GoPro Karma drone release date, specifications, price rumours: New drone coming before Summer 2016

If you believe the analysts, GoPro is in trouble. It’s quickly losing out to cut-price knock-offs in the action camera market and appears to be pinning its hopes on its forthcoming drone – the GoPro Karma – to help turn things around. You can also read the best drones coming in 2016

GoPro Karma drone: Release date

There’s no official date yet, but it is widely expected to launch by the end of the second quarter this year. That would mean it will appear on shelves before the end of June 2016.

GoPro Karma drone: Price

Few details are yet known about the drone, as GoPro is keeping it all firmly under wraps, apart from the teaser video it has released. Price is one of the big unknowns, but the rumour is that the drone won’t come with a camera – you’ll simply clip on your existing Hero 3 or 4.

This should bring the price down, but in order to compete, GoPro will have to price the Karma competitively. The company is late to the party, and chief rival DJI already has a low-cost drone – the Phantom 3 Standard – which has a stabilised camera which you can buy for just £435 on Amazon.

GoPro Karma rival - Phantom 3 Standard

GoPro tried to put together a deal with DJI to get its cameras on DJI’s drones, but apparently wanted too big a cut of the profits and negotiations went sour. Also, putting a GoPro on a drone is far from a novelty: many existing drones already have GoPro mounts, and the 3DR Solo was specifically designed to work with the Hero 3 and 4.

GoPro Karma drone: Specifications and features

Given that we have only the teaser videos to go by, no-one outside of GoPro can be sure of the specifications.

It’s very likely that the Karma will be a similar size to a DJI Phantom, and will probably have a similar flight time of 20-25 minutes.

The skier in the video below throws the drone into the air on the move and it orbits and follows him, so while ‘follow me’ drones aren’t new, not many can be launched on the move.

One of the videos tops out at 1080p, and the other at 4K, but video features will be limited only by the GoPro camera you attach, so it’s no surprise to see plenty of slo-mo footage in the teaser – this is likely upscaled from 1080p to 4K as no current GoPro can shoot 4K at more than 30 frames per second. Even DJI’s Phantom 4 can only shoot slo-mo in 1080p.

As more information comes to light, we’ll update this article.