Drones are pretty awesome, and this is something many folks have come to understand — well, those who can afford a good drone. At the moment, there are two interesting drones on the market, the GoPro Karma and the DJI Phantom 4.
Both drones are new, although, one has more fans than the other. The DJI Phantom 4, as the name suggests, shows that this is the 4th version in the series. From what we have come to understand, consumers tend to enjoy using the DJI Phantom Drones.
As for the GoPro Karma, this is the first drone from the company. For a first timer, it's not bad really, but it's also missing a few features drone owners would come to expect, seeing as the Karma doesn't cost $500.
The DJI Phantom 4
When it comes down to the DJI Phantom 4, it's the more notable and more expensive of the two drones. It's also smaller, not by much, but it should be noticeable, especially to longtime fans.
If you want to carry this thing around, you'll need to spend an extra $200 on DJI's backpack. It looks clunky but it's probably the only option available.
In terms of the camera on the Phantom 4, it's 4K so visuals should be crisp and clear. Bear in mind though, the camera is attached tightly to the drone, so do not expect to use it on the ground. This thing is designed for air use, and it does a great job in that department.
The design here is not simple and requires too many moving parts, something GoPro appeared to have addressed with the Karma.
One reason the Phantom 4 can be difficult to use is the number of features it brings to the table. It comes with several flight modes and an obstacle avoidance system.
The Phantom 4 also requires the user to attach a smartphone or tablet to the controller each time they need to take it out for a spin. We're not certain how some users will feel in this regard, but it does come off as limiting.
It's clear that the DJI Phantom 4 is for experienced drone pilots who want all the bells and whistles. It's also fast; this thing can fly at 45 miles per hour. Furthermore, it comes with the Follow Me feature, something drone fans will enjoy.
The GoPro Karma
GoPro's first drone is not a terrible start to what we assume will be a new line of products from the company. The Karma is less expensive than the Phantom 4, which costs $1,200. The device can be purchased for $800 without a GoPro, or $1,100 with a GoPro Hero 5 Black. Bear in mind that the type of GoPro that users attach to the Karma will determine its video quality.
Design-wise, the GoPro Karma is smaller than the DJI Phantom 4, but the Karma can be folded.
The design of the Karma makes for a product that is versatile and easy to carry around. This is not the case with the Phantom 4 and several other drones on the market.
Not only is the design simple, but the features are as well. Whether you're out just to enjoy nature or you're overly adventurous, the Karma is a safe bet. It's a no-hassle drone that doesn't throw too much at your face.
When you want to fly the GoPro Karma, the company provides a controller with a screen securely attached. This might or might not be a problem for some because we see no option here to use your smartphone or tablet.
If the screen is broken, you might have to purchase a new controller, which isn't the case for the Phantom 4.
Overall, both drones are great for what they bring to the table. If we'd choose a winner here, we'd go for the DJI Phantom 4 for its features. The GoPro Karma, however, is very easy to use and can be folded, but for technical folks, they may require more challenge than being handfed.