GoPro Karma – Hands on with the New Foldable Drone

GoPro announced their first drone, the GoPro Karma, at Photokina 2016. We get hands on with this highly-anticipated foldable drone right here at the show.

GoPro Karma - foldable drone

GoPro Karma – The Foldable Drone

The GoPro Karma has been designed to make it as easy as possible to use and fly straight out of the box, whether just using the stabilizer or for aerial filming. Within a few minutes, the foldable drone can be unfolded, powered up and linked to the remote that conveniently includes a screen.

It has a number of automated features including auto shoot paths where the GoPro Karma will orbit between two points, a reveal path, flying up or away from the start point, and cable camera mode.

GoPro Karma

The controller has a built-in touchscreen, and has been simplified to make it as easy as possible to fly straight out of the case. Simulation tutorials will be available soon to aid in learning to fly the drone.

In terms of batteries, the GoPro Karma has a plug and play style removable battery that allows for 20 minutes of flying time, while the remote battery lasts for 4 hours and can be charged on the go.

Learn more about the GoPro Karma, GoPro HERO 5 and the new GoPro eco system in our launch article.

The GoPro Karma will be available form the 23rd of October, with the full package including the drone, GoPro Hero5 camera, stabilizer, grip, controller and batteries for $1099. For the GoPro Karma foldable drone alone, the pricing will be around $700.

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Patrick Grossien September 20, 2016

Thanks Seb, for the interview. Looking forward to seeing it at Photokina.

Priced aggressively including the handgrip and the controller with touch screen. Not that much automatic sensoring going on compared to the phantom4 so this might be more comparable with the phantom3!?

The prices from your post and his statement seem to be a bit off. The GoPro website states :

GoPro HERO5 Black 429.99€ or $399.99

Karma Package without GoPro HERO5 Black 869.99€ or $799.99 (instead of 699 or 700)

With the package costing 1,099.99$ at b&h that’s a $100 savings towards purchasing both separately, but I couldn’t find the price for the package in €. Will be interesting to see. Also good to know that the Hero4 will be able to work with the Karma.

Alirio Valverde Amézquita Reply
Alirio Valverde Amézquita September 20, 2016

Cuanto vale??

 Ian Hunter Reply
Ian Hunter September 21, 2016

It boggles the mind that there are virtually no US made drone manufacturers.

Jamie Coats September 21, 2016

I have two GoPro 4 and a 3 and I’ve had a Phantom 4 now for about 5 months now. Whilst I am a GoPro fan I feel this is an also ran, it’s simply not good enough and is behind others. Agreed this is their entry into the drone market and I hope they evolve to be a key player. The price is good to but I think I personally want the whistles and bells.

I feel they are in danger of being swamped by the competition, for example my next Action cam will be the ‘Sony FDR-X3000 4K Action Cam’ and not the GoPro 5. All the more worrying given I am prepared to lose my investment in accessories that I have bought with my GoPro’s.

That said I wish them well.

Jamie Coats September 21, 2016

Actually I withdraw some of my thoughts on the GoPro 5, it looks better than I or the rumours suggested.

 Ian Hunter Reply
Ian Hunter September 21, 2016

Um…no. GP has billions at its disposal to develop a drone and their timing couldn’t have been better, or made more sense.

As for Sony, it’s a wonder they haven’t released one…..yet.

EatMe Jones September 28, 2016 This is what HANDS ON MEANS, just because you interview a talking head with broken english, at a fucking trade show, doesnt mean HANDS ON… BTW, the video listed is the drone that actually matters now…