Sony Electronics said Wednesday that it is now selling its first-ever professional drone, called the “Airpeak S1,” which is billed as “the world’s smallest done that can be equipped with” a Sony Alpha full-size mirrorless inter-changeable lens camera.

The drone, which can help videographers and photographers capture intriguing aerial shots, is available for pre-sale starting Dec. 1, 2021, for an expected ship date of Dec. 24, 2021.

The Sony Airpeak S1 drone carries a $9,000 suggested retail price and will ship with two pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for Airpeak S1 will be sold separately.

The Sony Airpeak S1 drone was first announced earlier this year as a tool for professionals, and is compatible with a wide range of Sony’s camera bodies including the Alpha 1, Alpha 7S series, the Alpha 7R series, the Alpha 9 series, FX3 and others, the company said.

The drone is said to employ proprietary technology to produce “smooth maneuverability at high speeds with highly stable wind resistance, enabling high-quality aerial images and video content.”

Yang Cheng, Sony Imaging Solutions VP, said: “The drone’s compact size, new software features and advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics reflect the high quality the industry respects Sony for, and enables content creators and commercial professionals to capture images and video not possible before.”

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The Sony Airpeak S1 includes the “Airpeak Flight” app, which is iOS-based and integrates and monitors drone-related hardware in real-time providing display and updates on screen.

In addition, the web application “Airpeak Base” is available to enable operators to manage the equipment, create advanced flight plans, run the same pattern repeatedly, and fully manage and troubleshoot flight logs.

Multiple operators are also accommodated via a dual operation mode that allows one user to operate the drone as another operates the gimbal and camera. Both users can monitor the content being recorded. An optional cloud service, “Airpeak Plus” is available by paid subscription and provides additional data storage, advanced geofencing options, and import/export of flight logs.

Pricing for Airpeak S1 accessories can be found here. The optional “Airpeak Plus” subscription service will retail for around $300 for a 12-month period, with optional “Protect Plan” coverage also available.

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By Greg Tarr

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