On Monday the 19th, after weeks of teasers, a fair bit of anticipation, and even a delayed released date, GoPro released their new drone, Karma, the company’s first step into the drone market. GoPro also took the chance to release their newly reworked flagship action cam the Hero5 Black 399.99, the first flagship release since the Hero4 was released in 2014 and the Hero5 Session 299.99, a redesign of the original Session.

Watch GoPro’s release video below for a good look at their new lineup.

Karma- More Than a Drone

The Karma was GoPro’s centerpiece of the release and the initial look is a promising one. GoPro put a big focus on simplicity with the Karma. They emphasized how easy it is to fly the Karma, and that the design makes it so getting footage doesn’t take away from your overall experience. GoPro gave the Karma a compact folding airframe and a sleek case to keep the drone as unobtrusive as possible during both use and transport. Physical dimensions are 12”Lx16.2”Wx4.6”H in the open flight position and 14.4”Lx8.8”Wx3.5”H in transport position. For comparison, the DJI Phantom 4 and 3DR Solo are about 11.4”Lx11.4”Wx7.7”H and 12.7”Lx12.7”Wx10”H respectively.

The Karma Controller, the Karma’s flight controller, is a self-contained unit with a 5 inch LCD screen that folds down over the video game style controls. GoPro also introduced us to their new Karma Grip, a gimbal that works alongside and independently of the Karma for buttery smooth shots. The Karma shares full compatibility with the Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, and the Hero4 Black & Silver so the prospects for GoPro’s new Drone are exciting.

GoPro's new Karma Drone

The Karma is a big step for GoPro that looks to be well done, so the level of hype is understandable, but the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session both have new features that go well beyond the previous generation’s capabilities.

Hero5 Black- The Best GoPro, Ever

Both the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session are reminiscent of their previous generations, but now both cameras are water resistant down to 33 feet right out of the box without a housing. Both cameras shoot 4K video at 30 fps, but more importantly both cameras have GoPro’s new voice control that allows for super smooth hands free operation in 7 languages.

GoPro's new Hero5 cameras

The Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session also have integrated image stabilization, which GoPro says easily kills the typical action camera buzz, and they’ve also started a new subscription-based cloud storage service called GoPro Plus that lets your Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session back up all your photos and footage automatically. GoPro also made sure to call out the multiple microphones they’ve added on each camera, giving each a welcome bump to both sound pickup and quality. GoPro says they’ve worked hard to make the sound quality of their cameras finally match up to their image quality.

Differences between the two cameras, besides the obvious form factor, are the Hero5 Black’s 12-megapixel photos, an integrated 2-inch LCD touchscreen, and built-in GPS/Location Capture. The Hero5 Session will do 10-megapixel photos but with the smaller size you won’t get a touchscreen or built in GPS. However, it will have GoPro’s ProTune video mode so you’ll get a leg up during editing.

Hero5 showing the integrated lcd screen

GoPro’s Hero line of cameras have always been stand out options and it looks like the new Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session will keep the trend alive. However, there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to action cameras, and GoPro’s competition has made big strides when it comes to image quality and affordability. The Karma looks promising and it’s exciting to see a drone that’s more accessible to uninitiated pilots.

But will it be enough for GoPro to regain action cam dominance?

Tell us what you think. Talk with other riders in the comments about GoPro’s new lineup, let us know what we missed, what you’re looking forward to, and how you think these new cameras will fair.