San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics’ first-ever professional drone, the Sony Airpeak S1 is now shipping. The introductory model in the new Airpeak line, the S1 is touted as “the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, opening up a new world of creative possibilities for cinematographers and other visual storytelling professionals.”
“We’re excited to now make the new Airpeak S1 drone available for purchase, and for the amazing set of possibilities this drone opens for cinematographers,” said Yang Cheng, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.
“The drone’s compact size; new software features; and advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics reflect the high quality the industry respects Sony for; and it enables content creators and commercial professionals to capture images and video not possible before.”
Sony Airpeak S1 Debut
Introduced to the public for the first time earlier this year, the Airpeak S1 drone is designed for the professional user. Moreover, it is compatible with a wide range of Sony camera bodies; these include the Alpha 1, Alpha 7S series, the Alpha 7R series, the Alpha 9 series as well as the FX3.
The drone leverages proprietary technology to deliver smooth maneuverability at high speeds with stable wind resistance. As a result, it enables high-quality aerial images and video content.
In addition, the drone includes Airpeak Flight. The iOS-based application integrates and monitors all hardware related to the drone; thus, it gives the operator real-time status display and updates on screen.
Furthermore, the Airpeak Base web app is also available. It allows the operator to manage the equipment; create advanced flight plans; run the same pattern repeatedly; and fully manage as well as troubleshoot flight logs.
For multiple operators, the Airpeak S1 also includes a dual operation mode so one user can operate the drone as another operates the gimbal and camera. Each can also monitor the content the drone is recording.
What’s more, Sony will make an optional cloud service, Airpeak Plus, available by paid subscription. It provides additional data storage, advanced geofencing options, as well as import/export of flight logs.
Made in Japan, the Airpeak S1 drone has a suggested retail price of $9,000. It ships with two pairs of propellers; a remote controller; two batteries; and a battery charger. In addition, a third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 sells separately.
For pricing on Airpeak S1 accessories, visit here. The optional Airpeak Plus subscription service will retail for $300 for a 12-month period, with an optional Protect Plan coverage also available.