Although it would seem natural for GoPro to create a drone, it took quite a bit of time for the action camera manufacturer to offer its own rendition. Today, along with the HERO5 and HERO5 Session, the company introduced its long teased and delayed Karma.
So what makes the Karma different from say something offered from DJI? For starters, it looks like GoPro is trying to appeal more towards the consumer by offering a more compact and versatile solution. The Karma can fold up and also offers a slimmer profile to its competitors, thanks in part to its camera rig that is mounted at the front of the unit. Also, the Karma isn't just a drone, but a whole system, what GoPro is calling an "end-to-end life capture solution". What this means is that you will be able to take the camera and 3-axis stabilizer out of the drone and attach it to the included camera grip. This will give you smooth video when capturing video by hand. If you are looking to take this up a notch, you will be able to attach the grip to GoPro's existing line of mounts, making it a seamless experience.
The Karma will start at $799 USD, but will not include a GoPro camera. The following bundles will be made available, with the first Karma / HERO5 bundle being available starting October 23.
- Karma without a GoPro camera for $799.99 MSRP
- Karma bundled with HERO5 Black for $1099.99 MSRP
- Karma bundled with HERO5 Session for $999.99 MSRP (available in early 2017)