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The GoPro drone in action. Looks pretty good.
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The GoPro drone in action. Looks pretty good.

Earlier this year we learned that GoPro was making a quadcopter drone, but few details have since been shared about the project. That changes today, as the company has uploaded the first footage from the drone to its YouTube channel.

GoPro caveats the footage, saying that it was “captured using a developmental prototype of GoPro’s quadcopter and stabilization system,” but it looks pretty great regardless. It’s remarkably smooth, and the video also claims that the footage was not stabilized in post, but this could just be a result of careful filming. (GoPro does, after all, have massive, dedicated media teams that film all the company’s promotional footage.)

It doesn’t appear to have the same dynamic range as, say, the DJI Inspire One, but this is only test footage. GoPro does a lot of things well, and image quality may be the thing it does best. That said, the maximum resolution available on the video is 1440p, so there’s no evidence of 4K capability yet.

The color and dynamic range aren’t the point—the footage is shot on the Hero 4, which you can already buy. What’s amazing is the perfect, almost dolly-like stability of the shots of an idyllic farm and a journey through the forest. The sleepy guitar music, though, has nothing to do with the drone. It’s just nice.

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