GoPro Karma Drone

GoPro Karma Drone
GoPro Karma Drone

GoPro Karma is the first drone from the company and it has not had the smoothest of launches. Shortly after its release it was recalled due to a battery housing fault. But GoPro responded well to the issue by replacing all units and giving away free GoPro Hero 5 cameras as compensation to its early adopters.

The concept of the Karma Drone is that it is an all-in-one shooting solution, it comprises of the GoPro Karma , Karma Controller, Karma Grip , Karma Backpack and the Hero camera. The Karma Grip slots in to the main Karma Core and has adapters to hold the GoPro Hero 4 / 5 and Session camera (additional adapters will cost extra). The The GoPro Hero 4 / 5 / 6 Black are capable of shooting 4k video at 30fps as well as 12 megapixel stills. The newer Hero 6 offers some useful extra features like digital stabilisation, voice controls and a none fisheye shooting mode.

The controller is a clamshell style unit with a built-in 5 inch 720p screen and simple controls and a battery life of up to 4 hours. Having the standalone controller frees up your phone to run the GoPro Passenger App to get a second first person view of the drone.

The GoPro Karma itself can fly up to 35mph and 3000 metres from the controller with up to 20 minutes flight time. The body of the drone has a great foldable and portable design.

GoPro Karma Launch Video


Karma Drone

Maximum Speed35 mph (15 m/s)
Maximum DistanceUp to 9,840ft (3,000m)
Maximum Flight Altitude10,500ft (3,200m)
Maximum Wind Resistance22mph (10m/s)
Operating Frequency2.4GHz
Dimensions (Opened/No Propellers)Length: 12in (303mm)
Width: 16.2in (411mm)
Height: 4.6in (117mm)
Dimensions (Folded/Transport)Length: 14.4in (365.2mm)
Width: 8.8in (224.3mm)
Height: 3.5in (89.9mm)
Propeller Length10in (25.4cm)
Weight35.5oz (1006g)

Karma Controller

Screen Size5in (12.7cm)
Screen Resolution720p
Screen Brightness900 nits
Battery Life4 hours
Operating Frequency2.4GHz
Weight22oz (625g)


Karma Battery

DimensionsLength: 8in (201.3mm)
Width: 3.6in (91.62mm)
Height: 1.75in (42.7mm)
Weight19.3oz (545g)
Flight TimeUp to 20 minutes
Rating14.8V 5100mAH (75.4Wh)
Battery TypeLi-Po

Karma Charger

Rating16.8V 5A
Charging Time for Karma Battery1 hour
Charging Time for Karma Controller2.5 hours
Charging Time for Karma Grip2 hour

Karma Stabilizer

Range of motion-90° to 0° (down/up)
Camera CompatibilityHERO5 Black, HERO4 Black/Silver
Weight8oz (230g)
Number of Axes3


Karma Grip Handle

DimensionsLength: 8in (205mm)
Width: 1.7in (43mm)
Height: 1.7in (43mm)
Battery Life1.75 hours
Weight8.62oz (244.6g)


Karma Case

DimensionsLength: 21.3in (540mm)
Width: 12.6in (320mm)
Height: 5.9in (150mm)


GoPro Passenger App

Device CompatibilityiOS® 9 and later
Android™ 4.1 and later