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GoPro updates the Karma drone firmware for the new Hero 7 action camera

In another very good and detailed review from DC Rainmaker about the new GoPro Hero 7, he mentions that the action camera company actually went through the trouble of updating the firmware for the Karma drone and grip to be compatible with the camera’s new features… “For the six people still flying the GoPro Karma drone”, he said with a smirk. Of course there’s more to the new camera so jump right in!

Hero 7 compatible with Karma drone after firmware update

Whether you still fly the Karma drone or not, the new GoPro Hero 7 seems to be quite the upgrade from the old GoPro Hero 6. Especially the new HyperSmooth feature seems to be a big step up in terms of image stabilization. Like DroneDJ contributor, Gab707 said: “It is a turn-key solution that will provide great stabilization for 99% of your footage. Should you get one? Yes!”

To make sure that the few people who still fly the discontinued GoPro Karma drone can actually use the new Hero 7 action camera, the company updated the firmware.

16 new things to know about the Hero 7

In the video below DC Rainmaker goes into much more detail and he points out ’16 new things to know’ about GoPro’s latest action camera.

  1. HyperSmooth
  2. 4K 60fps stabilized
  3. HyperSmooth, Electronic Image Stabilization, No Stabilization
  4. Time warp feature uses video footage instead of photos. +1
  5. New user interface is much better
  6. Portrait mode
  7. Time clips – for instance for 30 seconds recording
  8. Photo timer
  9. SuperPhoto mode
  10. Improved audio/microphone
  11. Apple MFI compatible results in faster pairing with iPhones
  12. New live-streaming at ‘not a very good’ 720p…
  13. New resolutions
  14. The GP1 chipset lives on in the Hero 7 with an additional 1 gig of RAM
  15. Firmware update to Karma grip and drone (!)
  16. Some improvements to the main GoPro app with overlays for speed etc.

What do you think about GoPro’s Hero 7? Let us know in the comments below.


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo