Is the DJI Mavic Enough to Give Bad Karma to Go Pro?
Just as Go Pro launch their long-awaited Karma drone, DJI spring into action with the very similar, fold-able DJI Mavic Pro. This is big news as it could seriously affect the huge predicted sales of the Karma. Even the Financial Times has written an article on this ongoing battle.
On paper, the specs look impressive. It could possibly topple the Go Pro Karma before it has even taken off. In the air, it also looks very impressive with features that are sure to win over a lot of people. Especially as we head towards Christmas!
Even though the image quality doesn't match that of my Inspire 1/X5 camera combo, I don't think this matters. The Mavic is aimed towards racers, sporty/travel people and general enthusiasts. It could have its uses in the corporate world but as a rule, the Mavic seems to be all about the fun.
DJI Mavic Pro - Main Features
Despite many rumours saying that the Mavic would only have a 2-axis gimbal, it actually comes with a 3-axis gimbal (pitch, roll, yaw) for super-smooth video recording.
For me, flying a drone means capturing amazing video. Many people though, will buy this for its racing capabilities but the video quality is still important to many. Here are some of the main video features:
The small, fold-able form of the DJI Mavic means it can be carried practically anywhere. Whether in a rucksack or small bag, it is ready for take off in no time at all. Regardless of its size, DJI have left nothing out and the features are impressive.
DJI Goggles for the Mavic Pro
Putting their rather bulky appearance behind, the DJI Mavic Goggles (sold separately) look pretty neat and easy to use. They give you a 1080p, 85 degree view directly from the drone (thanks to OcuSync) and not the controller. This means very little lag in the image transmission. It also means you can share your flight with friends.
Switching from FPV (first person view) to third person view takes less than a second. All you need to do is flip up the mask, even when comfortably wearing glasses.
The standard package of the Mavic Pro only is just £999 (or $999) for which you get:
For an additional £250 (total cost £1,249), you also get:
Judging by all of the above and the comments already coming in online, it seems that the DJI Mavic Pro is already a hit.