GoPro’s foldable Karma Drone is ready for take off

As far back as a December 2015, GoPro posting teaser videos for the Karma drone. And what a tease it was. After nine full months, GoPro officially announced the Karma Drone alongside a new line of Hero5 cameras.

The drone market is a pretty crowded one and GoPro is pretty late to the game, but the features the Karma is touting suggest it hews pretty closely to the ideas the company is best known for. The Karma drone is foldable and meant to be taken out and put away quickly into either the included backpack or one of your own, as the product video demonstrates. This could prove to be a crucial feature if it works as well as GoPro suggests.


For control, the Karma uses a dedicated gamepad-style controller with an integrated touchscreen. This ought to prove handier than asking pilots to use a clunky mobile interface or plug their phone into a mount that might be incompatible or poorly made. Finally, the Karma includes a camera stabilizer that can be removed and used with other GoPro gear to get what GoPro calls "ultra-smooth handheld and gear-mounted footage."

The new cameras are classic GoPro gear in many ways, offering 10-meter waterproofing and single-button activation. The more expensive Hero5 Black sports a 12MP sensor, voice control, image noise reduction, GPS, and RAW/WDR photo modes. The Hero5 Session packs a smaller 10-MP sensor, but can still record video at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. The Session offers video stabilization and automatic media uploading when plugged in, too.

The Karma drone is available as a standalone unit for a beefy $800 suggested price. If you want to pair it with one of the newly announced Hero5 cameras, you're looking at $1100 for the Hero5 Black bundle and $1000 for the Hero5 Session bundle—a cool $100 off the prices for the separate components, in each case. The two Hero5 cameras are set to go on sale on October 2, while the Karma Drone itself will be available on October 23.

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    • sunner
    • 3 years ago

    Those things should be put under strict Government Control immediately.
    Their present “Unregulated Sale & Use” makes them attractive not only to Legitimate Buyers, but also to nutcakes & terrorists.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    With the site it’s on, I read “Glofo” for a second, and I thought “wow, they’re trying to diversify eh?”

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Good grief. What’s with all the drones and VR headsets these days?

      • [TR]
      • 3 years ago

      There’s money to be made in sickbags when you put those two together. That’s what they’re all about: a conspiracy by Big Sickbag!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Combining the two leads to the insanely awesome sport of [url=<]VR drone racing.[/url<]

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 3 years ago

    Well I never cared to really get into the whole drone thing, but this does look like an impressive piece of tech for those who are into it. I don’t know though. I have no interest in spending $1,000.00 for something that seems so fragile and using it as intended is risky business.

      • Visigoth
      • 3 years ago

      The press over here love drones…they’ll go crazy with this one!

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 3 years ago

    “Karma should be an end-to-end life capture solution” Apple would have thrown in the word “magical” for good measure.

      • bobboobles
      • 3 years ago


        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        [i<]INSANELY[/i<] great!

      • [TR]
      • 3 years ago

      GoPro lacks the courage to throw words like that around!

      • Wirko
      • 3 years ago

      “Karma should be an end-of-life capture solution”

      That’s not a ftfy, it’s just how I misread things when multitasking. Sounds logical though.

      • ColeLT1
      • 3 years ago


      • deniro444
      • 3 years ago

      “We think you’re going to love it!”

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