It will not seem right to attach the Grip to everything – a headband mount could have it in your face, as an example – but there are many creative ways to add it to your workflow and accomplish interesting, stabilized video that earlier was not possible. While the drone is most likely what you are purchasing Karma for, the Grip adds a big amount of functionality. And while the drone is where all the fun is, there is a good chance you may end up using the Grip more.
Overall, everything is well made and carefully engineered. as an example, the drone batteries have a spring loaded handle on the rear that satisfyingly extends as you pull the battery out, and neatly tucks itself away as you slide it back in. likewise, if you charge the Grip with the camera in it, you will charge both simultaneously. the backpack has some thoughtful details, like a GoPro quick release mount on the strap for mounting the Grip on with the aforementioned adaptor , and you have to keep the straps tight to stop it from flopping about, but it is a nice touch.
Karma drone’s battery life is around 20 minutes. In practice, it is someplace around 17 minutes, based on how you fly. Drone battery life is generally something of a guessing game. DJI, as an example, claims Mavic’s battery lasts 27 minutes, but in my experience, I never got more than 20 minutes of flight time with it. that is better, of course, but still less than advertised. shortly, you will probably want extra batteries, which cost $99 a pop. that is not chump change, but it is on par with or cheaper than the competition Mavic/Phantom batteries cost $89 and $169, in that order .
So let us quickly talk about what the Karma drone doesn’t have. The most evident omission is any sort of “follow me” feature, given GoPro’s affiliation with self filming. The basic tools are there – GPS in the drone and the controller – but GoPro claims current technology does not supply a good enough experience. I have tried GPS based solutions, and they are prone to jerky motion, as the drone keeps calculating your place. Camera based object tracking helps eliminate that, but as anybody with a smartphone with facial recognition knows, it is prone to losing its target. there is also a simpler argument as to why it was left out: it is not that useful for majority of people. as well, it requires obstacle avoidance to be safe – another feature Karma lacks.