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Should I buy the Karma (on sale)

Should I get the karma (on sale)

  • Yes

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  • HELL NO!

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#1
Hi guys, I'm a first time drone user, been looking into drones ever since the phantom 3 first came out.

I know that the karma has a lot of serious issues reported, there was the recall and they are shutting down the drone departement....my question to you karma entusiasts is that if I can get the karma + hero 6 on sale (amazon), should I go for it?

I know that DJI makes great drones, but the karma grip and having a gopro hero 6 are huge selling points for me, however at the end of the day I do want a good reliable drone that I can bring with me on vacation to get nice aerial shots.

Your experiences and input would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
 
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#2
I feel like I have just been posting negatively here a lot lately but I just got rid of my Karma after owning it about 4 months. It was only usable for 1 of those months due to a crash and then perpetual mishandling by GoPro's support team. Feel free to peruse my profile / posts if you want more information on that.

I would not recommend buying a Karma under any circumstances. The Mavic Air's camera is almost as good and has MANY more safety features (front, back and downward sensors to avoid obstacles, more reliable GPS, and it's return to home feature makes much better decisions than GoPro's). If this is your first drone, I would also suggest buying a refurbished DJI Spark or at least the DJI Spark that comes with the controller since they can be had for less than $400. The camera is not great but it at least will get you used to flying a drone at a minimal cost.

The one feature I no longer have is the Karma Grip, which admittedly was cool. That said, the built-in stabilization of the Hero6 is actually stellar and only limits you on a few of the shooting modes. I was kind of shocked at how much I didn't use the Karma Grip while the drone was down and there are more options out there for this anyways (most of which are cheaper and offer more control of the gimbal).

That's my two cents. I still lurk on this board and I apologize if I come off as a Karma hater but I should let folks know what they're in for.
 
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#3
I feel like I have just been posting negatively here a lot lately but I just got rid of my Karma after owning it about 4 months. It was only usable for 1 of those months due to a crash and then perpetual mishandling by GoPro's support team. Feel free to peruse my profile / posts if you want more information on that.

I would not recommend buying a Karma under any circumstances. The Mavic Air's camera is almost as good and has MANY more safety features (front, back and downward sensors to avoid obstacles, more reliable GPS, and it's return to home feature makes much better decisions than GoPro's). If this is your first drone, I would also suggest buying a refurbished DJI Spark or at least the DJI Spark that comes with the controller since they can be had for less than $400. The camera is not great but it at least will get you used to flying a drone at a minimal cost.

The one feature I no longer have is the Karma Grip, which admittedly was cool. That said, the built-in stabilization of the Hero6 is actually stellar and only limits you on a few of the shooting modes. I was kind of shocked at how much I didn't use the Karma Grip while the drone was down and there are more options out there for this anyways (most of which are cheaper and offer more control of the gimbal).

That's my two cents. I still lurk on this board and I apologize if I come off as a Karma hater but I should let folks know what they're in for.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with me, I definitely would consider the spark since 1080p is perfectly fine for what I'm going to use it for.
 
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#5
I'm an extremely happy Karma owner. I've had my drone for over a year now, and have flown it numerous times with no issues.

One small crash which was 100% my fault. No damage aside from a few scrapes on the body/props.

Overall, the thing is a blast to rip around, and you get awesome footage. I would highly recommend.
 

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#6
The only thing getting to me is the range, the most I can get along the coast is 400 ft before it goes into the red.

Inland I have managed twice that range but it would seem the communication between the drone and the controller could be better.

I got one for £530 without camera but extra battery is about £100.

I can't lie and having been looking at the Mavic Air and if my one has a nasty accident that will most likely be my choice as a replacement.
 
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#7
Hi guys, I'm a first time drone user, been looking into drones ever since the phantom 3 first came out.

I know that the karma has a lot of serious issues reported, there was the recall and they are shutting down the drone departement....my question to you karma entusiasts is that if I can get the karma + hero 6 on sale (amazon), should I go for it?

I know that DJI makes great drones, but the karma grip and having a gopro hero 6 are huge selling points for me, however at the end of the day I do want a good reliable drone that I can bring with me on vacation to get nice aerial shots.

Your experiences and input would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
 
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#8
Hi
I recently bought a Karma (my 1st drone) and I already had a hero 6 and grip
Unfortunately the karma failed out of the box no flights. GoPro where very good and offered to swap it out for a “rebuilt” drone.
I took the view failure out of the box as a bad sign and getting a rebuilt product having just bought a new one and never used not a great feeling so returned it to my supplier
I replaced it with a Mavic Air which if you want portablity for travel definitely the way to go (putting all the karma tech issues a side)
I’m not karma bashing had mine flown I would have kept it and I’m still a big GoPro fan
Hope this helps
Nick
 

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#10
I like my Karma but am beginning not to trust it and thus I now have a Mavic Air.

It actually works with my Android phone (and a lot of feedback says no good on Android).

Got the flymore pack for £830.00 Controls have to be operated a lot more gently and my first videos panning is terrible (as is gimbal operation).

First flight range 1400' versus my 400' with Karma.

Once I have uploaded my first ten minutes of video (7.5Gb) I will add a link.


I still intend to keep using Karma as well but Air is so much smaller to carry around.
 
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#11
I like my Karma but am beginning not to trust it and thus I now have a Mavic Air.

It actually works with my Android phone (and a lot of feedback says no good on Android).

Got the flymore pack for £830.00 Controls have to be operated a lot more gently and my first videos panning is terrible (as is gimbal operation).

First flight range 1400' versus my 400' with Karma.

Once I have uploaded my first ten minutes of video (7.5Gb) I will add a link.


I still intend to keep using Karma as well but Air is so much smaller to carry around.
I really don’t like the quality of the video from your air- sorry


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I really don’t like the quality of the video from your air- sorry
the Mavic Air camera is really good and with the exception


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I would put the Mavic Air camera a step above the Hero 5 and slightly below the Hero 6. The main difference I see with the Hero 6 and the Mavic Air's camera is there's no 4K 60p mode and also the Hero 6 will record H.265, effectively doubling your detail while maintaining the same bit rate (this is only available in the 4K 60p mode and the 4:3 4K / 2.7k modes though). Though now that I no longer have a Karma, I do not miss the fisheye effect of the Hero 6. When attempting slow, vertical pans or close shots (like flying under a bridge) it was difficult to pull off without distortion.

With the right settings and filter, I think most would find them nearly indistinguishable. I've seen very impressive footage shot with both. As they say, the best camera is the one you have on you.

But... I'll take the reliability of a DJI drone over that of the Karma for a slight dip in overall picture / video quality.
 
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