Sony Electronics Inc. has announced the release of its first-ever professional drone, the Airpeak S1. The introductory model in the Airpeak line was designed for aerial photography and videography, unveiled at CES 2021.
Airpeak S1 is the industry’s smallest drone able to be equipped with a full-size mirrorless Sony Alpha camera. According to Sony, the Airpeak S1 enables dynamic and precise flight with high agility by using a proprietary motor, propeller, control system, and sensing technology.
Additionally, it also supports the production of high-quality aerial images with a remote controller that can control the aircraft. It comes with obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing, and increased flight safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information.
The Airpeak S1 reaches a maximum speed of 90km/h, a maximum angular velocity of 180°/s, and a maximum tilt angle of 55°. What’s more, the drone is equipped with a 17-inch propeller and brushless motor with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components.
Furthermore, the Airpeak S1 uses Multi-directional sensors to enable its obstacle braking function. The front, rear, left, and right stereo cameras and the infrared range-finding sensor mounted on the top recognize obstacles in the vicinity of the aircraft, enable the aircraft to automatically decelerate and stop according to the behavior of the aircraft and the surrounding conditions.
Sony mentioned that the Airpeak S1 is compatible with a wide range of camera bodies, including the Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise, the Alpha 7R series for ultra-high-definition, and the Alpha 9 series and others for distortion-free images. In addition, the Alpha 1, which can shoot footage in 8K, is also compatible.
The new professional drone includes “Airpeak Flight,” an iOS and iPadOS compatible app that integrates the aircraft, transmitter, camera, and gimbal, allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.
Sony’s Airpeak S1 SRP is approximately USD 9,000, and it will ship with two (2) pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two (2) batteries, and a battery charger. Note that a third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold separately. The Airpeak S1 will be available for pre-order and ship by September 2021.