Over the past few years, GoPro has been the go-to brand for action-sports fanatics, adventurers and travellers – allowing filmmakers to explore new ways to capture their lives and those around them.
GoPro is known for keeping up with emerging technology, as seen in their recent action cameras with 4K video and impressive low-light capabilities, and they held little back with their new range of GoPro cameras.
In September this year, GoPro made a long-awaited announcement regarding their first step into the world of aerial photography- The GoPro Karma.
GoPro’s first drone boasts an impressive range of features, some never before seen in a consumer grade drone/camera system. The biggest selling point of the Karma was its folding arms and propellers, which seemed to fit comfortably within the line of high-quality, portable cameras.
The Karma sold itself as ‘more than a drone’ with its ability to remove the gimbal, attach your existing GoPro camera and use it as a handheld stabilizer – allowing filmmakers to seamlessly interchange between aerial and handheld footage.
In attempt to rival GoPro’s Karma, DJI, one of the world’s most respected and innovative drone manufacturers, announced the release of their own foldable drone – the Mavic Pro.
The Mavic Pro shares some similar features as the Karma, both capable of shooting 4K, with a 3-axis stabilized gimbal and both coming in at under AU$2000 for the entire package.
GoPro Karma comes with a remote with a built-in display screen and 720 streaming, while the Mavic Pro streams an impressive 1080 using your phone as the display.
Although both drones share similar features – DJI have taken their product one step further, making it a much more of a capable and professional choice over GoPro.
So what now?
DJI backed up their small, portable Mavic Pro drone with the release of their new, professional-level aircraft. The Inspire 2 is a professional-level drone, capable of capturing 5.2K Cinema DNG RAW footage while travelling at speeds of up to 108km/h. DJI recently teamed up with Director of Photography, Claudio Miranda, to create short film, The Circle, shot entirely on the Inspire 2 drone. Although some of the shots aren’t the typical aerial footage you would expect to see from a drone, DJI still managed to showcase the amazing possibilities that can be achieved.
Since the release of the Karma however, GoPro has seen significant issues with their drones
as more and more consumers are experiencing unavoidable malfunctions – some drones even dropping straight out of the sky mid-flight. GoPro has since re-called thousands of units, promising to get the Karma (hopefully with no more issues) back into the hands of those who stuck with them through the DJI vs GoPro race. Although GoPro has experienced more than enough set-backs through the release of their first drone (as well as lacking many of the desirable features seen in the Mavic Pro), there is no doubt that they’ve learnt from the Karma and their next big reveal will rival DJI’s consumer-level drones.
After rushing to release their product before GoPro’s drone hit the shelves however, DJI have hit a speed bump, struggling to meet demand, leaving orders undelivered, and customers angry. Let’s just say, it sounds like ‘Karma’ to us.
With the release of the Mavic Pro however, DJI also revealed their new Goggles. Two 1080p video screens puts you in the cockpit of your drone – using DJI’s OcuSync technology to transmit full HD 1080p video from the Mavic Pro to the first person view goggles. Although it is DJI’s first attempt at a FPV experience, could this be DJI’s induction into the drone racing industry?
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