GoPro hits the skies: Firm unveils $799 Karma drone for aerial action shots along with two new cameras and a cloud-based service


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GoPro unveiled a foldable drone that takes shots 14,500 feet in the air, the name given is Karma. Karma is 2.2 pounds, fits inside a carrying case and will be out Oct. 23, also introduced two new Hero 5 cameras that are compatible with Karma and Hero 5 Session and Hero 5 Black will be available for purchase on Oct. 2

GoPro is taking to the sky in order to help users become better story tellers.

The California firm has unveiled Karma drone, tailored for first-person-action mini-cameras, new Hero 5 cameras and a cloud-based service for storing, editing and sharing video.

Karma 's controller is equipped with a touchscreen display, two joysticks, and a button for navigating the vehicle and selecting shooting presets that let users capture stunning aerial shots.

'We want to help you all become great storytellers,' said GoPro founder and chief executive Nick Woodman after making a rock-star entrance at a media event in a tent at the Squaw Valley ski area where the 1960 Winter Olympic Games were held.

'We transformed GoPro into an end-to-end storytelling solution.'

GoPro reported a $34.5 million loss in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2015, which is a 31 percent drop from the same period in 2014.

Analysts say the launch of Karma, along with Hero5 cameras and the cloud-based services, is crucial for a revival of the company's fortunes.

GOPRO'S NEW DRONE AND HERO 5 CAMERAS

GoPro has unveiled its Karma drone, tailored for first-person-action mini-cameras, improved Hero 5 cameras and a new cloud-based service for storing, editing and sharing video.

Karma has foldable wings and collapsible landing skids, which fits neatly in a carrying case.

It weighs 2.2 pounds, which is less than a pound more than the 12-in Mac Book.

And it hits max speeds of 35 miles per hour, a range of up to 3,280 feet and can climb up to 14,500 feet.

Both the Hero 5 Session and Hero 5 Black shoot 4K footage at 30 frames per second with a single touch of a button that is fixed on the drone controller.

Each camera also has voice control, with seven languages currently supported.

The difference between the Hero 5 cameras is not only is Hero 5 Black $100 more than the Session, it also shoots 12-megapixel photos, includes a 2-inchLCDtouchscreen, designed with built-inGPS and can capture RAW photos and Wide Dynamic Range video.

GoPro's Hero 5 Session is designed with a smaller sensor that shoots 10-megapixel photos.

However, it doesn't have all the high-tech features like GPS and a touchscreen as its more expensive partner.

And the firm hasn't made their new technology cheap.

Karma drones will become available on October 23 starting at $799, however, users can add a Hero 5 Session for a total of $999.

Or if you want the full package, GoPro is offering Karma with the Hero 5 Black for $1,099.

Karma is designed with foldable wings and collapsible landing skids, which allows consumers to neatly fit the vehicle inside a carrying case for easy travel.

And it just weighs 2.2 pounds, which is less than a pound more than the 12-inch Mac book, reports Mashable.

The vehicle can hit max speeds of 35 miles per hour, a range of up to 3,280 feet and can climb up to 14,500 feet.

There is also no need for a phone thanks to the Game-style controller with integrated touch display.

Owners of the previous Hero 5 cameras can use the new drone, but those with older models will have to upgrade their cameras.

Both the Hero 5 Session and Hero 5 Black shoot 4K footage at 30 frames per second with a single touch of a button that is fixed on the drone controller.

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