Sony unveils high-tech binoculars with useful, creepy HD video recording ability


Sony announced today two models of binoculars that come loaded with features usually found on high-end digital cameras, including high-definition video recording, zoom and auto-focus capabilities.

The DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars can capture 7.1-megapixel still images, as well as 1080 HD video in either 2D, or in 3D stereoscopic mode. The binoculars also record stereo sound, and features Sony’s “Optical SteadyShot” image stabilization, as well as up to 20x digital zoom.

“Now consumers can watch birds, wildlife, sports action and more in steady, sharply-focused close-up views, while capturing their subjects in crisp Full HD,” said Andy Bubala, Sony’s head of camcorder sales. “These new models add entirely new levels of flexibility and convenience to viewing, recording and enjoying your favorite images and scenes.”

While the two binoculars are similar, the DEV-5 does come with a few additional perks, including an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags photos and video taken with the binoculars. The DEV-5, which will cost $2,000, also comes with lens cover, finder cap, “large eye cups,” a carrying case and a neck strap. Without all these accessories, the DEV-3 is set to run at about $1,400.

Both the DEV-3 and DEV-5 models also feature a “stealth” design that make them look more like something out of a Black Ops mission than something you’d use on a casual hike in the woods. And an “ergonomic grip area” is coated with an elastomer material to help users keep ahold of their specs.

Of course, the features of the DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars are great for all the things Mr. Bubala mentions above. But in these cynical days, it’s difficult for us to not imagine that peeping Toms will love this product. In fact, we’d wager that it’s only a matter of time before we seen some voyeristic porno shote entirely on the DEV-5. Not that we’re condoning such disturbing activity; we’re just saying that it’s inevitable when you have a product so perfectly suited for invading the privacy of people and birds alike.

The DEV-3 and DEV-5 will be available from Sony retail stores starting in November.

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