62 pounds while GoPro Karma weighs 2.22 pounds. The former can fly up to 5,000 meters for 27 minutes while the latter can fly at 4,500 meters for 20 minutes. However, GoPro Karma's camera and gimbal are removable. This is good especially when the camera goes crazy and you need to change it. The DJI has a built-in camera, which is not very friendly to various sports camera brands.

Meanwhile, DJI Mavic Pro has a lot of features to boot. It can avoid obstacles, it can follow you everywhere as you please, and it can also fly indoor. While GoPro Karma has Electronic Image Stabilization in camera, it also boasts GoPro's signature wide angle feature. Also, GoPro Karma allows user to sign up to GoPro Plus account which costs $4.99 for a cloud storage and a bunch of editing apps.

The GoPro Karma drone (with remote control) alone costs $799, while DJI Mavic Pro drone costs $749 without the remote control. Meanwhile, GoPro Karma with the camera and remote control costs $999, priced just the same as DJI Mavic's kit with the remote control. TIME reported that DJI Mavic Pro started shipping last October 15 while GoPro Karma will be out by October 23.

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