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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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221 of 227 people found the following review helpful.
Exactly what I needed
First, let me clarify something. The official safe maximum range on the Karma drone is 3200 ish feet. However, there is a setting in the Karma remote that allows you to disable the "safe" distance option.
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
Great deal freat quality!
By Russ B.
Great combination of drone and the best action camera anywhere!! The karma drone is more than adequate to carry the camera. The drone is very easy to fly, and you can't beat the action camera. Remember this is a camera 1st and a drone 2nd. Go Pro is not trying to compete with drone companies they are a camera company
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful.
Not the best, but a good option
[[VIDEOID:a807f0faa54fb21c9a320714ccc72504]] I have a Hero5 that I had received as a gift and it has been working great for me (I have had a hero2 and 3+black as well). I had really been considering the Mavic, but since I already had the camera it was not only much cheaper to go with the Karma, but getting a handheld gimbal included was great addition. I've only had it for a few days but so far it is all working well. It was all easy to get set up and get updated.. the handheld gimbal is not amazing operationally, but decent and it really does make the video sooo much smoother. The drone itself is fairly small, simple, and easy to set up. The controller is a little bulky and could be snappier UI wise, but still works well and is easy to operate. I have previously flown the Phantom, Phantom2, Inspire1, and the monstrosity that is the s600.. the Karma is certainly the easiest to set up and fly. No it doesnt have a bunch of sensors or features, but I dont fly in a way where I really need those anyways..
I cant say the the Mavic isn't better, in a lot of ways it probably is.. but if you are already using the gopro system or want something easy to use that can be utilized beyond just as a drone, it is a good option. I included a video of clips from my first test flight. It was shot @ 2.7k 48fps Protune then transfered to my phone (GalaxyS5) and edited in Premiere mobile, exported 1080p.