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This is GoPro's $799, foldable Karma drone

Engadget logo Engadget 19/09/2016 Edgar Alvarez
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We knew it was coming, but after being delayed earlier this year, GoPro has finally unveiled its Karma drone. The new quadcopter is sleek, compact and foldable, designed to fit in most any backpacks -- CEO and Founder Nick Woodman had it on stage all along in plain sight. Karma also comes with a gaming-like controller, which features a built-in touchscreen for controlling the device. Additionally, the drone has a 3-axis stabilizer with a trick up its sleeve -- it slides out from the drone and attaches to an included handheld "Grip" for smooth shots on the ground.

The whole bundle including a Hero5 will cost $1,099. If you prefer to get it with the new Hero5 Session, it's $999, or bring your own camera and it'll cost $799. During the press event today, Woodman was keen to point out that Karma was a stabilization "system" and not just a drone. The quadcopter is, of course, the heart of Karma, but the handheld grip is mountable with regular accessories, which opens the stabilization features to pretty much anything you can stick a GoPro on (though we're not sure it's waterproof!).

GoPro today also revealed new Hero5 cameras, both of which feature improved internals and waterproof capabilities without a housing. Those will go on sell October 2nd, with Karma expected to hit the shelves on October 23rd.

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