Camera and lens support
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Camera and lens support

The Airpeak S1 will support most of Sony’s newer full-frame camera models, specifically the a1, a9 II, a7S III, a7R IV and the FX3. Additionally, it will support Sony E-mount lenses ranging from 14mm to 85mm, though it did not provide a detailed list.

The only part of the Airpeak system that Sony doesn’t make is the gimbal. Sony has opted to partner with Gremsy, a gimbal manufacturer, to make a bespoke gimbal for the Airpeak drone. According to Sony, it’s based on the Gremsy T3, which currently retails for $1750 in the US. Once mounted, a camera will connect to the drone using two interfaces: a USB connection for camera control and an HDMI connection for video.

It’s interesting to compare the design philosophies between Sony and industry-leader DJI in this area. DJI built its Zenmuse X7 camera from the ground up to be a lightweight aerial system, with no external controls and lenses built from carbon fiber. But DJI didn't have a legacy line of cameras to support. In contrast, Sony has a line of existing cameras and lenses and has designed a way to get them into the air.

Both strategies have pros and cons. DJI’s solution is tightly integrated and efficient, though you’re effectively limited to the X7 camera. Sony’s approach is a bit less elegant, but you’ll presumably be able to put any new alpha model that comes out on the Airpeak drone.