Binocs are a 3D natural

You need two lenses on a camera to make a 3D image. Why not just put recording capability into a pair of binoculars?

Enter Sony’s DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars They record in Full HD AVCHD 2.0 video format, with stereo sound and, with the press of a button, will record in 3D.

Users can select the variable zoom on both models to scan a wide area at low magnification before zooming in seamlessly to pinpoint a subject, such as birds in a field. Turning on the digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x boosts the DEV-5 model’s total magnification range from 0.9x up to 20x digital (image quality is reduced when digital zoom is on and recording 2D video at magnifications higher than 10x). The DEV-3 model has a maximum magnification of 10x optical. In 3D mode, the binoculars’ maximum magnification is 5.4x optical.

Unlike traditional binoculars, electronic autofocus keeps moving subjects sharply in focus at all times. A comfortably positioned dial allows fingertip adjustment of manual focus – ideal for focusing selectively on a subject, rather than overhanging branches or other obstructions in the field of view.

Electronic autofocus also allows both binoculars to focus on subjects less than half an inch away when recording in 2D (minimum of 32 inches when recording in 3D).

Separate images for left and right eyes are captured by a matched pair of precision G Lens optics by Sony with “Exmor R” CMOS sensors and BIONZ processors. Independent electronic viewfinders provide clear, detailed images for left and right eyes, offering a stereoscopic viewing experience that’s comfortable, natural and highly immersive, says Sony.

The DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilization (Active mode), the optical stabilization system that’s found on Sony Handycam camcorders and Cyber-shot cameras. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps keep images clear and stable, even when viewing at high magnifications. There’s also a USB connection for transferring video clips to a PC for storing, editing and sharing if you don’t want to connect the binocs via cable to your TV.

The DEV-5 model includes an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags video clips and photos.

Both binocular models come with a rechargeable battery pack allowing up to approximately three hours of 2D recording on a single charge. Remaining battery time (minutes) is displayed in the electronic viewfinder.

The binocs are going on sale in the U.S. in November; there’s no word on Canadian availability.

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