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GoPro shows off footage from its first camera drone

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 28, 2015
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GoPro's first-ever camera drone might not be ready until the first half of 2016, but that doesn't mean it will leave you completely in the dark about what this machine can do. The action cam company has posted its first footage from a prototype of the as yet unnamed quadcopter, and it's clear that the end product will at least merit a close look. The brief teaser shows extremely stable footage, pleasing colors and a very sharp (at least 1440p) picture. These certainly aren't novel -- just ask DJI -- but it's evident that GoPro isn't messing around with its entry into robotics.

The timing of the footage may be more than a little convenient. GoPro just published its latest quarterly results, and there are some warning signs in amidst the good news. While its international sales almost tripled, its sales in the Americas dipped 7 percent. That's not helped by revenue that dipped well below what financial gurus were expecting. The footage is tantalizing, to be sure, but it could also reassure investors that GoPro isn't sitting idle while drones threaten its core business.

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