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Sony launches HD binocu-corders

by Scott Bicheno on 19 August 2011, 16:59

Tags: Sony (NYSE:SNE)

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Tomorrow never dies

We tend not to cover binoculars much here on HEXUS, but sometimes - especially if it's a Friday afternoon, a gadget comes along that's worth sharing with you just for the general shiny coolness of it all.

Sony has just launched what it's calling the ‘world's first digital binoculars with HD video [1080p] recording, zoom, autofocus and SteadyShot.' In essence, the DEV-5 and DEV-3 are a combination of binoculars and an HD camcorder - hence the headline.

They also record stereo audio, have a GPS chip for geo-tagging, and HDMI port and, having two sets of lenses, even offer a 3D mode.

There's not much more to add other than to give you an image and specs below, and to remark that these look pretty cool. This may all be old-hat to those familiar with the binoculars game, but to the relatively uninitiated this is a James Bond level of gadget sophistication that no doubt will come with and equivalent price tag when they launch in November.



Key technical specifications

Model name



Video recording format

2D 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 resolution

2D HD: 1920x1080/60p, 50p (PS), 1920x1080/60i, 50i (FX,FH),

1440x1080/60i, 50i (HQ,LP)

3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i, 50i

Still Image Max. Effective

7.1 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)


Dual G Lens F1.8 - F3.4

Image sensor

2x 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)]


Diopter 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 Distance

Movie 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 format

Dolby 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


Yes (without map display)



(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 type

InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)

Power Consumption in recording

2D HD: 4.2W (FX)

3D HD: 4.8W

Power Requirements

6.8V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

Recording time


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 time


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 accessories

Rechargeable 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 Guide

Rechargeable 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

* Resolution is reduced at zoomed magnifications.


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Ywah that's kinda cool
Am I alone in thinking “well, this will get the dirty mac brigade hot under the collar” … ?

what happens when the battery runs out..?
what happens when the battery runs out..?

You charge them up.