Action camera and drone enthusiasts, the day is finally here! GoPro has unveiled their two new camera models, the Hero5 Black and the Hero5 Session, as well as their much-awaited (and first ever) drone, the Karma. Let’s break down each of GoPro’s latest goodies below.
Hero5 Black & Hero5 Session
GoPro’s new camera models come with some great upgrades over their predecessors, including native waterproofing and voice control features. The Hero5 Black is designed with a 2-inch touchscreen, a sensor that takes 12-megapixel images and a handy-dandy GPS. Much like the Hero4, it shoots 4K at 30 frames per second. Another cool upside to the Hero5 is its ability to auto-upload photos and videos to your GoPro Plus account, meaning you can easily complete on-the-go editing and then share your fab footage and images instantly.
The Hero5 Session is fully equipped with voice commands that support seven languages. To get the Hero5 Session to record, you can simply say, “GoPro, start recording!” On top of this nifty feature, Hero5 Session is waterproof sans housing to depths of 33 feet. Both the Hero5 Black and Session received upgrades in their electronic image stabilization, which should mean shots are smoother and cleaner than ever before. They’re also both compatible with existing GoPro mounts, so no extra cash will need to be doled out in that regard. However, the Session model lacks the GPS, built-in display and RAW support functions of the Hero5 Black.
The Karma drone is a sleekly designed quadcopter, with easily foldable blades making it great for traveling and capturing all of your on-the-go adventures. The controller menus are kept simple, including two main buttons on the remote to start and stop the drone, and return it to its original position. This easy-to-use format is perhaps its best selling point. Compatible with the Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session and Hero4, it’s outfitted with a 3-axis stabilizing gimbal for smooth footage during even your zaniest action escapades and can reach speeds of 35mph and heights of up to 3,280 feet.
The Karma also places the camera on the front of the drone, rather than underneath, in an attempt to get rid of the appearance of rotors in your shots. To go along with this release, GoPro is offering a “passenger app” that will let someone view a live feed of video from your drone, even giving them the ability to control the position of the camera. Arriving at the end of October, it will cost $799 on its own, or $999 or $1,099 if you bundle it with the Hero5 Session or Hero5 Black respectively.