Sony has officially unveiled its Airpeak S1 Drone, which it teased at CES 2021 in January. The announcement contains more details on the drone’s capabilities, features, and reveals a $9,000 price tag for the drone sans gimbal or camera, all of which cements the idea that this drone will be intended for squarely at the professional video market
The Airpeak S1 Drone is built to work with Sony’s mirrorless cameras which include the A7S Mark III, FX3, or even the 8K-capable Alpha 1. The drone is attached to a special version of the Gremsy T3 gimbal that’s been designed for Airpeak and that people have to buy separately.The drone will have around 12 minutes of flight time with the camera. The camera needs batteries which provide power for the drone. One of the drone’s biggest selling points is its stability and wind resistance.
According to Sony, it can stay stable in winds of up to 44.7 miles per hour, and it has five sets of stereo cameras that allow the drone and an infrared rangefinder that should help the drone stop before it hits obstacles and stay steady even without satellite reception.The Airpeak S1 Drone is also quick; it can do 0-50 in 3.5 seconds.
Sony hasn’t revealed what kind of speed or acceleration can be achieved when the drone is flying a camera. For comparison, DJI’s Matrice 600 Pro, which costs around $7,000 without a gimbal or camera, has a top speed of 40 miles per hour and a quoted battery life of 32 minutes alone or 16 minutes with a 13-pound payload, using its stock batterie