GoPro has a new drone for the new Hero5
GoPro didn’t announce anything for like 2 years. Today though, they broke their silent and not only they announced Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session but also a new drone named as Karma.
In terms of pricing, Hero5 Black costs $399, 5 Session costs $299 and Karma has a price tag of $799. While the cameras will be available starting on October 2, you will have to wait until October 23 to get the drone.
With Karma, GoPro does not try to make a uber complex system that will be handy for professionals but hard for normal users. Instead, they want any one to be able to use their drone.
To start with, GoPro Karma is small and can be folded. You can even put Karma in a backpack but Karma still includes a special pack anyways. Also, you don’t have to put its pieces together every time. You just need to unfold its 4 arms when you want to use the drone.
On the front, there is a 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes the images taken with GoPro5 Black, Session or GoPro 4. Even though it looks odd to have the camera on the front, this design supposedly prevents blades to be in the camera’s view. You can also take out the gimbal and then stick it to a grip. This way, you can get a stable videos when you want to use it on handheld.
Speaking of easy to use, the drone comes with a remote controller that looks like the first generation Nvidia Shield. It means you have a touch screen on the one half and joysticks on the other.
GoPro Hero5 Black & Hero5 Session
Unlike the GoPro4, the fifth model comes with major changes. For example, GoPro 4 didn’t have a screen ( but you could buy one by paying extra money ) whereas Hero5 comes with a built-in touchscreen display.
Speaking about the touchscreen, it is now what will you be relying on when you want to control your camera. Even though there is also a menu button, touchscreen is more important in terms of controllers.
You can also control your Hero5 by your voice. Listening you by its three microphones, the camera is able to understand 7 different languages and voice controls can be even used when you are recording a video.
However, there is a doubt about new ways of controlling the Hero5. Yes, they are more simply and surely, provides more features but what would you do when you are not in the position to use the touchscreen or the voice control. We will see when it becomes available.
Now, you don’t necessarily need the case if you are just snorkeling. Hero5 can work up to 33 feet without its case but if you are trying to do crazy things, then use it with case.
GoPro also offers a new cloud service called as “GoPro Plus” for Hero4 and 5. According to GoPro, the service makes sharing and editing easier as the pictures are automatically uploaded to the cloud. However, we don’t have much details about GoPro Plus now.