In the past couple of weeks, aerial photography has been opened up to a whole new segment of beginner drone pilots. With announcements on entry-level drones from the action camera giant GoPro and aerial photography front-runner DJI, consumers should get ready for a new wave of beginner drones in 2017.
This week we'll breakdown what consumers can expect from the GoPro Karma and DJI Mavic Pro drones. Here are Promocodewatch's best entry level drones for 2017 and comparisons.
GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro
GoPro Karma: The new GoPro Karma drone was recently announced along with the company's reimagined GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session. Karma boasts a host of features that when released, were meant to set it apart from anything else on the market, including a new flight technology that makes the rotors spin without the intimidating noise that consumers have come to expect from drones.
The GoPro Karma ships with a video-game inspired remote control, carrying case and a gimbal that offers 3-axis stabilization and can be removed from the drone for handheld use, a neat little feature. The Karma can fly for about 20 minutes on one charge and reaches top speeds of 35 mph.
Weighing in at just over 2 pounds and foldable to fit into its compact carrying case, the Karma is a highly portable drone that can reach 9,840 feet away from the controlling pilot. The GoPro Karma also features a "no-fly zone" feature that keeps the drone from flying in areas where drone flight is illegal. It has a maximum altitude of 14,500 feet.
The GoPro Karma will cost consumers $799 when it hits markets on October 23rd and will include the drone, carrying case and gimbal. However, the camera must be purchased separately, taking the total cost of this system to about $1,200 with a GoPro Hero 5. (A GoPro Hero 4 Black, Silver and Session 5 can also be used.)
DJI Mavic Pro: The DJI Mavic Pro was announced about a week after the GoPro Karma and on paper, appears to be a better, more intuitive option for entry-level drone pilots.
The DJI Mavic Pro is also foldable but weighs about a half pound less than the GoPro Karma. The Mavic Pro beats the GoPro Karma in speed and distance as well, traveling 40 mph for 27 minutes on one charge. It has a maximum altitude of 16,404 feet and a distance of 8 miles.
When it comes to stabilization, the DJI Mavic Pro offers more upward pitch and can even roll in the air. Tracking features are also an area where the Mavic Pro prevails over the Karma. Where the Karma comes with simple point-to-point and object tracking, the Mavic Pro boasts a "Follow Me" mode, obstacle avoidance and object tracking.
The Mavic Pro ships with a built-in camera, and its performance versus the popular GoPro Hero is yet to be tested but historically has not been able to achieve the same level as the unique GoPro image. This is one area where the Mavic Pro doesn't beat the GoPro Karma.
Shipping at $749 complete, the DJI Mavic Pro seems to be the winning option when it comes to entry-level aerial photography.