Sony Dev-3 and Dev-5 Binoculars – 3D Bird Watching


Sony has  just announced the world’s first digital binoculars with HD video recording, zoom, autofocus and Steadyshot Image stabilization. Capable of recording Full HD video with stereo sound and even a 3D mode that records as stereoscopic video for playback on most 3D HDTVs.

The Dev-5 has 10x optical zoom with up to 20x digital while the Dev-3 has 10x optical.  In 3D mode the maximum zoom is 5.4x. Autofocus keeps moving subjects in focus at all times  though there is a manual focus dial as well. The Dev-5 includes a GPS receiver for geotagging images and video. Battery life is around 3 hours in 2D mode and the units include both HDMI and USB connectivity.

Available in November 2011 from Sony for around $1400 and $2000 respectively.

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