Watch New Footage of Sony's Airpeak Drone

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Sony field tests Airpeak at Iriomote Island, Okinawa. 

Spotted by PetaPixel, Sony has posted new test footage of its upcoming drone Airpeak over Iriomote Island in Japan. The new video was recorded using the Sony a7s III, FX3, and 14mm F1.8 G Master lens. 

Since Sony first announced it was entering the drone game six months ago, they've been slowly releasing updates to the public about its development, including this wind-resistance test and road test

While Airpeak won't compete directly with the less expensive DJI Mavic or Autel EVO II series, the setup will more likely be compared to the likes of Inspire 2, Freefly Astro, and other high-end drones that allow filmmakers to customize the camera setup to your specific needs. 

Sony says, "We have continued with field testing Airpeak in different environments, and in this issue would like to share video footage from field testing in Okinawa’s Iriomote Island. Footage was recorded using the recently announced 35mm Alpha E-mount FE14mm F1.8GM lens, and taking advantage of the ultra-wide-angle lens, we were able to capture the dynamic natural landscape of Iriomote Island." 

The Airpeak development team is also looking for professional collaborators in the United States and Japan to provide feedback about the project. This is a smart move by Sony. The more feedback the better chance Airpeak will be successful, and hopefully, by proxy, Sony invests more into the development of prosumer drones with lower price points. 

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

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I think, that this is not very convincing footage. But mainly because they did not care for settings or time of day. Also most drones are flown too fast for an enjoyable picture (FPV excluded).
Sony will be judged by the security of the drone coming back. If I put my Alpha 7sIII on it, the drone must be a very reliable returner...

May 19, 2021 at 12:03AM

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Matthias Aberer
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Eh... Honestly, I would have liked to see basically anything else than a nature waterfall in regular daylight. Why not choose something that pushes the camera to its absolute limits? I don't want to see things that a Mavic could easily replicate.

May 19, 2021 at 4:10AM

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