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Best Camera Drone? GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro Compared Head to Head


Looking for the best camera drone – but confused about all the options? In this post, you’ll see all the details, specs, and differences between GoPro Karma and DJI Mavic camera drone.

At the bottom of the post, you’ll see the primary features and who each drone is best for.

Best camera drone? Karma vs Mavic

The GoPro Karma was first announced back in December 2015. 

GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro

With the upcoming release of the DJI Mavic Pro (November 15, 2016) and the GoPro Karma (October 23, 2016) it’s time to make your decision.

Update: In January 2018, GoPro confirmed that they were shuttering the Karma drone division. Right now, DJI is really the only option for a drone with quality camera.

In this post, you’ll see GoPro Karma compared to DJI Mavic. In addition to the basic specs, you’ll also learn about the camera specs, flight differences, remote control, cases, price and availability.

Below the infographic (by MediaKix), I’ll share my thoughts about these two. Don’t forget to share your thoughts – and which one is on your wish list – in the comments below.

Let’s get started!

Which is the Best Camera Drone? GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro

GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic

So there you have it. The major settings and specs on both the GoPro Karma and the DJI Mavic.

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My Thoughts

I’ve been a GoPro user for almost four years – and I own 5 of them (Hero, Hero3, Hero4 Hero5, and Hero7). I like the camera and image quality.

Until I wrote this post, I thought I would buy the Karma – but now I’m having second thoughts. Not because it isn’t a good option, but because of the solid drone features offered by DJI.

GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro

Transformers: GoPro Karma and DJI Mavic Pro both shown folded.

GoPro Karma Specs

Each of the three options below come with drone, remote control and backpack.

  1. No camera: Remember: you can use your Hero4 Black or Silver with the Karma).
  2. Hero5 Session
  3. Hero5 Black

You should buy the GoPro Karma if you:

  1. Already own the Hero4 (Black or Silver) or Hero5 (Black or Session). Because it’s removable, you can save some money by using the same camera for drone or in-hand use.
  2. Plan to buy a hand-held gimbal. Because the Karma drone comes with a removable gimbal that can be mounted to a handle, you can save some money by using it for both purposes.
  3. Want a super wide field of view. The DJI camera shoots just 78.8-degree FOV compared to the superwide 170-degree field of view in the Hero5 Black.

DJI Mavic Pro Specs

Each option comes with the drone and camera.

  • No remote control
  • With remote control
  • Fly More Combo: comes with extra batteries, charges and case

You should buy the DJI Mavic Pro if you:

  1. Want high-end drone features like obstacle avoidance, follow feature, and indoor flying.
  2. Plan to fly long distances. DJI Mavic has a maximum distance of 4.3 miles (7km) compared to Karma’s 1.86 miles (3km).
  3. Require longer flight time. The lighter Mavic (1.62 lbs) flies up to 27 minutes on a charge compared to Karma’s (2.22 lbs) 20 minute charge.

In short, the Karma is economical with a focus on great image quality. And the Mavic Pro is focused on flight features with a good camera.

Your Turn

What feature is most important to you? Which is your favorite?

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

5 comments… add one
  • Ricardo Oct 21, 2016, 12:47 pm

    Man! They are nice toys but I must wait till became less costly

    • Bryan Haines Oct 21, 2016, 1:07 pm

      Agreed! It shouldn’t be long – the industry is growing so fast it’s surprising how much tech $1000 will buy today, compared to a few years ago.

  • DexAtl Oct 21, 2016, 9:11 pm

    I like some of the features of each but I tend more toward the Mavic…small size/easy carry, longer battery life, included camera, more advanced features. I would like for the view to be a bit wider on the Mavic but I think it will suffice for my needs. Due to the smaller size I am more likely to carry the Mavic on my motorcycle as I go exploring different areas. The flight distance is not a big deal to me since I have little desire to ever let my drone get that far from me. If the Karma had some of the more advanced features like obstacle avoidance and pre-programmed flight paths and I already had a Go-Pro camera I would go that direction. I also have 2 of the 3DRs…purchased during the recent big price drop.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 22, 2016, 10:33 pm

      I agree – it appears to be much more able as a drone. I only wish I could mount the Hero4 or Hero5 on the Mavic.

  • James May 21, 2019, 12:26 pm

    How can they put a check in the mavic column for controler screen resolution, and call it 1080P?
    The mavic has no screen, it has an information display that shows no video at all.
    Having to use your own phone as a screen is an inconvenience, and should be listed as such, not an advantage.

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