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    Good to see Sony entering the market, more details have emerged. Its a quad with retractable undercarriage and a get 360-degree gimble but the big news is that it comes with a Sony A7 camera, you choose the variant when buying. No prices yet.

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/11/2...1-announcement


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    This has to be expensive. But maybe I am wrong. I wonder if you can "retro-buy" if you already own an A7 camera to get a discount? Great sales idea. Assuming Sony has done its drone homework and the thing flies as well as a DJI etc...


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    My thoughts exactly, if left to their own devices Sony would be charging $10.000 to $12.000 for this minus the camera. But, they need to compete with DJI so maybe we will see a more realistic price.


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    it does make absolutely sense. I was looking for sth to shoot high res photo and video on Sony A7 basis. I gave up the project as it was too complicated with aricraft, gimbal and camera remote.

    We have new regulations in Europe. All new aircrafts need a transponder for air control. DJI has to update the product line also. For Sony it might be the best point to enter the market. I have no hope that there will be an upgrade for existing DJI drones. They will aim at selling news ones.

    The Sony Airpeak will not be cheap for sure and it will be a professionals' tool. It will weigh over 4kg and in Europe you will need an individual permission on base of an exam and practical proof of your pilot skills. Inspire 2 weighs 4,2kgs and if it doesn't get an upgrade the worth will go to zero after a 2yrs transition period.
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    We have the same mandate for remote ID in the USA, but there is a clause for add on devices so we may yet see a way for older stuff to be flown legally. We also have at least a year before we need to comply.

    That said, the rules around flying for recreation have been made ugly. If you post a video on Youtube, then the FAA has determined that you were not flying for the recreation of flying and you must now get a license to fly commercially. Even if no money was involved. What's the point in having a camera on any hobby aircraft now? I'm probably going to ditch most of my old stuff and never get back into the hobby, only below 250 gram models will be exempt from remote ID, for now. Probably going to just keep my little Plantraco stuff http://microflight.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_E View Post
    That said, the rules around flying for recreation have been made ugly.
    In Germany / Europe since new regulations on 31 Dec 2020 there's is no more differentiation between recreation and commercial flights. It's all about risk evaluation: energy and mass of the drone, approach to people, industries, traffic, private buildings etc. All pilots with a drone heavier than 250g must be registered by federal aviation organisation. Registration has to be labelled on your aircraft. Insurance is mandatory.
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    Could be just me, but I don't see this as designed to compete against DJI. But more likely Freefly. Specifically, the Astro (which is around $15k all in w/A7R4). What's not clear on either of these platforms is what level of camera control is possible in the config shown. Looks like they're plugged into USB. Clearly, it's controlled from an app. But does this allow full FIZ control through the app with 1st party lenses without the need for a FIZ setup? This would be unique. Would also be interesting to see how good this thing handles in real wind (20+knots). Looks like they're using 3rd party (Gremsy) gimbals at this point. Should help to keep the price up there! Guess we'll have to wait and see.


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    Air Commander http://lab.airpixel.cz/ works already very well for Sony remote operation. I am sure Sony should be able to integrate sth similar into the command / rc unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clermond View Post
    Air Commander http://lab.airpixel.cz/ works already very well for Sony remote operation. I am sure Sony should be able to integrate sth similar into the command / rc unit.
    How am I just learning about this now? Thanks for sharing. Definitely interested to learn more about it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy View Post
    How am I just learning about this now? Thanks for sharing. Definitely interested to learn more about it!
    The challenge als solo aircraft pilot is the second remote of the Air Commander.
    It's almost impossible to fly the aircraft and operate the camera.
    With the DJI lightbridge RC you have a wheel for aperture and a button
    for record and you can keep the thumbs on the sticks.
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