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