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GoPro's Karma Returns

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GoPro has announced that Karma has returned and is now on sale via the company's website and selected US retailers.

In November 2016, the GoPro voluntarily withdrew the system after a small number of cases were found where batteries disconnected during flight, resulting in a loss of power. The company identified the issue as related to the latch mechanism which secured the drone's battery, and a redesigned battery latch has since been incorporated into the updated Karma drone to solve the issue.

The company has said that initial shipments will be limited but production is expected to increase quickly. With regards to international markets, Karma will be available in the Spring.

Karma is compact and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or worn. The foldable Karma drone, Karma controller and Karma Grip fit into an included backpack that is comfortable to wear during any activity. A game-style controller features an integrated touch display, making it fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what the drone sees.

In addition, the 3-axis camera stabilizer can be removed from the Karma drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for capturing smooth handheld and body-mounted shots. Karma also features several preset flight patterns that make aerial shots like dronie, orbit, reveal and cable cam easy to execute. Furthermore, new Karma functionalities will be available via software updates in the future.

Harnesses to make Karma compatible with HERO5 Session and HERO4 Black and Silver cameras are also available separately.

Nick Woodman, CEO and GoPro Founder, said: "Karma is the ultimate aerial, handheld and wearable stabilization solution for the GoPro community. As the consumer drone market continues to grow, Karma delivers the most versatile solution at a very accessible price."

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