Report: GoPro planning to launch consumer drones “late next year”


GoPro, best known for its small video cameras that turn snowboarders into YouTube sensations, is planning to launch a consumer drone, according to a new report in the Wall Street JournalCiting people familiar with GoPro’s plans, the WSJ says that the company is preparing multirotor drones that cost between $500 and $1,000 for a late 2015 launch.

Given that a lot of people buy consumer drones for aerial photography, GoPro-branded drones will be equipped with high-definition cameras. Currently, the GoPro action camera is commonly mounted to the underside of consumer drones because it is small, light, and most drone makers make mounts specifically for the camera.

For instance, China-based DJI is currently the leading consumer drone company by revenue. When you navigate to its page for the Phantom 2, its primary consumer quadcopter, the banner image shows the drone equipped with a GoPro. It’s even described as a “ready to fly aerial filming system…

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