Sony to release its first drone to include a full-frame camera

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Sony has officially confirmed the release of its professional drone designed to create video content. The Airpeak S1 was originally announced at CES 2021 a few months ago and lacks not only an integrated sensor for capturing images, but even a stabilized gimbal. It is the first ever drone in the history of a Japanese manufacturer and the world’s smallest quadrocopter to shoot with an integrated full-frame mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses.

The Airpeak S1 uses proprietary engine, propeller, and sensing and control technologies. The drone is capable of flying at high speeds of up to 90 km / h and is able to resist strong headwinds of up to 20 m / s (twice that of the DJI Inspire 2) thanks to a set of five stereo cameras and an infrared rangefinder. Experts from the Japan Aerospace Research Agency even helped in fine-tuning the drone. For installation, proprietary cameras from the A7S III, FX3 or Alpha 1 lines are supported.

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The maximum autonomous flight time of the Airpeak S1 is 22 minutes when fully charged (without additional load), with the camera the autonomy is 12 minutes. The angular velocity is 180 degrees per second, the attainable tilt angle is no more than 55 degrees. Among other things, the drone is equipped with obstacle detection, flight information tracking and an enhanced security remote control that uses cloud technology.

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