Karma: GoPro's first drone | Photo: GoPro

GoPro announced the launch of Karma, the company's first compact and lightweight drone.

It fits in a backpack and features an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. The new Karma drone will be release on the 23rd October 2016, and marks a new era in the GoPro world.

The drone also includes a console-style controller with integrated touch display, and GoPro promises it will be easy to fly. The technology also allows others to watch your flight in their phones.

"We're stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It's so easy to use; a beginner can have fun straight away," notes Nicholas Woodman, founder and CEO at GoPro.

The GoPro Karma quadcopter does not feature the track-and-follow function. It weighs two kilograms and folds up quick and easy. The drone's autonomy is of 20 minutes.

The Karma by GoPro is compatible with the following surf cameras: Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, and Hero4 Black and Silver.

The San Mateo-based firm will market three models. The Karma drone without a GoPro camera retails at $799.99; the Hero5 Session model sells for $999.99, and the high-end Hero5 Black will be available for $1099.99.

The company led by Woodman has also updated its popular surf camera models. The new GoPro Hero5 and GoPro Hero5 Session will allow users to auto-upload videos and photos to the new GoPro Plus, a pre-paid cloud-based platform.

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