Did GoPro just leak photos of the Hero5, Karma drone and a new handheld gimbal on their website?

Sep 5, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Did GoPro just leak photos of the Hero5, Karma drone and a new handheld gimbal on their website?

Sep 5, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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GoPro are officially announcing their new Karma drone on September 19th, perhaps the Hero5, too. GoPro have kept both a very closely guarded secret for months. It looks like somebody at the GoPro website got a little eager, though. For a short time, GoPro’s European websites displayed an image of a drone, a strange looking camera, and a handheld gimbal in the header.

One can only assume that these are the Karma drone and Hero5 action camera. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen hardware and software creators leak themselves. I would, however, have expected tighter controls on a product surrounded by as much secrecy as the Karma.

The mistake was first noticed by Twitter user, Konrad Iturbe, who posted this screenshot.

In it, we can see an action camera with a very different appearance to their existing lineup. The image shown here would be consistent with those that leaked not too long ago. Next to that, a drone, presumed to be the Karma. And then, a handheld action camera gimbal.

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The Karma looks intriguing. It’s much closer to the ground than the DJI Phantom 4. With the image scaled up to give the camera a similar size to that of the Phantom 4’s camera, they appear quite similar in overall wingspan.

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That in mind, the image also suggests that this isn’t going to be quite the compact fold-away drone that some were hoping for. With DJI’s recent Mavic leak, that could potentially hurt sales of the Karma. That being said, the previous teaser of the Karma drone does show a versatility that DJI may not offer.

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The handheld action camera drone is also an unusual, but inevitable product from GoPro. Handheld gimbals have taken off in a big way lately. As more reliase that selfie sticks just can’t cut it, demand for smoother footage is on the rise. It seems almost daily that a new handheld gimbal of some form or another is released. It will be interesting to see if the gimbal has any features tying it to the Hero4/5 action cameras that other gimbals may not support.

Both Yi Technology and DJI have announced or hinted at handheld gimbals recently. It makes sense that GoPro would release one for action cameras, first, as Yi Technology have done. DJI’s Osmo Mobile, however, doesn’t hold action cameras, but mobile phones. Of course, why would DJI want to make a gimbal for action cameras when they already make the Osmo+ with their own built in camera?

It certainly seems as if GoPro may be looking to muscle in on DJI’s market, but I think they’ll have a tough time on their hands. With sales dropping month on month for a while now, they may be too late to the drone party. On the other hand, there may be enough brand loyalty out there to give the Karma exactly the start that GoPro need.

So, Hero5, Karma drone and a handheld action camera gimbal. Potentially awesome new products, but will they be enough for you?

Will you be stepping up to the Hero5? Or are you happy with your Hero4 or other action cameras? How about the Karma? Are you getting one? Or did you get bored waiting and buy another drone already? And have you been considering a handheld action camera gimbal lately? Has this just made your decision for you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via Digitalrev]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7 responses to “Did GoPro just leak photos of the Hero5, Karma drone and a new handheld gimbal on their website?”

  1. Glenn Dulay Avatar
    Glenn Dulay

    Jose Xylph Raffy

    1. Xylph Bryan Heruela Avatar
      Xylph Bryan Heruela

      Haay haayy… D nmn pede dto satn..

  2. Dick Durham Avatar
    Dick Durham

    I think that what will differentiate GoPro from DJI is the after sales service. DJI don’t have any, and GoPro are renowned for it.

    1. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
      Kay O. Sweaver

      Really? Once your GoPro’s 1 year warranty period ends you’re left to the wolves, no service, none, zero, zilch.

  3. Vanitas Foto Avatar
    Vanitas Foto

    We either live in the sloppiest and dumbest era of industrial secrets´s management from every each one of the camera manufacturers we know,… Or in the most boring PR campaign copied from one to the other (input camera brand here)’s product renewal cycle.

  4. Joshua Tulberg Avatar
    Joshua Tulberg

    Having been an avid GoPro fan and user, I ditched the Hero 4 Silver for the Session because of its awesome form-factor and sweet one-button use. I’d buy a revamped session in a heart-beat (for $300) if it came with:
    – Image Stabilization
    – Higher bit-rate video

    That being said, I would consider switching to a Hero 5 if it came with:
    – Session’s one-button operation.
    – Image Stabilization (seems like it does)
    – water-proof w/o case (seems like it is)

    I would consider the drone if it was:
    – Hero Session (2?) compatible (since I love the Session form factor)
    – Robust / Water-proof (because come on, it’s a GoPro product)
    – Dead-simple to use (full of obstacle avoidance features and save-me features)
    – Foldable (doesn’t look like it from the leaks)

    hoping for the best.

  5. Joshua Tulberg Avatar
    Joshua Tulberg

    one more thing that would be great:
    – GoPro “Stabilizer” fits into the drone to become the drone’s gymble.