Sony’s new Airpeak drone can carry an Alpha collection DSLR
Sony’s Airpeak drone Sony
Sony hits CES 2021 with a bang and unveils its first drone: The Airpeak. The company has shared photos and videos of its new project and has given some sparse details on what to expect from the drone’s launch.
According to Sony, the Airpeak is the smallest drone currently available that can accommodate one of their DSLR Alpha cameras. These single lens full frame mirrorless cameras are bulky devices that can be used to capture high quality, professional grade footage.
To support this weight, the Airpeak has a quadcopter format. The landing gear retracts upwards in the air so that the view of the camera is not blocked. Sony also promises that the drone will allow precise movements and stable flying to capture fluid footage.
To give you an idea of what that looks like, Sony has also released some test footage taken by the drone in Austria. The drone was sent to film over the street the company is using to test its VISION-S electric car concept so you can get an idea of how it works in the real world.
Sony teased the drone’s arrival last November, suggesting that it wanted to provide a tool for video artists and professionals that was both safe and reliable, especially in challenging environments.
Now is a good time for Sony to enter the drone market. Chinese drone manufacturer DJI was recently added to the US Department of Commerce’s trade list. DJI says it will still be able to sell its drones to US retail customers, but the company’s future in the US could be difficult. This offers Sony’s drone the opportunity to become a tool of choice among US video artists.
Sony has yet to reveal full specs for the drone, or reveal its pricing or release date.