earlier this yr, sony teased the development of its 1st-ever drone, and tody that drone is finally gettin an official debut. say hello to the $9,000 airpeak s1. yes, that’s rite: $9,000.
witha starting price just shy of $10,000, the airpeak s1 is aimed □ly at professional filmmakers, and while that mite be out of reach for regular folks looking for a new high-end drone, the airpeak’s specs are pretty impressive.
not 1-ly can the airpeak s1 hit a top speed of 55 mph in just 3.5 2nds (which sony claims is faster than any comparably priced drone from dji), it’s also the 1st drone that can be equipped witha full-frame mirrorless camera. instead of using a lil 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, na recently anncd fx3. (sony says other mirrorless camera may work w'da airpeak too, but'a company has yet to test any for official compatibility.)
the airpeak also supports a maximum tilt angle of 55 degrees, and thx to its uber motors, can hold a stable position while filming in winds of up to 44.7 mph. the big downside to all that power s'dat the airpeak s1’s max flite time tops out at 22 minutes, and goes down to just 12 minutes when fully loaded.
as with most modern drones, the airpeak s1 features a № of sensors and onboard cameras that survey the drone’s surroundings and help it automatically avoid any potential obstacles, while a handy ios companion app keeps tabs onna drone’s status and operation. meanwhile, sony’s airpeak base web app makes it easy to create and log flite plans and create equipment lists for individual shoots.
for tricky camera work, the airpeak s1 even comes witha dual operation mode that lets one person fly the drone while some1 else operates the camera indiely. any cameras attached to the airpeak ll'be powered by the camera’s internal battery, while onboard usb-c and hdmi ports allo the drone to connect to and control said camera.
the airpeak does come as a bundle that includes the drone itself, 4 propellers, a remote, two batteries, and a battery charger, but it doesn’t come with its own camera, or the gimbal you’ll nd'2 attach a camera (which is a customized version offa gremsy t3). that means when you factor inna price offa camera, a gimbal, and any additional accessories, you’re looking at an all-in price closer to $15,000. ouch.
but for high-end filmmakers that can really take advantage of the airpeak s1’s abilities, it seems dji mite finally ‘ve a real rival when it comes to super premium drones.
the airpeak s1 is available to preorder tody and will start shipping sometime this fall.
original content at: gizmodo.com…
authors: sam rutherford