With a large array of drones currently on the market, it makes it hard to pick the best one. The Karma, yet another quadcopter, was recently released and because of the quality of GoPro’s cameras, it’s safe to automatically assume the picture quality is top notch. However, is the GoPro Karma, as a drone, everything you’d expect it to be? Let’s not waste any time in finding out …
Basically, GoPro created an accessory for GoPro cameras – that’s what it is. Don’t get me wrong, if you use the drone on its own, it’s fantastic. However, when you compare it with others that are currently available, you’ll see that it’s missing quite a few key features, but from what I have read, despite those key features being gone, people are still satisfied with the drone because they purchased it as a GoPro camera accessory.
A Nice Bundle
GoPro bundles this product with a nice backpack case, a unique controller and a steady-cam mount. Let’s go back to that controller for a second – when holding the controller, it feels like you’re holding a portable game system …it’s definitely a great controller.
As far as the price goes, at the time of writing this review, without a camera, it sells for $799. If you already have a Hero 4 camera, this is a good buy. If you would like it bundled with a Hero 4 or Hero 5 camera, expect to pay between $999-$1099. With these price points, the Karma is competitive with the DJI Phantom 4 and the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced.
Long story short, the Karma is a decent drone. Instead of thinking of it as an autonomous aerial vehicle, though, you need to look at it as a flying GoPro mount. It lacks follow-me abilities and collision detection, which just so happen to be the latest features in most drones at this price point.
Great for Beginners
It doesn’t take long to get the GoPro Karma up and running. In only a matter of seconds, you can take the Karma out of its case and launch it into the air. Even if you’re a beginner, and have never flown a drone before, you shouldn’t have a problem with this one. Staying in the air is a piece of cake with this drone and that is something that really stands out from the crowd.
There’s an auto take-off button you can use in order to make things easier on you. However, when you’re ready, you can go full manual. You have flight modes like Cable Cam, Orbit, Dronie, and Reveal that will take care of your complex moves. This way, even if you don’t know what you’re doing, you will be able to get some pretty good footage.
Yes, the Karma is missing the Follow Me mode, which helps you run through trees, but this doesn’t take away from the fun! With the GoPro Karma, you can capture some amazing footage and I’m pretty sure that is exactly what GoPro intended with this device.