Earlier this year, Sony announced the development of its very first drone, and today, this drone is finally making its official debut. Say hello to the $ 9,000 Airpeak S1. Yes, that’s right: $ 9,000.
With a starting price of just under $ 10,000, the Airpeak S1 is aimed directly at professional filmmakers, and although this might be out of reach for ordinary people Looking for a new top-of-the-line drone, the Airpeak’s specs are pretty impressive.
Not only can the Airpeak S1 hit a top speed of 55 mph in just 3.5 seconds (which Sony claims to be faster than any comparably priced DJI drone), it’s also the first drone that can be equipped with a full frame mirrorless camera. IInstead of using a small built-in sensor and camera module, the Airpeak S1 was designed to carry a range of Sony mirrorless cameras, including various versions of the a9, a1, a7r, a7s and recently announced FX3. (Sony says another mirrorless camera can work with the Airpeak as well, but the company has not yet tested for official compatibility.)
The Airpeak also supports a maximum bank angle of 55 degrees, and thanks to its powerful motors, can maintain a stable position while filming in winds up to 44.7 mph. TThe big downside to all that power is that the Airpeak S1’s maximum flight time reaches 22 minutes and drops to just 12 minutes when fully charged.
As with most modern drones, the Airpeak S1 has a number of sensors and on-board cameras that monitor the drone’s surroundings and help it automatically avoid any potential obstacles, while a handy iOS companion app keeps it safe. an eye on the condition and operation of the drone. Meanwhile, Sony’s Airpeak Base web app makes it easy to create and save flight plans and create equipment lists for individual shoots.
For delicate camera jobs, the Airpeak S1 even comes with a dual operation mode that allows one person to fly the drone while another uses the camera independently. All cameras connected to the Airpeak will be powered by the camera’s internal battery, while the built-in USB-C and HDMI ports allow the drone at connect and control said camera.
TThe Airpeak comes in the form of a set including the drone itself, four propellers, a remote control, two batteries and a battery charger, but it does not come with its own camera, nor the gimbal that you will need to attach a camera (which is a custom version of a Gremsy t3). This means that when you factor in the price of a camera, gimbal, and any additional accessories, you’re considering an all-inclusive price closer to $ 15,000. Ouch.
But for high-end filmmakers who can really take advantage of the Airpeak S1’s capabilities, it looks like DJI may finally have a real rival when it comes to super premium drones.
the Airpeak S1 is available for pre-order today and will begin shipping this fall.