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GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic & Osmo Mobile — In Depth Review and Complete Comparison [4K]

Look what I have here, it is the GoPro Karma And look what I don't have here.

A representative from GoPro who can filter what I'm going to say about this drone.

So where should I begin? GoPro Karma is… unquestionably… inarguably… unarguably… without a doubt the worst drone I've ever flown Yep… It is the worst! Look at all the other drones out there today with all the features Almost all of them vision sensors, sonar sensors, obstacle avoidance, intelligent flight modes tracking, following, tap-fly, precision landing, terrain follow, the list goes on an on! and what does this have? please don't poke my eye out! nothing! no sensors, no extra cameras however It has 4 tricks it can do.

GoPro calls them Auto Shot Paths and since it has no vision sensors or obstacle avoidance these tricks are performed like a circus act… blindfolded which we'll take a look at later.

This so called convenient, portable karma system that makes you ask yourself “Why wouldn’t I take karma with me today” is actually heavier than a complete Phantom 4 system with three batteries and an osmo mobile on top of it.

And that’s just the beginning of the bad news nipple pasties If you’re serious about a portable, convenient droneKarma is the jabba the hutt of the bunch as you can guess, it is also extremely big next to Mavic It fells like.

cheap plastic this feels more, a lot more sturdy This is the Karma Grip Handle Right out of the box it has some wear and tear I don't know what that is all about We have some mounts here this is the remotethese are the propellers papers, some gopro stickers There is a weird plastic on the remote, there is something sticking out from here.

That was supposed to stay in there like this one but it came out and it is stuck here stuck right here And on top of that GoPro Karma is not much of a looker either.

See when I look at an Inspire 1, I see karate kid doing a crane kick When I look at Phantom 4, I see EVE (from Wall-E) When I look at Mavic, I see Aventador, Audi R8, BatWing But when I see as Mr Woodman calls it the Karma system I see bicycle kickstands attached to a shampoo bottle that has a croc in it and I'm not even done yet.

When I see this remote I see a make up bag And when I see this fleshlight, I see a lightsaber Honestly I believe noone captured their inner child while they were designing this No one had fun putting these together.

It was as if they said "Let's just have a drone out there, let's just have a stabilizer out there" and then there is the name, KARMA.

Sounds like a two chord song your ex would write about you ♪ I'M GOING TO RUN YOU OVER WITH MY KAR-MA BIATCH ♪ ♪ HE'S GONNA RUN YOU OVER, BIATCH ♪ But enough with the chitchat.

Let’s go fly some drones.

Now I know what you’re thinkin "What’s with that tilted horizon" First of all, how dare you judge Karma’s artistic eye Second it is called dutch tilt or dutch angle, thank you very much And third, no there is no calibration setting for it.

So when it happens… it happens… One problem I'm having with this is that is it moving by itself, it is drifting a lot Watch what happens when Mavic takes off in the regular mode.

This is not the tripod mode and Mavic is comfortably sitting in the air Meanwhile GoPro Karma is like a drunk driver trying to act sober What is it doing? It is really not a good drone for first time flying And slowly but surely loud and drunk karma landed on the sidewalk by itself and passed out By the way I already have 14 minutes of flight remaining And I haven't done anything yet Watch the remaining time right under that 95% sign while I fly the Mavic.

As you can see the seconds sometimes goes faster than real time.

Obviously this happens because the battery life is affected by the work it is doing during the flight.

When it comes to Karma not only the drone flies… but also the time flies In just 28 seconds Karma’s battery went from 15:06 to 11:52 seconds I wanted to push this test until the battery is dead but Karma got the weather conditions on it’s side.

Just like horizon tilt issue this fast battery draining happens infrequently.

But it frequently enough to catch me off guard right after drone flew under a power line that goes to lifeguard’s tower.

All of a sudden Karma took the control from me to fly home and tried to land on a car Fun times! Luckily while landing I can move the Karma around.

What I also can do is, since there is no downward sensor I can land the drone as fast as I like So now I'd like to try Auto Shot Paths I'm going to select Dronie So now I'm going to select the start point which is this I'm going to hit play Now it is moving back by itself to create this shot Alright, once it is done you fly it back yourself And that was it, that was the dronie If we have time let's look at Cable Cam Let's say this is point A And then let's say that is point b And now it is flying between these two points by itself and I have 10 minutes of battery life remaining And you can adjust the speed as well.

Alright that's enough.


It adjusted the camera by itself, it is looking down.

And look at that hollywood shot of the ocean There is one more and that is orbit Distance from the remote controller must be at least 7 feet OK how about this.

Now I'm going to fly back here And set the outer point Now it is orbiting around me.

Actually not me just the point I set, so this could have been anything and I have to watch out for the obstacles and I have 7 minutes of battery life left I can adjust the speed.

here with the touch screen I can make it go higher Or lower Alright let's stop I have six minutes of, it is landing by itself again.

Alright get up, get up! You have to constantly watch the drone, whatever the tripod mode Mavic has this is completely the opposite It is the handheld mode I guess Look I didn't do that That bothers me a lot See the wide angle makes that weird bubble effect Alright now I'm going to go back We're going to check the return home feature Let's see how good that is Hitting the button.

Return to launch Now its supposed to be coming back I gotta say it is not that bad.

That's not bad at all.

Now, I wanted to talk the differences between two drones as I was flying Karma around.

Sadly that didn't happen because Karma's flight time is actually a lot less than 20 minutes So let's sit down and talk about the main differences between Karma and Mavic Karma has 1.

8 mile (3km) rangeMavic has 4.

3 mile (7km) range When it comes to speed Karma 35mph — 57kmhMavic 40mph — 65kmh GoPro's website says Karma can fly up to 20 minutes.

Mavic 27 minutes.

Let's talk about noise this is really noisy, can be really annoying.

89dba Mavic, is really quiet.

It is 83.

4 decibels Forward and downward vision system? Karma: A no!Mavic: Yes! 5 of them Camera depends on what you mount on this, you can change the harness, it can be hero 4 black, hero 5 black, hero 5 session And Mavic comes with its own camera GoPros are fixed focus, Mavic is auto focus which is something I love If we're talking about Hero 5 Black it is a 12MP 4K camera that shoots 60mps Which is exactly the same over here.

12MP 4K 60mps This is detachableAnd I wish this was detachable This would be my only camera if this was detachable Precision landing? Karma no, Mavic yes.

When I was landing this for the first time it landed exactly to the point it took off When I did it the second time not so much.

It almost landed on a car Intelligent flight modes? Mavic, yes a lot of them.

Karma, no Mavic has gesture mode, you can make the drone follow you, take a photo of you with just hand gestures And this has nothing like that So the horizon tilt when it happens I don't know how to fix it with Karma On Mavic you can adjust it and on the remote there is a shortcut where you can adjust it on the go Tripod mode, Karma HAHA! clueless.

Mavic yes.

It has a fantastic tripod mode And then we have the propellers These are the self tightening propellers which are actually a little dangerous when it comes to breaking and then speeding up They can come off.

On the other hand push and release propellers that doesn't have that problem My Karma has a Hero 4 Black on it.

So I know, the camera test with a mavic is a little unfair.

While I was planning this segment I was planning to get a Hero 5 Black and just point it at the same scenes to have a nice side by side comparison but Karma turned out to be such a bad drone, I didn’t care about the camera quality.

But hey, let’s say Hero 5 Black is much much better than Mavic camera.

Because Hero 4 black definitely isn’t.

Now let's compare the remotes.

This is GoPro's remote, you don't need to use a separate device Everything is in here This is the power button, start stop button and then this is return home button and then the regular joysticks We have record button here, and then this is to put a marker while you're filming and this is to tilt the camera On the other hand Mavic has return home button here, power here, and then we have 5d button here for making the camera look down look up they are all customizable this is to pause intelligent flight button and here we have record video, take photo, adjust aperture, adjust camera tilt and then two customisable buttons and sport button Also the joysticks feel a lot more firmer Has a usb connection here, has a micro USB here Now let's see which remote boots up faster.

Now this is a little bit tricky because this remote turns on with just one click and with this one you have to click once and tap and hold the until it starts booting up And it is here it says swipe up to begin, I don't know why we have to swipe up to begin but there it is Now let's swipe down All this screen is because this menu here Where you can look at your media files And it loads pretty fast and then you have maps, you have to download maps you can pinch to zoom out You can see the restricted areas which is really nice And if you want to add this, you come here and then you hit download and then it gives you this area and then you hit download, specify name.

GAGA And it starts downloading, you don't have to do that kind of a thing here it is connected to your phone and then on your phone it gets the maps by itsef And this is going to take a while So I'm going to cancel it, if I can.

yes, please cancel.

I don't need that.

I never go to GAGA anyways And then let's move on.

We have learn which is hilarious, learn to fly, practice flying which is very similar to flight simulator we have here as you can see the flight simulator already ready but this is loading.

You can practice almost everything And it feels very realistic Now let's look at this And look at that frame rate.

First of all it is really bad This is nothing like how karma flies by the way See if I can kill myself No I can't even kill myself.

Ooh nice go back a little bit Look at that! I even have teeth No that's some detail Way to go, gopro Let's see what else I have No I don't have what you're thinking Alright let's get out of this There is connect where you set your wifi.

To go back you hit here Now we have preferences, and in preferences we have voice alerts, volume, brightness, sleep display, language, units And settings reset Which I don't want to do that The reason I'm showing this is there is no date and time setting alright swipe up.

It's ok we're not going to fly Auto shot paths are located here but since landed we can't control those so let's go here We have flight settings, volume, brightness, easy mode on and off Not much explanation right there I have to go and read the manual Flight limits, distance and attitude.

camera tilt, you adjust the camera tilt, speed right there passanger app we're going to come back to that front lights and calibration where I have compass, accelerometer, joysticks and tilt wheel But we don't have gimbal calibration And here you can adjust your camera Your mode Capture mode, resolution, frames, field of view, low lights, spot meter and then protune on and off Mavic has all that and on top of that we have intelligent flight mode Such as gesture mode, active track mode, tap-fly, terrain follow, tripod, point of interest, way points, follow me mode, home lock, course lock So whatever this does in the automatic flight modes this does the same and more As you can see there is a lot more information on the screen which I believe is required because this is not a toy especially this.

it is a 2KG flying dumbell You need a lot more information on your screen but no.

you can swipe from left if you can and it shows the current flight session media And you can swipe from top down and you go back to this screen again I don't know why we need this screen And every time you come back This british lady starts talking You can find much more detailed review of mavic right here Click right there You can watch my video.

Everything on this one a little bit too much simplified and I don't understand why Because this drone shouldn't be simplified If you like you can add a second controller to Mavic But on gopro karma there is this app called passenger app.

what was that? what was that? Passenger app and now let's take a look at it Passenger app.

You'll be amazed.

You turn this on Allow passengers to view your flight and then it gives you a wifi name and a password Karma passenger Here it is.

Let's enter password karma0000 and then join and yeah, it doesn't join Karma passenger, karma0000 And no.

we can not connect to it so we can not see Who did the quality control for this.

I'm sure it is going to be fine with an update or something But seriously at this point it is like a joke Let's talk about how many things are at my fingertips with Mavic's remote controller Just by holding it I'm holding the joysticks, these four and the custom buttons and pause button is right here which is a really important button let's do the digital zoom I can click and go into intelligent flight mode if I want to do anything I have to let one of my hands go so I can touch the screen because you can not touch it like this And since Karma drifts so much you don't want to let any of these joysticks go at all but you have to I think gopro is aiming this one guy I saw in an interview once He was talking about how he surfed.

He was saying things like and then the waves were like whooopishhh! and then I was like whoopaahh! and it was like digdishhh and then I go hiaaa! I think that guy is their main focus with this product I think, not that guy, I'm sure he's a really nice guy Remember when I did this real life test with Phantom 4 and Mavic? If you don’t let me explain.

The goal is to see how long it takes to unpack, set the drone up, fly to the trashcan, come back, pack and sit back into the car.

And for the calibration dance you have to sing all the single ladies.

Ready? 1, 2, 3! Alright the remote is turning on The remote is on.

Swipe up to begin Up in the club, just one cup, doing my whole new thing.

If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it it failed failed again So when I tried to calibrate by following the graphics on the screen it failed twice, and on the third try when I let the drone be in the center point the calibration worked but at that point I started feel a little dizzy as you can guess.

And for the timing since remote takes so long to boot and calibration kept failing I knew things were not going well for the Karma YES! Mavic finished this test in 2:47, Phantom 4 in 3:37 and Karma in 4:29 and done! What if I was to tell you that this gopro karma is also magical Yes, you can shoot tomorrow's footage today with karma Isn't that fantastic? Let me show you Let's look at the date 27th, 7, this says 7:11 but we're close Alright now I'm going to turn this off and I'm going to put it where it belongs Alright let's turn this on Let's turn this on! So how have you been? What's new with you? Tell me about yourself.

What is your favorite color? Here we go, here we go.

Fantastic Don't don't look how untidy that part is.

I have to take care of that part it is insanely untidy But that's good enough right? Let's just shoot a video For a second and then stop it And then we can turn these off I guess right? yes Very good Now let's take our gopro out with out breaking the karma and I'm going to come close like this And let's go into the settings and voila.

And thanks to this magic trick that happens the second you mount your gopro hero to karma and it happens every time, you end up with tomorrow’s footage today.

It is also a great and hilariously fun situation while you’re editing.

If I was to describe Karma as a smart phone I’d probably say It is like a brand new smartphone you buy from MetroPCS Enough with the drone system, now let’s look at the grip.

The grip does a fine stabilization job.

It is easy to use because it doesn’t have much bells and whistles Actually it is my favorite piece from the karma system Or is it? Grip usually makes this high pitch sound and it is easily captured by the camera Now let’s see what happens when you mount grip to the karma coffin As you can see when you mount the grip the buttons on the handle is facing the bag Which I’m sure there is a way to set it up, but I wasn’t able to find it.

Of course this backpack mount is not the best.

The camera easily gets hit with your arm and if you move too much the stabilizer can’t do much about it.

This is to turn it on And it is turned on So it works just like a regular stabilizer It is actually quite nice and quite durable I wouldn't do this with my Osmo Mobile My phone would probably fly off So as you can see this is not bad it just lost it's balance a little bit So this is the problem see you need hero 5 so you can see what is going on back here This is not really for hero 4 When you touch this, when you point it down it is following you The camera looks down, the camera looks up And whatever angle I let it go it stays looking at that angle But still I can turn it left and right Which I believe is that is missing Because even when I'm pushing I can still make it look left and right and when I click it once it resets, when I click it twice, nothing happens when I click it three times nothing happens again That is a fantastic feature And then we have mode but since you can not see what is going on here when you hit mode you have to look look at what's going on here, there is something I like to point out as well as you can see Grip is charging the camera And this one is to put marker let's say you're shooting something and something really interesting happened that you want to go back look at it you hit this and it creates a marker right there so when you go back to your editing or whatever you can find that point easily and this is to record or take a photo depending on what mode you're in and this is of course the battery life and you charge it from here and this is good, this is good.

I like this.

the only problem is when you start doing this it just gets confused But you can use it upside down that is good.

See with osmo I have much more features first of all I have this joystick here where I can rotate the camera up and down I can rotate where ever I want and this trigger, when I pull this trigger it just keeps on looking at the same direction no matter where I'm turning the handle Which is something I love and when you let it go, it just follows your action When I double click it, it resets and when I click it three times it turns into selfie mode DJI app is really good, I can live broadcast and then this tracks you This does motion timelapse Let's select this for the first frame And let's say we want it to end here You hit next.

30 seconds So you can create fantastic motion timelapses just with this On the other hand this one doesn't do anything at all it is just ridiculously sturdy I can take a video, I can take a photo really easily All these controls I have.

and on top of that, this just fits into your hand This is not bad either, but this just feels perfect in your hand And I can use whatever app I want I don't have to use DJI's app, I can use periscope, I can use the camera app iPhone's camera app and with this I can just hold it like that arrange it This one doesn't like that very much And look what happens when I hold this sideways or upside down Or all the way like this I can shoot in portrait mode GoPro grip's battery life is 1.

75 hour and that is probably because it is also charging the camera On the other hand DJI Osmo Mobile's battery life is 4.

5 hours a lot more than this guy.

But Osmo doesn't charge your phone Before I end this in-depth review, I had to do one last very important test Which made me look so cool that people changed to the other sidewalk I had really high hopes about karma.

Maybe the product I have has something wrong with it.

I don’t know.

Look at this… It scratched itself What kind of product that is prepared with portability and convenience in mind can be so amateurish so disappointing and dangerous for the fragile drone world where tons of rules rain one after the other just because of one crash Remember how drones got banned in National parks? A first time flyer will crash this drone so fast that this black backpack will be karma’s coffin.

If I see Mr.

Woodman personally, I will tell this to his face as well Karma! It is so much more than a drone! What? No, no it is not so much more than a done, it is just a drone It is not just aerial, it is not handheld, wearable or mountable, karma is all of those things, it is a complete system.

Sean took all that very complicated technology that goes into Karma and simplified enough that anyone can take Karma and put it up in the air with no problem Anyone can fly this? Do you even hear, wait a minute! Are you just repeating what you said in introduction to Karma video? So there is nothing you like about Karma? First of all thank you so much for asking nicely like this.

See when you stop forcing it, it is a lot easier Sorry about my aggressive marketing skills Aggressive marketing skills? Which you lack thoroughly.

But let me tell you what I like I think the Karma Grip is fine.

It is just fine it is good.

It does what it is supposed to do and it feels sturdy so if I go outside I wouldn't mind dropping on the ground, I wouldn't mind falling of off a bike with it on my head I think it is just good.

I think the fact that the remote doesn't require extra device like a phone or a table is cool, it is not bad.

It is cool.

I also like that you can close the lid of the remote and put it in your bag and you don't need to worry about the joysticks or the buttons or anything everything is inside also after all with this system you'll be owning a GoPro hero camera I like that they released a drone and the stabilizer I like competition I'm glad that they are in the market now It is just that Karma isn't ready I wish it was a product that pushed the competition OK what are you doing? don't do it! Karma, it is so much more than a drone! except.

it isn't.

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