+ Saturday December 7th, 2019


If you’re in the market for a new drone but you don’t fancy the size of the fuller-framed DJI Phantom or those of its size, then the GoPro Karma might be something you’ve considered. Karma was only announced a short while ago (last month), and with availability scheduled for tomorrow, the time has now come when you can buy one … well almost.

We understand that Karma will go on sale at GoPro.com tomorrow, with a retail price starting at $1,195.95 for the drone without an included camera. This includes everything you need to fly, you just need to supply a compatible GoPro camera (Hero 4 or Hero 5 will do the trick). If you don’t have a compatible GoPro, you can order the Karma with a Hero 5 for $1,649.95, which isn’t a bad deal; it gives you the Hero 5 for about a hundred dollars less than its stand-alone retail price, and of course, you can use it with more things than just your Karma drone.

While you’ll be able to order online, and perhaps through some specialist drone retailers, GoPro haven’t lined up retail partners just yet. We understand the Karma won’t likely be in mainstream retail stores for a couple of months yet. Once we know where it will be, we’ll let you know.

In the meantime, will you be ordering one tomorrow? We know it won’t be for everyone, but we can’t wait to take a look and see what it lets us get away with.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Dan Goodes
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Still not available to order here – still says “Coming Soon”. On the US store, it’s available to order, but won’t ship until mid November.

Probably for the best – gives me time to recover the savings account after what was a crazy expensive week.


Can relate. I’ve asked GoPro what’s going on. The info we had at launch was that the 24th was the go live date in Australia, but it seems that hasn’t quite materialised. Worse, it looks like retail partners won’t actually have the Karma until as late as January 2017, making it far too late for Christmas.

Hoping online ordering comes up in a day or two. Some specialist drone retailers around Sydney are indicating they may have stock as early as today, but as yet, none have returned calls.

Dan Goodes
Ausdroid Reader

Thanks for keeping on their case about it Chris. Look forward to hearing updates as you get them.

Dan Goodes
Ausdroid Reader

Maybe not tomorrow… Given I just threw a stack of money on a Pixel, I might hold off until my wallet recovers first – plus wait until the Ausdroid review.

Max Luong
Ausdroid Reader

Same here, very keen on the Karma and its removable gimbal, but the Pixel has burned a hole through my wallet.

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