Sony Airpeak S1: Sony published a cinematic movie earlier this year to demonstrate their Vision-S concept automobile, which was first exhibited at CES 2020. Along with the automobile, another undisclosed Sony product was seen in the video snapping aerial images of the vehicle. It was a drone, as you would have imagined. Sony has finally introduced the Airpeak S1, its first-ever drone, a few months after releasing the video.
The Sony Airpeak S1 has been released.
Before I dive into any more technical specifics, it’s important to note that the Sony Airpeak S1 is essentially a professional-grade drone. This suggests that instead of catering to average customers, Sony is targeting professional filmmakers and content providers with this one. As a result, the Airpeak S1 costs $9,000 (about Rs. 6.6 lakhs).
As you can expect, it is a larger investment than a typical buy. The Airpeak S1, on the other hand, plays up to its price tag by including a slew of sophisticated capabilities for filmmakers and DOPs to use.
To begin with, the Sony Airpeak S1 is the tiniest drone capable of carrying a full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. The drone was meant to carry a variety of Sony camera types, including mirrorless versions of the a9, a7r, a7s, a1, and FX3. Furthermore, although it has not been tested, the drone may be able to carry different mirrorless camera types.
The Airpeak S1 can achieve a high speed of 55 miles per hour (88.5 kilometers per hour) in approximately 3.5 seconds. It can also handle a maximum tilt angle of 55 degrees and maintain stability even in gusts of up to 44.7 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour). In addition, the drone has various sensors and cameras to identify obstructions in its path and avoid mishaps.
The Airpeak S1’s stability test:-
The Airpeak S1 also has a dual-operation mode that allows several users to operate the drone and the onboard camera separately. A drone operator would be able to operate the drone while the director of photography would be in charge of the camera movement. The onboard camera will be powered by the drone and will be able to connect to it through the USB-C and HDMI ports onboard.
Even though the Airpeak S1 has these sophisticated features, its compact size prevents it from carrying a larger battery. As a result, the equipment’s battery life is somewhat limited. Without an integrated camera, it can run for up to 22 minutes. When completely charged, the battery life is reduced to just 12 minutes.
The Airpeak S1 may be controlled using the controller and the related iOS app. Users may establish flight paths for the drone, register its flights, and generate equipment lists for particular projects using Sony’s Airpeak Base online platform.
When it comes to the Airpeak S1, the drone is available in a package that comprises the drone module, four propellers, a controller, two replaceable batteries, and a charger. The camera and gimbal, however, will not be included in the box. If you buy the other accessories with the drone, the total cost rises to over $15,000 (Rs 10,95,912).
Pre-orders for the Airpeak S1 and its accessories are now open. Beginning this autumn, Sony will begin shipping the orders.