Sony has announced its first drone Airpeak S1, and it will outpace the competition, accelerating to 50 mph in just 3.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 55.9 mph. This makes it the fastest growing drone in the industry. It’s not competing with smaller consumer drones like the DJI Mavic Air 2, though—it’s a larger pro-level drone designed to carry a gimbal and a full-size camera, perfect for commercial use in the skies. ready for. And it costs $9,000.
The Airpeak S1 has a total span of 644mm, making it similar in size to the DJI Inspire 2, but far more capable in terms of payload and capacity. It is the smallest drone that can carry a full-size mirrorless Sony Alpha camera equipped with interchangeable lenses. It uses five stereo cameras and two infrared cameras with Sony’s new Vision Sensing processor, and power is delivered using a new propulsion system using brushless motors, and for a flight time of up to 22 minutes. an internal battery. Sony promises excellent stability even during windy conditions, stating that it will remain stable even when wind speeds reach 44mph, or 20 meters per second.
It is controlled using the Airpeak Flight app, which will be available only for iOS and a special remote control at launch. The aircraft and an attached gimbal can be controlled by one person with a remote, and will have a dual operation mode so that one person is tasked with flying the drone and the other controlling the gimbal. Sony has also announced Airpeak Base, a cloud-based app for plotting automated flight routes, managing fleets, and editing flight plans.
Sony has worked with drone gimbal experts Gremsey to create a dedicated gimbal for the AirPeak S1, but it doesn’t come pre-packaged with the drone, so you’ll have to buy it separately. The S1 and gimbal are compatible with a wide range of Sony cameras, including the A1, A911, A7s111, A7RIV and FX3 cameras, as well as E-mount lenses between 14mm and 85mm. The gimbal has been linked to a battery pack, charger, and another remote control as optional accessories for the S1, but prices have yet to be confirmed.
The Airpeak S1 – which comes with a remote, two batteries, a charger and four propellers – won’t be available for purchase until later this year. At that time more details on specifications and FAA approvals, which are apparently underway, will be revealed along with the cost of accessories.