Sony is going to launch a new category of digital binoculars, DEV-3 and DEV-5, capable of recording still images and hi-definition videos in 2D/3D. According to Sony, these binoculars are the world’s first digital binoculars with HD video recording, zoom, autofocus and SteadyShot image stabilization.
SteadyShot image stabilization is the the optical stabilization system that’s found in Sony Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot cameras — helps keep images clear and stable, even when viewing at high magnifications.
Each binocular comes with two Exmor R CMOS sensors for 3D video recording, dual f/1.8-3.4, and 0.5-10x optical zoom lenses. Both the binoculars also have a rechargeable battery pack that allows up to approximately three hours of 2D recording on a single charge. A battery charger/adaptor, Audio/Video connecting cable and a USB cable is also included.
Features of both DEV-3 and DEV-5 are pretty much the same except, DEV-5 can digitally zoom up to 20x, has a built in GPS receiver to tag photos and videos, and accessories like a carrying case, finder cap, lens cover and neck strap.
The DEV-3 will cost around $1,400, while the DEV-5 comes in at $2,000. If you can live without GPS and other must-not have accessories, then buying DEV-3 for $600 less would be a better option.
Both DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars will be available from November 2011 at Sony retail stores, the online Sony store and other authorized retailers.
Check out full press release here.