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GoPro is expected to release its Hero 5 camera later this year with rumors of either 4K resolution or 8K with 60 frames per second, a 60mm underwater capacity, HDMI ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2800 mAh lithium battery
But rumor has it GoPro will also soon announce a quadcopter drone.
The camera manufacturer has been eying the drone market for quite a while now, according to a November report in the Wall Street Journal.
This could be a good option for consumers looking to save money on a well-produced drone. While there are some drones for sale with built-in cameras from popular drone manufactures, the reality is that many professional drone pilots would rather purchase a drone compatible with GoPro cameras. But those drones tend to be more expensive and you still need to buy the GoPro separately, or in some rare cases as an additional accessory. A much better option would be to buy a GoPro Hero and a drone bundled, manufactured by the same company.
It’s also new territory for GoPro, as present drone users are mostly using cameras manufactured by other companies, many of which already come with built-in cameras.
In terms of pricing, the GoPro Hero 5 is estimated to sell for around $400-$500, but the drone and any additional accessories needed could bring the package to an estimated cost of $700-$1,000 — based on pricing for the 3DR Solo and DJI Phantom 3.
What do you think about GoPro finally aiming for the drone market? Do you think this will take business away from other drone manufacturers, or just draw more potential consumers into drones? Will the GoPro drone bring the perfect device to the hobbyist community?