Although drones are one of the most quickly-growing tech categories in recent years, there’s been surprisingly little competition from the big names in electronics. Aside from DJI Drones, there aren’t any other brands who have become a household name, even as the gadgets have. This year, Sony is throwing its hat into the ring. At CES 2021, the tech titan officially took the wraps off of its highly-anticipated drone, which had been rumored since late last year. Meet the Sony Airpeak drone.
Just one glance suggests that the Sony Airpeak drone means business—literally. Sony is positioning their drone as a professional tool, ideal for serious creators or pro filmmakers in need of an accessible aerial video solution. Official specifications are still sparse, but we know that the Sony Airpeak is billed as being the world’s smallest drone capable of carrying a Sony Alpha camera. With the Sony A7RIV shooting glorious 61MP stills, and the A7S putting out arguably the best video available in non-cinema camera style, this new platform opens up serious aerial imaging to the masses. The Sony Airpeak also appears to have integrated cameras, perhaps so pilots can capture multiple forms of media simultaneously.
That’s about all of the information that was released, which leaves plenty of speculation. We’d hoping to see some sort of integrated control system that takes advantage of the vertical integration of Sony products, or perhaps even an AI camera control system. Sony has made incredible strides with AF tracking in their most recent Sony Alpha releases, so it would be nice to see that leveraged by the Airpeak’s control system. And, of course, a reasonable price would be nice.