GoPro - Karma Quadcopter with HERO5 Black - Black/White

Take aerial shots with this GoPro Karma drone. Its Karma Stabilizer lets the included HERO5 Black action camera capture shake-free videos, while the Karma Grip provides reliable stabilization for handheld and mounted filming. The game-style controller with an integrated touch display makes Karma easy and fun to fly.

Fly Responsibly:
Before takeoff, update all software and firmware, and read the instructions thoroughly.
See the FAA website for registration requirements and information about flying a drone safely: https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/. Additional state or local requirements may apply. Check your local jurisdiction. The following websites may help you make informed decisions about flying your drone: www.knowbeforeyoufly.org and www.modelaircraft.org.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 6 propellers
  • Battery and charger
  • Case and mounting ring
  • Controller with touch display
  • GoPro HERO5 BLACK
  • Grip handle
  • Harness and frame (for HERO5 Black)
  • Karma Drone
  • Stabilizer
  • USB-C cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
81% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (276 out of 343)

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Features


Ultra portable drone

The Karma Drone folds to fit into the included lightweight case. Take it anywhere. When you're ready to fly, just unfold, attach the propellers and go.

Includes GoPro HERO5 Black and detachable camera stabilizer

Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos. In Single, Burst, and Time Lapse modes.

Remove the Karma stabilizer and attach it to Karma Grip for ultra steady, professional-looking handheld shots.

See what your drone sees

The built-in touch display of the Karma controller streams a live, first-person view of what Karma sees.

Game-style controller with ultra bright touch display

Flying is fun with a game-style controller that makes it easy to fly the drone and control your camera at the same time.

Total camera control

Designed from the ground up to give you full control of your GoPro in flight, Karma lets you remotely control all camera modes and capture settings, add HiLight Tags and more using its built-in touch display.

Automatic takeoff, landing and return home

Automatic one-button takeoff and landing helps first-time pilots fly with confidence. Karma safely flies back to you when out of range, if there's a lost connection or when the battery runs low.

Take your friends for a ride

The GoPro Passenger™ App lets friends view your flight and control your GoPro while you fly.

Replacement parts help keep you flying

Arms, landing gear and other components are easily replaceable. Extra propellers are included.


Overall customer rating

4.1
81%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely flexible and awesome video

    Posted
    BPRescue
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    Here is my experience having owned this while now with hundreds of flights. Before I start, I received the Hero 3+ as a gift years ago. At the time I thought it was that perfect present since it was a niche/cool thing in action cam I would have never bought myself, but shockingly this is now my primary video camera above my Sony Video Cam and 7D. At $1100 for the Karma, this is a very good deal and affords flexibility beyond the other drones you see on the shelf at Best Buy. The Hero5 with image stabilization (which is one of the best action cameras out there) is removable, so you are not limited to aerial video unlike DJI, but also add composition on land, water, even underwater to complete your video options. There is also a removable gimbal which when attached to the included Karma Grip, affords amazing image stabilization keeping you composition perfectly level with no bumps, even if you are running, on a bike whatever. The gimbal is the single piece of equipment that will provide the most dramatic change to your video, giving you Hollywood like cinematic shots on and off the drone. Putting a cost to this, you have a Hero 5 for $400, a gimbal for $300, which puts the drone cost with case at $400. It is not just this flexibility, but also the total cost that should be considered when comparing drones as most comparisons to the Karma are not apples to apples. How can it be, they are limited in capturing video in the air, with less quality optics than the Hero5... Regardless, for $400, this Karma will fly circles around any other drone even at twice the cost. To introduce a Mavic Pro into a true comparison would mean $1900 for the extra equipment already included in the Karma (I also added a 2nd Micro SD since you would not use the same one for both). BTW, if you already have a GoPro, even better as you have massive mounting options already. Speaking to my experience thus far, this drone has been pretty incredible. It is very easy to fly, so much so that my 10 year old takes over the reins when I need to be in the shot be it driving the boat, etc. It is very stable, even having a learning mode until you get acclimated with the sticks. It is more than impressive in the wind it handles; I would say I have flown it in 30MPH winds and it still provided very good video. This was testing, which BTW I recommend as well. If you view YouTube, you will see many crashes, even people blaming the Karma, but looking at the video's, 9 out of 10 are user error, irresponsibility or just not knowing the limits or how to fly; often many mistakes at once. So, they fly it behind a building or mountain, which you should not do and lose sight of the drone, the drone loses connection and when it attempts to return, it crashes because the pilot did not set a return flight, or even know what it was. Again, hundreds of flights here and I have had no issues, have not crashed it, or even been close once. Like a car, you pay attention, and you don't need a sensor to apply the brakes for you... Actual Video of the Karma is better than the Mavic and has more flexibility in composition in the air, not just on the ground. The point; this drone will take equal and better video than the Mavic will, and that is ultimately what it is for. I recommend that everyone research prior to buying any drone and be realistic in what you want, vs. options. The Karma does not have sensors, so there is no true "autonomous" flight, to which another drone, the Mavic Pro does have. These sensors afford the Mavic the ability to work with GPS to provide perfect hovering and obstacle avoidance. If you research, you find these sensor do not always work and will not avoid items like trees, bushes, power lines/poles, etc. To my point of testing, I take this to a very large open desert area to practice not just the auto path features, but also what could happen in a bad situation. I tested the loss of controller connection to the drone by powering it off while the drone was in flight. I also ignored the warnings and allowed the batter to drain where the drone forced an automatic return. Return to launch and return to you were tested and it always acted as designed bring it a few feet to my landing site. Keep in mind that even in these automatic return modes, you can take over control to get it on that pie plate if need be. I also tested distance; again to 2500' at a max of 400' high. Not once has the controller lost connectivity and doing this gave me immense confidence in the drone. I also continue to test autopaths and different manual composition, so just like the safety aspect, I know what to expect and won't freak out, but equally as important to ensure when I really want video, I know what to do and am quite efficient than just flying around and wasting battery. BTW, like any camera or electronic device, buy a backup battery. It will also help promote safe flying where you don't put yourself in the position of a drained battery after you have already ignored warnings. Back to research. There are drones that claim farther limits than the Karma, however the FAA restrictions affords a 400' ceiling, and line of sight. In distance, that translates to 3000' max since the drone is a black dot. This distance is well within the Karma's capability, but some like the spec of a 3 mile drone. BTW, you also have to register this drone with the FAA, so it's best to research your limitations there as well before you buy (Part 107).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware, Experienced Pilots Only

    Posted
    callmeageeth
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    My preface is that this review has as much to do with warnings, instructions and customer service as it does the product itself. The Karma was my first drone purchase. Yes, I got sucked in by the GoPro brand (I like their cameras). I thought the entire package was tempting. If you are an experienced drone pilot, you can skip on past this review as a lot of what I have to say you'll likely chalk up to being commonsense. When opening the case and setting everything up, you are told to go through a simulated flight experience on the controller. After that, you are free to fly. That's it. That's essentially all of the warnings and dangers associated with the device. You are told to calibrate it for the first time, and that includes holding the drone and spinning in a circle to calibrate its compass. If you don't have a GPS signal, it will require that you place your finger on the controller's touch screen to fly in Expert Mode. Nothing tells you what Expert Mode entails. If you are in a designated no fly zone, you will be told on the screen (within certain distance to an airport). You can of course override this if you wish. You likely will since any remotely metropolitan area will give you this message. When you fly it the first time, it is truly awesome. When you look at the footage, footage you likely haven't seen before (i.e. my neighborhood from a 200 foot altitude) it's amazing. Let me take you to what happened to me. It's about my 50th flight. I'm on Lake Erie. I fly it twice in one day no problem. The third time, I'm told to go in Expert Mode. I was just taking some photos of the family with the drone over the water, not flying it great distances, and figured this will be quick and easy. I get the drone over the water and things went haywire. The drone seems to be flying on its own and then I get a warning on the controller "Thumbstick input not detected, Karma attempting to land in place." Well it was over the water. Luckily, I get it over land, but I lose the video feed, my controller goes black and then I get a 3 minute countdown timer. I can't see the drone, I run everywhere. At the end of the timer, i have a screenshot of the last image from the Karma. It says its 184 feet to the east. I end up searching the nearby area (about 184 feet away) for 5 hours to no avail. I call GoPro and tell them what happened. (I'll cut the story short) and they tell me the controller had connection with the Karma for 2 miles; implying it was two miles away. "Interference" likely caused my issues. I was never told what interference causes issues with the connection. I was told I didn't perform a pre-flight calibration (was never told I needed to do it each flight). I learned that the drone will only fly in place (hover in one spot) with GPS signal. I had NO idea. I just thought the GPS was for bringing it back to me at the push of the button. I learned that without GPS the drone will be extremely susceptible to wind (their website claims it can withstand some 22 MPH winds, well, that's only with GPS). So in essence, I flew it on Expert Mode and the breeze of the lake blew it away. I tell you all this because GoPro does not tell you this information before you fly it. I'm sure people who actually care to read this will tell me it's my fault because this is common knowledge, but GoPro has the burden of telling its consumers how to fly their drones safely. (Not only that, they're too expensive to just lose). GoPro customer service was responsive in that they talked to me, and I get it, they don't want to replace every drone that's ever lost and why should they believe me, but they do a poor poor job of teaching new users how to use their products which causes some of these problems. Bottom line, unless you are an experienced pilot (i.e. this isn't your first drone) DON'T BUY IT. Stick with another brand, such as DJI, which builds in additional safety features into its drones. But if you do buy it, please please do a lot of internet research so you can learn from others' mistakes. You cannot rely on GoPro to provide you with all of the information you need.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing products

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    First, let me clarify something. Best buy says the maximum range on the Karma drone is 3200 ish feet. Not completely true. 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 of the remote touching any stick will allow you to resume control. So on to the main part of the review: The Karma drone package is by far the best deal for the majority of people. For $1100, you get the drone itself, battery, 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 let me tell you, that camera is very 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. Let me tell you, it makes a huge 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. And guess what.... the Karma drone WORKS PERFECTLY! Yes, that's right, none have fallen out of the sky since re-release. 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 = ... well you get the idea) The battery charges to full in an hour. I bought two extra batteries and will buy an extra charger once they become available. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. It's really the drone purchase that made the most sense for me. Hopefully this helped!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I'm disappointed

    Posted
    Sergey
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    The only good thing about this deal is seem to be the package and modular approach. You get 3 things that you can use together and separately for $1100. But you get 3 things of bad quality. Drone. I'm heavily disappointed. It heavily drifts it's hard to catch it. If it suddenly looses gps it might accelerate in random direction quite fast you'll have to catch it. It has poor (if you compare to others) functionality. No "Follow me" feature, for example. It has "Orbit", but man, due to drifting it's really hard to make use of it. Open youtube and search for "gopro karma don't buy", you'll see it for yourself. I also don't like controls -- it's either not moving or moving too fast, it hurts video capturing experience. Another thing really upset me yesterday -- battery was low so I urged to land it. I did it, I landed it but then it decided to take over control and ascended (!!!) and only then landed. Why?????? It was already on the ground!!!! Another stupid feature "Dronie" -- it works only from remote. Why it doesn't work from the point I specified? What if I don't want to be in a picture? Battery -- it says 20 minutes of flight. But it's not actually true. You'll spend 15 minutes trying to handle and catch it, so effectively you'll have about 5 minutes of useful flight. GoPro Hero5 Black seem to be the best piece of this set but it appears it's not as good as you might want it to be. Sound is just terrible or better say horrible. Camera has decent video features -- that is the only thing that I really like about it. So you'll have to have external microphone if you decide to use this camera. Grip. I don't like it because horizon drifts constantly. Worthwhile to say that it provides you with really good stabilization while horizon is even, if you standing still. If I'm recording while riding a bike (you can attach grip to a backpack) or sitting in a moving car -- horizon drifts. BUT STABILIZATION IS ALSO ABOUT KEEPING HORIZON EVEN. So at the end of the day it's not doing it's job. And by the way another thing upsets me - it's hard to turn the camera. I.e. if I turn 45 degrees left, camera will still be pointing at old spot. Non intuitive operation. And by the way -- how do I supposed to use external microphone with Grip? p.s. I'm blaming myself for not reading more reviews. I got too excited and now I'll have to return it and pay restocking fee..

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Run away before it does

    Posted
    Todd
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    If I could give it less then a star I would. GoPro used to be the gold standard for action camera, never had a bad thing to say about them. The Karma system came out, super new GoPro camera, amazing gimbal, and a drone, sounds great, it's not. The camera is great, the gimbal works as good or better then you could expect, the drone is an absolute mess. Had some minor issues with it at first, figured it was just new drone user. A few months ago I was flying it in a lightly populated rural area in Southern Florida, it came up with a GPS loss error well after it had taken off. It was in the open air, no trees, radio towers, etc. And that drone flew away as fast as it could with the lovely camera and gimbal, never to be seen again. GoPro's technical support while polite basically blamed me for the drones inability to maintain a GPS signal and the fact that once to does loose GPS it will fly away from your position at what seems like beyond full speed. Not only am I out a drone, but the camera and gimbal are gone as well, and there is nothing GoPro seems to be willing to do to try and make it right. This has been a terrible experience from GoPro, they need to stick to the action camera's and get out of the drone business, and I know they have lost at least one customer after this and I would suggest that you look elsewhere for certainly your drone needs but probably your action cam needs. For the premium they charge for at least there camera's, you'd think they would at least replace my camera after it flew away, unfortunately they did not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All In One For The Adventurist!

    Posted
    Chubby672
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    Where to start! This is the only drone you'll ever need for the adventurist enthusiast. It's a complete package. Although there is no obstacle avoidance like other drones its very easy to fly. The beginner mode which limits the speed at which the drone flies and the altitude limiter is a great way to get started flying. When switched off you can get the touchy the controls and no more sluggish maneuvers. Battery life is a good 15 minutes but getting a spare battery is a must for more flying time.With the other 3 minutes getting your karma back safely. Battery charges with in an 50 minutes. (hour at the most) I've personally flew the karma to about 4500 feet, and about a 3/4 of a mile away from me and video gets kinda choppy. Line of sight of the drone will get you farther. 4K video is GREAT but getting a Micro SD card that is capable of the storage needed. The Karma grip with removable gimble is the best when getting great stable footage. GoPro camera charges whenever it is connect to drone of karma grip. So you'll never be left with a dead camera when you need it the most. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. It's the only drone that made the most sense with the what's included. Happy Flying!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't!

    Posted
    ASAN
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    I purchased this drone about a month ago. First, let me say that this is the first drone I have purchased or flown, but according to GoPro this drone was made for folks like me. I am new to drones, new to GoPro and they claim I am their target audience. So I bought in and ponied up $1200 (kit plus a battery). I was enjoying using the Karma but on three separate occasions while trying to land the Karma it would take off just a few feet from the ground while landing. It shot straight up in the air, I let go of the joysticks (manual and videos says it sould stop and hover) and it rose like a bullet and flew straight off. I had GPS and the battery was about 3-4 minutes left and was landing per the controller instructions. The first time I was able to get the Karma to respond and land safely, the second time it took off and almost flew into electrical wires. I was also able to finally (and just before it almost hit the wires) get Karma to come back down and land. Again, GPS was on and trying to land before the battery low warning came on. And now the third and sadly final time it took off on its own. I was again trying to land Karma and it shot straight up in the air and took off forward lodging itself 60 feet in the air in a top branch of a tree. A few moments later the battery fell out of the Karma. And there it sits in a tree until I can A) pay a tree guy/gal to go up and retrieve it or B) try and shoot it down which will probably end up destroying the drone, camera and gimble. Since, I spent all of my money on the drone and extra batteries and props I cannot afford to pay someone to retrieve it. If you are thinking about buying this, DON'T. Wait until GoPro can get this thing fixed properly. Otherwise, be prepared to have $1200 stuck in a tree mocking you all while you fight the urge to throw up. I am gutted that I foolishly spent this money and stupid enough to believe the hype.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome drone for beginners

    Posted
    yairjulio89
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    I'm an amateur drone pilot getting his feet wet on this topic, so please take this review as such... I had previously bought a DJI Phantom 3 drone as my first unit to get into the drone world... Although I'm sure it's a great drone, it was really a hassle to turn it on, update the firmware, getting a phone/tablet handy to see what you're filming... so I ended up selling it without ever flying it. I just became aware of the existence of the GoPro Karma a couple of weeks back, and the second I saw it I became in love with it! This drone is extremely easy to use: just turn on the remote control (which btw looks gorgeous) and you're ready to go! Each step you have to follow before putting this thing in the air feels so much easier than on the Phantom 3! Don't get me wrong, this unit costs more than double of what the Phantom 3 costs... However, for this price you not only get an awesome (and foldable!) drone, but you're also getting the latest GoPro camera, the Karma Grip which is an awesome complement to the camera, and also a backpack! All in all, I absolutely love this drone. It's easy to fly, the camera is probably the best one out there, the controller is like a mini tablet, and it comes with a backpack and the grip!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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