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Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars, Black

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  • World's first digital binoculars with HD video recording
  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p/24p recording with7MP still image capture
  • 3D viewing directly through EVF, no need for 3D glasses
  • 20x Seamless Zoom with AutoFocus
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
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Product Description

Product Description

Share the thrill of discovery with the world's first digital recording binoculars, in 1920x1080 3D and 2D HD video. Enjoy up to 20x seamless digital zoom with autofocus. Plus, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur, so you can get up close and personal without disturbing your subject. Includes GPS tracking technology, carrying case and neck strap.

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Share the thrill of discovery with the world's first digital recording binoculars, in 1920x1080 3D and 2D HD video. Enjoy up to 20x seamless digital zoom with autofocus. Plus, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur, so you can get up close and personal without disturbing your subject. Includes GPS tracking technology, carrying case and neck strap.

Digital binoculars with HD video recording
The Sony DEV-5 is the world’s first pair of digital recording binoculars that utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920x1080 3D video. The DEV-5 puts a whole new experience to outdoor spectator activities such as birdwatching, sporting events and star gazing. For the first time consumers can capture amazing footage and save it for enjoyment on HD and 3D TVs.

1920x1080 Full HD 50i/60i recording w/7MP still image capture
Capturing 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 50i/60i recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. At the same time, you can also capture up to 7.1MP still images so you never miss that decisive moment.

20x Seamless Zoom in 3D mode with AutoFocus
Enjoy high magnification of up to 20x total zoom in 3D mode (10x optical and 10x digital). With seamless zoom from 0.9x to maximum magnification users will find it easy to frame their subjects wide and zoom in for detail. With Autofocus the subject will remain sharp in view through zooming unlike the conventional binoculars. Unlike conventional binoculars, the DVE-5 also focuses on subjects as close as 1cm when recording in 2D, and as close as 80cm when recording in 3D.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video, whether you’re shooting in 3D or 2D. Now you can capture life smoothly as it happens while walking and zooming in from wide to telephoto and back.

Dual Back-illuminated "Exmor R"
CMOS sensors for superb low-light video Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions. The DEV-5 employs two of these sensors to process what you record in 3D.

Dual Wide Angle G Lenses
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm(2D) and 34.4mm(3D) focal length in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

Easily switch between 2D/3D with dedicated switch
A dedicated switch allows for easy switching from recording 2D to 3D, whether you’re recording or playing back video. In 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed for playback, however when in 2D mode, all content will be displayed and played back in 2D. This allows you to record all your video in 3D and choose later whether or not you want to playback in 2D or 3D.

Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
A built-in GPS receivermakes the DEV-5 an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software.

2 Channel stereo mic with Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Dolby Digital 2 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can capture reactions and commentary of all your footage as it happens.

Ergonomic and Functional Stealth Design
The DEV-5 binoculars have been designed for the end-user in mind, with a grip block for optimized comfortable, fatigue-free viewing and shooting, dual record buttons and a manual dial for focus control. As well, the DEV-5 is embodied in a stealth design, with little décor to minimize distraction of your subject.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack
Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Long recording capability and Battery Display
Enjoy your surroundings with ease of mind knowing that, with your supplied NP-FV70 rechargeable battery pack, you can capture up to 2 hours and 35 minutes of 2D recording on a single charge. Remaining battery time is displayed in minutes on a GUI that can be viewed via the EVF, so you’ll always be able to keep track of how much recording time is left.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.6 x 9.2 x 8.4 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds
ASIN B005I2YT8Y
Item model number DEV5
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Best Sellers Rank #31,833 in Camera & Photo
#2,086 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Binoculars
Date first available at Amazon.com August 19, 2011

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Interestingly, the Sony site doesn't advertise what the manual does;- there's 3 variations;-
DEV-3
DEV-5 - with greater magnification than the DEV-3 and also with GPS (when selected in the menu), carry case, lens cover, eye cups and eye cap
DEV-5K - same as the DEV 5, but includes the optional external battery charger, larger battery and a couple of extra (but unnecessary) cables

To get up and recording you will need an SD card, but it's not an unusual extra purchase and you can use the binoculars without one.

The accessories included with DEV-5K would come in handy, but with normal use they're not essential.

The only significant other option would be the external monitor - the CLM-V55, which makes videoing much easier when using the binoculars at any height other than eye height. BE WARNED though... the CLM-V55 is going to set you back somewhere around $400 and DOES NOT come with Sony batteries (or charger for the batteries) required to power it (why? is beyond belief).

Performance (down to the nitty gritty)
2D
The last time I used a video recorder was when it was um... video. I have to say the difference is breath taking. I plugged the binoculars directly into my Panasonic HDTV and was more than impressed with both colour and clarity. In daylight the performance is outstanding and I was more than happy with low light performance too. Zoom was easy to use. Image stabilisation worked well.
3D
I was a little concerned the lenses were too close together to get effective 3D. In some respects I was right, but in others, quite wrong as 3D when the camera was operated properly was amazing.
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I have to agree with Mary, as far as how poor Sony are when it comes to value for money with this product. My DEV 5, also purchased via Amazon, arrived on December 24th after i'd missed the previous days delivery; and I was so happy that I did a little dance in front of Mr UPS!

I actually knew that the DEV 5 didn't include a memory stick as there was no mention of one in any of the sales literature, but it was initially of minor concern to me as I already had a couple of 16 gig Produo sticks that I used with my Sony camcorder. Having given the matter further thought, it has to be said that Sony's failure to include a memory stick is a huge failure especially in light of the fact that the item costs $2,000 and has no internal memory! You would expect these things to be good to go right out of the box, without having to buy any further accessories (Part of the reason that I went for the DEV 5 over the DEV 3, although i'm sure (if they were available) that i'd be able to purchase the extra equipment that comes with the DEV 5 for less than $700, which is the difference in recommended retail price between the 2 versions). I have purchased Sony cameras at a third of the price and they have always been packaged with a memory card if the equipment had no internal memory, albeit of low capacity (4 Gig). I should probably be thankful that the DEV 5 came with a battery!

The same thing can be said of the binoculars case which has no strap. The binoculars actually come with a good quality sony branded neck strap, however once they're hanging around your neck or being held in your hands, you might encounter 'What do I do with the case?' problems when you are out and about.
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a pricey vid cam, but it has 26X optical and 3D movie capability. The only thing is that this is a heavy mutha and you'll get tired fast without a tripod, or in my case, a monopod. I use it to film surfers from the shoreline.
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I've owned a pair of these now for 2 years, and they are the last camera I would give up. For nature filming, you simply cannot beat them. Videoing birds in flight, or fast moving animals of all types is a breeze with these recording binoculars. I like them so much, I bought a second pair new for half the price I paid for the first pair new, another pair to carry in my truck at all times. Yes, they've been harshly criticized by some because they aren't the best binoculars you can buy for the price, but seriously -- can you record video with your Zeiss or Swarovskis? Keep in mind, in addition to video you can also shoot respectable stills and these are positively great at macro shots. The only complaint I have with these binoculars with the initial screens that come up when you first turn them on. One warns you about using them and to take a rest from time to time (duh) and the other to align them (which does not need to be done every time you use them). Kind of annoying when you spot some rare bird to film and you have to fiddle with the initial screens. I've missed more than one shot because the delay. I would also recommend buying a couple of the Sony NP-FV100 batteries as the smaller one that comes with the binoculars will only give you about 2 hours of use. All things considered though, they are simply a fabulous tool for wildlife filmmakers and birders. I highly recommend them!
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