Description: Call it a comeback! GoPro's Karma drone is back on the market.
Go Pro says the Karma is available for U-S customers to buy off it's website. International customers can buy it this Spring.
The Karma hit the market in fall of 2016, and was quickly recalled. At the time, GoPro said a small number of the drones were losing power, and falling out of the sky.
In re-releasing the Karma, GoPro says they redesigned the battery latch- and says it's a 'small change that led to a huge improvement'.
Even before the recall, there were reports of problems with the Karma. AirVuz talked with Brian Warholak- he had his Karma lose power and crash- he says during its second flight.
"Then it got totally quiet...and I was like really, I took it up that far? And that's when I looked up and I saw it coming down, and at that point there's nothing you can do."
After the recall- all wasn't lost. GoPro salvaged the Karma grip, and got that to market. It gave GoPro users a handheld stabilizer.
In re-releasing the Karma, the company says it's also working on a 'flight kit' for people who bought only the grip.
The question now... can the Karma- and GoPro- make a comeback? When it first launched, it was seen as a competitor to DJI's Mavic. The Mavic has been on the market for months as other new drones have come online. After the Karma mess, Go Pro cut about 15 percent of it's workforce.
The Karma is about $800 on its own, or $1100 when bundled with the HERO 5 black camera. The company says in the future it will send out new functionalities and software updates through GoPro.com.
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