GoPro Karma

From $1,349,

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

Good­ness, an­other drone? You betcha. See the name though? This beauty’s made by one of the big­gest names in ac­tion pho­tog­ra­phy, GoPro, so you know it’s go­ing to be ace at pro­duc­ing epic videos and jaw-shat­ter­ing pic­tures with the min­i­mum of fuss. De­signed to be fu­ture proof, it’s a drone that even the most novice of pi­lots can turn on, send sky­ward and take killer shots in a mat­ter of min­utes. Hold on, fu­ture proof? How so? Glad you asked. Most other drones come with their cam­era built into the beast’s body, while the Karma drone has a caddy made for the GoPro Hero5 Black. (That’s the 4K, top-of-the-line snap­per, and it’s an op­tional ex­tra.) Should GoPro re­lease an­other ac­tion cam­era – and you’d be a fool to think oth­er­wise – then you’ll be able to ei­ther slip that new unit into the caddy or at­tach a new one. So how do I fly the drone, ex­actly? With the home video game con­sole-like con­troller. Press and hold the start but­ton and the drone starts. Press the launch/land but­ton and it’ll, er, launch or land, de­pend­ing on what you’re up to. A se­ries of pre­set moves can be ac­cessed via the con­troller’s touch­screen for track­ing shots and the like, and you can pair a smart­phone to it as well. That way, you can be the pi­lot and a mate can be your cam­era­man.

I’m al­most con­vinced, tell me more...

Also in­cluded in the Karma pack­age is the Grip that can be mated to the gim­bal, use­ful for hand-held shots or at­tach­ing to cloth­ing for se­ri­ously sta­ble footage. If you don’t al­ready own a GoPro Hero5 Black, there’s an­other bun­dle that in­cludes the five-star cam­era one for an ex­tra $441.

Gah, I re­ally want one. When can I buy this?

The GoPro Karma is avail­able right now from and online re­tail­ers.

Done dron­ing for the day? Fold the arms in and pop it back in its in­cluded case.

Learn to fly be­fore take­off us­ing the con­troller’s built-in soft­ware.

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