CES 2022: The biggest drone products from this year

The floor of CES 2022 wasn’t exactly packed because, well, you know why. But that doesn’t mean the products to come out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which was held over the past week in Las Vegas, were any less cool. And in fact, CES 2022 gave us multiple new drones, or at least served as the public debut of the physical models that had been previously announced.

Here are among the biggest drones that were either announced or modeled in real life at CES 2022:

Skydio 2+ drone

The California-based drone company used CES to announce a new and improved version of its original Skydio 2 drone, this one dubbed the Skydio 2+. Among its best highlights are longer battery life (27 minutes, which is a 20% increase from the earlier Skydio 2 model), greater range with the Beacon (3 km — up from its old ability to extend the range by 1.5 km), and improved camera software called Keyframe. Keyframe is a neat piece of tech that aims to make filmmaking easier through a system that lets pilots design seemingly complex camera moves through taps on your phone.

Skydio does not use third-party retailers like Amazon, so you’ll have to purchase directly from the company itself. Grab your own Skydio 2+ here.

Sony Airpeak S1 professional drone and Sony Gremsy gimbal T3

The highly anticipated Sony Airpeak S1 drone is now in stock after much anticipation ever since it was announced at least year’s CES 2021. The Sony Airpeak drone is designed for professional photographers and videographers, and is capable of carrying the company’s Alpha mirrorless cameras. At the moment, the Sony Airpeak S1 is the world’s smallest drone capable of being equipped with a full-size, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens Alpha camera.

The drone can fly multiple cameras (though not all at once) including:

  • Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise
  • Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition
  • Alpha 9 series for distortion-free images
  • Alpha 1 for shooting footage in 8K

The drone itself goes for $9,000, though that doesn’t include the Sony Gremsy Gimbal T3, which you’ll likely want as well. That goes for $2,200. Buy them together for (albeit not a discount) $11,200.

Autel’s consumer drones on display at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image courtesy of Autel.

Autel EVO Nano and EVO Lite drones

While previously announced, Autel used CES 2022 to model its newest lineup of consumer drones in real life.

The lower-cost of the two series is the Autel EVO Nano Series. These teeny-tiny, 249-gram drones are designed for hobbyists looking for a company flying camera for sports enthusiasts to take hiking or for travelers to fit into a jacket pocket rather than require a separate carry-on bag. Still, it provides a high-quality 48 MP camera on the Nano, or 50 MP camera on the slightly more advanced (and more expensive) Nano+.

The Nano starts at $649, while the Nano+ starts at $799.

The fancier model is the Lite and Lite+ lineup. This drone offers up a 1/1.28-inch (0.8-inch) CMOS sensor for even higher video quality. Among its most unique features is a four-axis gimbal design that lets users shoot vertical videos for easy editing and sharing on mobile devices. It could also be important for action sports, as the camera has a precise autofocus that can locks in within milliseconds using a phase detection autofocus and dual focus algorithm, which is useful for tracking fast-moving subjects.

Both are available now for purchase from Amazon and Adorama.

The EVO Lite starts at $1,249, while the EVO Lite+ starts at $1,349.

The Autel Dragonfish on display at CES 2022. Image courtesy of Autel.

Autel Dragonfish

That’s not all we saw from Autel at CES 2022. The company also modeled its Dragonfish drone over the past week, which is notably for its unique tilt-rotor design. This drone is pretty intriguing for users flying in rough conditions, as it is both modular and waterproof.

Ready to fly right out of the box, it can also be modified easily via modular payload options.

This quadcopter can fly for an incredible 180 minutes and can capture 4K video and 50x optical zoom at a range of over 18 miles.

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