GoPro Karma Drone Review

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GoPro Karma Drone Review

The GoPro Karma Drone is manufactured by GoPro. GoPro is a well-known brand known for its excellent cameras. GoPro Karma Drone was launched in 2016, but soon after its launch, it was recalled because of battery issues. The company announced the revival of Karma Drone in April 2017. In this review, we will give you the detailed insight of the camera and will tell you if it still worth it in 2018. In this GoPro Karma review, we take a look at the good and bad aspects of the drone.

GoPro Karma Drone Design & Build Quality

Karma Drone was announced when we had large drones like Phantom 4, Phantom 3, etc. which were very difficult to carry around due to their large size and GoPro Karma was a sign of relief due to its low weight and Portable design.

The GoPro Karma Drone is made up of plastic which makes it lightweight, the total weight of Karma Drone is 1.06 Kg which is less when we compare it to DJI Phantom Series. However, the drones like Mavic Pro and Mavic Air have low weight then Karma Drone. The Build Quality is awesome, Hard Plastic body doesn’t seem cheap and it is durable.

The Karma’s Controller also has an excellent build quality, and rubber pads make it easy to hold the Controller. Overall we are impressed with the Build Quality.

GoPro Karma Review
The GoPro Karma Drone with a Hero 5 attached.

GoPro Karma Drone Handling & Performance

GoPro Karma Drone is a good drone but it’s not perfect. The Karma Drone comes with four autonomous modes which are technically semi-autonomous.

The first mode is the Orbit mode which enables the drone fly around you and 2nd is “Reveal” mode where drone travel in the straight direction. In the Reveal mode, you will have to look out because it can crash into objects in its way.

Dronie Mode enables the Karma Drone to take some next level selfies and Cable Cam can help you capture some amazing vide shots.

The drone lacks the ultra-sonic sensors or any external cameras to avoid the collision detection which is available in competitors Drones.

The camera also Handle the GoPro Cameras brilliantly and you can get some great steady shots but we also experience that drone isn’t as steady in hovering as other drones like DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Mavic Air.

Overall, Karma Drone is easy to handle and one can easily fly it without any problem. The drone comes with some handy features like Automatic Take-off and landing and returns to a home function which is really helpful when drone battery is low or your drone move out of range.

The Drone controller use Wi-Fi for control which limits the flight range to 500 Meters. In our tests, we were able to push the limit to 700 Meter as there were no buildings between the drone and the controller however if you fly it in a city you should do care as the flight range is 500 and drone lack the anti-collision function.

Pricing

GoPro Karma Drone is available for 999$ at GoPro Official store. You will get the Karma Grip, Extra propellers, GoPro Hero 5 Black, GoPro Karma Drone, GoPro Bag pack and some extra accessories.

If you already own GoPro Hero 5, Hero 6 or Hero 4 Harness then you can simply buy GoPro Karma kit for 599.99$ and GoPro Karma Drone kit is available for 399.99$.

Pros:

  • Easy to Setup and Fly
  • Good Build Quality
  • Portable Design

Cons

  • Short Flight time – 20 minutes
  • Low Flight Range
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  • Lack some important modes like “Follow me” or “Indoor modes” etc.
  • No Collision Detection

Final Verdict

GoPro Karma Drone which is made for GoPro Enthusiasts. GoPro karma drone supports the three 3 GoPro cameras and this feature is not present in other Drones like the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Mavic Air which comes with Fixed Cameras.

GoPro Karma drone also lacks some basic features like collision detection and some basic modes. If you are not a GoPro enthusiast and looking for better value for money then we would recommend you to check DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Mavic Air which come with ultra-portable design and equipped with many good features and the price of these drones are also less than GoPro Karma Drone. Overall GoPro Karma Drone is a good Drone but its technical limitations are the reason why it is not wiser option to spend your money on it.

GoPro Karma Drone

$999
GoPro Karma Drone
6.5

Portability

9.5 /10

Price

5.0 /10

Range

5.0 /10

Pros

  • Easy to fly
  • Portable

Cons

  • Short range
  • Expensive