Sony Field Tests its Airpeak Drone with 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens and FX3

Sony has quietly released a new video that shows its forthcoming Airpeak drone over the remote Iromote Island in Okinawa. The video features the drone outfitted with both a Sony Alpha 7S Mark III and new FX3 as well as the 14mm f/1.8 G-Master.

Sony has been slowly publishing news and updates with regards to the status of the Airpeak drone program since it officially revealed the system in January. Recently, Sony published an impressive wind resistance test that showed the drone is capable of maintaining its position with a full camera payload despite some seriously strong wind conditions.

As spotted by YM Cinema, the video above is the most recent test conducted by the Airpeak team and shows footage that appears to be a mix captured from either the Alpha 7S Mark III or new FX3 camera as both are featured at some point in the short two-minute clip. All of the footage was captured using Sony’s 14mm f/1.8 G-Master lens though, which shows the kinds of sweeping shots that are possible when Sony’s latest wide-angle lens is paired with an aerial perspective.

“We have continued with field testing Airpeak in different environments, and in this issue would like to share video footage from field testing in Okinawa’s Iriomote Island,” Sony writes. “Footage was recorded using the recently announced 35mm Alpha E-mount FE14mm F1.8GM lens, and taking advantage of the ultra wide-angle lens, we were able to capture the dynamic natural landscape of Iriomote Island.”

While Sony has quietly published news about the Airpeak’s development over the last few months, this particular video is not included in its news feed and is unlisted for unknown reasons.

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If Sony sticks to its initial timeline, the official announcement of availability for the Airpeak is imminent, as the company said in January that it would be launching the new business segment in the spring of 2021.