GoPro Unveils the Karma Drone

GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) finally unveiled the long awaited Karma Drone, a flying camera drone that CEO and founder, Nick Woodman stated “is so much more than a drone.”

According to Gizmodo, the Karma Drone itself is actually three devices: a quadcopter, a touchscreen controller, and a stabilizer that can be removed from the drone’s body and used as a steady grip. The stabilizer also attaches to existing GoPro mounts so you could strap it to your chest, go mountain-biking, and walk away with nice stable footage. (Woodman bragged about this functionality about a dozen times as well.) In terms of performance, the Karma boasts a maximum speed of 35 miles-per-hour, a range of one kilometer, and 20 minutes of flight time.

GoPro also built something called the Passenger app that effectively lets a second person control the camera while the pilot flies. Anyone who’s ever tried to capture the very best drone video while also trying not to crash the damn thing into a tree will understand how cool it would be to have a dedicated camera operator.

For the price of $799, here are the specs for the Karma Drone:

  • Maximum Speed: 35 mph (15 m/s)
  • Maximum Distance: 3280ft (1000m)
  • Maximum Flight Altitude: 14,500ft (4,500m)
  • Maximum Wind Resistance: 22mph (10m/s)
  • Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Dimensions (Opened/No Propellers): Length: 12in (303mm), Width: 16.2in (411mm), Height: 4.6in (117mm)
  • Dimensions (Folded/Transport): Length: 14.4in (365.2mm), Width: 8.8in (224.3mm), Height: 3.5in (89.9mm)
  • Propeller Length: 10in (25.4cm)
  • Weight: 35.5oz (1006g)

Controller specs

  • Screen Size: 5in (12.7cm)
  • Screen Resolution: 720p
  • Screen Brightness: 900 nits
  • Battery Life: 4 hours
  • Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Weight: 22oz (625g)

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