GoPro plans to release their own drone late in 2015

The Wall Street Journal reported today that action cam juggernaut, GoPro, will be launching a line of consumer drones late next year. The drones will reportedly be multi-rotor helicopters designed to carry high-def cameras, much like current drone manufacturers, such as DJI and Parrot.

Reports suggest that pricing will be between $500 and $1,000, meaning they’ll be very competitive with what’s currently on the market. Whether the mounts on the new drones work with cameras other than GoPros remains to be seen, but it’s certainly possible.

Not much else is known at this point, except for the obvious: GoPro created the most popular action camera in the world despite plenty of compact cameras released prior to their first device hitting the market. With their ability to predict trends, design and build high quality products, and with the backing of being a publicly traded company, will GoPro succeed in joining the bursting drone scene? All signs point to “yes”, but time will tell.

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Also, with the future of drones hanging in the balance ahead of a pivitol decision by the FAA, will GoPro's heavyweight status help to bolster the drone industry? GoPro earlier this year joined the Washington-based Small UAV Coalition, a drone advocacy group, possibly forshadowing the company's foray into this crowded field.

Do you think GoPro is a natural fit as the go-to aerial imagery company, or are they too late to the game? Will they improve the industry by creating something more innovative than current drone players? Let us know what you think in the comments section, or hit us up on Twitter @Videomaker.

 

Nods: CNBC, The Verge

Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer who enjoys writing for Videomaker. He has also written for About.com (Lifewire.com), RedShark News, Modern Drummer Magazine, and others. He is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Community Leader, and co-founder of After Effects Toronto, Canada's largest motion graphic user group. Fairley is the creator and editor of ProductionWorld.net, a popular production news website.

2 COMMENTS

  1. As an ex active aeromodeller, news such as this causes me to have mixed feelings. That hobby has always been very conscious of adverse public sentiment, usually with respect to noise, it must be admitted. What causes me some trepidation, is that this is seen as a new 'growth' area, and one, in my view, with all the potential to attract mindless hoons, as opposed to responsible users. Not that I am labelling movie-makers  as potentially irresponsible, I am not; in fact, with valuable camera equipment on-board, that is not likely to be the case; it is the attraction for a mindless element with no sense of responsibilty, particularly where peer-pressure and showing-off  tends to outweigh good-sense.

     

     These devices are not toys. One street away, from where I live, a very careful operator of long experience as a vehicle inspector, had an 'outrunner' electric motor on a model aircraft start up for reasons which have never been satisfactorily explained. These may not be regarded as 'model aircraft' but they do use the same technology and could be lethal under many circumstances. My friend lost a good proportion of his face and an eye was put at risk as well. In fairness to everyone, then, I would like to see these devices licensed to responsible and trained operators with firm objectives, such as aerial mapping, surveying and movie-making. However, I am afraid the potential of these devices as just the latest 'must-haves' for the idiots in our communities will make that not possible and if tight controls are not exercised over the uses to which these devices are to be put, the purchasers will go 'underground' which will be even worse.

     

     And do I like licensing? No, I detest it, as a rule, but this is one instance where it might be the only practicable answer.

     

    Ian Smith

    Dunedin, New Zealand.

  2. Thanks, Ian. I like this point of view and agree that some regulation and perhaps mandatory training and licensing have to be considered.  I'm sorry to hear about your friend as well. The potential for risk is certainly there, and growing as more people join the drone gold rush. I'd be curious to hear if other readers share your views.

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