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A first look at GoPro's foldable Karma drone

It's everything you'd expect from a $799 device.
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It finally happened. After months of teasing its first drone, GoPro today revealed the Karma. As we've reported previously, the quadcopter features a sleek and compact design, with foldable blades that'll make it easy to fit into a backpack. We had the chance to check it out in Squaw Valley, California, where GoPro hosted a launch event for the drone itself as well as the new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session. The Karma is quite simple to fly, thanks to its gamepad-esque controller and an easy-to-use interface.

Gallery: First look: GoPro's Karma drone | 10 Photos

GoPro says it didn't want to complicate things, and that's why the controller menus are simple and straight to the point. For example, you can set the Karma to go from point A to point B, for however long you want it to, with a couple of taps on the screen. There are also two main physical buttons on the remote, one to start and stop the drone and another to have it return to its original launch point.

I only spent about ten minutes testing the Karma, but that was enough for me to come away impressed. That's mainly because of how easy it is to fly and pair with either the GoPro Hero5 Black or the smaller Session (Or Hero4 Black/Silver). Speaking of which, GoPro's pricing the Karma at $799/£720 on its own, or $999 and $1,099 if you get it in a bundle with the Hero5 Session or Hero5 Black, respectively. It'll arrive next month, on October 23rd.

Edgar began hitting newsrooms as a young kid in the ’90s, when his dad worked at a regional newspaper. Growing up, he had two passions: technology and football (soccer). When he wasn't on the pitch scoring hat tricks, he could be found near his SNES or around the house, taking things apart. Edgar's also deeply in love with tacos, sneakers and FIFA, in no particular order. He lives in New York City with his better half.

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