GoPro Inc. has recently announced that it’s planning on making its own drones; more specifically, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company is “developing its own line of consumer drones to expand from its core business of making wearable video cameras popular with surfers and other sports enthusiasts.” The GoPro products are also very popular for aerial photography in various applications.
There is rumor that the company will begin selling multi-rotor helicopters that are equipped with high-definition cameras late next year, with price tags ranging from $500-$1,000 each. While helicopter, quadcopter and octocopter drones aren’t new, up until the POV camera giant has focused on the cameras themselves with some small accessories in the product offering. GoPro has been completely reliant on third parties to get cams up into the air, but GoPro is perhaps looking to cash in on the recent growing popularity of drones.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular, and in addition to being well-known and trusted in the circles of sports enthusiasts, they are also in high demand with commercial users as well as with hobbyists. There has even been a sharp increase in drones used within cinematography circles. It’s not clear yet whether the GoPro drones will have internal cameras or if they will support the attachment of external GoPro cameras. The general consensus is that regardless of which types of models of their cameras the company will decide to use, they are going to be able to deliver a well-rounded, much anticipated product that won’t require customers to shop separately for their drones and cameras.
Although there are several current drones available by other companies that feature built-in cameras of their own that wouldn’t be suitable for mounting an additional camera, the popularity of the GoPro brand and its reputation for more than exceptional features and quality may very well be enough to send GoPro drone sales over the top. We’ll keep you posted on the latest. Until then, check out this video:
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