GoPro Unveils New ‘Hero 5’ Action Cameras & ‘Karma’ Drone/Gimbal System

After GoPro had released their Hero 4 Black and Silver models back in September of 2014, this model remained the gold standard in action cameras having held the reigns for the past two years without any updates to the product line. They did attempt to market a smaller Hero Session which offered a unique new design although it was too hindered by its technical limitations (1080P only) resulting in sub-par sales figures and a significant price cut to get rid of excess stock.

Like the GH5 announcement by Panasonic, GoPro had their own news to share with the digital imaging world. They unveiled their newest line of action cameras as well as an entirely new GoPro-branded drone and gimbal system dubbed the Karma.

GoPro Hero 5 Black

  • All-new rugged, waterproof design without the need for an extra housing
  • Built-in digital stabilization feature keeps helps hinder unnecessary vibrations
  • Improved microphone design offers cleaner audio capture
  • Voice-activated functions allow you to issue real-time commands without the need to touch the unit
  • Integrated rear display now offers touchscreen capabilities for added ease of use
  • Appears to offer the same recording capabilities of the previous generation Hero 4 Black
  • Works with all previous GoPro mounting accessories
  • New ‘GoPro Plus' tool offers the ability to purchase subscriptions for automatic cloud backup of captured footage for easy editing in their ‘Studio' software at a later time
  • Priced at $399.99
  • Available October 2nd
  • Preorders are now available at B&H Photo

GoPro Hero 5 Session

  • Similar, one-piece design to the original Hero 4 Session
  • Updated internals now offers 4K video and 10MP stills in single, burst and time-lapse modes
  • Offers the same video stabilization function as the Hero 5 Black
  • One button design powers the camera on and starts recording automatically
  • Compatible with all previous GoPro mounting accessories
  • Priced at $299.99
  • Available October 2nd
  • Preorders are now available at B&H Photo

Karma System

  • Standalone drone/gimbal system for use with GoPro Hero models
  • Works with Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session or Hero 4 Black/Silver
  • Battery lasts for 20 minutes on a single charge (no word yet on if it is removable)
  • Karma Controller is an easy-to-use, game-style flight controller with an integrated touchscreen display
  • GoPro Passenger mobile app lets friends view your flight and control the GoPro while you fly the drone
  • Comes with a Karma Grip which offers you to take the stabilizer off the drone and use it for handheld stabilization
  • All system components (including camera) fit in an included backpack for easy transport
  • Priced at $799.99 without a camera, $1000 with the Hero 5 Session or $1,100 with the Hero 5 Black
  • Both the system and the various bundles will be available on October 23rd

Stay tuned for more information and an in-depth review of the Hero 5 Black and Karma system.

Via: PetaPixel
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