Sony Unveils $2,000 Digital Binoculars With Image, Video Capture

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Sony today unveiled an updated pair of digital binoculars that can capture 3D images and video and is up to 30 percent lighter and smaller than its predecessor.

Those bells and whistles won’t come cheap, though. The DEV-50V will set you back $2,000 when it debuts in June.

Sony promised a magnification range from 0.8x up to 25x. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinders deliver improved resolution and contrast for left and right eyes, Sony said. A new feature known as Hyper Gain also allows for viewing in low-light situations thanks to an “Exmor R” CMOS sensor that electronically increases brightness in the viewfinders.

Electronic autofocus will keep objects in focus at all times, eliminating the need to refocus, Sony said. There’s also “Optical SteadyShot” for image stabilization.

Sony DEV-50 Bincoulars

The gadget is also dust- and water-proof; don’t go dunking the DEV-50V in a pool, but it should stand up to a little light rain, Sony said.

For those who want to capture and share their adventures, the DEV-50V features full AVCHD 2.0 video capture and the ability to snap 20.4-megapixel photos. A 3D mode will capture video for playback on any 3D-compatible TV, while an HDMI connection will allow users to hook up an HDMI cable and send any other photos and video to an HDTV.

Built-in GPS also allows users to see image and video location via an online map.

“With the DEV-50V, you can observe wildlife in a way no other binoculars can achieve,” Hidenori Toyoda, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. “Couple that with its ability to capture impressive photos and video, and you have an innovative device that outperforms the competition on all levels.”

Sony said the DEV-50V will get about three hours of 2D recording on a single charge.

Sony will sell the binoculars via the Sony Online Store. The DEV-50V is the updated version of the DEV-3, which sells for $1,399 and the $2,000 DEV-5, which is no longer available.

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By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag


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