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Sony unveils its Airpeak drone

Sony unveils Airpeak drone

Sony Corporation (“Sony”) has unveiled the Airpeak aircraft at CES2021 as part of its drone project in the area of AI robotics.

 

Sony launched the Airpeak brand with the goal to further develop today’s drone technology while achieving the utmost in value creation. As the first phase of this project, Sony will launch a new business targeted for professional photography and video production in the spring of 2021. In order to fully support the creativity of video creators, the payload of the drone can be equipped with an Alpha™ mirrorless camera to capture high quality, full frame aerial photography and video. Airpeak, the industry’s smallest class of drone that can be equipped with the Alpha system, is capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flight, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while also pursuing new possibilities for creative expression. At the moment we don’t know if we can use any other camera apart from the Sony alpha cameras. Given the huge popularity of drones and a relatively unknown company DJI becoming a huge player in this game, there has been increasing interest from the big camera manufacturers like Canon and Sony. DJI has been using Sony sensors in their drones. So Sony entering the drone market with quadcopters that can use the higher quality alpha series mirrorless cameras means a higher quality of video output for professionals. With the usage of AI and its integration with Sony alpha cameras, Sony theoretically can help solve lot of issues for the filmmakers. It is to be seen what kinds problems Sony chooses to solve in their initial offering.




The images and videos of the Airpeak drone shows the the landing gear (two legs) automatically moving up so that those don’t come in the view of the camera. The landing gear is detachable and needs to be fitted to the drone for its takeoff. There appear to be two batteries that fit on the Airpeak drone. The Sony alpha camera attached to a three axis gimbal is attached to the Airpeak drone. With the new Sony Alpha 1 flagship camera offering even 8k video, the Airpeak drone has the potential of being used by a lot of filmmakers.

 

Built-in camera in Sony Airpeak drone

Built-in camera in Sony Airpeak drone

There is a built-in camera in the sony Airpeak. Sony hasn’t explicitly mentioned the purpose of this camera. Nor has Sony provided any detailed specifications of this Airpeak quadcopter.

Sony will continue to post project-related information going forward, and remains engaged in co-creation activities leading up to the launch of Airpeak in order to gain feedback from professional drone users. At the moment Sony is obtaining feedback from professional drone users and seeking collaborators in US and in Japan for its Airpeak project.

The price and full specifications are yet to be announced.



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