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Aug 19, 2011

Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

How does $1,399 for a pair of binoculars sound? When they also shoot 1080p HD video and 7.1 megapixel stills -- perhaps slightly less ridiculous. Sony's launching a new category of high-end binoculars with its new DEV-3 and DEV-5, which offer camera-like features and are priced at $1,399 and $1,999, respectively. Each pair includes two Exmor R CMOS sensors for native 3D video capture, dual f/1.8-3.4, 0.5-10x optical zoom lenses, and a pair of 1,227-dot viewfinders. 

While the pricier model adds a 10x digital zoom, GPS, and accessories like a carrying case and neck strap, those features don't really justify a $600 jump in price -- if you can live without GPS, it probably makes sense to skip the DEV-5. There's also Memory Stick Pro Duo and SDXC support, stereo microphones with an audio input jack, and HDMI out, but if you've been looking for a way to record while bird watching, catching close-ups of the action at a game, or whatever it is you look at through your apartment window, then look for these to hit stores in November.
 
 

6 comments:

Lemmenkainen said...

Voyeur approved I'm guessing.

Ken Lynch said...

I think these are way cool. Buttttt......a boon for Peeping Toms. You KNOW someone will think of that.

GT said...

Nice idea from sony!

Chris Hashemi said...

Crazy... I'm just going to take a pair with me down to the beach lol :)

FabFawk said...

I'd totally buy one of those!

Electric Addict said...

damn $1400!??!?