Sony debuts Airpeak drone for taking aerial photos and videos
The drone, announced at CES 2021, can carry Sony's Alpha line of cameras.
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The Airpeak is capable of "precise, stable flight, and aims to contribute to the world of entertainment while also pursuing new possibilities for creative expression," the Japanese electronics giant said. It's the smallest drone that can carry a Sony Alpha camera, Sony added.
Sony didn't disclose pricing or availability information, though it said it's establishing a new professional photography and video production business unit this spring. For now, it's looking for feedback from photo and video professionals.
are popular for industries including real estate, entertainment, agriculture and industrial inspections. Video and photo uses are relatively fleeting, but the technology holds the promise of greater change through package delivery and perhaps even passenger carriers like the Cadillac-branded aircraft General Motors showed off at CES.
Regulatory restrictions governing drone use are gradually loosening.