GoPro – Instant Karma, Bad Karma or Good Karma
GoPro announced their new Karma Drone in September with the official date of release being Oct 23, 2016. As usual in the tech world, this launch was followed by crosstalk of every kind – some extolling the virtues of Karma and some negating them. The fuller story of GoPro and Consumer Drones, along with our projections, guesses and opinions, is set forth below for your interest. Note that Droneflyers is not moved by hype, screaming, false claims, marketing or other chest-beating – rather we delve into known facts, reports, opinions and precedent (history) to try and present a view based on our demanding master – The Market (Reality).
History of GoPro and their Karma Drone
Late to the Party?
GoPro has been making lightweight and rugged action digital cameras since 2006 so it made perfect sense when early R/C (radio controlled”) pilots installed them on their models. These early adopters flew either winged planes or helicopters as those models preceded the multirotor (3 or more propeller) machines we now label as “drones”. By the end of 2010, 100’s of hobbyists were building DIY Multirotors and strapping on GoPro cameras for a view from above.
2010 also saw the release of the first consumer drone, the Parrot AR Drone. The camera on this model was quite poor and so enterprising hobbyists strapped on a GoPro for a step up in image quality. By the end of 2011, various drones were available in kit form – the most popular being the DJI Flamewheel. Once again, GoPro became the camera of choice to strap on. [Read more…]