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GoPro Karma Vs DJI Mavic Pro: None Of The Above, At Least As Of Now

By JR O. , Nov 10, 2016 03:14 AM EST
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GoPro Karma has been recalled and DJI is still unable to clear all Mavic Pro pre-orders. (Photo : WIRED / YouTube)

Now that drone manufacturing has become more active than ever, many of the drone users are excited to buy every new high-tech drone that comes out. When the Mavic Pro came out, a lot of people fell instantly in love with DJI's latest unit. This drone is pretty much the best in the current market and it is reasonably priced as well. It's portable, lightweight and super smart, making it a really good buy for drone lovers.

The same thing goes with the GoPro Karma. It's got people hyped up too. Not only is it a highly anticipated drone from the popular action-cam company, it's also a good drone as well. Well, it's not as smart as the DJI Mavic Pro, but it also got perks of its own. The only problem here is that both of these newly released drones aren't exactly as successful as they ought to be.

DJI Mavic Pro Gets Delayed

DJI failed to meet their promised release dates, causing commotion within their clientele. They have accepted pre-orders but failed to ship to everyone who pre-ordered. Frustrated customers took to the online communities to vent out their disappointment and to search for answers. The company has initially failed to provide concrete reasons and viable solutions which made the people even more frustrated. Not only have they been deprived of on-time delivery, they also weren't provided the explanations that they rightfully deserve.

Nevertheless, DJI eventually came clean. The company has provided a statement last November 3 saying that the pre-orders they got for the DJI Mavic Pro is more than what they have expected. This is why they haven't cleared out all orders just yet. Needless to say, DJI says that they are in full production at top speed and even though their efforts isn't enough to give each customer an ETA, they promise to try their best to clear out on all orders in roughly two months' time. This, of course, is for people who pre-ordered before November 3.

GoPro Karma Got Recalled

As per a GSM Arena report, about 2500 GoPro Karma units have been recalled recently. GoPro Karma was first revealed last September and it was put to sale October. However, just a few weeks after being released, the Karma drone was recalled by the company. GoPro has announced that they will be putting the Karma on a recall program due to some power issues. Apparently, the GoPro Karma tends to lose power while in use.

GoPro pointed out that no replacements will be given out. Karma users are going to be refunded their purchase price instead. With that said, the company has also halted the shipments and delivery of their new drone. Of course, people can expect that the shipment will also resume as soon as GoPro has resolved the said issue. Needless to say, GoPro's stock has been considerably affected by this incident.

What's interesting about all these launch failures is that there are some accusations about DJI's manic Mavic Pro release to have been provoked by the GoPro Karma. A number of frustrated DJI Mavic Pro buyers say that the reason why DJI has opened pre-orders for the Mavic Pro despite the lack of supply is to take some of GoPro's buyers away from GoPro. They had to beat GoPro's release date to make sure that they don't lose buyers.

As it turns out, none of the two competing drone makers have really released their products successfully on the first try. While DJI has apparently suffered for its own actions, GoPro can't exactly laugh about current scenarios either. Needless to say, this doesn't have to be the end for both products. DJI is continuously shipping out orders and hopes to clear everything in two months. GoPro is also expected to fix the issue on the Karma and re-release the product to the wild once again.

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