Sony Corp. has made a headstart in the binoculars market with two models that allows users to record HD videos from a long distance. Sony has introduced its line of digital binoculars, the DEV-3 and DEV-5, that can record in AVCHD 2.0 format. Aside from recording Full-HD (1080p) videos with stereo sound, it can also record in 3D.
“Now consumers can watch birds, wildlife, sports action and more in steady, sharply-focused close-up views, while capturing their subjects in crisp Full HD,” said Andy Bubala, Sony Electronics’ director of the camcorder business. “These new models add entirely new levels of flexibility and convenience to viewing, recording and enjoying your favorite images and scenes.”enjoying your favorite images and scenes.”
What’s interesting is that these binoculars have two of Sony’s G-Lens optics systems, similar to the ones found in Sony’s HandyCam video recorders and CyberShot digital cameras. It makes shooting 3D videos easy since the two lenses make it stereoscopic. The binoculars can shoot in both 2D and 3D, as well as capture 7-megapixel still photos.
The DEV-5 model also features a built-in GPS receiver, so you can geo-tag your video clips and photos. Both binoculars are designed for stealth as it has no visible buttons that shine, so your subject won’t see you perched in a tree. It has around three and a half hours of battery life for 2D recording, although there is an extended battery that can boost power to over six hours.
The DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars will be available in November at £850 ($1400) and £1215 ($2000) a piece.