DJI’s Mavic Pro Drone vs. GoPro’s Karma Drone

A battle of the drones is before us as two of the most revolutionary personal drones have taken flight and will be able for purchase in a few weeks. DJI’s Mavic just debuted and made a huge splash in the drone world a week after GoPro’s long-awaited, Karma, was first introduced.

Both drones are foldable, ultra-portable and touted to be some of the best personal flying cameras on offer. But which will perform better? Which is better suited to film snowboarding?

Both options are currently only available for pre-sale, so we haven’t had the chance to get our hands on them for a proper test quite yet, but we will. Prior to that drone-off, we’ve gathered the hard facts that show the main differences and similarities of these flying devices.

GoPro Karma

Price: Base: $799 or Bundle with a GoPro HERO5 Black: $1,099
Weight: 2.22lbs (1006g)
Flight Time: 20 minutes
Max Distance from Controller: 0.62 miles (1 km)
Camera: Removable GoPro HERO5 Black- 1/2.3-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensors, shoots JPEG and RAW 4K
Range of Motion: -90° to 0° (pitch)
Controller: Inspired by video game controllers and features a 5-inch, 720p touchscreen with a live video stream.
Autonomous Flight: No
Highlights: Removable Gimbal, Replacement Parts, Voice Control

DJI Mavic

Price: $749 for the drone (controlled with your smartphone) or $1,000 with the controller
Weight: 1.62lbs (734g)
Max flight Time: 27 minutes
Max Distance from Controller: 4.3 miles (7 km)
Camera: Mavic Pro 1/2.3-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensors Shoots JPEG and RAW
Range of Motion: -90° to +30° (pitch)
Controller: LCD screen with essential flight info and can be paired with your smartphone for powerful auto-flight features and a live 1080p video feed from the drone
Autonomous Flight: Yes and includes FlightAutonomy Obstacle Avoidance System
Highlights: Autonomous Flights, Obstacle Avoidance and Motion Controlled

Both are seemingly incredible devices, but only time will tell which drone really is worth the money. What do you think? Let us know which drone you’re drawn to in the comments below.

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