Sony’s $ 9,000 Airpeak S1 drone is now available to order, the company said on Wednesday. It should be shipped from December 24.
The Airpeak S1, which first premiered in January at CES 2021, is aimed at video professionals and is designed for use with Sony’s mirrorless cameras. According to the drone’s product page, it has a flight time of 22 minutes with no payload and up to 12 minutes with “heavy payload”, like a Sony A7S Mark III camera. Sony says the Airpeak is stable in winds up to 44.7 mph, which could be useful for capturing footage in windy conditions.
The $ 9,000 prize comes with two pairs of propellers, a remote, two batteries and a battery charger. However, it doesn’t include a camera or gimbal, which means you’ll have to bring some of your own gear if you decide to order one. There is a third-party gimbal from Gremsy designed for the Airpeak S1, but it also costs $ 2,199.99.
Sony plans to sell an optional “Airpeak Plus” cloud subscription for $ 300 per year, which will offer “additional data storage, advanced geofencing options and the import / export of flight logs.” There will also be an “Airpeak Protect Plan” which covers accidental damage, but Sony has not shared how much that will cost.