$1,399, & get New Digital Binoculars Paired Mode From Sony

Friday, August 19th 2011. | Hardware News

Sony has entered the binocular market with a splash, announcing two digital optics early this morning. The DEV-3 and DEV-5 are similar in form and function, each featuring a pair of f/1.8-3.4 lenses, 1080p60 2D and 3D video recording and still capture, and a pair of high-resolution electronic viewfinders (EVFs).

The DEV-3 features a 10X optical zoom range, an autofocus system, optical image stabilization, and a battery rated for 3.5 hours of life. The binoculars support Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and feature an HDMI output, a standard cold shoe, and a tripod thread. It will be available in November for $1,399.

The DEV-5 looks identical to the lesser model on the outside, but offers a few added bells and whistles. A digital zoom is available to supplement the 10x optical zoom, delivering a 20x maximum zoom range. Integrated GPS automatically adds your location to photos and videos. It also includes a case, strap, and eyecups, none of which ship with the DEV-3. It will also be available in November, for a suggested retail price of $1,999.


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