GoPro’s New Hero5 Series and Karma Drone
GoPro introduced a new line of HERO5 cameras, cloud-based software and a drone, Karma at photokina 2016. Following the HERO4 series, the HERO5 cameras have an ability to auto upload the videos and photos to GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes editing and sharing easier, using a phone or a computer. The new series includes two cameras, HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session. The HERO5 Black is GoPro’s new flagship model with a 1/2.3-inch sensor that can shoot video up to 4K resolution at 30 fps or 12MP still images in JPEG or Raw format. The camera is waterproof down to 33 feet, has an improved electronic video stabilisation and can be controlled via a 2-inch touchscreen. The stereo sound can be recorded via three built-in microphones, which feature advanced wind noise reduction. With a built-in GPS module, the HERO5 is compatible with all the existing GoPro models and will be out in the market from October 2016 for USD 400 (approx. Rs. 27,000 ).
The HERO 5 Session comes in the same ultra-compact display-less form factor as the original Session and includes several features which are similar to HERO5 Black. The Session can record 4K video at 30 fps, but as compared to HERO5, the stills are captured at a slightly lower 10MP resolution and the Raw format is not supported. The camera will be available in the market from October 2016 and will retail for USD 300 (approx. Rs. 20,000).
Along with the HERO5 series, GoPro also launched their new foldable drone, Karma. The drone is compatible with all HERO 4 and HERO 5 cameras and foldable for convenient transport in a backpack. Karma’s controller comes with an integrated touch display that not only allows you to setup the quad-copter, but also lets you see what the camera is recording during flights. Designed keeping beginners in mind, the drone has one button take off and landing feature, and built-in no-fly zones prevent the drone from flying into restricted areas. The drone also flies back to you when it is out of range or running out of battery. The kit includes a grip that can hold on to the detachable 3-axis stabiliser that helps in the shooting of smooth handheld footage. The built-in Auto Shot path offers easy shooting of drone selfies. The GoPro Karma will be available for sale from end October 2016 and will retail without the camera for USD 800 (approx. Rs. 53,600), with the Session for USD 1000 (approx. Rs. 67,000) and with HERO5 Black for USD 1100 (approx. Rs. 73,700).Tags: GoPro, drone, action cameras, 4K videos, Quadcopter, photokina2016, HERO5, HEro% Session, HERO5 Black, Karma, 3-axis, Product Launch, Foldable Drone