GoPro finally released its brand-new Karma drone, a quadcopter device line firstly introduced at Code Conference 2015. In an event held Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California, the company launched the Karma together with two latest generation of their action camera line.
The GoPro Karma Drone will start selling at October 23 at the base price of USD799. Consumers can also opt for a bundle package (Karma + Hero 5 action cam) for USD1099. Otherwise, another package with the Hero 5 Session can be bought for USD100 cheaper.
The main selling point on the Karma is its stability and simplicity. GoPro designed the device foldable so it is easy to stow and transport everywhere you go. The Karma is accompanied with travel bags that comes in the purchase.
The device is controlled by a joystick that somewhat resembles a clamshell. Aided with touchscreen, user can fly the Karma without making a mess with too many control buttons and knobs. Besides the manual one, the drone has many flying modes. There’s an “easy” flight mode, and several semi-autonomous mode. The “dronie” mode allows you to lock the device up to the sky but only within close proximity. The “orbital” mode will make the drone laps around you in circular loop. While the cable-cam mode enables the Karma to travel flag-to-flag, specifically between two points. Sadly, the company aren’t yet to provide an autonomous follow mode that should comfortably catch up your movement as you adventuring through natural obstacles.
The Karma is compatible with any action camera that the company has made up from Hero 4. At the front side, you’ll see a 3-axis adjustable buffer that serves as a stabilizer, thus making the footage more seamless to record.
To the opposite of approach made by currently popular drone makers such as DJI, GoPro installed the camera on the top of device instead. The company said it is intended to avoid the propeller obstruct the footage.