Chris January of The Telegraph recently used the latest GoPro Karma Drone and Karma Grip to capture the innate beauty of Popeye Village; a family entertainment complex originally built as a movie set.
Malta has rarely looked at serenely beautiful as it does in the above video, shot by The Telegraph’s Chris January using GoPro’s Karma Drone and Karma Grip. I’d say he is a brave soul if you consider how badly the earlier Karma Drone’s performed, but from what he captured, it looks like the GoPro Karma technologies performed as expected.
He took a quad bike road trip across the Mediterranean island before visiting Popeye Village in Anchor Bay, built as a set for the 1980 film starring Robin Williams but now a family entertainment complex.
“With a slightly chequered history when it comes to drones – including a 2016 recall when they started dropping out of the sky – GoPro have relaunched their Karma in order to build on the success of its action cameras,” says Chris. “Being a drone novice with no previous flying experience, I was still able to capture some impressive shots (without crashing) – this is definitely a drone aimed at beginners.
“Where the Karma really comes into its own is the ability to easily switch the camera and gimbal between the Drone and the Grip, providing a handheld or mounted stabilisation option – ideal for biking and snowboarding. This is a pretty cool feature, and handy for when you run out of battery in the Drone, a real possibility as it has less than 20 minutes’ flight time.”
Not sure what is being referenced when the GoPro Karma Drone’s spotty past is brought up? Then check out “Bad Karma – GoPro’s First Drone Does Not Impress” from The Verge. The article covers the earlier issues and the subsequent recall.
Based on the quality of the video, the latest GoPro Karma Drone and Karma Grip seem stable. Would I make the Karma my next purchase? No, but I don’t already own a Hero camera. If you do, then the GoPro Karma might not be a bad value.
About Popeye Village
Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village and Danish Village, is a filmography purposely built village, now converted into a small attraction fun park, consisting of a collection of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings. It is located at Anchor Bay, 2 miles from the village core of Mellieħa, Malta.
It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex.
It was designed by Danish architect Hans Munk Hansen. It is made of modernist and post-war buildings and pathways. There has been significant changes since then, to turn it into a visiting sea-side resort, such as a recreational waterpark and a Christmas village.