GoPro’s troubled Karma drone is back on sale


GoPro’s Karma drone is back on sale. GoPro recalled Karma in the run-up to the holidays last year due to instances where drones were losing power mid-flight.

The news today was surprising, is simply that it’s returning to “select” retailers (no word on which), and GoPro’s online store today. International buyers will have to wait just a little longer, with the company only committing to “spring” for non-US customers. The timing isn’t that surprising, as GoPro is also announcing its holiday period financial results to shareholders tomorrow.

If you were hoping Karma might get a little upgrade, or a price-cut upon its return but sadly you were wrong. Introducing new functionality at the same time as trying to isolate and fix a problem is probably not wise, any way. Instead, GoPro hunkered down and clocked in thousands of hours of test flights to make sure its fix (a change in the battery clasp mechanism) had done the job.

We also imagine GoPro came under pressure to get the Karma show back on the up in the air, so new software features would likely have introduced unacceptable delay. Though, there is the promise of updates later down the line. As for discounts, GoPro already gave early buyers a free Hero 5 camera for the inconvenience of returning their drone.