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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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148 of 151 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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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful.
It has its issues. But overall recommended for GoPro users.
First the good:
If you are a gopro person, the Karma is an extension of the gopro experience. Trust me that you want that stabilizer and handgrip for your gopro videos. It makes it buttery smooth with practically no shake. For those wondering if that handgrip is truly worth it, it really is! That stabilizer alone is $300. So might as well get the drone too for $500 more that comes with the case and all that you need to fly the drone.
I wouldn't see the Karma drone as a drone as a standalone product. I wouldn't compare this to DJI's or other drone companies. By far they beat the karma in technology in every way. So when I fly with other dronies, i can feel the karma are for beginners and non-advanced drone flyers. I won't go into detail comparison here between DJIs and Karma cause you can google that and find the specs are overwhelmingly in favor of DJI such as mavic pro, phantom 4s etc.
The Karma is really for those times when you already have your gopro with you on your adventures, and you want to add an aerial aspect of the photo/video whereever you are (provided its not restricted per FAA etc). For example, when you are wakeboarding etc and you want an aerial video/photo of that. Landscape photography in an aerial perspective (provided its allowable by regulation).
I wouldn't get the Karma drone if you don't intend to use the Gopro hero for anything else besides drone use. Because again its not a powerful drone compared to DJI. But it works for me because I am already a Hero user, and I don't want a separate app/program/camera memory card to use a drone with; which is what I would have to do if I got a DJI drone.
Another good is that the controller is user friendly. doesn't require a separate tablet or phone to see the camera from drone perspective. You can update all your gopro products using the controller and wifi connection.
Now the bad:
The controller as user friendly as it may be, has bugs. The "LEARN" feature such as flight simulator and learn to fly doesn't always start. The program crashes and then it goes back to start screen. I get lucky sometimes and it loads. Often time it doesn't load and just pop back to start screen. Also, another problem and its A MAJOR CONCERN, is that when you try to use one of the aerial paths (dronie, reveal, orbit, etc), the program may crash your controller leading it to shut off while the drone is in the air and the controller won't start back up/reset unless you plug it with power from a portable battery pack or AC adapter (which most likely you won't have while you are outside). Or the program won't load at all and it returns you to the camera view. So I highly recommend you bring a battery pack with you to reset the controller. Good thing the drone comes back to the launch site and lands safely. But the return to launch feature comes back in a straight line and not the path you had it go the first place. I can foresee a problem if today you had obstacles in your straight line path. It doesn't have obstacle sensors, so you get the idea. CRASH!. I was fortunate that I was in an open field with no obstacles. I already exchanged the GoPro 3 times and they all have similar issues. Either the Learn programs don't load and/or the aerial path programs shuts the controller down or won't load. My third gopro karma exchange at least have a working aerial path program, but the learning program still don't load consistently. GOPRO, PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM!!!!!
Overall I kept my Karma now that the aerial paths program work w/o crashing my controller or the program won't load. But it took me 3 exchanges to find the Karma that worked. Since I am not new to drone flying, the learning program wasn't a big deal to me. But it still don't load consistently despite my 3rd Karma.
I think once gopro fixes this buggie controller, the karma would be all about the good as I stated above without much bad. It's not for the advanced drone users since it lacks the powerful technology found in other drones by DJI.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful.
Love my Karma drone
Love my Karma drone! The controller is thoughtfully designed, the grip creates incredibly smooth shots (and I love being able to pull it out to use separately), and the drone comes with a nice backpack case that's easy to transport.