GoPro Finally Unveils The Karma Drone

GoPro Karma

For awhile, GoPro’s Karma was a poorly kept secret, and then it became a “So, when will it be out?” product.

This past Monday, GoPro’s announcement slipped under the radar a bit, mostly because they did it while all of the photography eyeballs were trained on Photokina.

But, they’ve finally announced it. The Karma drone will be here next month starting at $799, for just the drone.

For the last couple of years, especially since drone photo- and videography started to become more popular, DJI has been the standard bearer for drone pilots (see our review of the DJI Phantom 4).

We have to admit, based on what we’ve seen from GoPro, the Karma looks like it’ll give DJI some solid competition.

The drone is fairly compact at only 16 inches wide and 12 inches long. Folded up, the width cuts in half, which is great. GoPro is providing a carrying backpack with the Karma that fits the folded up drone.

Combined the drone and the controller weigh just over 3.5 lbs. Not too shabby. Considering most people will be hiking out with the Karma, it’s not a burdensome weight and appears fairly transportable.

GoPro lists the Karma as being compatible with the newly announced HERO5 cameras the Hero4 Silver cameras. It’s unclear if it will only work with those cameras, or if you could slot in an older GoPro, though we doubt it.

We’re excited to see what this drone is capable of when it drops on October 23.

For more details and technical specifications check out the press release below.

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Today, GoPro is unveiling its new products and services that dramatically simplify the process of capturing, editing and sharing engaging content, establishing GoPro as an end-to-end storytelling solution.

GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced a new line of HERO5 cameras, cloud-based software, and drone, Karma, to international press at the base of Squaw Valley, CA, near Lake Tahoe.

“With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories,” said Woodman. “HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.”

Woodman adds, “We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.”

In addition to significant gains in performance and convenience, GoPro’s all-new HERO5 line of cameras can auto-upload photos and videos to GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes it easy to access, edit and share GoPro content anytime, anywhere using a phone or computer.
HERO5 Cameras – Cloud-Connected and Simplified.

HERO5 Black – The Best GoPro, Ever. For $399.99.

HERO5 Black is the most powerful, easy-to-use GoPro, ever. Exciting features include:

·      2-inch Touch Display + Simplified Controls

·      Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second

·      Professional Quality 12MP Photos

·      Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*

·      Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)

·      Simple 1-Button Control

·      Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)

·      Compatible with Existing GoPro Mounts, Including Karma

·      Stereo Audio Recording and Advanced Wind Noise Reduction

·      Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization

·      Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with New Linear-View Setting

·      RAW and WDR Photo Modes

·      GPS

HERO5 Black will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $399.99. Learn more HERE.

HERO5 Session – The Best, Only Smaller. For $299.

HERO5 Session shares the same small design and brilliant convenience of the original HERO Session camera, but benefits from significant performance upgrades:

·      Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second

·      Professional Quality 10MP Photos

·      Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*

·      Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)

·      Simple 1-Button Control

·      Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)

·      Compatible with Existing GoPro, Mounts Including Karma

·      Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization

·      Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with new Linear-View Setting

HERO5 Session will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $299.99.
Learn more HERE.

KARMA – Much More Than a Drone.

Karma features a compact, fits-in-a-small-backpack design and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. Karma makes it easy for anyone to capture amazingly smooth, stabilized video during almost any activity.

Karma features a painless out-of-the-box experience unlike any other drone in the market:

·      Compact and foldable, the entire system fits into the included backpack that’s so comfortable to wear during any activity, users will forget they’ve got it on.

·      A game-style controller features an integrated touch display, making it fun, fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees.

·      The 3-axis camera stabilizer can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for capturing ultra-smooth handheld and gear-mounted footage.

Karma will be available October 23rd in the following bundles:

·      Karma without a GoPro camera for $799.99 MSRP

·      Karma bundled with HERO5 Black for $1099.99 MSRP

·      Karma bundled with HERO5 Session for $999.99 MSRP (available in early 2017)

Learn more about Karma HERE.

GoPro Karma Technical Specifications

Karma Drone
Maximum Speed 35 mph (15 m/s)
Maximum Distance 3280ft (1000m)
Maximum Flight Altitude 14,500ft (4,500m)
Maximum Wind Resistance 22mph (10m/s)
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz
Dimensions (Opened/No Propellers) Length: 12in (303mm)
Width: 16.2in (411mm)
Height: 4.6in (117mm)
Dimensions (Folded/Transport) Length: 14.4in (365.2mm)
Width: 8.8in (224.3mm)
Height: 3.5in (89.9mm)
Propeller Length 10in (25.4cm)
Weight 35.5oz (1006g)
Karma Controller
Screen Size 5in (12.7cm)
Screen Resolution 720p
Screen Brightness 900 nits
Battery Life 4 hours
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz
Weight 22oz (625g)
Karma Battery
Dimensions Length: 8in (201.3mm)
Width: 3.6in (91.62mm)
Height: 1.75in (42.7mm)
Weight 19.3oz (545g)
Flight Time Up to 20 minutes
Rating 14.8V 5100mAH (75.4Wh)
Battery Type Li-Po
Karma Charger
Rating 16.8V 5A
Charging Time for Karma Battery 1 hour
Charging Time for Karma Controller 2.5 hours
Charging Time for Karma Grip 2 hour
Karma Stabilizer
Range of motion -90° to 0° (down/up)
Camera Compatibility HERO5 Black, HERO5 Session, HERO4 Black/Silver
Weight 8oz (230g)
Number of Axes 3
Karma Grip Handle
Dimensions Length: 8in (205mm)
Width: 1.7in (43mm)
Height: 1.7in (43mm)
Battery Life 1.75 hours
Weight 8.62oz (244.6g)
Karma Case
Dimensions Length: 21.3in (540mm)
Width: 12.6in (320mm)
Height: 5.9in (150mm)

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