While GoPro has finally managed to bring their own drone to the market, DJI has established itself as the standard for kiters who want to film on the go. The problem with the so popular DJI Phantom is of course that it is bulky and does not pack down too well for travelling. The foldability of the GoPro Karma drone is one, if not its main advantage over what DJI had to offer but that is going to change.
The new drone from DJI is called Mavic and will pretty much beat the Karma in every aspect except that it will not be using a GoPro but its own 4K camera. The Mavic will feature:
- A foldable frame
- Foldable props
- A very compact gimbal that folds away into the drone for storage
- Sonar sensors for better landing and indoor flight or flight without GPS
- Collision avoidance sonar sensor (same as on the latest Phantom series)
- A foldable remote control with a large display for the telemetry
Here is a comparison to the Inspire 1:
Since it is a DJI you can expect the usual functionality from the Phantoms (such as return to launch, various camera modes, follow me feature, etc.) but in a smaller package. How that will affect the battery life is of course the big question but from the leaks on the web it looks like its running on a 3S Lipo cell so I would expect it to last 20 minutes.
The pricing is also an unknown but since they are not going to have GoPro eat their lunch, I expect the pricing to be similar if not even slightly lower than previous Phantom models and with that, cheaper than the GoPro Karma. The official release is scheduled for the 27th September 2016. Until then, enjoy their teaser video below.