GoPros and consumer-grade drones go together like peanut butter and chocolate. I guess it makes sense that GoPro will start churning out little fliers next year.
The news comes from the Wall Street Journal, which tweeted this.
The WSJ reports that the drones will be multi-rotor copters, aiming for pricing from $500 to $1000.
GoPro didn't officially admit to any drone-making plans, only giving this to the WSJ.
In an email, a GoPro spokesman said the company's users are already producing "jaw-dropping GoPro footage recorded from quadcopters," or drones. He added, "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.
The question that the WSJ brings up that we may be looking forward to some kind of drone-compatibility war next year.
San Mateo, Calif.-based GoPro is already a supporting player in the drone market, providing many of the roughly 3 oz. cameras that consumer drones carry. But GoPro may be hedging against a business it could be losing; the world's biggest consumer drone maker, SZ DJI Technology Co. of China, recently started selling devices that come with its own in-house cameras. Other drone makers could stop supporting GoPro devices if they are competing head-to-head with the camera maker.
I, for one, can't wait for ceaseless Playstation vs Xbox-style arguments over camera/drone packages on consumer electronics forums.
Look forward to your neighbor's kid crashing into your yard soon!
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