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Improved GoPro Karma Drone Returns as the Aerial, Hand-Held, Wearable Stabilization Solution

This is an update to the previous blog, GoPro: “Karma” Drone Recall and Return Information.

  • A small number of Karma units were experiencing power loss mid-flight. In November 2016 GoPro voluntarily recalled Karma.
  • GoPro has redesigned the battery latch. A small change that led to a huge improvement.
  • Now, the improved GoPro Karma Drone is back as the aerial, hand-held, wearable stabilization solution.

Karma is more than a drone. It’s a complete video stabilization system you can fly, grip or mount. Just throw everything in the case and take Karma with you wherever you go.

The following video presents GoPro: Meet Karma:
“GoPro Karma is more than a drone. It’s a complete video stabilization system. You can take the stabilizer from the drone, attach it to the included Karma Grip and capture footage on the ground, handheld and body mounted. Throw everything in the case and take Karma with you while you’re snowboarding, running with the kids and more.”

NEWS RELEASE

Karma Is Back

Feb 1, 2017

That’s right friends, the ultimate aerial, hand-held, wearable stabilization solution is back on shelves and more ready than ever to take GoPro users’ content creation to a whole new level.

GoPro: Karma Drone with HERO5 Black Camera (left) and Karma Controller (right)

GoPro: Karma Drone with HERO5 Black Camera (left) and Karma Controller (right)

Whether it’s capturing epic views from above or stabilizing footage on the go, Karma is so much more than a drone. It’s a versatile stabilization solution that brings Hollywood-caliber footage to your fingertips no matter where you are because Karma fits in a sleek backpack designed to be comfortably worn during nearly any activity.

“Karma is the ultimate aerial, handheld and wearable stabilization solution for the GoPro community,” says GoPro Founder and CEO, Nick Woodman. “As the consumer drone market continues to grow, Karma delivers the most versatile solution at a very accessible price.”

GoPro (left to right): Karma Grip, Karma Stabiliser, Camera

GoPro (left to right): Karma Grip, Karma Stabiliser, Camera

The complete system includes the compact and foldable Karma drone along with the Karma Grip, a 3-axis camera stabilizer that can be handheld, mounted or worn. Together, the Karma drone and Karma Grip capture shake-free, ultra-smooth video with ease.

GoPro: Karma Stabilizer + Camera. Image Courtesy of GoPro.

GoPro: Karma Stabilizer + Camera. Image Courtesy of GoPro.

To clarify, this Karma is the same Karma that launched last year—to the naked eye. If you break the construction down, you’d see that we’ve redesigned the battery latch. A small change that led to a huge improvement.

In November 2016 we had to make the difficult, but necessary, decision to voluntarily withdraw Karma from the market. Safety is our biggest priority, so this decision came after we learned that a small number of Karma units were experiencing power loss mid-flight. We knew we had to move quickly. Really, it was an easy decision but difficult news to share. So the new battery latch allows you return to your regularly programmed dronies without worry.

Don’t know what a dronie is? When you’re looking for hands-free, epic shots, tune in to one of the four auto flight patterns that Karma offers. These preset flight patterns capture shots like dronie, orbit, reveal and cable cam, so no matter your skill level, you can wow people with your drone skills.

Beginner pilots rejoice because it doesn’t end there. A painless out-of-the-box experience also helps you to go from backpack to flying in minutes. And the game-style controller features an integrated touch display, making it fun, fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what the drone sees. You can even invite your friends to fly along with the GoPro Passenger App.

Karma Drone bundled with HERO5 Black Camera

Karma Drone bundled with HERO5 Black Camera

Separately available harnesses make Karma compatible with HERO5 Session and HERO4 Black and Silver cameras. Karma is available for $799.99 or bundled with HERO5 Black for $1099.99. We are also working on a Flight Kit for users who purchased Karma Grip alone, so stay tuned for that upgrade!

Karma is on sale at GoPro.com and select U.S. retailers. Karma will be available in international markets in the Spring. Learn more HERE. Make sure to check back, too, because new Karma functionalities will be available via software updates.


The following video presents GoPro: Introducing Karma Grip:
“Tell your stories in a whole new way. The detachable Karma Stabilizer can be easily removed from the drone and used with the Karma Grip for ultra steady handheld footage.

As always, happy capturing!

You might see examples of extreme use in this video. Please take appropriate precautions to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you, and to protect your GoPro camera.”

The following video presents GoPro: Introducing HERO5 Black:
“Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combined with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever.

As always, happy capturing!

You might see examples of extreme use in this video. Please take appropriate precautions to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you, and to protect your GoPro camera.”


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