October 6th, 2016
After passing the FAA test, I’ve developed even more questions about drones and using them. What’s a reasonable entry level for a drone that will provide competitive results? Is a DJI Phantom 4 sufficient or is something like a DJI Inspire raw needed ? Big difference in price.
Drone technology is changing and improving fast. Last month I would have said that DJI Phantom 4 was a good low-end starting drone but within the last few weeks both GoPro and DJI announced new low-end small drones. Both of them are very compact and full of great features.
- The DJI Mavic Pro – Click the “Watch the video” for a good intro. Available on Amazon now.
- The GoPro Karma – Click the “See it in action button” for a good intro. Expected to be available Oct 23.
I’m not saying these two new drones are the best, I’m just saying if you are thinking about getting a drone you should probably check out these two new alternatives. DJI Phantom 3 and 4 have been very popular for real estate photography but these new drones are near the same price and much smaller and lighter.
Update 10/7: I just noticed a comparison review by Malek Murison over at dronelife.com of the Mavic and Karma. Malek claims:
…there really is only one winner: DJI’s Mavic Pro. All in all, it seems to be better value for money, more powerful, faster, smaller, lighter, smarter, safer…. Just well thought through and a clear step forward – it pretty much wins in every category. It’s as comprehensive a walkover as DJI could have wished for.
Also: The YouTuber iPhoneDO claims that the camera on the Mavic is better than the Phantom 4.