Karma, American tech company GoPro, Inc.’s first drone designed for its action cameras is set to hit the gadget markets on the 23rd of October later this year. GoPro made its biggest product announcement to date on September 19, with the reveal of the highly anticipated Karma drone and the next-generation of the Hero camera, the Hero5 which is slated to be available on retail stores fro October 2. The company is also introducing a cloud-based subscription service, new accessories, and the desktop version of its Quik mobile app.

“We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilisation into a backpack for US$799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.”

-Nicholas Woodman, Founder and CEO, Go Pro Inc.

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What is Karma?

Karma is a small, foldable drone that fits inside an included backpack. It incorporates a three-axis image-stabilization grip (gimbal) that’s removable, which can be used handheld or mounted to almost anything else. One of the issues with the Hero cameras is that they lack any sort of internal image stabilisation, and while the Hero5 now includes electronic IS, the Karma’s grip offers greater control. There is a gamepad-style controller with a display that lets you see what the drone sees, without needing to pair with a phone. You can manually operate the drone, or set it to automatically fly to deliver Hollywood-like production. However, there is a “passenger mode” that lets a second person control the camera through a phone or tablet.

GoPro’s Karma drone costs at least US$799.99 (AU$1,039.99) to buy sans a GoPro camera or up to US$1,099.99 (AU$1,429.99) if bundled with a Hero5 Black camera.

Also hitting the market is the Go Pro Hero 5, which Woodman promises consumers, will be the “best GoPro Camera till date”

GoPro Hero 5:

The Hero5 Black shoots video up to 4K at 30 frames per second (fps) and still images up to 12 megapixels, but is now able to shoot RAW and WDR, or wide dynamic range. GoPro says it can record distortion-free wide-angle video and photos with a new Linear-View setting, and audio has been improved, thanks to a three mics that pick the best audio quality, with wind noise reduction.Waterproof sans an enclosure up to 10 metres, GoPro’s Hero5 Black features one-button control, voice control currently supporting seven languages and automatic upload of photos and videos to cloud when the device is charging.

“HERO 5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.”

–Nicholas Woodman, Founder and CEO, Go Pro Inc.

 The GoPro Hero is priced at Rs.US$399.99 (AU$519.99). The device will also be available in stores starting Oct. 2.
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