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GoPro Karma Drone Review

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In today's post, we are covering the review of GoPro Karma drone, a much talked about drone recently. GoPro brand needs no introduction as such, however, whether their entry into the drone segment is a solid one? Let's figure that out here!

Before we dive deep into the review, Kudos to GoPro design/innovation team for coming up with the idea of making their own drone, because the GoPro cameras are all action cameras and drones are extensively being used for aerial video shots. GoPro cameras were often paired up with products from other leading drone brands such as DJI or Yuneec.

Review of GoPro Karma Drone (for Hero5 Camera)

Design and Functions

At the first glance of GoPro Karma, you would agree that a lot of thought process has gone into creating an aesthetically pleasing drone that can be paired with GoPro HERO5 camera. The camera of the drone can be easily detached. The drone also can be used as a handheld equipment to shoot some smooth and amazing, aerial visuals.

Though the technology employed in making the drone might be a complex process, the outcome is pretty compact and portable. The simple design and functions ensure that even a novice can start learning and using the drone in quick time.

The stabiliser has been added in the front which makes the view of videos and photos clearer as the propellers will not be popping up while shooting the shots. The option of folding the propellers, arms, stabiliser makes it easier to carry the drone anywhere. Packed in the lightweight case, the drone is not a burden to carry for the hobbyists.

You can take out the stabiliser out of drone, pop it into the hand grip and carry it along where you go. The Karma hand-grip could be considered as an extension of the camera. The grip has facilities to control the shutter button, and you can change the camera modes. You can even change the angle of the stabiliser. You can also control the on and off modes. There is the famous return-to-home feature helps the return of drone to its base.

The Drone Control Unit

With the simple and smart Karma controller, anyone will have the joy of controlling the drone without many hassles.

The Karma drone also has other feature called Passenger app to share the video live with your friends. No one can deny the fact that the live experience of drone controlling is an enjoyable and thrill-filled affair.

Technical Specifications

Specification DescriptionGoPro Karma
 Flight Time20 Minutes
 Transmission Range3000 Meters
 Camera Resolution12 MP
 Video Resolution4K Ultra HD
 Mobile App?Yes

Core Aspects

Propellers

The GoPro Karma has 4 propellers with the right angle deviation to fly the drone.

Battery

The GoPro Karma has a high-capacity 5100mAh 14.8V battery. This provides up to 20 minutes of flight time on a 1-hour charge. For more usage, you may carry extra batteries and swap them out in the case of more flight time necessity.

Flight Time

The GoPro Karma has an average flight time of 20 minutes.

Product Features

  • The compact and ultra portable Karma drone comes with Game style controller, which helps you to control the drone flight and the camera at the same time.
  • Go Passenger App allows your friend also to control and feel the video covering experience along with you.
  • The Karma controller allows you to control the GoPro for 4 hours.
  • The Karma stabiliser has the range of motion between -90° to 0°.

Smart Features

GoPro Passenger App

The product has a special feature called GoPro Passenger App, where a friend of yours also can have the fun of controlling the video with the tablet or iPhone. With the iOS 9 and with the mobiles with Android of version 4.1 and later, your friend can enjoy some 'drone-flying' fun.

Return-to-Home feature

With the mode set as "Follow Me" and with the GPS on, the drone will be able to follow the controller, once the flying of the drone is over.

Karma Grip

Karma Grip is an extension of the camera. The grip has facilities to control the shutter button, you can change the camera modes. You can change the angle of the stabiliser. The option of switching on and off could be controlled at the grip. This makes it easier to take the shots from the nearer distances as well.

Stabiliser in the front

With the camera and stabiliser added in the front, a great quality video shots can be taken as the propellers will not be popping in while shooting.

Karma Case

The light weighted Karma case is easy to carry anywhere. With the folded drone and the accessories, the Karma case acts as the safety box as well.

Camera Specs & Highlights

GoPro Karma has a camera with a resolution of 12MP, boasting 4K Ultra HD quality.

A Video Look


This video tells you the accessories and the usage of the drone with all the clear technical explanation about the drone.

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Performance

The GoPro Karma does pretty well when it comes to performance. It has got the power, the range and versatile control options and all that you need to capture some action-packed visuals from your GoPro Hero5 cameras.

Smartphone App
GoPro Karma can be operated by "Quick App" to edit videos.

REVIEW SCORE

80%

Flight Time
Transmission Range
Camera Resolution
Stabilising Features
Price

PROS

  • Compact design makes it easy to carry anywhere
  • Good transmission range of 3000 meters
  • Stabilizer in the front helps to cover the pictures and videos without any obstacles
  • Good specs - 4K UHD video and 12 MP photos
  • It features an 115-degree wide-angle distortion-free lens that allows you to see the world as it is
  • Easy to setup ,learn and use.
  • GoPro Passenger app helps you enjoy the video covering along with your friend.

CONS

  • Service support is not available outside the United States.
  • Sometimes the connectivity issues with GPS might arise.

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Conclusion

We felt that the drone may not be as comprehensive as DJI's range of drones, but for the given price, it's quite impressive when it comes to tech specs and can be a great companion to GoPro action cameras. It's a lot cheaper than the DJI's leading drone models. So if you are looking for a good Drone for GoPro cameras, Karma is here for you! Having said that, if you have little higher budget, a DJI Mavic or Phantom 4 offer more features.

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