GoPro Karma with HERO5 Black
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- Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted.
- The Karma Drone folds to fit into the included lightweight case. Take it anywhere. When you’re ready to fly, just unfold, attach the propellers and go.
- The Karma Stabilizer captures breathtaking shake-free video both in the air and on the ground.
- Remove the Karma Stabilizer and attach it to Karma Grip for ultra steady, professional-looking handheld shots.
- Karma Grip works with GoPro mounts, including the built-in shoulder mount on the Karma Case, to deliver ultra steady body-mounted footage.
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Karma with HERO5 Black
More than a drone.
Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted. The Karma Drone is foldable and fits into its own lightweight case that’s comfortable to wear during any activity. A game-style controller featuring an integrated touch display makes it easy and fun to fly. Karma comes with a camera stabilizer that can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip to capture ultra steady professional-looking handheld and body-mounted footage. More than a drone. It’s Karma.
GoPro account required for flight.
- HERO5 Black
- Karma Drone
- Karma Controller with Touch Display
- Karma Stabilizer
- Karma Grip
- Karma Harness (HERO5 Black)
- Karma Charger
- Karma Battery
- 6 Propellers
- Karma Mounting Ring
- The Frame (HERO5 Black)
- USB-C Cable
- Karma Case
Features + Benefits
More Than a Drone
Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted. Karma features a versatile stabilizer you can remove from the drone and attach to Karma Grip, which can be handheld or body worn.
It goes with you
Karma goes with you. It folds into its lightweight, compact case that’s comfortable to wear during any activity. Just pack it, take it, and when you’re ready to fly, unfold, attach the propellers and go.
Easy to fly
Never flown a drone before? First-time flyers can get in the air right away with automatic one-button takeoff and landing. A built-in tutorial shows you how to set up the drone, work the sticks, control your camera and fly safely. The flight simulator gives you the hands-on training you need to fly like a pro anywhere, anytime before your first flight. Experienced pilots can use the smart controls to fly while they focus on controlling the camera to get the perfect shot.
Handheld + Body mountable—take it or wear it, anywhere
Karma Grip can be used with GoPro body mounts, including the Karma Case and optional Seeker sportpack, to capture hiking, riding or biking.
Features + Benefits
Karma Stabilizer—ultra smooth aerial
Capture breathtaking shake-free footage from the air. Karma’s removable stabilizer delivers the smooth look of a professional production.
Controls you already know
The Karma Controller is simple and smart. Even if you’ve never flown before, you can easily control the Karma Drone and your GoPro at the same time.
High-quality touch display made for the great outdoors
The Karma Controller touch display is designed for improved visibility outdoors. It delivers a real-time, ultra bright, first-person view of what Karma sees during flight.
Karma Grip works with GoPro mounts, including the built-in shoulder mount on the Karma Case, to deliver ultra steady body-mounted footage.
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|Photo (Up To)||12MP / 30 FPS Burst / Time Lapse||10MP / 30FPS Burst / Time Lapse||8MP / 10FPS Burst / Time Lapse|
|Video (Up To)||4K30 / 1440p80 / 1080p120||4K30 / 1440p60 / 1080p90||1440p30 / 1080p60|
|Waterproof 33FT (10M)||✓||✓||✓|
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|WiFi + Bluetooth||✓||✓||✓|
|Advanced Wind Noise Reduction||✓||✓|
|Auto Upload To Cloud||✓||✓|
|Item Dimensions||5.91 x 17.32 x 11.89 inches|
|Shipping Weight||15.85 pounds|
Karma captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld or body mounted. Ultra portable, Karma folds to go anywhere, packed in its own lightweight case. Detach the camera stabilizer and combine it with the included Karma Grip for unbelievably smooth handheld or body-mounted footage.
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I have personally flown the Karma successfully about 5600 feet (a mile is 5280 feet) before it decided to automatically return to the take-off point. And by the way, it was very cool to see it autopilot itself the entire way back to me. Once the drone is back in range there is an option on the remote to regain control.
The Karma drone package is by far the best deal for the majority of people. For $1100, you get the drone itself, battery, backpack, gopro hero 5 black camera ($399 value), gopro stabilizing stick (actually very cool in and of itself, $299 value), and a few other attachments.
The camera of course can be used separate from the drone; and the camera is pretty cool. It is waterproof to 30 feet without a case, can be voice controlled, touch screen (with on screen editing functions), and of course video that rivals more expensive camera systems.
The handheld stabilizer is much more useful than I thought it would be. It, along with the hero 5 internal antishake mechanism, result in a butter smooth picture even while hiking, mountain, biking, etc. It makes a big difference watching footage during mountain biking without and with the stabilizer. Without the stabilizer footage can be nausea inducing. WITH the stabilizer, it was like watching the star wars speeders flying between the trees.
Oh, and so far, the Karma drone works pretty well. I've had one episode of GPS loss but was able to land it with some difficulty. But as far as I know, none have yet to just fall out of the sky (the battery issue has been fixed).
I'm getting about 18 minutes of battery life. However, the Karma will return to you with about 2 minutes of battery remaining, so expect about 15 minutes of useful flying time. (Let's see, 18-2 = ... you get the idea).
The battery charges to full in an hour. I bought two extra batteries and have two chargers. Works very well for me.
Overall, very happy with my purchase. It's really the drone purchase that made the most sense for me.
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I bought the Karma via Best Buy initially thinking of just getting the Grip. But heck for $500 more why not get drone with it. I played with the Karma for 3 months. Took it to Mexico, flew it around all over my hometown here in US. I thought it was good in that its a complete package for the GoPro users. You want aerial vids, you got the karma. You want ground vids, you got the grip. Life was alright with the Karma for the 3 months, until I tried the DJI Mavic Pro and realized life was much much greener on the other side.
What did I learn from the Mavic Pro that made me realize Karma is a horrible drone?
GPS signals: Karma would occasionally lose signal making me manually control the Karma which drifts really bad. So bad that crashed it twice. One time crashed landed onto grass. 2 propellers broke. I was fine. Karma came with extras. Second time, crash landed into a light pole. Everything broke. Good thing my credit card purchase protection covered that. But I made the mistake of buying another Karma since I'm so forgiving and that whole package with the Grip and the fact I already own Hero 5 really attracted me. Unfortunately, the "bad karma" continued..... Lost GPS mid flight, had zero control of it using the remote. I tried to land but it won't respond to my remote controls. It just drifted away and away until it hit a tree and fell 20 feet onto grass. Good thing it was on grass cause the stabilizer dented only, but 3 propellers broke. Arms scratched. One thing going for Karma is that its durable to some degree. Hero 5 black held up every single crash so I give my hat down to the Hero 5 durability. I learned a lot about 100% manual drone flying from the Karma. That training made the Mavic Pro like a baby drone. Super Easy to handle. I have since had not a single GPS loss with Mavic Pro. Mavic tells me how many satelites its connected to vs. GoPro red, orange, or green signals. I manually put Mavic Pro on ATTI mode (vision mode with no GPS), super steady on hover with no drift.Karma lacks any sensors so once it loses GPS, you are on your own entirely along with the bad drifts. The Mavic Pro has been a piece of cake to fly compared to Karma. But again I give a lot of credit to the Karma for making me into a really good drone pilot compared to those who started off with Mavic Pro. I met drone pilots who started off Mavic Pro and freaking out when it goes to ATTI (vision) mode. To me with my manual Karma flying training that Karma forced onto me with its GPS issues, ATTI mode was a piece of cake.
GoPro controllers "learn" and "cam" features are not reliable. It crashes often. Won't load or crash. Cam feature: One time chose cable cam and it crashed my controller sending my karma to returnhome on a straight path. good thing no obstacles in the straight path or else it would have crashed. Granted karma did return to home and landed safely. So everytime i chose a cam mode, I pray it works or else my heart will be beating like crazy hoping karma won't drift away, or hope the straight path it choses doesn't have any obstacles.
I had Sony A7RII with G master 2470 lens, chargers for camera and karma, 2 karma batteries, hero 5 and its accessories. 2 tablets all onto a drone trekker backpack (polarpro). It was 50lbs total. Super heavy to carry and killed my back the whole week I was on vacation. Completely not convenience to bring if you had a lot of gear. I changed it all out for Mavic Pro gear with 2 batteries and charger. It was so much lighter around 30lbs. I saved 20lbs on my back and shoulders.
Since flying the Mavic Pro, I realized how ancient the tech is on the karma and how basic it is. Its 100% rely on GPS. If thats lost, which unfortunately it does too often, you are on your own with no vision sensors of any kind to assist. I think the $1k is very well spent on a Mavic compared to $800 Karma and its Grip. Its well worth it to me.
With that said, I love the Karma grip. It helps me make buttery smooth Hero 5 vids. I highly recommend that grip for all Hero 5 users. So I got the Karma grip on its own and returned the Karma and keeping my Mavic Pro.
Next I tried the Karma Grip. I just got done taking my first movie with it and I will try to show some of it here if not I will show some photos. The Grip is so easy to use and took movies with no jitter and was extremely smooth. This grip did the job of a professional camera that you see running along the field at sporting events. I'm so glad I waited until the Karma came out again and didn't get another brand. By the way it doesn't have the follow feature which I didn't need or want. But it can be programed to do certain routs. I tried to load a movie but don't know how.