One of the best drones for 2019

GoPro has come up with an amazing drone that enables you to capture stunning images high in the air and equally as good close to the ground. It is called the GoPro Karma drone. The product has gained popularity for its easy to use design and lightweight case. This smart piece of tech comes with a rechargeable battery, charger, remote control, grip mount, and a Hero 5 black camera. If you already possess Hero 5, this would make a great purchase bought on its own. This is probably one of the best drones of 2019 on the market today.

Here is the review for this fantastic flying machine:

Design

GoPro Karma Drone comes with a foldable design. This small yet powerful machine will make you fall for it in an instant. It measures only 4.6 by 16.2 by 12.0 inches so you can carry it easily in your backpack. Take it with you for your camping trips and adventurous outings and let it fly! Unlike other drones, Go Pro’s camera and gimbal are not fixed to it. Just twist the front collar and pull them out. The 5-inch touchscreen is another interesting design feature with this machine. It is super flexible and portable.

Coming with a dark grey, white and black color scheme, and a GoPro logo, it deserves appreciation for its simple yet attractive design. There are 4 arms extending from the Karma body and each of these has a propeller, however, care has been taken to place these propellers so that they do not come as a hindrance for the camera. While the two arms on the front come with green lights at the bottom, the two rear arms come with red lights. This distinct feature enables you to determine which way the drone is flying. The main body comes with four legs on the bottom to keep the drone steady.

Price

Generally, drones are a touch expensive. However, you would be pleased to know that GoPro Karma is competitively priced, given its capability and design. Another notable point is you can purchase only those items you need. For instance, you can buy a Karma grip and camera or only the grip.

Simplicity

It is very simple to fly this awesome bit of kit. If you are not a beginner, you can start flying in a few seconds, however, if you are not used to flying them, there’s a small tutorial to guide you through the process. If you are a first-timer, create an account on GoPro.  Once you are connected, it is a walk in the park. Just follow the steps and you’re done! You will be prompted to fly in a virtual environment to enable you to get the hang of it.

Performance

The flight is smooth and tops at 35 mph, much faster than many other drones on the market. The maximum distance you can reach with this one is about 3 km but with the best controllers in place, the range is not to worry about.

The GoPro Karma is very stable compared to the other drones that come in the same price range. You can take it higher, but ensure you stay within the regulated 400 ft. It can fly smoothly in strong winds and can exceed your expectations when it comes to capturing videos in such weather conditions.

One of the cons observed with this machine is its poor battery life. You can be assured of 15-20 minutes of flying time, but if you are crazy about flying, this will be disappointing. When the battery goes down, the Karma will start returning to the point where it took off (or to the point where you are located- the choice is yours) and will land automatically. Spare batteries can be purchased but they are quite expensive.

Piloting a Karma is not at all a daunting task and if you are an experienced flyer, you may find this too simple. The joysticks offer great traction and the drone is compatible with Hero 4 and 5 cameras. However, for a stable flight, Karma relies on GPS.

Camera

The drone comes with a GoPro camera that stays steady in an enclosure. Gimbals ensure the camera remains in place when flying and diving. This is what is significant in drones when finally your intention is to capture high definition images and videos.

On the Karma, the gimbal and camera are on the front. This has possibly made it a better design. In other words, the front camera has enabled Go Pro Karma’s sleek design. The standard camera records sound when flying.

It comes with a unique handheld device that enables you to take the gimbal and camera off and mount it on this device. With this, you can hold the GoPro camera and record smooth videos without worries of vibration. The grip is fantastic and ensures the camera is in place.

An image of the Karma grip

This elegant flying machine gives you an ultimate flying experience. All the parts are ergonomically designed and efficient to the core. They work in coordination and make flying an absolute joy. The drone is tough yet light in weight and portable. Video stabilization is assured both in the air and on the ground, and this makes it special. The only cons are poor battery life and the inability to detect a collision. You can buy this as an entire package or as components.

Despite some of the cons stated above, the Karma is one of the most affordable and sophisticated ones available in the price range. It is loads of fun too, so if you are looking to own the latest flying machine that is easy to operate and control, this could be what you’re looking for.

The intuitive super friendly design does not demand a Smartphone for its operation. It works well for long range flying and comes with two modes- Pro and Relaxed. All in all, I think this is great for the money.

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