August 19, 2011 by Rachel Cericola
There haven’t been too many thrilling innovations in the world of binoculars. Sony is giving the outdoor accessory a high-tech twist, adding 2D and 3D recording to the DEV-3 and DEV-5.
According to Sony, these are the world’s first digital binoculars to record in the AVCHD 2.0 format. Both models use G Lens optics by Sony with Exmor R CMOS sensors and BIONZ processors to capture in full HD, with stereo sound to boot. There’s also a 3D mode, to make your video capture just a teeny bit more lifelike—and compatible with your 3D TV.
Each one has options for electronic and manual autofocus. The DEV-3 can do magnification of 10x optical (5.4x in 3D mode), while the DEV-5’s magnification range can go from 0.9x up to 20x digital.
Other features include Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, top-mounted controls, and a USB port. The DEV-5 also throws in GPS, which allows you to tag images and video clips.
Both models come with a rechargeable battery pack that promises up to three hours of 2D recording on a charge. The box also includes an A/V connecting cable and USB cable. The DEV-5 has the added bonus of a lens cover, a finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and a neck strap.
Sony says that these are ideal for bird-watching, but we’d expect this to be more of a must-have for rabid sports fans or those wanting all things 3D. That kind of love will cost you $1,400 for the DEV-3 or $2,000 for the DEV-5. Both models should start shipping in November, just in time to make your holiday wishlist.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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