CES 2021: Sony Airpeak drone carries Alpha cameras

We’ve been eagerly waiting for more details about the Sony Airpeak ever since it was announced a few weeks back. There are a lot of questions about the drone and Sony’s answered a few of them at CES 2021. Although we don’t have too many details yet, we now have a better understanding of the upcoming drone’s design.

Sony couldn’t be releasing its first drone at a better time. While DJI has remained unchallenged in the drone market for years, the company has experienced some major setbacks in recent times. Late last year, DJI was blacklisted in the United States, making it much harder for DJI to manufacture drones and sell them in the United States. It’s quite possible Sony can take this opportunity to take a portion of the drone market away from DJI during these major setbacks.

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The Sony Airpeak prioritizes filmmaking

Currently, there’s not much information about how the Airpeak’s specs or how it will operate. However, the Sony CES 2021 presentation gives us a better idea of how the Airpeak’s been constructed. The drone has a quadcopter design and a rectangular body. Its gimbal hangs below its center. This is where the Sony Alpha camera is mounted.

There also appear to be two more cameras inside of a bar both at the front and the rear of the drone. It’s possible these cameras could be sensors used for flight navigation.

Sony Airpeak
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“Airpeak, the industry’s smallest class of drone that can be equipped with the Alpha system, is capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flight, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while also pursuing new possibilities for creative expression,” Sony writes.

Camera compatibility

Sony says the Airpeak drone will support Sony Alpha cameras. However, the company hasn’t specified if the drone can work with other Sony camera models or other manufacturers’ cameras.

Sony Airpeak camera gimbal
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Pricing and availability

Right now, there’s no official price or release date for the Sony Airpeak. It’s likely we’ll have to wait a little longer to learn more about the first Sony drone.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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