GoPro unleashes Karma drone

We’ve been eagerly awaiting GoPro’s first drone since the start of the year and now we’re finally getting it. GoPro announced the Karma drone along with a new slate of action cameras. It’s your run-of-the-mill quadcopter that can fold nicely into almost any backpack. It’s “more than just a drone”, claims GoPro CEO and Founder Nick Woodman. The Karma comes with a gaming-style controller that promises to be an easy affair for anyone who’s never flown a drone before. The controller features a small screen so you can see what you’re shooting and twin stick controllers that will remind you of retro RC toys.

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A cool addition to the Karma is the ability to let your friends see what you’re shooting on their own phones through the GoPro Passenger app. They can see live feeds and even control the drone if given permission. The whole set comes in the sleek Karma Case, which doubles as a backpack. The drone is compatible with the new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session along with the Hero4 Black and Silver.

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The GoPro Karma’s twin-stick controller has a fold-out screen, and the drone can also be controlled via a smartphone app

The Karma is equipped with a three-axis stabilizer positioned at the front of the drone as opposed to the more traditional bottom placement. GoPro claims this will eliminate the possibility of parts of the drone cropping into shots. The stabiliser also slides out and can be attached to a separate device called the Karma Grip so you can enjoy handheld stabilised shooting. The beauty of the Karma Grip extends to the entire GoPro ecosystem allowing you to attach it to any and all mounts to create steady video no matter what you’re doing.

Karma goes on sale October 23 in the US. A base set includes the Karma Case, Karma Drone, Karma Grip and Karma Controller, all for $799 (Dh2,935). If you want this packaged with the new Hero5 Black, it will cost $1,099, while $999 gets you the set with a Hero5 Session.