How the DJI Mavic Pro Compares to the GoPro Karma

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The drone's controller is also foldable and securely cradles an iPhone of any size because it can be adjusted.

However, the Karma does not have a build in camera. It can be outfitted with the new GoPro Hero 5 Black, the Hero 5 Session, Hero 4, and Hero 3 cameras. That said, the camera can record 4K video at 30fps or 1080p footage at 96fps - the latter of which it can also live stream to Facebook, YouTube and Periscope at a slower 30fps rate. It has a faster top speed (40 miles per hour versus 35 mph), it has a longer battery life (27 minutes versus 20 minutes), and it can even be outfitted with any phone or tablet you want. It's still unclear whether the GoPro Karma will offer a follow me function, but we're really hope so given the adventure-loving customer base. The goggles, which look sort of like the Samsung Gear VR, has two 1080p displays with an 85-degree field of view.

Also working in DJI's favor is obstacle avoidance, which seems to be missing from the Karma, as well as an array of flight modes allowing the drone to follow and circle subjects. It looks similar to other consumer drones when it is set up, but the difference is that it can fold up into a compact rectangle measuring 20cm x 8.5cm x 8.5 cm when closed, taking up only about as much space in your bag as a water bottle. It also has what's called a Terrain Following System that will allow it to keep itself the same height from the ground wherever it goes.

The two companies are competing fiercely in the fast-growing consumer drone market that's estimated to reach $4.19 billion by 2024. DJI's drone includes multiple sensors, ultrasonic range-finders, and deep-learning processors for different types of flying modes. A week ago GoPro, the action camera king, announced its own drone and stole a bit of DJI's thunder. The Mavic Pro is the first DJI drone small enough to be thrown into a backpack or purse rather than a special hard pack specifically designed for it.

The Karma is unlikely to do that, especially in light of the fact that the Mavic Pro provides much of the same functionality for about the same price.

One strong selling point for Karma, though, is the detachable gimbal, which lets people create lovely, smooth shots both on and off the drone.

The Mavic Pro is available for pre-order online-for $999 with the remote controller included and $749 without one-and will begin shipping on October 15. It's as portable as most of the technology we choose to bring on the road with us, it is as high performing as its previous models that in many ways spearheaded the whole consumer drone industry, and it includes options for the less-versed pilot. Both companies clearly have tremendous marketing muscle and will no doubt be all-in on promoting their new drones this holiday season. The Federal Aviation Administration says 1 million drones were sold in 2015's holiday season, and more are expected this year.

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