Sony DEV-5 10x Digital Camera Binocular

10x - 7.1 Megapixel - 10x Optical - 10x Digital - MPN: DEV5
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The world's first binoculars with HD video recording. Like binoculars and a camcorder rolled into one, capture 3D and 2D Full HD video with high magnification of up to 20x total zoom.
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Product Title Sony DEV-5 10x Digital Camera Binocular
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $1,399.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.3 | 3 Reviews
User Reviews
WOW-- great device
5 Star Review   By UnixMover on Sony - Official Store - May 1, 2012   

I have hesitated for months to acquire these because of the entry price. I was also concerned about these being rev 1, which means that I (and others who purchase the DEV-5’s) pays the refinement charge and have to purchase another unit when they get the bugs out of this release. That aside, I love the DEV-5. I own a DSLR (a9), and a great video unit (AX2000) however nothing in the 3D realm. I purchased these to experience the 3D and to use at sporting events. I took these out for a family outing to our local pool which overlooks the ocean. The 2D was very impressive, and the 3D seemed to be fine. Since I don’t own a 3D TV the jury is out on the final display, however the 2D video, and the photos are very nice. Lots of color in the bright sun however that all fades when you are shooting in the early morning or late evening. The specifications say great low light however @ 11 LUX, it’s not that great. I was able to go from pool shots of the family to videos of the dolphins in the water with ease. The zoom was acceptable and did a great job up till the digital zoom took over—then the noise picked up to where you could barely distinguish between the dolphins and the shimmering water. My only con is that switching between the video modes and the still capabilities is very (very) cumbersome. Maybe once I have shot with these for a while all of that will pass, but until then you have to pick your mode and shot. The best part of the DEV-5 is that I do not need to bring my video & still cameras to an event. I can take a single device like the DEV-5 and collect 2D/3D videos and acceptable photos.

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Works well for my purposes!
4 Star Review   By Vasastan on Sony - Official Store - Feb 29, 2012   

I got these because I am an optics enthusiast and into 3D, but I find that they are excellent for watching and taking records of wildlife. They start up quickly and are easy to use. My main complaint would be that they can't really be used in low light conditions (have not tried with an IR floodlight yet, though). If the development team happen to read this, a rough distance indicator in the viewfinder would be extremely useful (in future firmware?).

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the only barrier is the price
4 Star Review   By sonyinstead on Sony - Official Store - Aug 22, 2011   

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Product Details
Description
The world's first binoculars with HD video recording. Like binoculars and a camcorder rolled into one, capture 3D and 2D Full HD video with high magnification of up to 20x total zoom.
Summary
Product Title Sony DEV-5 10x Digital Camera Binocular
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $1,399.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.3 | 3 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B005I2YT8Y
Today's Average: $1,404.48
Today's Lowest: $1404.48
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User Reviews
WOW-- great device
5 Star Review   By UnixMover on Sony - Official Store - May 1, 2012   

I have hesitated for months to acquire these because of the entry price. I was also concerned about these being rev 1, which means that I (and others who purchase the DEV-5’s) pays the refinement charge and have to purchase another unit when they get the bugs out of this release. That aside, I love the DEV-5. I own a DSLR (a9), and a great video unit (AX2000) however nothing in the 3D realm. I purchased these to experience the 3D and to use at sporting events. I took these out for a family outing to our local pool which overlooks the ocean. The 2D was very impressive, and the 3D seemed to be fine. Since I don’t own a 3D TV the jury is out on the final display, however the 2D video, and the photos are very nice. Lots of color in the bright sun however that all fades when you are shooting in the early morning or late evening. The specifications say great low light however @ 11 LUX, it’s not that great. I was able to go from pool shots of the family to videos of the dolphins in the water with ease. The zoom was acceptable and did a great job up till the digital zoom took over—then the noise picked up to where you could barely distinguish between the dolphins and the shimmering water. My only con is that switching between the video modes and the still capabilities is very (very) cumbersome. Maybe once I have shot with these for a while all of that will pass, but until then you have to pick your mode and shot. The best part of the DEV-5 is that I do not need to bring my video & still cameras to an event. I can take a single device like the DEV-5 and collect 2D/3D videos and acceptable photos.

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Works well for my purposes!
4 Star Review   By Vasastan on Sony - Official Store - Feb 29, 2012   

I got these because I am an optics enthusiast and into 3D, but I find that they are excellent for watching and taking records of wildlife. They start up quickly and are easy to use. My main complaint would be that they can't really be used in low light conditions (have not tried with an IR floodlight yet, though). If the development team happen to read this, a rough distance indicator in the viewfinder would be extremely useful (in future firmware?).

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the only barrier is the price
4 Star Review   By sonyinstead on Sony - Official Store - Aug 22, 2011   

see the pros

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