Sony Introduces DEV-50, New Digital Recording Binocular

Sony's new $2,000 binoculars are packed with their best tech.

Double Take

Sony is already responsible for arguably the coolest binocular in the world, the DEV-5, and now the company is kicking this new product line up another notch. Enter the DEV-50 (MSRP $1,999.99), featuring a more compact body, improved optics, and a weather-proof frame.

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The new Sony DEV-50 binocular

Despite the smaller form factor, the DEV-50's optical zoom has been extended to 12x, from the DEV-5's 10x. Video recording is again Full HD in 3D (or 2D of course), but still photography has been upgraded to the binocular's maximum effective resolution of 20.4 megapixels.

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Dual 1/3.91" BSI CMOS sensors are driven by a BIONZ image processor.

In practice, this specification is probably only referring to a true resolution of 10.2 megapixels, since the image is divided among two separate sensors. Sony does list the DEV-50's sensors as slightly larger than the DEV-5's, so at least some improvement to image quality can be expected.

Each of the DEV-50's two electronic viewfinders have been upgraded to OLED, for a more accurate rendition of the scene in front of you, and GPS tagging of videos and photos has been carried over. Best of all, the DEV-50 is now both dust proof and rain proof. You can't fully submerse the device, but it should be able to withstand the most demanding field work.

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Even Luke Skywalker had to make do with bulky space-binoculars.

The DEV-50 is also much lighter and more compact than its predecessor. Let's face it, the DEV-5 was basically an HDR-TD10 with more grip and a second EVF, same specs and everything. The DEV-50 is a completely new design that's much shorter, and weighs almost 300g less with the battery included.

The DEV-50 will be shipping soon for $1,999.99.

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