Sony is taking its cameras to new heights with a drone project.
At CES 2021, the Japanese electronics giant announced the release of a new drone called the Airpeak this week. The company says it is capable of “filming dynamically and flying with precision and stability, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while pursuing new opportunities for creative expression.”
Airpeak is designed for the mirrorless Alpha camera from Sony and according to a company spokesman “the smallest class of drones in the industry that can be equipped with the Alpha system”. Sony revealed Airpeak with a promotional video showing the drone recording footage of its Vision-S electric car.
While the announcement contained few operational details, the graphics show a rectangular quadcopter with a gimbal to hold a Sony camera underneath, and a retractable landing gear that folds up on takeoff. That means the gimbal can provide 360 degree air coverage.
Sony teased about launching a drone project in November. A company statement said: “Sony has hired the Airpeak brand to reflect their desire to further develop and create the unprecedented value of the drone field through its imaging and sensor technology and 3R (Real-Time and Remote) technologies. “
In another drone-related announcement in December, Sony launched an upgrade in camera support that could revolutionize the way drones are mapped and imaged. The company’s imaging department has released the new full-frame camera support solution with an updated SDK, app library and support for use with Sony Alpha-range full-frame mirrorless cameras. The new offering combines an updated version of Sony’s full-frame camera software development kit (SDK) with a web resource from the European imaging division to improve imaging application development. SDK upgrades include additions to the application library and support for multi-camera operation.
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