We will see which drone arrives top quadcopter. It is clear the GoPro-Karma will have a battle on equal ground. Now we have a direct competition with DJI’s Mavic Pro and other quadcopters, such-as the Phantom 4. and the GoPro Karma!
DjI-Mavic-Pro – Phantom-4 – GoPro-Karma – Spark It’s clear that the Karma will have an uphill battle to gain any ground on DJI, especially now that they’re in direct competition with DJI-Mavic-Pro, as well as the current market-leading quadcopter, the Phantom 4.
For me the Phantom range is the range that got me interested in drones. They’re legendary, and they’re great! Both in terms of photo and video quality.
Their main problem is that they’re big, and are therefore bulky to transport. They are also relatively expensive.
The Phantom 4’s (Pro and Advanced) image quality is fantastic thanks to the 1 inch, 20MP CMOS sensor.
This allows the user to shoot 4k video at up to 60 frames per second (at 100 Mbps). The camera sits on a 3-axis gimbal which allows for silky, smooth footage.
The Phantom’s camera allows manual control of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
Photographing in RAW and JPEG is impressive.
The Phantom camera mechanical shutter removes rolling shutter when object are fast-moving flying quickly.
The Phantom’s battery life is 30 minute flight time according to manufactures specifications.
This is well paired with some great flight modes including Draw, Active-track, Tap-fly, and gesture controls.
The Phantom drone has 5 vision sensors and GPS that allows the phantom to avoid obstacles from 15 meters.
It can also achieve speeds of over 70km/h in sport mode.
The Phantom’s remote has a built in screen and makes use of DJIs Lightbridge HD technology. This allows for a video transmission range of 7kms.
As for the Phantom 4’s downsides – well, there aren’t many other than size and price. That said, these can be critical factors for many a potential drone owner.
The Karma drone is cheaper when they started out.
The Karma’s image quality is good and it is compatible GoPro’s in performance.
The Phantom-4 camera can be upgraded at a low price rather than replacing the entire drone.
I say potentially as it does rely on GoPro ensure the future cameras are compatible with the Karma.
The GoPro Hero5 Black camera is a 12MP CMOS sensor by manufacturers specifications.
The 12MP CMOS allows the pilot print 4k video up to 30 frames per second.
As with the Phantom, the camera sits on a 3-axis gimbal which allows for smooth footage.
The Karma Drone out-performs the Phantom 4, because the gimbal is detachable.
A pilot can remove the camera gimbal from the Karma drone and use it on various GoPro drone mounts.
A removable camera gimbal stabilizing more in drone footage creating a great piloting experience.
The Hero5’s camera allows a drone-pilot manual control over exposure, ISO, and that shoots in both RAW and JPEG.
The Hero5’s camera does not allow camera aperture control. with rolling shutter problem.
The Hero5’s camera is not as adaptable verses the Phantom’s camera setup.
the Karma boasts a 20 minute flight-time and is a third less than the Phantom.
Karma has great flight modes Orbit, Dronie, Reveal and Cable Cam everyone likes.
Karma is significantly slower than the Phantom 4 by.
Karma has no obstacle avoidance sensors and the Phantom-4 does.
You decide which drone is best for you.
DjI-Mavic-Pro is small, but surprisingly powerful.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro’s image quality is good with the 1/2.3 inch, 12MP CMOS sensor that allows 4k video at up to 30 frames per second.
As with the Phantom, the camera sits on a 3-axis gimbal which allows for silky footage.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro’s camera allows for some manual exposure, ISO control, and shoots in both RAW and JPEG.
It does not hover allowing, or aperture control, and also has an electronic shutter which means rolling shutter can be an issue with fast moving objects.
The battery-life of the DjI-Mavic-Pro specifiction is 27 minute flight time which is less than the Phantom, and more than the Karma.
DjI-Mavic-Pro has flight modes including ActiveTrack, TapFly, Tripod, and gesture controls.
As with the Phantom, the DjI-Mavic-Pro also has 5 vision sensors, 2 ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and GPS, allowing it to however in place, and to avoid obstacles from as far as 25+feet.
It can also achieve speeds of around 40mph in sport mode which is not less than the Phantom 4.
The DjI-Mavic-Pros remote doesn’t have a built in screen, and does have a dock for your smartphone.
As for theDjI-Mavic-Pro’s downsides are not too many.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro camera quality is definitely not as good and it is ok for the price.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro comparing to the Karma, I’d definitely say the DjI-Mavic-Pro is slightly better.
For the same price, (assuming you buy a camera with the Karma), you’re getting a smaller drone, with more range, a longer flight time, obstacle avoidance system, and faster top speeds.
The Karma tops the DjI-Mavic-Pro with it’s detachable gimbal, and the ability to upgrade the camera.
DJI-Spark’s image quality is 12MP CMOS sensor which is the same for theDjI-Mavic-Pro.
The Spark’s video is limited to 1080p at up to 30 frames per second which is 24 Mbps
The Spark’s is the only drone which doesn’t shoot in 4k.
The Spark has only a 2-axis gimbal opposed to 3-axis gimbal by the other drones.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro, and the Spark’s camera allows for some manual control exposure, ISO, but it does not shoot in RAW.
The DjI-Mavic-Pro, and the Spark’s camera is limited to 8-bit JPEGs as opposed to 12-bit RAW images, making it’s photos less editable.
The Spark has 2 photo modes not supported by the other drones, namely Pano and ShallowFocus modes in my experience.
The battery life of the Spark has a 16 minute flight time, and is significantly less than the Phantom and the DjI-Mavic-Pro.
The Spark has great flight modes features being the Rocket, Dronie, Circle, Helix, and gesture control.
The Spark also has a vision positioning system (VPS), a 3D sensing system, and GPS.
The Spark can hover in place, and to avoid obstacles from 10+ feet.
The Spark can achieve speeds of 25+mph in sport mode.
The Spark’s remote is very similar to that of the DjI-Mavic-Pro.
The Spark does not have built-in screen, but does have a dock for a smartphone.
The Spark standard WiFi gives a maximum range of 5000+ feet, and which is less than the other 3 drones.
The Spark can be flown either with a smartphone, or by gesture control.
This ability allows a pilot to safely launch by palm of hand rather than from the ground.
The Spark is the smallest drone in this review.
The Spark has collapsible arms, like the DjI-Mavic-Pro and Karma making it more compact.
The price of the DJI-Spark is less.
The Spark’s downsides is few in this review.
The Spark’s Video is at 1080p at 30fps, photos can only be taken as JPEG and not as RAW.
The Spark’s flight time is less than these other drones.
The Spark is half the price.