What is GoPro Karma? We explore GoPro’s drone
Take to the skies without your feet leaving the ground. Introducing the GoPro Karma drone...
Think of an action cam and you think GoPro. From a literal eagle-eye view of the French Alps to the colour and joy of Holi Festival celebrations, GoPro have captured some of the best videos, ever.
But you don’t have to strap your GoPro to the back of an eagle to get incredible aerial footage. You can just use GoPro’s Karma drone.
More than a drone, Karma combines all of GoPro’s best bits, including 4K video, 12MP stills resolution and ultimate toughness in a handy foldable design. Plus, unlike other drones, its controller has a built-in screen, so you don’t have to link up your smartphone before you start flying.
No matter how bumpy the ride, Karma captures beautifully smooth footage in the air. The detachable Karma Grip stabiliser can be hand-held or body-mounted to capture the smoothest best quality content. It’s compatible with GoPro HERO5 Black, so you can push it further – shoot RAW stills and activate controls hands-free with voice command.
With the GoPro Karma, you can…
Explore the ends of the earth
You won’t need to lug tonnes of kit around with you to capture some amazing footage from faraway places. Karma folds into a lightweight, compact case that you can wear on your back. When you’ve reached your destination, just unfold it, attach the propellers and you have lift off. It’s 5100 mAh 14.8 V battery gives you 20 minutes of flight time on a 1-hour charge.
Top tip: If you’re shooting a marathon vid, take extra batteries to stay juiced up.
Get back in the air quickly
Newbie still getting used to flying drones? GoPro makes it easy to repair on-location in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
The Karma drone is built with easily replaceable components (think new arms and landing gear). Parts even come with the right tools for the job, so you can make the fix yourself, wherever you are – be it the top of a mountain or an isolated beach.
Shoot like a pro
You don’t have to be an expert videographer to shoot pro footage. The Karma drone comes with pre-scripted Auto Shot Paths – pre-set auto-pilot functions that do all the hard work (setting up the shot, framing it, and actually shooting it) for you. Just choose which type of shot you want and let Karma do its thing.
If you prefer to keep control, Karma’s removable stabiliser smooths out shaky rides for silky transitions and professional quality film.
Become an expert in no time
If you’ve never flown a drone before, follow the built-in tutorial to get to grips with all the settings. Then use the flight simulator for hands-on training.
Already a pro? Karma’s smart controls, like automatic take-off and landing, can do the flying for you so you can focus on finding the perfect shot.
Keep full control
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete novice, you’ll soon get the hang of the smart Karma Controller. It links up to your GoPro so you can control all camera modes and settings while flying the drone. Switch shoot modes to grab a still during your video, or slow it down mid-flight.
The touch display is designed for outdoor visibility, you won’t have to tilt it to ridiculous angles to see the screen. You’ll be able to see a Karma-eye view in real-time.
Take your mates along for the ride
Everyone’s going to want a go on the GoPro Karma. But you don’t have to leave your friends behind – they can live stream your flight on their phones and tablets via the GoPro Passenger App.
What else can you do with the Karma?
Karma Grip the detachable stabiliser can be used with GoPro body mounts like the Karma Case and Seeker sportpack to get the best view and smoothest footage, whatever you’re doing.
You won’t need to worry about flying into somewhere you shouldn’t or accidentally going head-to-head with a plane. Built in No-Fly Zones mean Karma will automatically avoid restricted areas. Plus, the drone will immediately come back to you if you push the Land button.