GoPro has just released prototype footage of their long anticipated GoPro Quadcopter, CEO Nick Woodman has stated during an interview that the drone will be released in early 2016.
It seems as though their new drone has a built-in stabilization system, which from viewing this video looks rather impressive as they stated it was created with ‘no post-production stabilization’ at all.
However with DJI still dominating the drone market and an ever-increasing number of new competitors releasing quadcopters, it will be interesting to see what other features GoPro have up their sleave.
Indoor shooting, waterproofing, dual-controls and a 360 Rotating Gimbal are all areas DJI has spent a long time developing and for GoPro to be entering an already competitive market late they will need to be able to either compete in all these areas or have a price-point that steers filmmakers away from DJI and towards their new sytem.
‘Earlier this year, GoPro announced plans to release a quadcopter in the first half of 2016. This featured video was captured with a developmental prototype of GoPro’s quadcopter and stabilization system. No post-production stabilization was implemented; this is an example of the incredible image quality we are already able to capture at this advanced prototype stage.’ GoPro – Youtube
This video was released very shortly after GoPro announced rather disappointing third year quarter financial statement to it’s shareholders, which caused the stock price to crash almost 17% in after-hours trading.
It’s clear that the timing of the release of this video is no coincidence and they are keen to show investors they’re innovating new products, perhaps the release of their drone could see them soaring to new heights?