DJI Mavic VS GoPro Karma


After the huge demand from our readers, we are bringing you one of the most interesting comparisons between the two most popular consumer best drones available in the market. Yes, it’s DJI Mavic Pro VS GoPro Karma.

We are going to compare these two drones head to head and we going to see which one deserves your investment. GoPro karma and DJI Mavic Pro are definitely the Hottest consumer drones available in the market, they both are foldable, they both are capable of taking stunning 4K pictures, contains stabilizers and they are quite similar in price as well.

We did our comparisons on a few common criteria that every common man will be looking for before making a final decision on their purchase; let’s start our discussion on Karma vs Mavic.


GoPro Karma:

The weight of a Karma Drone is 2.2 pounds which make it quite light weighted, and it has got a foldable design that makes it quite compact to carry, one of the drawbacks of its foldable design is you are required to remove its routers every time you try to carry it.

DJI Mavic Pro:

The weight of DJI Mavic is 1.62 pounds that is around .6 pound lighter than Karma.

DJI Mavic Pro in its collapsed form looks very compact and tiny; you can fold its hands without removing its routers which makes it easy to use.

Who is a winner?

Although both the drones have a foldable design, but Mavic’s design used the space way too efficiently and it looks way to smaller than the GoPro Karma drone.

If you are a traveler or hiker who likes to carry a drone with you for aerial footages then Mavic pro is going to be way to easier for you, you will be able to carry a Mavic in your backpack, while you need to carry a separate carry bag to carry Karma drone and its setup.

Action ready

DJI Mavic Pro:

Mavic pro is ready to use the moment you decide to fly it, all you need to do is take it out from your backpack and open up its arms to make it flight ready.

GoPro Karma:

Karma’s propellers need to be installed every time you take it out of the bag and you will be required to tighten the propellers properly to avoid an accident. Karma took almost 4 times more time to get ready for the flight.

Who is a winner?

DJI Mavic can be seen as the clear winner over this criterion as well. While Mavic Pro took 46 seconds to get it ready for flight, GoPro karma took about 190 seconds to get it action ready.


DJI Mavic Pro:

Mavic Pro shoots gorgeous camera images, unlike the previous version of DJI drones this Mavic pro has got a tap-to-focus feature that has been praised by its users. The tap-to-focus feature lets me decide where I want to put the focus of my camera; this feature has allowed me to blur any garbage from my footage.

GoPro Karma:

GoPro Karma contains a removable camera and that is surely going to be an advantage of this drone. Camera experience of Karma Drone depends on the GoPro action camera model you are using, and GoPro camera quality is well known to everybody. Its camera is capable of delivering stunning 4K videos as per your demand. Gimbal of the GoPro karma is able to move -90° to 0°.

Who is a winner?

Although the image processing doesn’t really matter in both the drones because most of the professionals use the cameras on RAW mode to edit the images in a later phase of video production.

With the removable camera and better image quality, I will give GoPro a slight upper hand over Mavic pro, but GoPro doesn’t allow you to focus on an object that made Mavic a better choice.

So it’s a tie between Karma and Mavic Pro.


DJI Mavic Pro:

DJI Mavic has got Collision control system that helps in enhancing its reliability; you don’t need to worry much about your drone getting crashed after hitting an object. Collision control system helps allot when you are flying the drone in a crowded city or if you are trying to record aerial footages staying close to trees.

DJI Mavic pro has got precision flight anatomy technology that makes it very easy to fry and control. It also recognized your hand gestures while it’s pointing at you, you can ask the drone to take some incredible selfie. Mavic Pro has got additional collision control sensor at the bottom of the drone as well to assist in maintaining a defined ceiling high and protect itself from hitting the ground while trying to follow you (this functionality is very useful when you are shooting at hilly areas).

One of the best thing it DJI has equipped the drone with two sets of critical sensors so that if one sensor fails to perform its task the other one will handle the situation.

GoPro Karma:

Something that GoPro Karma gravely lacks is the number of flight control sensors, it has got the basic sensors to make you fly the drone but most of the sensors included in the drone can be found in the basic level of drones. GoPro makers have concentrated only on the camera and the picture quality but what makes the drone durable and easy to use its autonomous flight control system and its sensors.

Karma drone hasn’t got any obstacle control system that makes it very prone to any collision, especially if you are a newbie drone pilot then you should be extra conscious about its safety, no one wants to harm their Camera or Gimbal or Drone itself.

Who is a winner?

DJI Mavic pro is a winner with a clear majority; it contains all the sensors that will help your drone last longer.

Flight quality

Flight quality is greatly affected by some of the basic things, like ceiling height, speed, autonomous flight assistant system, etc. Let’s compare the key features provided by both drones.

DJI Mavic Pro:

Flight distance of Mavic Pro is 8 miles and Ascent height is 3.1 mile, you are not going to see any other drone manufacturer providing you this broad flexibility of moving your drone.

Let’s discuss the Autonomous flight controls provided by DJI Mavic

  • Spotlight: you can choose the subject to keep your drone focused, no matter where your drone flies; it’s going to focus on the subject.
  • Profile: Mavic isn’t just allowing you to choose the subject but also gives you the ability to move parallel with it while maintaining the same distance.
  • Trace: it has got the ability to follow the subject; even if they change their direction this drone is going to follow it.
  • Terrain follow: this function helps in maintaining a perfect height of the drone while following it.

GoPro Karma:

Flight distance of the Karma is 1.8 miles and Ascent height is 1.98 miles that is quite enough for most of the people.

GoPro has been providing quite outdated autonomous functions that we have been available on many basis drones. Some of the autonomous functions it is providing are:

Preset shots for Karma-

  • Dronie shot: comes up close, zooms out, seen in a lot of drone videos
  • Cable car: goes from point A to point B, while focusing on a moving subject parallel
  • Orbit: focus on a subject while orbiting around it
  • Reveal: the camera follows the ground before panning up towards the horizon

 Who is a winner?

Do I need to say it again? DJI Mavic Pro has surely knocked down GoPro Karma in the Flight quality comparison.

Overall performance

If you are a daredevil Pilot: for someone who likes to have some thrill in life, DJI Mavic is the best option. The obstacle avoidance system will help you protect your drone from any crash. Additionally, DJI Mavic pro has a faster response rate that makes the pilot have total control over a drone.

For a travel enthusiast: GoPro is bulkier and heavier than Mavic pro, you can carry a Mavic Pro in your backpack, while you will require to have an additional carry case of GoPro Karma drone that not be very suitable for the minimalistic traveler.

For an all-rounder: If you are someone who is looking to satisfy his multipurpose needs then you can surely go for the GoPro Karma, but if your priority is to have Aerial videos then you should stick to the DJI.

Who is a Winner?

It’s DJI Mavic Pro again.

So who is the Ultimate winner?

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s practically proven. The Mavic Pro is the best folding drone in the market.

While DJI Mavic pro has got everything that you can expect a drone to do, it has got the incredible camera, better flight time, compactness, autonomous flight control and anti-collision sensors.

GoPro has a tagline of “more than just drone” and yea it’s totally true, GoPro is a more versatile option you can have, you can fly it in the air, use the camera as a handheld Gimbal or you can just attach a camera on your body to have some incredible footage.

But there is something that GoPro karma severely lacks, its in-flight anti-collision sensors and autonomous flight control system that plays an important role in protecting your drone, any accident will lead to your loss of 1000 bucks.

If you are seriously looking for a drone to shoots aerial footages then Mavic pro is definitely a better investment and if you are looking for a versatile solution then you can surely go for the GoPro karma.

This comparison has proven that DJI Mavic definitely has got an upper hand in aerial shooting while GoPro Karma is a versatile video shooting solution.

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