GoPro has finally revealed its Karma drone. The new quadcopter is sleek, compact and foldable, designed to fit in most any backpack and features a removable stabilizer as well as a simple controller with a built-in display. It all costs $800 and will be available in a week.
The Karma itself is actually three devices: a quadcopter, a touchscreen controller, and a stabilizer which can be removed from the drone’s body and used as a steady grip. The stabilizer also attaches to the existing GoPro mounts so you could strap it to your chest, go mountain-biking, and walk away with nice stable footage.
In terms of performance, the Karma drone boasts a maximum speed of 35 miles-per-hour, a range of one kilometer, and 20 minutes of flight time.
The Karma drone has its camera positioned on the front, not slung underneath. GoPro says that this will help eliminate the appearance of rotors, that can crop up in your shot if you’re flying a DJI or Yuneec drone forward at full tilt. Like most of the camera drones these days, it has one button for takeoff, landing, and returning to home. It also has 4 preprogrammed shots: dronie, reveal, cable cam, and orbit. GoPro is also offering a ‘passenger app’ that allows the another person to see the live video feed from the drone and even control the camera position.
GoPro also revealed new Hero5 cameras, both of which feature improved internals and waterproof capabilities without a housing. These will go on sell October 2nd, with Karma expected to hit the shelves on October 23rd.