Sony's Airpeak Could Change How We Shoot Video With Drones

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Sony opens the door to Airpeak, it's latest drone technology. 

A few months ago Sony teased Airpeak, a drone project that's said to combine Sony's "imaging and sensing technological expertise and AI Robotics." 

Today, at CES 2021, the company has pulled back the curtain exposing some pretty cool details. 

According to Sony, the Airpeak drone will be equipped with a Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless camera, which reminds of Freefly's recent release of its Astro drone that's combines a Sony a7 IV. The combination should be a winner among indie filmmakers, especially those who desire to match footage to other Sony Alpha cameras. 

In the video above you can see that Airpeak is a quadcopter design where the two legs retract upon take off. The gimbal that holds the Alpha camera looks rock solid. It could even spin 360° during flight which would be fantastic for creating different shots. The remote and display looks very robust too making it easily a higher-end model that could compete with the Inspire 2. 

Other than the videos above, Sony hasn't too much confirmed. It will be interesting to see where AirPeak lands. As of now, DJI controls the market when it comes to inexpensive drones, but as for higher-end image capture, Sony coming to the party would be a welcomed addition. 

What do you think of Airpeak? Let us know in the comments below.      

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Might be cool ....BUT... we really don't know anything that might get your excited .... specifications, cost, availability .... I hate how CES has turned into a ..."hey look at our R&D projects" .... oh and thanks NFS ... a great misleading headline .... (ya I know, I read the article)

January 11, 2021 at 6:25PM, Edited January 11, 6:27PM

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Other then a better camera nothing ground breaking here. The Mavic 2 hold up pretty well for most shots especially because a lot of it is wide. Yes it’s nice to have better footage but it’s more for specialty stuff and you put your camera at risk. If you crash a Mavic no big deal but crashing this would really suck.

January 11, 2021 at 7:10PM

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cool, it'd be great to have more mid-level options alongside the Inspire 2.. this looks like a Gremsy gimbal on a compact quad with collision avoidance, fpv cam, and some nice software integration with a radio and a tablet.. It definitely appears to be similar to Freefly Astro – though Freefly has an awful lot of experience tuning smooth-flying drones for production..

January 11, 2021 at 11:45PM

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