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GoPro unveils Karma drone and two new connected action cameras

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GoPro has unveiled Karma – the company’s very first drone along with all-new connected Hero5 cameras and services that will make it easier than ever to capture and share your videos.

The new GoPro products were revealed at a special event in Squaw Valley in California near Lake Tahoe by GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.

“With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories,” said Woodman.

“We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-calibre aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilisation into a backpack. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.”

Apart from the Karma Drone, GoPro also launched two new Hero5 cameras – the Hero5 Black and the Hero5 Session.

Also introduced was the GoPro Plus subscription service, a Quik app to edit and share content.

Karma will be available from October 24 and will start from $1,195.95.

Hero5 Black will be priced at $569.95 while the Hero5 Session will cost $459.95. Both will go on sale on October 3.

GOPRO KARMA

Karma is a compact drone which has foldable arms to make it easy to fit the device inside a small backpack.

It includes a three-axis image stabilisation grip which holds a GoPro camera that can also be detached and used on its own for smooth handheld or vehicle mounted videos.

Karma is controlled with a game-style controller which has an integrated touchscreen display so users can fly the drone without the need for a separate smartphone or tablet.

GoPro’s Karma drone will be available with a GoPro camera for $1,195.95 and with a GoPro Hero5 Black for $1,649.95.

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A GoPro Karma bundle with a Hero5 Session camera will be available in early 2017 at a price to be determined.

GOPRO HERO5 BLACK

The GoPro Hero5 Black has a new design and is waterproof to a depth of 10m without a housing.

It has a 2-inch touch display and simplified controls and is capable of shooting 4K video at 30 frames per second and 12-megapixel still images.

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It has professional grade electronic video stabilisation, stereo audio recording and advanced wind noise reduction.

There’s also built-in GPS and can upload photos and videos to the cloud while it’s charging.

GOPRO HERO5 SESSION

The new GoPro Hero5 Session has the same smaller design and waterproof construction without the need for housing but it does pack in some performance upgrades.

It can shoot 4K at 30fps and 10-megapixel still images and has the same one-button control and image stabilisation as the GoPro Hero5 Black.

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Hero5 Session can also upload photos and videos to the cloud while it’s being charged.

Both of the new GoPro cameras are compatible with existing GoPro mounts.

GOPRO PLUS

Exporting your video from a GoPro camera is now easier and is as simple as plugging it in to charge.

While it is plugged in to the charger, the GoPro camera automatically uploads photo and videos to GoPro Plus – a cloud-based subscription service so you can access, edit and share your content anywhere and from other devices.

GoPro Plus will be available in the US from October 2 for $US4.99 a month after a free trial and then international markets starting in January 2017.

QUIK APP

It’s one thing to create your videos but then you have to edit and share them.

Now with the Quik desktop and mobile app, that git a lot easier.

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You can now import your videos and your music and Quik can analyse your content to find the best moments.

It can also add transitions and effects and even sync everything to the beat of the music you’ve chosen.