GoPro KARMA is a Drone and a Handheld Stabilizer in One PLUS New Hero5

September 19, 20160 Comments

We know now what KARMA is and it looks impressive. A drone that is also a handheld GoPro stabilizer is a great idea and a designing nightmare at the same time. I can understand why it has taken so long to finally release KARMA. It has to be really good at being a drone and that means fairly easy to fly and control the camera. As you know if it crashes well it is game over because these things falling from the sky generally don’t survive very well.

The Karma folds up in a nice tight little package making it great for on the go use.

The KARMA battery life is up to 20 minutes.


Maximum Speed 35 mph (15 m/s)
Maximum Distance 3280ft (1000m)
Maximum Flight Altitude 14,500ft (4,500m)
Maximum Wind Resistance 22mph (10m/s)
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz
Dimensions (Opened/No Propellers) Length: 12in (303mm)
Width: 16.2in (411mm)
Height: 4.6in (117mm)
Dimensions (Folded/Transport) Length: 14.4in (365.2mm)
Width: 8.8in (224.3mm)
Height: 3.5in (89.9mm)
Propeller Length 10in (25.4cm)
Weight 35.5oz (1006g)


The controller has a built in bright monitor so no need to add an iPad to the cost of the system.

  • Touch Display
  • Game Style Design
  • Smart Controls
  • Auto Shot Paths
  • Pre Flight Training
  • Full Camera Control

As a handheld stabilizer? I think this is going to be great.


  • Built in camera controls
  • Karma Stabilizer
  • Karma Grip
  • Body + Gear Mountable

Karma will be available October 23rd. & will cost $799 alone, $1,099 with a Hero 5, or $999 with a Hero 5 Session.

Good news for Hero 4 black and silver owners it is compatible with Karma.

GoPro Hero5 Black

Nice to not need a case anymore.

  • No case needed. Waterproof to 33ft (10M)
  • Voice Command
  • Image Stabilization
  • Touch Screen
  • WiFi + Bluetooth
  • Advanced Wind Noise Reduction
  • $399

Hero5 Touchscreen

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