Drones for professionals and customers are nothing new and neither are drones with cameras overlaying a variety of qualities. Most of those drones include their very own cameras, nonetheless, and few really allow you to use no matter skilled digicam you might already personal. That’s what makes Sony’s first foray into the world of drone pictures fascinating in that it’s designed for use with a distinct digicam, particularly Sony’s personal interchangeable-lens Alpha cameras. Actually, the Sony Airpeak S1 drone doesn’t include a digicam or perhaps a gimbal of its personal.
Introduced late final yr and teased at this yr’s digital CES 2021, the Airpeak S1 is marketed at skilled photographers and cinematographers however doesn’t really embrace that vital a part of the equation. Whereas most drone makers would spotlight that facet of their new UAVs, Sony is already assured it has the digicam half down pat. What Sony is boasting about with its first-ever professional drone is, as a substitute, its flying capabilities.
Unsurprisingly, Sony talks lots concerning the proprietary motors and applied sciences that allow the drone to fly stably at max speeds of 55mph (90km/h). Whereas it may not have a digicam for recording video, it does have imaging sensors going through all instructions, together with downward, to see its environment and fly reliably.
The Airpeak S1 drone is designed to focus on professionals and it contains options that allow that use case. That features a twin operation mode that lets one particular person function the drone whereas one other operates the gimbal and digicam, each of them seeing the identical video feed. It additionally has an “Airpeak Base” internet utility that lets customers handle flight plans and flight logs along with the Airpeak Flight app for iOS and iPadOS.
Unsurprisingly, the Sony Airpeak S1 additionally comes with an expert worth of $9,000. That worth doesn’t but embrace even the particular gimbal that’s obligatory to connect Sony Alpha cameras, just like the A7S, A7R, and FX3 sequence. That shall be a separate buy and neither the drone nor the gimbal has particular launch dates simply but.