Sony originally announced Airpeak, its entry into drones, late last year. Today, as part of the CES announcements, the company revealed a few more details: namely what the drone looks like.
Very little information was given about how the drone would work, while Sony instead focused on showing what we can expect when it comes to the design and construction of the Airpeak (although no specific sizes or weights were given). The drone has a rectangular central body with a gimbal that hangs under it where the Sony Alpha camera sits. The legs are folded upwards after the drone has taken off to give the camera the ability to rotate 360 degrees during flight unhindered. The drone is a quadcopter design, and each of the arms that hold the engine and rotor appears to be made of carbon fiber.
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In a video posted on Twitter and in the photo below, a free-standing rotating camera is shown in addition to what appear to be two cameras in a bar both front and rear (they can also be sensors) which probably indicates that it is used to navigate aircraft while a second operator can focus on filming. This reflects the design of the latest DJI Inspire.
Airpeak will be officially launched in the spring of 2021.
“Sony launched the Airpeak brand with the goal of further developing today’s drone technology while achieving the best in value creation,” the company said on its official website. “As the first phase of this project, Sony will launch a new business focused on professional photography and video production in the spring of 2021.”
The video below gives a long, detailed look at how the drone takes off and operates in aircraft.
Sony specifically says that the drone will support Sony Alpha cameras, but has not said anything about other camera models.
“To fully support the creativity of video creators, the drone’s payload can be equipped with an Alpha mirrorless camera to capture high-quality, full-frame photography and video,” writes Sony. “Airpeak, the industry’s smallest class of drones that can be equipped with the Alpha system, is capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flying, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while pursuing new opportunities for creative expression.”
Sony posted some pictures of the drone on the site along with these videos:
Note that hardly any cables are visible that connect the Alpha camera to the drone, which suggests that the connection can be compact and unobtrusive, which is always a plus.
It is unclear whether Sony has further plans to explain more about Airpeak at CES, or whether it will wait to reveal more as the launch date approaches.