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By Anthony Thurston on December 1st 2014

‘Drones’  or more technically, quadcopters for flying around GoPro cameras, has been one of the fastest growing markets over the last few years. The biggest player currently is DJI, makers of the ever popular Phantom Quadcopter, but it appears that soon they may have some stiff competition from GoPro itself…

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The DJI Phantom could have some stiff competition soon…

According to a new rumor over on PhotoRumors, GoPro is gearing up to start producing their own ‘Drones’, which could be ready for release by the end of 2015. The DJI Phantom, arguably the most popular of GoPro capable quadcopters, can carry a GoPro to new heights and opened up a whole new world of photography and videography to people without huge budgets.

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It would be a very interesting move on the part of GoPro for them to cut out the middle man, so to speak, and start making their own quadcopters. The benefits could be pretty nice though, if GoPro goes about it correctly. The quadcopter could communicate with the GoPro, maybe even be controlled through the GoPro app, and this is just the tip of the iceburg in regards to benefits of a drone built by the same people that make the GoPro.

I know I am excited to see if this comes to be a reality, what about you? Would you like to see a GoPro produced quadcopter? Leave a comment below!

[via PhotoRumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

5 Comments

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  1. William Emmett

    Personally I feel “GoPro” is making a big mistake getting into the copter craze. The FAA is already making serious noise about the use of drones. Since the timeline for the GoPro drone is over a year away, other companies, who now make drones will be way ahead of GoPro, in design and market. If anything GoPro should be looking at acquiring Ambarella Inc. to control the distribution of its “camera on a chip” technology. As it stands now, ambarella is GoPro’s sole camera manufacturer, and is the backbone of the company. Ambarella Inc. is now engaged in selling the “Camera on a Chip” technology to direct competitors of GoPro. Plus, Ambarella is actually making its own wearable camera system, auto backup cameras, and scores of other products. A smart investor my want to look at Amberella Inc.

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  2. Leland Rust

    I’ve been involved in aerial photography for years and it’s always good to see competition push the technology curve!

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  3. J D

    I am surprised it took them this long. I have no use for such a thing but it would be interesting to see what they come up with.

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  4. Daniel Thullen

    Anthony, what about the issue with using “drones”? They can’t be used in the National Parks. It looks like the FAA is putting the brakes on Amazon using them for package delivery. It would be great to get the “birds-eye-view” shots, but I’m guessing privacy and safety issues will needs to be addressed first. I’ll wait to spend my money until those questions are answered.

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  5. Greg Avant

    Can’t wait. I hope they have a better price.

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