Sony DEV-5 And DEV-3 Digital Binoculars
The Sony DEV-5 and DEV-3 are claimed to be the world’s first digital binoculars to record Full HD video. Both gadgets can record Full HD video with stereo sound at the touch of a button, and even add a 3D mode that records scenes as thrilling stereoscopic video footage for playback on most 3D HDTVs. You can select the variable zoom on both models to scan a wide area at low magnification before zooming in seamlessly to pinpoint a subject, such as birds in a field. Turning on the digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x boosts the DEV-5 model’s total magnification range from 0.9x up to 20x digital (image quality is reduced when digital zoom is On and recording 2D video at magnifications higher than 10x). The DEV-3 model pulls wildlife, sporting subjects and architectural details closer with a maximum magnification of 10x optical. In 3D mode, the binoculars’ maximum magnification is 5.4x optical. Unlike traditional binoculars, these binocular’s electronic autofocus keeps moving subjects sharply in focus at all times. What’s more, the Sony DEV-5 and DEV-3 also feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilization (Active mode) that helps keep images clear and stable, even when viewing at high magnifications. You can connect these binoculars to a Sony BRAVIA HDTV via an HDMI port or any HD television with HDMI input for viewing images (cable sold separately). 3D videos can be enjoyed on virtually any 3D-compatible TV, including Sony BRAVIA models. You can transfer these video files to your computer via a USB connection for storing, editing, and sharing. The Sony DEV-5 model also includes an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags video clips and photos. The Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars will be launched in November 2011 for about $1400 and $2000, respectively. See more pictures after the jump.