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.