GoPro is going up and away, literally, by developing a line of consumer-level drone craft equipped with the ability to capture action from high above in high definition.
Described as “multirotor helicopters,” GoPro’s latest endeavor will reportedly hit the consumer market in late 2015 at prices hovering between $500 and $1,000 apiece. Each of these whirlybirds will be equipped with high-definition still and video cameras, although precise specs haven’t been announced yet.
The new craft represents a “zig” to GoPro’s game plan, as other action cam manufacturers like Sony seek to snatch up some of its customer base. A foray into the manufacturing of drones will likely put the San Mateo-based company a full step ahead of the competition, securing its position as the leading manufacturer of cameras for unconventional photographers.
Although release dates for the copter-cams are still up in the air, specs will most likely be influenced by a new set of rules the Federal Aviation Administration is gearing up to propose sometime in December for the manufacture of commercial drone craft.