Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone

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Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone
Key Features
  • Use Your Own Camera & Lenses
  • Supports Alpha Series & FX3 Cameras
  • S1 Gimbal Required & Not Included
  • 0-50 mph Acceleration in 3.5 Seconds
For Sony Alpha owners looking to take the leap into aerial filmmaking, the lightweight Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone is an ideal choice, as it allows you to utilize your existing Alpha camera and library of lenses, and it keeps you within the Sony digital ecosystem. Simply add a compatible S1 gimbal (not included), and you're ready to fly. Powerful motors deliver impressive speed and wind resistance, while a comprehensive vision sensing system and convenient return-to-home feature help ensure that the Airpeak S1 will capture stunning professional-quality content, flight after flight.
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Sony Airpeak S1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Power and Performance
  • 4Flight Planning
  • 5Remote Control with Airpeak Flight
  • 6Vision Sensing and Return Home
  • 7Self-Diagnostics
  • 8Additional Features
For Sony Alpha owners looking to take the leap into aerial filmmaking, the lightweight Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone is an ideal choice, as it allows you to utilize your existing Alpha camera and library of lenses, and it keeps you within the Sony digital ecosystem. Simply add a compatible S1 gimbal (not included), and you're ready to fly. Powerful motors deliver impressive speed and wind resistance, while a comprehensive vision sensing system and convenient return-to-home feature help ensure that the Airpeak S1 will capture stunning professional-quality content, flight after flight.
Power and Performance
Quad 17" propellers and high-powered brushless motors allow the Airpeak S1 to achieve speeds up to 55.9 mph (without payload) and an acceleration of 0 to 50 mph in just 3.5 seconds. This allows for fast-motion filming and supplies the power to handle adverse weather conditions. The S1 can withstand wind speeds of up to 44.7 mph.
Flight Planning
Pilots can select preset modes to vary the responsiveness of the Airpeak S1:

  • Standard Mode: Ensures all sensors and obstacle detection are on
  • Velocity Mode: Reduces effects of wind on hovering, turning, and maneuvering
  • On Course Function: Pilots can accomplish accurate recreations of circular flight paths
  • All Modes: You can customize maximum speed, angles, acceleration rates, and other parameters

In addition, the Airpeak Base web-based app can be used for overall drone project management, planning, and flight log storage. With Mission Flight mode, automated flight plans can be created and executed via the Airpeak Flight app. Speed, position, timeline, and gimbal direction are just some aspects you can control. For multiple takes, use Repeat Flight mode to re-run old flight paths.

Remote Control with Airpeak Flight
For overall in-flight management of the S1, you can use the Airpeak Flight app for iOS/iPadOS 14 or higher. In addition to a HUD featuring essential telemetry, such as distance, speed, and battery usage, the app can run the custom automated flight plans you create in Airpeak Base. During each flight, even automated flights, you can make real-time adjustments to the gimbal and camera if needed. The entire time, a live feed is viewable via the S1's nose-mounted FPV camera.
Supporting Airpeak Flight-equipped iPhones or iPads up to 7" in size, the included remote controller completes the piloting experience. Fly the S1 using its twin Futaba-designed control sticks, along with four built-in buttons that can be customized to control specific functions. If you're with a team onsite, use the integrated HDMI port to output drone footage to an (optional) external monitor.
Vision Sensing and Return Home
Using five stereo cameras (front, back, left, right, and bottom), along with two IR range sensors and other internal electronics, the Airpeak S1 can accurately and automatically avoid nearby obstacles where GNSS reception is not available. If needed, pilots can always initiate immediate braking manually. The vision sensing system also has the added ability of reducing camera shake during low-level flying.
The vision sensing system is also utilized if the Return to Home (RTH) feature is triggered. If the battery is low or the remote signal is lost, the Airpeak S1 will fly back to its starting point automatically. Along the way, the S1 will intelligently calculate different routes when the vision sensing system detects obstacles in its path. As with manual braking, pilots can manually trigger the RTH feature in an emergency or just retrieve the drone without additional piloting.
Self-Diagnostics
Before it even starts its motor, the Airpeak S1 will automatically run a full system check and alert you to any possible issues. If the issues are too severe, it will even prevent takeoff without addressing the issue(s). As with other features, you can manually trigger this diagnostic in flight, and if issues arise, you can make an emergency landing.
Additional Features
  • Supports 345° panning with retractable landing gear (gimbal not included)
  • Up to 22 minutes of flight time without payload (approximately 12 minutes with payload)
  • Save time with a hot-swappable battery that lets you change packs without powering down
  • Detachable propellers with a quick release mechanism
  • Supports Airpeak Plus (paid subscription required) to open up full Airpeak Base functionality, including AirMap and Geofencing
  • Supports Airpeak Protect Plan (additional charges apply) to replace drones in the event of accidental damage or malfunction
Camera and Lens Compatibility
The Airpeak S1 is compatible with the following cameras and lenses:

  • Cameras: ILCE-7M4, ILCE-1, ILME-FX3, ILCE-7C, ILCE-9M2, ILCE-7SM3, ILCE-7RM4, ILCE-7RM3, ILCE-7M3, and ILCE-9
  • Lenses: SEL14F18GM, SEL20F18G, SEL24F14GM, SEL24F28G, SEL28F20, SEL35F28Z, SEL35F18F, SEL40F25G, SEL50F25G, SEL50F18F, SEL50M28, SEL55F18Z, and SEL85F18

Sony Airpeak S1 Specs

Performance
Maximum Takeoff Weight15.38 lb / 6.98 kg
Payload Capacity5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
Maximum Horizontal Speed55.9 mph / 25.0 m/s
Maximum Ascent Speed15.7 mph / 7 m/s
Maximum Descent Speed8.9 mph / 4 m/s
Maximum Wind Resistance44.7 mph / 20.0 m/s
Flight Ceiling8202' / 2.5 km
Maximum Flight Time22 Minutes
Maximum Tilt Angle55°
Hovering Accuracy±0.3' / 9.1 cm Vertical with GPS, Vision Positioning
±0.3' / 9.1 cm Horizontal with GPS, Vision Positioning
Maximum Angular Velocity180°/s (Pitch)
180°/s (Yaw)
180°/s (Roll)
Flight Control System
GNSS SupportGPS, GLONASS
Remote Controller / Transmitter
Operating Frequency2.4 GHz
5.8 GHz
Maximum Operating Distance1.2 Miles / 1.9 km at 2.4 G
Transmitter Power23.8 dBm (2.4 G)
25.6 dBm (5.8 G)
App CompatibleYes: iOS Only
App Name: Airpeak Flight
Functionality: Adjust Settings, View Live Feed
*As of , : Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Flight Battery
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Motor
TypeBrushless
Propeller
ModelPPL1785
Size17"x4
Attachment TypeQuick Release
General
Rotor Configuration4
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Diagonal Size25.5" / 0.6 m (Without Propellers)
Overall Dimensions23.3 x 20.8 x 20.2" / 0.6 x 0.5 x 0.5 m
Weight6.94 lb / 3.15 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight23.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)26 x 22 x 14"

Sony Airpeak S1 Reviews

Professional package for professional shoots!

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-03

I purchased the S1 with the hopes of capturing some amazing aerial drone footage for a few productions I was working on - I was not let down! I coupled the S1 with the Sony A1 plus the 14mm 1.4, 24mm 1.4, and 85mm 1.8 and was pleasantly surprised by the end quality of the footage (in 4k 60p). With a properly balanced gimbal, the footage is smooth, steady and looks incredible on the big screen! The Airpeak does come with a few caveats, however, if you know what you're doing and understand how the platform operates those issues become null and void quickly. Battery life is about 9 1/2 - 10 minutes long which isn't wonderful but if you plan your shots correctly then it's more than enough time to get what you need and even have some spare time at the end to mess around. The unit is quite nimble in the sky. We filmed at around 55-60MPH and the footage looked fantastic. We did have transmission issues with the picture and FPV after only a few thousand feet but I'm confident that Sony will fix this in the near future. That being said there are some limiting features in the app (such as that you can't tap-focus and you can only change the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO). There's no option for turning off/on stabilization (IBIS) via the app, or white-balance, format choice (for video), and it's difficult to switch between photo and video at the same time (you have to manually change it on the camera). Even with all of these temporary limitations, I do believe Sony will update their app soon enough to ensure these features are added (so I'm not worried) but the big takeaway is just how awesome the footage looks from the drone and I'm really happy with my purchase. I definitely recommend buying at least 10 batteries if you plan on shooting for at least 1/2 of the day. This drone isn't for everyone either - if you don't know or don't understand how to balance a gimbal then you may want to steer clear of this drone. It does take some effort to properly balance the craft but once you've done it the setup is quite quick and easy to do. All in all, I expect to see this platform thrive in the future and knowing Sony they'll likely make a ton of additional attachments and gimbal packages that will sync up with this model making it even more robust than it already is.

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By RonA7
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-13

Hi, I was pleased to see a more detailed update on the Airpeak S1, I was disappointed to see the Airpeak delivery has slipped to the fall of 2021. I eagerly anticipate the delivery of the product. Two items you need to fix before delivery - 1) The battery charger needs to hold four batteries, charging of all four batteries does not need to be simultaneously, but can be in rotation. I did not see an adapter for charging batters in a motor vehicle, you need one of these for remote location shooting. Definitely need with only 12 minutes of flight time with a gimbal and alpha camera attached and an hour to charge a battery. 2) The use of only Apple products for computers, tablets and phones is unacceptable and dooms any purchase I would make. You need to support Android products and Windows 10. Their are more Windows and Android users than there are Apple users in the movie, still photography and drone markets. The use of Apple OS and products leaves out the phones and tablets made by Sony. Can the FVP be used for taking photos and movies?, Is there onboard storage for images captured from the FVP. Can the FVP provide a look down capability for manually landing? Does the IMU need a drone dance to get it aligned before first flight at a new location? Out of curiosity if the Airpeak S1 does not have the gimbal and Alpha camera attached what other video devices can be attached? I am as always a dedicated Sony camera user.

So Far So Good

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-11

Based on two test flights, I'm pleased...so far. The quality of the images and footage is everything I'd hoped it would be. Flight times are short (not necessarily bad because it's disciplining me to do a better job planning my shots), but I'll take higher quality over long flight times. The app is simple and elegant. I was dumbfounded to realize that there is currently no way to tap to focus within the app. I phoned Sony tech support and they confirmed this. Sony told me they do not know if this is a feature which will be coming soon (Sony, this is a must). That said, and a bit to my surprise, autofocusing is doing a remarkable job and my images and footage are in focus. (I received a gift card in exchange for my honest opinion).

It doesn't work!

By Robert
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

After three days of trying to calibrate the compass (required to fly) and multiple conversations with Sony tech support - it is on it's way to Sony's LA repair facility. Probably 2 weeks before it is returned.

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