Sony's new camera drone is here – and it costs $9,000

Sony Airpeak S1
(Image credit: Sony)

UPDATE: Just over two months after its release in Japan, the Sony Airpeak S1 drone has launched in the US with a pre-order price of $8,999 – approximately £6,756 / AU$12,595. 

The "world's smallest drone that can carry a full frame Alpha series mirrorless camera", the Sony Airpeak boasts a 22-minute flight time without a payload (reduced to 12 minutes with a Sony A7S III and Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM), and can fly in winds up to 44.7mph. Its landing gear retract so as not to obscure cameras, and it possesses Dual Operation Mode to independently control the aircraft and 2-axis gimbal. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.