To quell the anticipation fueled by recent teaser videos of cameras flying through libraries and being driven over by VWs, today GoPro finally took the wraps off Karma. But don't just call it a drone, for it truly encompasses more.
Yes, it centers on a pretty small unmanned aerial vehicle, the arms and landing gear of which both fold for easy transport. But the ecosystem also includes Karma Grip, a removable stick that stabilizes your GoPro videos whether it's flying, handheld, worn or mounted. And the clamshell-style Controller, with built-in touch display and simple controls, completes the package.
All you need to add is the camera itself. And as fate would have it, today they also introduced the Hero5, their best ever.
It's waterproof without a housing, shoots 4K video, records unmuffled stereo audio from three microphones, features built-in GPS, and can be voice controlled in any of seven languages.
On its own, the whole Karma package (without a camera) will go for $800, with availability October 23rd.
The new cameras will be available three weeks prior on October 2nd, the Hero5 Black for $400 and its similar, smaller and simpler younger brother, Hero5 Session (with no screen and one-button operation) for $300.
If you want the works, you can bundle Karma with either camera and receive a $100 discount off getting them separately. Then again, Karma's also compatible with the Hero4 Black and Silver models, which is nice.