In another attempt to cut the financial losses from the recent Karma drone recall caused by major power supply issues, GoPro just announced that they are now offering the Karma Grip handheld stabilizer as a separate accessory. The unit provides compatibility with HERO4 Black and Silver and HERO5 Black cameras which is exciting news for those current GoPro camera owners as they now can get their hands on the DJI Osmo’s main competitor for $299.99. There is also a planned support for HERO5 Session cameras in the making that is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017.
Unlike its main competitor the DJI Osmo handheld stabilizer, the Karma Grip doesn’t come equipped with a camera but offers other similar built-in camera features such as tilt lock functionality, power on and off toggle switch, camera modes control, start and stop recording and more. You can also highlight and tag key moments while shooting with a compatible GoPro camera through a single push of a button.
You can even charge your GoPro camera and grip and offload the captured footage without un-mounting the camera itself. Additionally, the Karma Grip can be attached to multiple GoPro mounting accessories which provide users with even more options for capturing shake-free footage on the go. The Karma Grip’s built-in battery, on the other hand, powers both the grip and the mounted GoPro camera for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes on a full charge.
For the price of $299.99, you will also get the HERO5 Harness, the Karma Mounting Ring for attaching Karma Grip to a variety of GoPro wearable mount accessories, USB-C charging cable, wrist lanyard, tie-down strap and the Karma Grip case, all backed by a limited 1-year warranty. There is also a Karma Grip Extension Cable expected in early 2017 that will allow users to mount the stabilizer and grip separately thus turning the device into even more versatile and flexible tool.
Meanwhile, for those of you who are curious how does the Karma Grip stack up against the DJI Osmo, here’s a quick side-by-side video comparison produced by TechCrunch.