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Sony DEV-50V/B Digital recording Binoculars (Black)

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  • Seamless zoom from 0.8x to as high as 25x binocular magnification High resolution, high contrast OLED finder for sharp images even in low light Compact, lightweight body in ruggedized dustproof/rainproof for outdoor use
  • Optical Steady Shot image stabilization with Active mode minimizes blur Quickly capture and follow the subject, with autofocus Hyper Gain further enhances low-light visibility
  • By Pixel Super Resolution for superior still image quality Double Full HD and 3D movie recording HDMI terminal for viewing on HDTVs
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  • Model: DEV-50V/B

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.4 x 7.5 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00CIR00JO
  • Item model number: DEV-50V/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,337 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 23, 2013

Product Description

Observe and capture your WOW moments with Sony DEV-50. Unlike any optical binoculars, these weather-proof digital recording binoculars offer autofocus for tracking of fast moving subjects, an expansive zoom range to get even closer to the action and superior performance in low light with two OLED XGA viewfinders.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sean Riddle on July 2, 2013
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My wife and I bird watch, and we have used Canon image stabilized binoculars for the past 15 years or so. We have been pleased with them, but we have wanted a pair with zoom capabilities, which they do not offer. We also frequently comment on how we'd like to have a photo or video of what we are watching. It's not uncommon for us to go out with binoculars, digital SLR, camcorder and GPS. So a couple of years ago when Sony introduced the DEV-5 recording binoculars, we tried them out for a couple of weeks. They were neat, but we did not feel they were worth the cost. When Sony announced the DEV-50, we wanted to check them out. Here are our thoughts; refer to the marketing info for complete specs.

Like the DEV-5, the DEV-50 is a pair of camcorders in a single case. The DEV-50 looks more like binoculars than the DEV-5, and is quite a bit smaller and lighter. The buttons are well placed, although we still do some hunting, which sometimes results in random camera movements. It has image stabilization and zoom, as well as autofocus. Autofocus is unique for binoculars, but actually works pretty well. You can switch to manual focus when needed.

There are 3 modes: 2D photo, 2D video and 3D video. You select photo or video mode with a button (or menu item); if you are in video mode, you can then choose 3D mode. This is where some user-unfriendliness occurs: while in video mode, you cannot take photos, and while in photo mode you cannot shoot video. You have to switch modes, which takes a few seconds and zooms out fully. If you are in 3D video mode and want to take a picture, you must change to 2D video mode before you can change to photo mode. And photo mode won't replace a digital SLR; it takes 2-3 seconds to store each picture.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Golub on September 21, 2013
In general, I agree with Sean's review about the DEV-50 - a couple of other thoughts

- Where it shines is as a 12x hand held binocular. Nothing I've seen beats it.
- Where it fails as is a general purpose binocular. It's too big of a hassle to use. You have to turn it on (natch) and then wade through the stupid warning screens (don't look too long, don't walk and look). Legal got their hooks in it again. IMHO, battery life is poor. My current use is on our boat, I get perhaps 3 hours of use, mostly as a binocular. Fortunately, I have power on the boat and can use a (non supplied, come on Sony) external battery charger and spare. Since the battery case can hold the larger 100 size battery and since the stupid thing costs $2000, you'd think they could at least spring for the larger battery
- The User Interface is clumsy. The various menus are non intuitive, hampered by the joystick on top of the unit and hard to use while actually holding the binocular. It is typical Japanese, just a bit more work, a bit more minimalist view and a bit more careful thought into how someone actually might use the device and you're there. Here, Sony is in kind of a never never land. It's clearly designed as a consumer product with cute little icons, but pricewise is targeted in the professional range, however it's not nearly as well thought out or flexible as it needs to be. I've casually looked at other bits of Sony consumer electronics and the UI seems to be fairly similar so perhaps a Sonyphile will find it easier to swallow.
- You do look like Luke Skywalker when you're using it. People either giggle or go very quiet as if they expect a laser beam to erupt out of the end and the bear that everyone is looking at to suddenly be enveloped in smoke.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By michael j schermer on February 16, 2014
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This is a very cool product because it looks like binoculars and takes excellent photos and movies, but for $2K I expected this.
The little joystick that controls the menu broke while in the protective case. It is in a vulnerable position so I am afraid it will break again even after I pay a minimum of $60.00 to Sony for repairs.
Another problem is the very grainy quality of pics taken in the highest zoom modes.
Finally, the battery supplied is about half the size of the battery compartment. There must be a larger, longer lasting battery available.
Aside, why can't Sony and the other biggies make a charging system like those used by android cell phones? It might take longer to charge, but it would be one less charger required when traveling. Ideally, the battery could be charged with the android charger OR the custom one supplied.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on March 30, 2014
REVIEW OF SONY BINOCULAR MODEL DEV-50

Generally speaking I was saddened at these binoculars because in the past Sony's products had always been awesome to me. While not terrible, at $2,000 the DEV-50 was a definite disappointment.

Even though I'm an electrical engineer, I will "stifle myself" and not give a lot of technical specifications but rather present this review as simply and as short as possible and from a user standpoint.

PROS:
1. Technically speaking these binoculars do live up to all their advertised specifications in that, for example, they technically do have night vision boost. (The problem is that it is so noisy that even in the dark you can see a clearer, albeit darker, image with night vision turned off. You will not be able to see anywhere nearly as well as you can with a good quality night vision binoculars.)
2. The image stabilizer isn't too bad. It works better on 3D than on 2D.
3. When you turn on the 3D you can clearly see that there is more depth than on 2D.
4. Under ideal light and view, the 3D is really spectacular.
5. Also under ideal conditions the 3D video is very lifelike. We shot some party footage of children playing that was enjoyable upon playback. Unfortunately, unless you have some sophisticated home theater equipment, you will be limited to viewing 3D material through the binoculars.
6. They look stylish when you are holding them
7. They feel physically rugged. I don't think they will be too fragile.
8. The auto focus, under ideal conditions, will make the image quite clear. (The main problem with this AF is that you often have to go through a lot of work to get it to kick in. For example, if you are zoomed in and you move from one scene to another, auto focus does not start to work.
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