This morning, GoPro declared that its highly anticipated drone will be called “Karma.” In October, the manufacturer teased aerial footage filmed from this still-unseen quadcopter. It is smooth, clear video recorded from the drone’s gimbal, a Steadicam-like device that stabilizes the camera in response to movement; GoPro says there was no digital image stabilization implemented here. And considering that YouTube offers the option to stream the video in 1440p, the drone’s camera records footage in stunning resolution.
Very little is known about the drone beyond its name. But GoPro will reportedly release its new airborne product in the first half of 2016, giving away 100 of the quadcopters to some lucky people at launch. The contest rules perhaps help narrow down this timeframe — winners will receive their drones before December 31, 2016, but they will be selected by April 15, 2016.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman previously told Mashable that “people are getting into [quadcopters] not because they like flying little quads around, but I think the original impetus is they want the incredible content that a GoPro and a quad enables.” It’s a reasonable conclusion to draw about the typical GoPro customer, who might want a camera-ready drone to follow him or her, record one-of-a-kind footage of skiing down a mountain. A GoPro spokesperson did not return request for comment. In the meantime, we’re heading to Tahoe with the Hero 4 attached to our ski helmet.