GoPro Karma Drone


GoPro has been a leader in documenting adventure and with the release of their new GoPro Karma drone ($800), they have provided a platform to push action cinematography to the limit.  The quadcopter propeller arms and the landing gear fold in on themselves to fit into an included backpack for ease of carrying to where you need it to be.

It comes with a dedicated touchscreen controller and the standard Hero4 or the brand new Hero5, although it can be bought in a bundle without a camera, if you already have one. The camera is held by a 3-axis stabilizer that can be detached and used as a hand-held unit on the ground.

If you are into speed, you might want to know that Karma tops out at 35 mph and can attain at altitude of over fourteen thousand feet.  You can get a decent 20 minutes of flight time out of a single charge of its 14.8V/5,100-mAh lithium-polymer battery.  The remote can display POV on its 720p screen and allows remote start/stop filming and pan/tilt.  Control of the vehicle can be switched to a paired mobile device if you need to let a friend drive it while you film yourself.