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GoPro Releases New Hero5 and Impressive Karma Drone

Michael Maher

Not just a drone, the GoPro Karma is a complete stabilization system at a real competitive price. It packs a punch with the new GoPro Hero5.

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What was expected to be just a drone turns out to be a whole stabilization system packaged together. The Karma system from GoPro is a collapsible drone and handheld stabilizer all packaged into an easy-to-wear backpack.

GoPro Releases New Hero5 and Impressive Karma Drone: Karma Case

The system was designed specifically for the new GoPro Hero5 and GoPro Hero5 Session. It is backwards compatible with the GoPro Hero 4 series.

The Karma with a GoPro Hero5 will cost $1,099. Included at that price point is a GoPro Hero5, the Karma Drone, the Karma Grip, the Karma Controller (with built-in touchscreen), and the carrying case. The system alone costs $799 for those wanting to use their Hero4 cameras. The other option is a $999 bundle with a Hero5 Session. Karma will go on sale on October 23rd.

GoPro Releases New Hero5 and Impressive Karma Drone: Karma Drone Grip

This system is GoPro’s take on a similar setup offered by the Yuneec Typhoon line. The Yuneec Typhoon drone and SteadyGrip start at $899. For comparison, the new DJI Phantom 4 will set you back $1,199. (DJI’s handheld stabilizer, the Osmo, is not compatible with the Phantom 4 camera.) That said, we should hear from DJI in the coming weeks about their new foldable drone.

GoPro Releases New Hero5 and Impressive Karma Drone: Karma Camera

Take a look at some of the Karma footage captured with the GoPro Hero5 and Hero Session 5.

GoPro Releases New Hero5 and Impressive Karma Drone: GoPro Hero5

Not to be lost in the Karma news, the GoPro Hero5 specs have also been released. The camera shoots 4K footage and RAW photos. The camera has a single-button setup and a two-inch touchscreen display. The camera is waterproof without a housing, very impressive considering the touchscreen controls. The Hero5 starts at $399, but you can save $100 by bundling with the Karma.

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