By Trevor Mogg
GoPro’s first foray into the drone market took a bit of a nosedive recently when technical issues with the device forced the company to recall it just a couple of weeks after launch.
A small number of users reported that their Karma quadcopter suddenly lost power during flight, a potentially dangerous fault that left the California-based company with no choice but to withdraw its debut flying machine from sale until further notice.
All 2,500 customers who forked out $800 for the foldable drone are of course receiving a full refund once they return their Karma. But by way of apology for all the hassle and disappointment, and possibly as an incentive to ensure no one holds on to their potentially faulty – and therefore hazardous – machine, GoPro is offering its Karma customers a free Hero5 Black camera.
The $400 action camera launched at the same time as the Karma, and is one of only three cameras compatible with the drone. Two years in the making, the new Hero5 Black offers electronic image stabilization, voice control, and improved audio recording, among a raft of other features. Check out DT’s full review of GoPro’s latest action camera here.