GoPro has released its much awaited GoPro Karma drone. The drone was first showcased last year and was expected to be released early this year. But due to unseen issues the launch of Karma was delayed. Now finally GoPro has taken the wraps of its latest product.
GoPro Karma is a foldable drone and comes with an easy to carry backpack. The Karma comes with and without bundled with the camera. So if you have a Hero 4 GoPro camera you can just get yourself this foldable drone for a price of $799. Otherwise, you have the two other options; one is to get Karma with Hero 5 Session at a price of $999 and the second one is to get Hero 5 and Karma bundle at a price of $1,099. The drone will be available for purchase starting October 23rd.
The controller of GoPro Karma comes with a touchscreen and two joysticks, the controller can also be used to setup cable cam mode. The drone comes with a 3-axis gimbal to stabilize the camera for smooth capturing of the footage. You can also remove the gimbal from the drone itself and can be used in handheld mode with the grip as well.
A nice trick added here by GoPro is that the backpack also doubles up as the launch pad for Karma. The drone has Li-Po battery with a capacity of 5100mAh and can be charged in an hour which gives a flight time of twenty minutes. The controller and handgrip both have their separate battery. The controller needs a time of 2.5 hours to charge while the grip requires a time of 2 hours to charge.
The drone uses brushless motors and self-tightening propellers. As opposed to other drones the camera on Karma is placed on the front, this helps in capturing video without the rotors appearing in the footage. When you open the controller, you’ll be greeted with message “Swipe up to Fly” and when you do as instructed, the drone will be in air within seconds.
There are buttons for takeoff, landing and returning to home, on Karma similar to what are found on all camera drones these days. Other goodies included in Karma are four pre-programmed shots which are dronie, cable cam, reveal and orbit. There is also a “passenger app” which allows your friends to watch the live feed from the camera on the drone and also allows them to control the camera positions.
Karma is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 35mph and can do a maximum distance of 1000m. The maximum altitude you can reach with Karma is 4,500m which is 14,500 feet pretty insane right.
With Karma drone, GoPro is looking to bring back the faith of investors doubting the company’s sustained business model. Will Karma be able to do that for GoPro and bring back good fortunes for the company is yet to be seen? But the drone looks really great and I surely would love to get my hands on this beauty.