Very little information has been provided about how the drone will operate, with Sony focusing instead on showing what we can expect when it comes to designing and building the Airpeak (although no details were provided on its size or weight). The drone features a rectangular central body with a pivot attached below it where the Sony Alpha camera is. The legs fold up after the drone takes off to give the camera the ability to rotate 360 degrees during unobstructed flight. The drone is a quadcopter design and each arm appears to carry a motor and rotor made of carbon fiber.
Sony January 11, 2021
In a video posted on Twitter and in the image below, a stand-alone rotating camera is shown as well as what appears to be two other cameras in a bar at both the front and the back (they could also be sensors) indicating the most likely use for navigation in flight while the operator can The second focus is on photography. This mirrors the design of the latest release from DJI Inspire.
Airpeak will be officially launched in Spring 2021.
“Sony launched the brand Airpeak with the aim of further developing existing drone technology while maximizing added value,” the company says on its official website. “As the first phase of this project, Sony will launch a new business targeting professional photography and video production in Spring 2021.”
The video below gives a long and detailed look at how the drone took off and operated in flight.
Sony specifically states that the drone will support Sony Alpha cameras, but has said nothing about other camera models.
Sony writes: “In order to fully support the creativity of video makers, the drone payload can be equipped with an alpha mirrorless camera to capture high-quality, full-frame photos and videos.” “Airpeak, the smallest class of drones in the industry that can be equipped with an alpha system, is capable of dynamic imaging, accurate and stable flight, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while pursuing new possibilities for creative expression.”
Sony has posted some pictures of the drone on its website with the following videos:
It should be noted that hardly any cables are visible connecting the Alpha camera to the drone, which hints that the connection may be compressed and unobtrusive, which is always a plus.
It is not clear if Sony has other plans to explain more about Airpeak at CES or whether it will wait to reveal more as the launch date approaches.