GoPro has some competition.
DJI Technology Co. is coming after GoPro in the drone game. The Chinese company, which is one of the hottest up-and-coming players in the drone industry, announced the Mavic Pro Tuesday. The foldable, portable drone camera is meant to compete GoPro's soon to be released Karma.
DJI's Mavic Pro is available for pre-order now and will ship out on Oct. 15. The GoPro Karma will be available starting Oct. 23. Thinking of buying a portable camera drone? Here's how the Mavic Pro and the Karma stack up against each other:
The Mavic Pro has a built-in camera with a 78-degree field of view. It can record 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second or 1080p resolution video at up to 96 frames per second . It can also take 12-megapixel photos in JPEG or Adobe RAW.
However, the Karma does not have a build in camera. Karma users is the attachable Hero 5 Session camera or the Hero 5 Black camera. Like the Mavic Pro's camera, the Hero 5 Black can shoot 4K-resolution video, 12-megapixel photos, RAW photos and has a built-in GPS. The Hero 5 Session only shoots 10-megapixel photos, can not shoot RAW and has no built-in GPS.
The GoPro Karma will cost $799, but remember that the drone does not come with a camera. To get the Karma with the Hero 5 Session camera will cost $999 or $1,099 with the Hero 5 Black. The Mavic Pro, on the other hand, has the built-in camera and costs $1,000.
Both drones are small enough to carry in a backpack — a specially designed backpack comes with a purchase of the Karma — and both feature foldable propeller arms.
The Mavic Pro can fly up to 4.3 miles away from its controller. The drone can be controlled by an iPhone or Android, instead of the default remote control, but that may reduce the distance the drone can fly from its controller. The Mavic Pro can run for about 27 minutes of flight time before needing to be recharged. GoPro's Karma will only run for about 20 minutes.