This GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic review is incredibly painful for GoPro
GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic has been a heated discussion. But I think that this review will end the debate. Forever. Youtuber iPhonedo took the Karma for a test drive. (or rather a crash-test drive). In a 40 minutes review he finds just about every possible bug, blip and glitch with the system. And frankly it does not seem like he is trying that hard.
Here are some of the issues that iPhonado had with the Karma ( I picked the top three, but there are more):
The horizon get tilted and there is no calibration method to undo it
Unlike the Mavic which stays put in position, the Karma constantly drifts, sometimes to the point of landing itself automatically
Occasionally, Karma will decide to run the battery meter about 10 times faster than the real-world clock. This behaviour drastically shortens the 20 minutes battery times.
This is comparisson between the Karma and Mavic trying to shoot steadily, no explenation is needed.
Among the other issues iPhonnedo counts are boot time, noise, inconvenient calibration, auto landing, lack of obstacle avoidance, and quite a few others.
One possible explanation is that somehow the firmware on iPhonedo’s Karma was not the latest version. Another option is that he somehow got a defective unit. But if the comparisson is accurate, it practically puts Karma outside of the pro (and semi-pro) league of drones.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.