Just a week after Go Pro launched its Karma drone, DJI has announced its Mavic Pro drone, which is a similar size, but offers a whole lot more power.
It’s not surprising though, because DJI is well-known in the drone arena for making high-performance drones that are used by movie makers and other professionals, offering top-quality filming capabilites and agile flying equipment to boot.
“Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry,” said the company’s chief executive Frank Wang.
The Mavic Pro features many of the same highlights as the Karma, including a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-axis gimbal to stabilise images and a -90-degree to +30-degree range of motion.
However, DJI’s drone is much more suited to flying, with a mammoth 4.3-mile range compared to less than a mile for Go Pro’s drone and a 27-minute flight time compared to Karma’s 20-minutes in the air. It also flies faster – 40mph vs. 35mph.
DJI’s 4K camera is built into its frame and sold with the drone itself, whereas you’ll have to stump up extra cash for the camera to go with Go Pro’s flying robot. The Mavic Pro is also smaller than the Karma, making it perfect for throwing in your backpack on a walk or carrying around without being weighed down.
Sensors built into the Mavic Pro detect the terrain below, meaning it will never crash into bumps in the ground if it’s flying low. It also features collision detection to stop it bumping into other objects.
Although the Karma comes in at $799 for the drone and its controller and the Mavic Pro is more expensive at $1000, you won’t have to shell out any more cash for the the latter and it just feels more sturdy than Go Pro’s entry into the drone world.