During its keynote at CES 2021, Sony gave us a glimpse at its very first drone: Airpeak. And, since Sony is essentially synonymous with sharp and cinematic image quality, it makes sense that Airpeak will first cater to professional photographers and videographers when it launches this Spring.
The drone project was initially announced back in November via press release, but Sony clearly wanted to wait for a special occasion like CES to debut it in all its glory.
Details are still scarce, but Sony did reveal that the Airpeak is the smallest drone yet for mounting and flying a DSLR or mirrorless camera (specifically its own lineup of Alpha mirrorless cameras). With Sony’s drone, content creators can use more heavy-duty cameras to capture aerial footage rather than having to rely on built-in cameras that come equipped with most drones.
Sony says that even with a heftier camera attached to it, Airpeak is still “capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flight.” To prove this, the company also provided footage of Airpeak in action.
Throughout the video, you can see Airpeak capturing aerial shots during a road test of Sony’s Vision-S — the concept car it randomly launched at last year’s CES.
Despite its CES debut, Airpeak is still a work in progress. Leading up to its spring launch, Sony plans to continue testing it, putting it through its paces by “engaging in co-creation activities” in an effort to gain as much feedback as possible for the final version.
With the amount of time it’s taken Sony to finally launch a drone, let’s hope the wait is well worth it.