Sony DEV-3 And DEV-5 Binoculars Capture Birds in HD and 3D

Anyone can wander into the woods and capture HD video of their surroundings.  But to achieve that Discovery Channel like look you’ll need not only a keen eye for detail, but equipment that allows you to zoom in on some of nature’s most allusive of creatures.  While we probably wouldn’t waste our time watching birds flutter around, there is inevitably a market for this kind of stuff and Sony seems to think so too.

Yesterday, the company unveiled the DEV-3 and DEV-5, two binoculars that capture full HD video (and photos) in both 2D and 3D.  The higher end DEV-5 boast a 20x optical zoom, while the DEV-3 is limited to just 10x.  Switch into 3D video mode and that zoom is chopped in half for each respective model.  But that seems to be a worthwhile sacrafice since you can finally use your 3D compatible LCD TV for all its worth.

Both units boast the ability to automatically focus on their subject, and use finally tuned tech to discern between your subject and a tree branch.  Much like their digital cameras and camcorders, they’ve packed in their image stabilization, “Exmor R” CMOS sensors with BIONZ image processing, and a macro mode that can focus within a half an inch, though that figure is deminshed to 32-inches when recording in 3D mode.    And no bird watching would be complete without a GPS tracking system to log your location, though that feature is only available in the DEV-5 model.

Both models ship this November with a 3 hours rechargeable battery (2D mode only), a USB plug, lens cover, finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and neck strap.  Cost to you is $1,400 and $2,000 respectively.


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