GoPro’s Karma Drone expected in just two weeks

Sep 2, 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.

GoPro’s Karma Drone expected in just two weeks

Sep 2, 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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A teaser posted to GoPro’s YouTube suggests that the Karma Drone may finally be coming in a couple of weeks. We’ve known for a long time that GoPro were planning to release a drone. We did expect an official announcement much earlier in the year.

Now that summer’s nearing its end, GoPro might be a little late to the party. That being said, Yi Technology announced their new drone only a few days ago. So, perhaps not. They’ll have a lot to live up to, though. Many new drones releases have been made since the Karma’s initial teaser, including the DJI Phantom 4.

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I’m not entirely sure what the toy vs real vehicle is supposed to symbolise. One commenter has suggested that GoPro are saying all the other drones out there are toys, and now it’s time to get serious. Maybe they just like VW campers?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

We’ll be covering Photokina when GoPro make their announcement on the 19th. GoPro are going to be at Photokina, too. So, if they’ve got one with them, we’ll be sure to check it out and let you know what we think.

Have you already decided you’ll get a Karma drone already, because you just know GoPro aren’t going to release crap? Did you get bored with the wait and go with a Phantom or something else? Or are you already sick of drones buzzing around the sky and they should all just leave you in peace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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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 “GoPro’s Karma Drone expected in just two weeks”

  1. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    This saddens me to say, but if GoPro does not pull a major bunny out of the hat, they are done. They almost single handedly created the action camera market, but once gimbals and drones started depending on their own cameras, the action camera business was done.

    And they are now really late to the drone game with market leadership clearly with DJI and 3DR coming in second (and even YI is joining the game).

    Its sad to see a great company diluting itself like this.

    1. Robert Greenfield Avatar
      Robert Greenfield

      If the price point is as absurd as GoPro’s prices for their accessories, then this will probably do two things: 1. Kill GoPro and 2. Drive up the market for other drones. The Karma might help make the drone market even hotter, but if the price is stupid everyone will just say “Cool, but I’m buying the Erida.” We’ll see. Any thoughts on what the price is likely to be?

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        No word on price yet. GoPro are at Photokina, and we’re there all week covering it, so we’ll try to make it one of our first stops. :)

    2. Rick Avatar
      Rick

      It also needs to be ready to fly when it hits the street. Turning the early adopters into unsuspecting beta testers like they have with nearly every other roll-out is wearing a little thin with the fan base and certainly won’t be acceptable with something that can fall from the sky.

  2. Dick Durham Avatar
    Dick Durham

    Summer is just starting for us in the Southern Hemisphere, so the timing is perfect. But I guess you punt articles at only half the population of the world.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Well, the northern hemisphere (Europe and the USA) does account for vast majority of GoPro’s product sales (which, apparently, in 2015 was $1.4 billion vs $215 million).

      http://www.statista.com/statistics/451159/gopros-sales-worldwide-by-region/

      So, yeah, from a business standpoint, one would think that a company in such a seemingly downward spiral would would launch a product at such a time when it would get the most sales, use, and promotion.

    2. Rick Avatar
      Rick

      The holiday shopping season is the most important season to them which depending on the actual roll out date they should have plenty of time for.

      Besides, drones do actually fly in the winter. There are a number of rather beautiful snow videos on youtube to attest to this.