GoPro Karma with HERO6 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 itanywhere. When you’re ready to fly, just unfold, attach the propellers andgo.
- The Karma stabilizer Captures breathtaking shake-free video both in the Air and on the ground. GoPro Passenger App Device Compatibility: iOS 9 and later,Android 4.4 and later
- 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 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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So far, I love the drone. This particular buying experience with Amazon was a monumental PITA, though.
Anyway...back to the Karma. I chose the Karma Hero6 bundle that comes with an extra battery and the usual items...very nice backpack-style carry case, the Karma Grip (haven't had a chance to use that yet), Hero6 camera, 2 extra propellers, misc GoPro mounting hardware, etc. It was well packed and protected inside the boxes (double boxed).
The Karma is much heavier and larger than I expected. The construction, materials and fit & finish of the various components all seemed to be extremely good. This thing feels solid as do all the parts and accessories. It took a few hours to get everything charged up and ready to go. Once the charging was done I tried to do the software updates and that's where things took a bit of a turn. I downloaded the GoPro app to my Android phone. Now, I'll admit, I don't use a lot of phone apps. The GoPro app seemed to be exceptionally useless to me and I couldn't get it to work downloading the various updates. So I downloaded Quik for my PC. That was just as bad. Not a big fan of it, either. I'd heard that all you have to do for the updates is turn the controller on and follow the prompts. Well, I couldn't get that to work. Nothing was working for downloading the updates. After about an hour of trying to get everything to update I gave up in frustration, shut everything off and went to bed.
The following morning I decided to tackle the updates again. I opened the controller and powered it on. Miraculously there was an update icon on the home screen. I tapped it and an update screen opened and I was able to download all the updates just like everyone said. I have no idea why it didn't do that when I initially tried. But, whatever. They were all successful, batteries on all the components were charged and I was ready for my first ever drone flight.
Just in case, I practiced a little on the flight simulator. It's actually pretty helpful...not so much for the flying but for control familiarization. After a bit on the sim I took the Karma for a spin. It didn't like the first location I chose to fly and would not complete the initial compass calibration. I moved to a different location and it worked first try.
Once the calibration was good I was all set to fly. Taking off is easy since all you have to do is tap the screen and press a button. I followed the on-screen prompts and instantly my Karma was in the air hovering steadily at about 6'. I flew it around the backyard keeping it below 50 feet. I flew it around, hovered, brought it back to land a few times and basically just got familiar with the controls. It's actually quite easy to fly and it's extremely responsive to the controls. Mine is rock solid when you release the joysticks. It doesn't wander around at all (to be fair, there was absolutely no wind for my first flight). Each time I ordered Karma to return and land from the launch location it returned to the precise spot it took off from. One thing to be mindful of (and I almost learned the hard way)...Karma returns to the launch point in a straight line...not on the path it took to get to wherever it is when told to return. So make certain there aren't any obstacles (like trees) in the way. Landings were quite soft and dead-on accurate. I was actually surprised by how much downdraft this little drone makes. It's quite powerful. I flew around for about 18 mins and never got a low battery signal on the controller so I'm guessing flight times will be pretty close to 20 mins or so.
I don't have experience with other drones to compare to Karma. Having said that, I'm glad I chose to go with the GoPro instead of one of the other popular choices. I think I'll use some of the extras like the Karma Grip more than I'll use the drone. I'm also glad I got the extra battery. The update issues were a challenge but that's all behind me now and once I got to fly it around they didn't seem all that important.
So, so far, so good with my Karma. I can't wait to get a few more flights and videos under my belt.
***UPDATE 12/9/2017***: I've had my Karma for a week now and have several flights of various duration under my belt. Of course, a few flights certainly doesn't make me an expert but this is what I've found:
I live in a fairly narrow river valley. I can't get a certain satellite emergency service for vehicles at my home. I was worried Karma would have difficulty with GPS disconnections or other issues. Fortunately, that isn't the case. I have yet to have a "Lost GPS" or "Lost Connection with Controller" message come up that so many others have complained about. Function has been perfect.
If you're new to drones like I am, don't worry. Karma is REALLY easy to fly. Once I got past the initial worries of having a $1k toy (I'm no pro so this amazing pro-quality tool is just a "toy" to me) a hundred feet in the air above me I've really started to like this thing. It is a blast! I'm very happy I bought this particular setup.
The hardest part for me is controlling the camera and knowing what settings to use for the particular conditions of the day. Having said that, the Hero6 takes fantastic video, even from a rookie like me that doesn't know how to use it. It is just rock-solid and steady when mounted on the Karma.
The first time I flew it with a fairly good breeze going on the motors were constantly adjusting to keep it steady. When that happens they make a lot of noises that can be very disturbing for a beginner. It's just Karma adjusting to the wind. I didn't want to take my eyes off of it so that made it difficult to follow on the controller. So, controlling the GoPro was a NoGo until I got used to that. I haven't used any of the built-in camera modes (like "reveal" or "follow me") yet, either.
First off I want you to take into consideration that you are actually buying one of three packages, only the drone, the drone and gimble or, the GoPro Karma drone with the hero camera (hero 5, hero 6), The karma grip (gimble), and the backpack/ case to hold it all In.
The karma is a great package for those to whom its geared towards. Someone who wants to get amazing footage of whatever their heart desires and wants to have the tools capable of pulling it off with ease that's not without saying the karma may be a little bit confusing at first primarily when you receive it uncharged and not updated. After you get through the initial set up process it is a very easy and consumer-friendly product that is very high quality for its price point.
So despite its initial shortcomings and its downfalls, as it is not the most capable drone out there on the market right now it still has it's place for those of you who are looking to take amazing footage with a user-friendly interface that makes learning how to use this device a breeze, and very fun, this is amazing product is for you.
All in all I hope that you decide to take advantage of this great offer and go and see what the GoPro Karma can do for you I promise that you won't be disappointed if you take your time and be patient with this product when doing your initial setup and understand what your buying. you may want to watch a YouTube tutorial on proper usage and so you can see the do's and don't.
By far the best choice for someone who is already in the GoPro ecosystem.
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