Take Two: GoPro’s Karma Drone Returns to the Market

Let’s try that again: GoPro Inc. has announced that its Karma drone is officially back on the market after having been recalled due to technical issues.

In November, GoPro had to withdraw all of its long-anticipated Karma drones due to what it called a “small number of instances of power loss due to a mechanical issue related to securing the drone’s battery.” The company announced last month that the drone would, however, be back on the market again this year.

GoPro says it has now identified the issue as a problem with the latch mechanism, which secured the drone’s battery. A redesigned battery latch has been incorporated into the updated Karma drone to resolve the issue, the company confirms.

The quadcopter is now on sale at GoPro.com and select U.S. retailers for $799.99 or $1,099.99 bundled with GoPro’s HERO5 Black camera. GoPro says initial shipments will be limited, and the drone will be available in international markets in the spring.

A key feature of the Karma drone is its compactness: The aircraft, along with its controller and image-stabilization grip, can fold into an included backpack. (Notably, DJI also introduced the foldable Mavic Pro drone back in September.)

A game-style controller features an integrated touch display, and the drone’s three-axis camera stabilizer can be removed and attached to the included Karma Grip for capturing handheld and body-mounted shots.

GoPro says the aircraft also features several preset flight patterns such as dronie, orbit, reveal and cable cam.

“Karma is the ultimate aerial, handheld and wearable stabilization solution for the GoPro community,” states Nick Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO.



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