Film-makers have been slinging GoPro cameras under their drones for quite some time; now GoPro wants a piece of the drone action itself.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the action cam maker is planning to release its own range of drones - or multirotor aircraft - before the end of 2015.
It's hardly surprising that GoPro wants a slice of the market; early drones from the likes of DJI, Parrot and 3D Robotics packed pretty feeble cameras, making them perfect platforms for GoPro cameras. But now that drones like the DJI Inspire are hitting shelves, sporting 4K cameras, it's clear that GoPro needs a drone of its own.
The GoPro drones will likely feature built-in HD cameras, rather than detachable GoPro devices, and are expected to cost anywhere between US$500 and US$1000.
In an email, a GoPro spokesperson states that the company’s users are already producing “jaw-dropping GoPro footage recorded from quadcopters,” or drones. They add, “Earlier this year, to study the policy implications and to protect the rights of our users, GoPro joined the Washington-based Small UAV Coalition,” a drone advocacy group.
With GoPro joining the drone market, it looks like the skies are about to get a lot more cluttered.
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