Sony has announced its very first drone – the Sony Airpeak S1 – and it’s xxxxxx. Teased at CES 2021, this professional drone is designed to work with a wide range of Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras and contains some very powerful features.
The Airpeak S1 is described as “pro level,” which is part of the outrageous price tag of “around $ 9,000” – 10 times the price of our best consumer drone, the DJI Air 2S, and that’s without camera or gimbal. Not the average techie looking to capture cool photos while on vacation, then.
This will be the first of what is expected to be a full fleet of Airpeaks to hit the market, and as you would expect from the maker of some of the best mirrorless cameras on the market – it’s all done. focused on capturing incredible images. The Airpeak S1 is the smallest to work with a full-size, mirrorless, interchangeable lens Alpha camera.
Buyers can choose the precise camera that suits their needs – it is compatible with a wide range of cameras, including the Alpha 7S series, Alpha 7R series and Alpha 9 series, as well as the Alpha 1, which is capable to capture 8K images. On the front of the gimbal there will be a third-party gimbal specifically designed for the Airpeak S1, sold separately from the drone.
There is an option to use the Airpeak S1 in “dual operation mode”, which means that one person can operate the drone while another manages the gimbal and the camera simultaneously, for full control over outlets. more complex view.
Elsewhere, there is something to pique our interest. The drone is powered by a proprietary brushless motor, 17 “propeller, control system and sensing technology, designed to allow very high speed flight and impressive wind resistance. In fact, it will reach high speeds. going up to 55 mph (90 km / h), and can fly in winds up to 44.7 mph (20 m / s) (there is a video to prove it).
Sony has also leveraged its imaging expertise for security functions. Five stereo cameras, each equipped with Sony image sensors, are installed on the front, back, left, right and bottom of the drone. Sony’s Vision Sensing Processor can then process the data at high speed, with low power consumption, to track the position and orientation of the drone at all times to keep it stable and avoid collisions even in the absence satellite reception.
“Sony is delighted to launch our new drone business with the Airpeak S1,” Sony’s Yang Cheng said. “Combining an extremely compact size with some of Sony’s most advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics technologies, the S1 will allow content creators, storytellers and business professionals to capture what they want. have never been able to capture before. “
The Airpeak S1 was just announced (June 2021) and isn’t quite available for pre-order yet, but Sony says it will be ready to ship to customers in fall 2021.
For more information, visit electronics.sony.com/airpeak.