Although most of us associate Sony with a brand that produces televisions, consoles, smartphones or other home electronics, it cannot be forgotten that this Japanese manufacturer is also popular in the film industry, all thanks to its excellent sensors and mirrorless cameras from the series Alpha. The latter have just received support, because the company announced at the ongoing CES 2021 fair that it was starting the drone business, the purpose of which is to cooperate with the above-mentioned units. Especially when it comes to shooting video from the air, because the full-frame body and lenses are large, heavy and pose a serious challenge for current drones.
Therefore, Sony intends to respond to the demand and create practical, small, handy and light drones as part of Airpeak, so that you do not need a large car to transport them. Consequently, the prototype we can finally see in action measures 60 cm in diameter, is equipped with 4 large rotors on carbon fiber arms, a frame capable of holding two large batteries and long carbon legs used to set the drone up during its preparation for action that fold out sideways during flight and also function as bumpers to protect the device from obstacles.
Of course, the camera is mounted on a proven gimbal that takes care of the stabilization of the camera, but the drones will also be equipped with their own for piloting, positioning and avoiding obstacles. Sony has opted for separate control of the drone and the camera, so we are dealing with equipment for professional use, which will most likely require two people to operate. The Japanese are also announcing that they will use all their experience in electronics, robotics and AI to build the Airpeak brand, so they definitely take this project seriously. And it is hardly surprising, because the recognition gained by users will certainly pay off in this business, and new opportunities have opened up, for example in the United States, where the government has blacklisted the DJI company, so the market has slowed down some space. Unfortunately, we do not know the possible prices and release date of Airpeak drones yet.
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