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They may look like the sci-fi specs Luke Skywalker uses to scour the skylines of the ice planet Hoth, but Sony's new digital binoculars are no sci-fi prop. Part 3D camcorder and part binoculars, the DEV-5 is one of the more surprising additions to Sony's digital imaging portfolio. We tried them out at the IFA trade show in Berlin. These are our first impressions.The DEV-5 will go on sale in November, priced at £2,000. There's definitely something a bit Modern Warfare about these hi-tech binoculars. Sony says they have a stealth design. This means there's only a smattering of controls on the binoculars themselves. Apparently, this is to minimise any clicking that could disturb your quarry in the field. The top-side buttons are big enough to use even when you're wearing bulky gloves. Magnification is suitably massive. The DEV-5 offers a 20x zoom in 2D mode, although digital zoom magnification kicks in over 10x. As we found when looking out across the expense of the packed IFA halls, resolution does drop off if you're at the extreme end of the zoom.The maximum magnification in the 3D recording mode is just 5.4x. While this may seem limited, trying to maintain a decent stereoscopic image at a 20x zoom probably isn't feasible, what with the drop in light levels and inherent instability.
By HotHardware, published 24-04-2013
Whoa. That's the first word that comes to mind when taking a peek at these: Sony's new Digital Recording Binoculars. They honestly look more like something out of a sci-fi film (or a Call of Duty video game) than a consumer offering, but they'll soon be on sale for average citizens nonetheless. These new specs (DEV-50V) will cost a whopping...
By Imaging Resource, published 20-08-2011
Sony Electronics Inc. has today introduced two pairs of digital binoculars that it says are the world's first to offer high-definition video recording, zoom, autofocus, and SteadyShot image stabilization. The basic concept of Sony's DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars is that they reduce the need for photographers shooting birds, wildlife, and sports action to carry two separate devices, one intended for i...
By SlashGear, published 19-08-2011
Sony has outed two sets of digital binoculars, the DEV-5 and DEV-3, that might look more at home on Hoth than they do in your twitcher hide. Promising Full HD video recording with stereo sound, as well as 3D recording for playback on a compatible HDTV, the two sets offer electronic autofocus – with manual [...]