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GoPro's foldable Karma drone goes on sale today

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GoPro Hero 5 and Karma drone

Launch day has finally arrived for GoPro's first drone, following its introduction last month, but the company has a lot of ground to make up against its rivals.

While it may be better known for its rugged cameras, GoPro isn't content to leave the drone market to companies like DJI with its Phantom range or new small Mavic Pro, which costs a similar amount as the Karma.

At the time of writing, the UK store is still showing a 'coming soon' page, along with Karma units compatible with Hero5 and Hero4 cameras. Both models of Karma without a camera cost £719 in the UK ($799 in the US), while the 'Karma plus Hero5 Black' bundle costs £999. On its own, a Hero5 Black costs £349, so the bundle represents a saving of around £70.

The Karma's biggest competition is likely to be from the Mavic Pro, which just about tops it on paper. although both have slightly different purposes.

Nonetheless, GoPro is going to need to convince buyers that it's not just dabbling in the drone market, and that it's here to stay. Making an investment in a drone isn't a cheap endeavour, so you naturally want to make sure that the camera company that made your device is serious about the business.

The Karma's a pretty solid shot at that though.

Related: GoPro Karma vs DJI Mavic Pro: Which foldable drone is best?

Watch: GoPro Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session and Karma Drone

Would you pick the Mavic or the Karma? Let us know in the comments below!

Bruce Newsom

October 23, 2016, 6:38 pm

Given your own admission that "At the time of writing, the UK store is still showing a 'coming soon'", your title is a little misleading. The Gopro Karma is NOT yet available to buy in the UK.

David

October 24, 2016, 3:45 am

i agree with you, in the German GoPro Store the Karma is marked as "coming soon" since mid Okt.

Doriskarloff

October 24, 2016, 4:02 pm

Totally misleading headline which trashes your "Trusted" reputation. GoPro's own website says 'COMING SOON' on all three adverts for the Karma with or without the GoPro cameras. Please update your news or listen to what your readers are telling you!

Bernard Doyle

October 25, 2016, 8:57 am

I don't agree that Karma and Mavic are main competitors, yes they are both foldable and have very comparable retail prices, but the similarities end there. Karma is more portable than a Phamtom, but it cannot compete with Mavic for convenience. If You want a go anywhere drone Mavic is by far the best choice. Nevertheless, it is just a drone, although its size and weight are great innovations, it is only differentiated from other drones in the air by touch focus. On the other hand, Karma offers users far greater creative potential with the detachable gimbal. I accept that this too is a DJI innovation, but GoPro has succeeded in delivering it at a much more attractive price. Karma will appeal to the more casual drone pilot, seeking flexibility over convenience. For this reason Mavic doesn't really compete with Karma, but if DJI were to offer a Mavic/Osmo Mobile combination, at an affordable price, it would kill off Karma overnight.

William Keating

October 31, 2016, 2:19 am

DJI is not going to eliminate the Karma because Hero4 and Hero5 users are clearly going to go Karma, the drone made to accommodate them. Granted that maybe only Hero owners will buy the Karma, but since GoPro has had all the market share, They have about 5 million Hero4 owners to purchase Karma as an accessory to their Hero4s or to upgrade to the Hero5/Karma bundle.

The string of uninterrupted strong reviews of the new Hero5 should ensure that many Hero4 owners will upgrade and significant others shopping for a new action camera will buy the Hero5/Karma bundle.

Bernard Doyle

October 31, 2016, 9:20 am

Yes I agree the price and potential of Karma as an extension to a Hero camera make it an obvious choice. However, there are many action camera owners who only made the purchase to fix it to a drone. Will the flexibility of Karma be reason enough to stick with GoPro? Yes, I think it will, but it won't win back those who have made the switch to fixed camera drones.

Anwar Meah

November 4, 2016, 2:21 pm

Agree'd but what about the controller that Karma has to offer.? Knowing that you have to charge your phone to run the Mavic, the Karma stands taller to what it has to offer... just saw Casey's review and he's suggesting the footage from the Karma is preffered to the DJI's Phantom 4?

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