The 2022 iF Design Awards saw about 11,000 entries — but few winners. But in a win for the drone industry, six drone companies made the cut.
The iF Design Award is an annual competition that recognizes exceptional products, which it deems worthy based on assessment by expert jurors who are looking for qualities including function, impact, form and idea.
Largely considered one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, the competition has been held in Germany since 1953.
The 2022 iF Design Awards awarded wins to six total drone companies, across a total of nine products. Autel Robotics and DJI, which are both Chinese drone companies that make a mix of consumer and enterprise-focused drones, won awards for multiple different products.
The drone companies that scored awards this year were:
- Autel Robotics: Evo Lite drone, Evo Nano+ drone, and Autel Smart Controller
- Dasal Aerospace: X8 modular drone system
- DJI: DJI Mavic 3 drone, and DJI FPV drone
- Rizse: Rizse Dragunfly aircraft inspection drone
- XAG: P-40 plant protection drone
- Sony: Airpeak S1 drone
Some standouts this year include Autel Robotics, which had among the biggest sweeps with three winning products. Autel said that its Evo Lite drone likely was a shoe-in thanks to its four-axis gimbal design, which enables users to shoot vertical videos (which are designed for easy editing and sharing on mobile devices). And images are high-quality too, thanks to its supersensitive 50 MP camera, equipped with a 1/1.28-inch (0.8-inch) CMOS sensor, offers pilots a higher level of image quality.
And Autel’s sweep wasn’t exactly surprising, considering the company also won Red Dot’s Best of the Best Design Award for 2022 for its EVO Nano+ and EVO Lite+ drones. The Red Dot: Best of the Best is awarded for groundbreaking design and is the highest distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design category. You can purchase your own Autel directly from them, here.
Another standout is Sony. Its Sony Airpeak S1 drone is the first drone made by the Japanese camera maker and had been long awaited by drone fans looking for a way to integrate what is largely considered among the highest quality cameras out there.
So what’s next for the winners? The 2022 iF Design Awards winners will be celebrated on Monday, May 16 at the iF Design Award Night 2022 on the world’s largest theater stage at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin.