Friday, August 19, 2011

{CameraGear} Sony announce DEV-3 and DEV-5 Binoculars

 Sony DEV-5 Binoculars

Hi everyone!

In the lead up to Sony's major camera announcement on August 24th, the electronics manufacturer has announced a new category in the line of high end binoculars. Sony introduced two products in this category that have HD video recording, zoom, autofocus and steadyshot image stabilization which is a world's first. The binoculars can record video in AVCHD at 1080p in 2D and 3D as well as shooting still images at 7.1 megapixels and are also equipped with dual lenses which feature Sony's high end G series glass.

The DEV-5 is the more expensive of the duo with extra features such as 10x digital zoom, GPS, extra accessories (carrying case, large eye cup, lens cover, finder strap). The following chart is from Sony's press release detailing the differences between the DEV-5 and DEV-3.

Model nameDEV-5DEV-3
Video recording format2D HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
3D HD: MPEG-4 MVC/H.264 AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
Video resolution2D HD: 1920x1080/60p, 50p (PS), 1920x1080/60i, 50i (FX,FH),
1440x1080/60i, 50i (HQ,LP)
3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i, 50i
Still Image Max. Effective7.1 megapixels
Still Image Size (Photo Mode)7.1 megapixels (4:3) (3072x2304)
5.3 megapixels (16:9) (3072x1728)
1.9 megapixels (4:3) (1600x1200)
307K pixels (4:3) (640x480)
LensDual G Lens F1.8 - F3.4
Image sensor2x 1/4 type (4.5mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Image stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation with Active mode
[wide(3D)/ wide to tele (2D)]
ViewfinderDiopter Adjustment: Yes (-3.5 - +3.5)
Apparent field of view: 35.6°(16:9)
Interpupillary distance: 55– 75mm
Magnification (Movie Mode) x0.9 - x10(2D:Digital zoom is OFF) / x0.9 - x20(2D:Digital zoom is ON) / x0.5 - x5.4(3D)x0.9 - x10(2D) / x0.5 - x5.4(3D)
Magnification (Photo Mode) *x0.5 - x20 (16:9) / x0.3 - x15 (4:3)x0.5 - x10 (16:9) / x0.3 - x7.5 (4:3)
Minimum Focus DistanceMovie Mode:
2D: Approx. 1cm (Wide) / Approx. 80cm (Tele)
3D: Approx. 80cm (Wide) / Approx. 7.5m (Tele)
Photo Mode:
Approx. 1cm (Wide) / Approx. 80cm (Tele) / Approx. 25cm (Tele
Audio recording formatDolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
Recording and Playback Times (32GB Memory Card) 2D HD PS: Approx. 2h30m
2D HD FX: Approx. 3h00m
2D HD FH: Approx. 4h05m
2D HD HQ: Approx. 7h20m
2D HD LP: Approx. 12h50m
3D: Approx. 2h30m
GPS Yes (without map display)-
Interfaces(HD video) HDMI® output (mini) /Component Video Out
(SD video) A/R remote (Composite / Component / S video out
USB Type A, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed
Headphone (stereo minijack) / microphone (stereo minijack)
(Power supply) DC-IN
Compatible recording media Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2) / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™
(no internal memory)
Weight (approx.)Approx. 1.2 kg (body only)
Dimensions (approx.)Approx. 219(W) x 155(H) x 88 mm(D) (Body only including protrusion)
Battery typeInfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series)
Power Consumption in recording2D HD: 4.2W (FX)
3D HD: 4.8W
Power Requirements6.8V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Recording time2D:
Approx. 3h05m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 6h10m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 2h40m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 5h20m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)
Playback time2D:
Approx. 4h50m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 9h40m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 4h20m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)
Approx. 8h35m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable Battery, Pack (NP-FV70), AC adaptor/Charger AC-L200C(D), Power Cord, Large Eyecup, Lens Cover, Finder Cap, Neck Strap, Carrying Case, A/V Connecting Cable, USB Cable, CD-ROM (Video Camera Application Software), Operating GuideRechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV70), AC adaptor/Charger AC-L200C (D), Power Cord, Neck Strap, A/V Connecting Cable, USB Cable,
CD-ROM (Video Camera Application Software), Operating Guide

In my opinion, if you can live without the extra accessories, GPS and digital zoom, then the DEV-3 is the way to go in terms of pricing. The DEV-3 is set to be priced at $1,399US which is $600 less than the DEV-5 at $1,999US.

Sony designed these binoculars with bird, wildlife and sporting watchers in mind. There probably won't be too much of a market for this product compared to their other products like the Alpha cameras but even though I don't need this, I sort of feel like I want one for the sake of it. It looks pretty awesome and kudos to Sony on the design and features of these new products.

Click here for more information about these products.

DEV-5 top rear

DEV-5 front

DEV-5 rear

DEV-5 with slots open

DEV-5 in action

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