Sony’s New Drone-Focused Camera: Petite Powerhouse on the Horizon

There's a new camera in town, and it's so compact you might miss it! Sony is unveiling a bite-sized camera, especially tailored for drones. The ILX-LR1, priced at $2,950, might be the size of a playing card deck, but it's no toy. This tiny marvel boasts the 61-megapixel full-frame sensor found in Sony's renowned A7R V camera.

Sony's ILX-LR1 is a fresh E-mount full-frame mirrorless camera, weighing in at only half a pound. Despite its modest size, it's powered by the latest Bionz XR processor and can shoot in impressive 4K video at up to 60 fps.

But, there's a twist. This camera skips on several typical features. No electronic viewfinder, no screen, no standard grip, and it doesn't even have its own battery. Set to release in December, it's primarily designed for upscale drones and unique industrial purposes like surveying.

Now, while box cameras aren't a fresh concept, the ILX-LR1 breaks the mold with its drone-first design. It operates on a drone's power supply mid-flight as it lacks its own battery.

Sony'S New Drone-Focused Camera: Petite Powerhouse On The Horizon 1

It even skips on image stabilization. Why? According to Sony, it saves crucial space and weight. After all, drone pilots usually switch it off. Sony isn't just making claims here. They've been working alongside professional flight systems from brands like Skyfish and Event 38. However, there's a slight hiccup. For reasons unknown, the ILX-LR1 isn't compatible with Sony's very own Airpeak S1 drone.

“This nifty little camera may not be for normies like you or me,” as described in the original article on The Verge. Given its availability through specialized B2B and bulk sales networks, it's evidently crafted for a specific audience.

To sum up, Sony's relentless innovation in the camera industry is evident with the ILX-LR1. It's not just a gadget but a testament to Sony's commitment to pushing boundaries, even in the most niche sectors.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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