update post (nov 20): well, as cool as this was it appears that gopro has an epic fail on its hands. epic.
it seems that the gopro karma is prone to simply falling from the sky without apparent reason or warning. not cool. dangerous.
as a result of this issue gopro has issued a complete recall of the karma and has not (as yet) announced when it might return to market. the fact that this recall has occurred just about two weeks after its launch speaks volumes (to me, at least) in terms of quality control testing that took place. or didn't take place, as the case may be.
a product such as this would presumably have thousands of hours of pre-release testing under various conditions and test scenarios and to have an issue like this reveal itself so quickly after public release says that something obvious was missed.
this is a major blemish on gopro's reputation - embarrassing and utterly ridiculous (at best).
i guess my search for the ultimate drone will continue. time to check out dji, etc.
fail, gopro. epic fail.
original post (sep 19): cool. this is just ... cool.
i've been curious about drones for a while but i've never purchased one for a variety of reasons, usually the complexity and single-use nature of the devices. the gopro karma appears to turn this around in many ways and it has me very interested.
the modular nature of the system, which utilizes a gopro camera (including the just-announced gopro hero 5!), a drone (duh!) that seems compact and portable, and an image stabilization device that can be used off of the drone in other ways (think handheld) for really impressive video. it's the ability to plug-and-play a camera (which you can use elsewhere) and the inclusion of stabilization that is portable and usable off the drone is really, really nice.
here's a very nice promo video for the gopro karma:
finally, there seems to be an eco-system of devices that will just work together and can be used in a variety of ways. i cannot wait to see this in person and i suspect that i will be an adopter in short order.
nice job gopro. nice job.