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GoPro is developing its own camera drone

GoPro is developing its own camera drone
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If you've looked to buy a video camera in the last few years, you've seen a GoPro. These inexpensive, rugged video cameras are small and light enough to mount to cars, bikes, helmets and other places.

That makes them a staple of extreme sports videos, adventure videos, car videos, home movies and anything else you can imagine. Click here for some of my favorite videos captured with a GoPro.

In just 10 years GoPro has become one of the biggest names in video cameras and now it's looking to the do the same thing with another area: drones.

Drones have come a long way since the early days of million-dollar military models. For $1,000 or less you can now get a quadrocopter or multi-copter that can fly hundreds of feet in the air and more than half a mile away from you.

Not only that, they can carry a video camera for getting sky shots that would normally require an expensive crane or helicopter. And, bringing the story full circle, many drones use GoPro cameras.

So it make sense that GoPro would cut out the middleman and just make it's own camera drone. Not much is known at the moment aside from the fact it will be sold in the $500 to $1,000 range.

However, you can expect it to have many of the bells and whistles of high-end drones - GPS and height sensors, long-range control with tablet compatibility, long-range video streaming, six-axis camera movement with stabilization, and plenty more.

Of course, as drones become less expensive and more common, they do cause some problems that need to be addressed. From crashes at national parks and invasions of privacy to injuries and potential airline disasters, they aren't doing well in the news.

That's why the FAA is starting to fine drone owners and may even require them to get a license. Still, low-cost personal drones are the future, and they might even save your life some day.

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Source: CNBC
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