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Sony launches pair of Full HD and 3D digital binoculars

By dpreview staff on Aug 19, 2011 at 19:27 GMT

Sony has launched two pairs of digital binoculars capable of recording Full HD and 3D video. The DEV-3 and DEV-5 binoculars feature 10x optical zoom lenses, pairs of EVFs and compact-camera-sized 7MP CMOS sensors. They take advantage of the recent extension of the AVCHD standard, enabling them to record 1080p video. The autofocus, image-stabilized binoculars can record up to two-hours of 2D footage on a single battery charge, recording to Memory Stick cards and allowing output via an HDMI connector. The DEV-5 model allows digital zoom, includes GPS and comes with a host of accessories and, at $2000, a $700 higher price-tag.

Press Release:

SONY INTRODUCES WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL BINOCULARS WITH HD VIDEO RECORDING, ZOOM, AUTOFOCUS AND STEADYSHOT IMAGE STABILIZATION

Share the Thrill of Discovery, Easy-to-Find, Never Lose the Subject; New Models Enable 2D and 3D Image Capture/Playback with Stunning Resolution, High-performance Features

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 19, 2011 – Life’s “can’t miss” moments are now easier to observe and capture with the world’s first digital binoculars to record in AVCHD™ 2.0 format, from Sony. The new models, DEV-3 and DEV-5, are ideal for nature/bird watching, they can record Full HD video with stereo sound at the touch of a button, and even add a 3D mode that records scenes as thrilling stereoscopic video footage for playback on most 3D HDTVs.

“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, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “These new models add entirely new levels of flexibility and convenience to viewing, recording and enjoying your favorite images and scenes.”

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), rivalling many high-powered conventional binoculars. The DEV-3 model pulls wildlife, sporting subjects and architectural details closer with 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 allows both binoculars to focus cleanly 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 powerful 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.

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. The binoculars can be connected via HDMI® to a Sony BRAVIA® HDTV or any HD television with HDMI input for viewing images (cable sold separately). 3D videos can be enjoyed on virtually any 3D-compatible TV, including Sony BRAVIA® models. There’s also a USB connection for transferring video clips to a PC for storing, editing and sharing.

The binoculars feature a “stealth” design that eliminates distracting buttons or external details that could reveal a user’s position to wildlife.

Both binoculars feature an ergonomic grip area that’s coated with an elastomer material for sure handling and stable operation. Top-mounted controls allow easy operation with gloved fingers, while dual buttons are provided to start recording instantly with either hand.

The DEV-5 model includes an on-board GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags video clips and photos. Tagged images can be viewed after shooting in online maps (requires compatible software).

Both binocular models come with a high-capacity rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) that allows up to approximately three hours of 2D recording on a single charge. Remaining battery time (minutes) is displayed in the electronic viewfinder.

The DEV-3 and DEV-5 models also include a battery charger/adaptor, A/V connecting cable and USB cable for PC connection. In addition, the DEV-5 binoculars are supplied with lens cover, finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and neck strap.

The new DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital recordable binoculars from Sony will be available in November 2011 for about $1400 and $2000, respectively, at http://store.sony.com, Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers nationwide.

Comments

Total comments: 76
Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 23, 2011)

Another thought:

Adding mirror systems to the front, to improve the stereo effect (aka 3D) would be possible for those needing that, but it is a bit heavy as is ...

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 23, 2011)

Addendum:

I bet military would like to have one side IR optics (or B&W) and the other normal!

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Chuck Lantz
By Chuck Lantz (Aug 23, 2011)

Damn. I sure wish we could edit these comments after posting. I meant to write "if you've ever attended ... "

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Chuck Lantz
By Chuck Lantz (Aug 23, 2011)

If you've ever attend an NCAA basketball game and tried to shoot video, you'll quickly discover the value of a video camera that looks like binoculars. Most high-level schools don't allow video shooting during games. Ignore their "request" and out you go. Same thing goes at most plays and concerts. With these binocs, you may get away with it.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Aug 23, 2011)

Don't know if your math is different from mine, but normally 1400 from 2000 is 600, not 700, as it says in your header ,-)!

But this could be the death for many video manufacturer, as we all want to carry as few items as possible! And if the binoculars takes good stills as well as video, I think this can become an important trend away from normal binoculars, normal spotter scopes, still compacts, and, of course, camcorders, as we know them!

Military, law enforcement and other kinds of suveillance people will love 'em, so the prices will not drop in a jiffy! But also ornitholgists, reserachers, hunters
and other people who as yet haven't had any simple means to record video while on the job, will be pleased as punch!

There are a few spotter scopes on the market with built-in video capacity, but this is so much neater!

Well done, Sony!

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Sordid
By Sordid (Aug 23, 2011)

OK... Who else went spontaneously "WTF???" when he read this?

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 22, 2011)

First seeing and trying before criticyzing. I would no wonder if have never ever used a 3D-Cam.

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (Aug 22, 2011)

possibly the worls most pointless product!

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SMFaulk
By SMFaulk (Aug 23, 2011)

Surveillance...

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Klipsen
By Klipsen (Aug 23, 2011)

Can you think of a better way to make video of birds or planes in flight?
I'll gladly admit that I'd prefer optical binoculars any day, but in terms of ergonomics this is a great solution for action video at medium-to-long distances.

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tbcass
By tbcass (Aug 24, 2011)

While they're a bit expensive I can think of a couple of uses for them. Concerts where cameras aren't allowed, unobtrusive street video and photography. I'm sure others can come up with other uses. Anybody who's used 10x binoculars will know how useful anti shake would be. That said they're too expensive for me.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

This video clarifies a lot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HLmMSka
Although german it has english text.

34.4 -344mm (3D) video only

66-666mm (2D video and Photos)
Tripod-socket.

Stereobase must be around 32mm since front is 15mm wide.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

Link-correction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HLmMSkaXm0

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

Correction: front is 155mm wide-see sony-data-sheet.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

seems to be the same or similar lens-system like in TD-10.
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=HDRTD10#specifications

31mm stereobase like measured(32mm) upon front-image.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

check comparision TD-10 TD-1(JVC) and stereobases.
http://www.videoaktiv.de/Praxis+Technik/CAMCORDER-Hintergrundinfo/Test-3D-Camcorder-JVC-TD1-Panasonic-TM900-und-Sony-TD10/Page-5.html

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pegasus1457
By pegasus1457 (Aug 22, 2011)

NOT German -- das ist aber Schweizerdeutsch !!

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Daniel Sidler
By Daniel Sidler (Aug 22, 2011)

Not Swiss German. German with a Swiss accent I would say.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

Hello Sony, how about clarifying the open questions? e.g. about lensspecifications for 3D and Stereobase and real size. Its not only Sony who seems unable to communicate important data right from the start. Even Canon has not yet found this out and is still printing prospectus without lens-data. Its a shame for such huge companies.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 21, 2011)

Maybe its a tactique to be in the discussion!

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rude
By rude (Aug 20, 2011)

why should i buy this when i can use my 349 dollar 42x camcorder which is ecevellent. i love binoculars by the way. if i had money to burn id probably buy one though. r

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Meeuwis
By Meeuwis (Aug 20, 2011)

Any hint of a tripod socket?

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Almeida
By Almeida (Aug 21, 2011)

Yes you can see them being used with a tripod in the videos.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

If a tripod is in the equation, you'd get better results with a DSLR mounted to a hand-me-down celestial telescope. The 3D effect would hardly matter at ranges beyond 100m / 110 yards anyway.

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ndarwin
By ndarwin (Aug 20, 2011)

Is it avalalble in the market now in UAE?

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ndarwin
By ndarwin (Aug 20, 2011)

Nice tech....

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 20, 2011)

The full specs are http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&partNumber=DEV5#specifications
Well, the eyepieces do not impress. 36 degrees AFOV is not exactly adequate for such prices when some cheap Nikon 8x42 Monarch gives 47 degress AFOV and for a little more money there is Nikon 10x56 Monarch with 60 degress AFOV. Obviously, EVF screen resolution does not allow for an immersive view yet. Plus, eye relief 14.3 mm with such AFOV probably means eyepieces are plain cheap.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

If the hotshoe is standard-sized 21mm then the lenses are 19mm apart. body-front should then be 93mm wide.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

here are body-sizes
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376717#specifications

beware: only mm sizes seem right.
219x155 x88mm
8.6 x 6.1 x 3.46 inch
relation: eff. size/imagesize 155/122
hotshoe-imagegesize: 16
hotshoe: 155/122 x16= 20-21mm(standard-hotshoe-size)

stereobase y= 155/122 x25 = 32mm

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

http://www.photographybay.com/2011/08/19/sony-dev-5-and-dev-3-binoculars-capture-still-and-hd-video/

3D-zoom cut to 5.4x
33-178mm
or 66 - 356mm?

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

I dont see yet the use for this 3D-tool for distant objects. Maybe for up to 25m.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

i am puzzled about FOV and lens. if its 36° then 66mm must be true. compared to 60mm on contax 35mm?39 degr.
but here i read 34.4mm(3D)
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376717#features

if this is true then sony is using an impressive 1/1.918 sensor.

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3dreal
By 3dreal (Aug 20, 2011)

its a 1/4" chip
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376717#features

and i am still puzzled how a 34.4mm lens can show 35.6° FOV.

must be a 66mm 35mm equiv. lens. 60mm is 39°.
someone says its limited to x 5.4 in 3D.

66x 5.4=366mm
34.4 - 186 eff.
66 - 366mm zoom equiv.

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Zamac
By Zamac (Aug 20, 2011)

I would hope it has an external mike connection - serious birders will want to plug in their parabolic mike!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

I thought they tooted lures, or mimed bird calls, to draw the birdies near. The on-board mic would pick up either plenty loud.

Or how about a mini parabolic, like a flash, that could attach to the camera shoe? Don't the big parabolic devices cost $4k and up? Does the $20 spy toy work nearly as well?

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Biaggi
By Biaggi (Aug 20, 2011)

Another key concern is the apparent weight and bulk of this instrument. Most full size bino's run 22 to 30 ounces. I find that even 28 ounce binoculars are rather big and bulky for a full day in the field, but I put up with them for superior optics. These would appear to be far heavier, and larger. Nothing I would care to carry around all day, even with a harness. In a perfect world, I like the idea. One less item to carry around the neck. In the real world, they look to be a poor compromise.

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Pasha001
By Pasha001 (Aug 20, 2011)

> Most full size bino's run 22 to 30 ounces
Yes, but not stabilized with light amplification so I am afraid you are comparing apples with oranges here. Fujinon 12x40 (the only one I know with such properties) weigh more than 60 ounces.

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Ben Ramsey
By Ben Ramsey (Aug 20, 2011)

What, no interchangeable lenses?! The fact that I can't put a pair of CZ 135 f/1.8s on there is a deal breaker for me...

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Robert Anderson
By Robert Anderson (Aug 20, 2011)

No 3d stills. What a fail! Same with their HDR-TD10.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 20, 2011)

1080p? Since when does Sony care about 1080[p]?

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Aug 20, 2011)

they always care about 1080P...just not on the consumer/entry levels at first, but it is made that way to differentiate from High-end models then they begin putting more features as they release new products...you should check DSC-HX9V. Pretty small, 16x zoom and 1080p60

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Aug 20, 2011)

I'm pretty sure 1080p became a consumer level feature back in ~2008. Lets see how long it takes for Sony to get the memo from the rest of the industry.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

Not so. Most consumer camcorders shoot either 1280x720 30p or 1920x1080 60i. Canon and Nikon DSLRs shoot 1920x1080 30p, which gets converted to 60i when burnt to Blu-ray. But all reverts to 30p on many HDTV screens.

AVCHD2 (1920x1080 60p) has appeared in Panasonic models since 2010 and many 2011 Sony models, but remains incompatible with Blu-ray players or YT, unless one converts and compresses.

One sect worships 24p, because they think it will make their work look "fillmic." But 1,000 other factors separate most output from Hollywood-grade stuff, and very little video gets converted to film elswhere.

60p is smoother and better for action, but remains a bugbear to share. Few potential viewers have sufficient PC power or connection bandwidth. Many viewers are happy with VGA resolution, or don't notice the difference.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Aug 20, 2011)

I cant imagine someone using one of these shooting videos in public.

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Rriley
By Rriley (Aug 20, 2011)

think milspec

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

To the contrary, I can't imagine someone using these in the wild. The visual quality would not match optical binoculars, and the OIS would not assure sufficiently stable video at full zoom.

Public appearance with the device, on the other hand, would draw gratifying oohs and aahhs, without any need to hunt out rare species. Why seek a white pachyderm if you can buy one like this?

Bragging rights trump mere utility.

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Peter Shute
By Peter Shute (Aug 27, 2011)

The EVFs are 1.2M dots, so they're among the highest resolution EVFs around, I believe. I think you'd have to try them to say how they compare to optical binoculars. I doubt they're as good, but they might not be too bad.

The digital zoom might give some good results, and the electronically boosted brightness might be useful in some situations too.

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SiPat
By SiPat (Aug 20, 2011)

At the price, this thing is probably meant for the horse-racing crowd, especially those adjacent to the finish line so they can both see and record the end of a race.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Aug 19, 2011)

Hmmmmm are they weather sealed? This is really interesting...although I'm not going to buy this anytime soon. I never had bought binoculars. Maybe when they get to a lower price, I will try them =)

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Peter McNeill
By Peter McNeill (Aug 19, 2011)

I'll wait for reviews before making snap judgements. The optics come from the minolta/sony G lens division and those are not cheap optics but as good as anyones. Not that I'll spend that kind of money on binos, I'll buy a A77 and 70-400G for that kind of money.

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sean000
By sean000 (Aug 19, 2011)

They remind me of the binoculars Luke Skywalker uses on Tatooine. Perfect if you need to scan the horizon for wandering droids. Now if I can just find a real hovering Landspeeder....

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JulMaass
By JulMaass (Aug 19, 2011)

with such high oil prices I doubt there will be a market for that. the dream died along with wheel-less SUVs

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RKGoth
By RKGoth (Aug 20, 2011)

IIRC, the Landspeeder was based on a Reliant Robin. So... you could get half-way there...

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Adrian Lewis
By Adrian Lewis (Aug 22, 2011)

> They remind me of the binoculars Luke Skywalker uses on Tatooine
That was my inital thought too.
Comments here aren't very positive, but I must say that the instantly appealing thing is that unlike all|most other 3D camcorders, this will give you 3D playback without an external screen.
I wouldn't buy one (esp. at that price), but I'd keep it if someone gave me one.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

>I wouldn't buy one (esp. at that price), but I'd keep it if someone gave me one.

But it would probably stay at home, since old-fashioned optical binoculars would offer a clearer view, a common P&S would be less encumbering, the 3D video files are too much a bear to edit, and your generous friend probably won't donate a companion 3D HDTV for you to see the video properly.

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Adrian Lewis
By Adrian Lewis (Aug 23, 2011)

Unlikely I'd take a pair of optical binoculars instead -- I don't own any :-)

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Sean Clark
By Sean Clark (Aug 19, 2011)

At $1400 or more they've saddled the camera with proprietary Sony memory sticks? At this price point Sony also requiring highly marked up memory is unacceptable.

I agree the baseline lens separation is too narrow for telephoto 3D. I'm curious as to why Sony didn't at least use the full width of the existing housing. Perhaps going wider would have required toeing in the lenses at closer focus distances. Does anyone know if the camera adjusts toe to prevent double images in 3D?

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richiedude
By richiedude (Aug 20, 2011)

Wrong.

These binoculars support both Sony's own memory stick AND the more common SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. A 10 second google search and you could have spared us your rant!

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

The portion of the rant about the narrow lens separation seems true enough. Have you any quick Google answer that does not cost another $10k? Any 3D rendured from objects beyond 30m / 33' is probably the same "pop out" as that captured by the less expensive 2D cameras in 3D panorama mode.

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PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Aug 19, 2011)

Nice gloves :) I'm more partial to the Canon IS binoculars.

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Jonathan F/2
By Jonathan F/2 (Aug 19, 2011)

What a piece of junk. If I'm in the deep field, having an optical solution is cheaper and doesn't require batteries.

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AlfBundy
By AlfBundy (Aug 19, 2011)

24x36 equivalent is
in 2D : optical zoom 66mm-660mm (with digital 20x zoom : 66mm-1320mm)
in 3D : optical zoom 33mm-330mm (no mention of digital zoom in 3D)

source : http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/cool-stuff-from-sony-binoculars-with-built-in-video-recording-feature/

Watch the video review (subtitled in english).

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BJN
By BJN (Aug 19, 2011)

That depends entirely on the sensor format of the camera you're comparing these to.

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J Birn
By J Birn (Aug 19, 2011)

As AlfBundy said, he's comparing to a 24mm x 36mm (such as a full frame dSLR sensor or 35mm film frame).

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BJN
By BJN (Aug 19, 2011)

The 3D bit sounds like a total gimmick. The baseline separation for decent stereo effect at tele range is too narrow. I wonder what leaving out that feature could have done to the retail price? 5.4x is pretty weak magnification for a lot of binocular use.

I didn't see any reference to the light gathering capability of these optics. The objective lenses look tiny, so I'm guessing the view is pretty dark and photo/video operation will require bright light for decent quality.

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J Birn
By J Birn (Aug 19, 2011)

You are only looking through a pair of digital viewfinders, no OVF, so the image might appear bright enough, and could just get noisy or have reduced color accuracy in dimmer settings. I think it'll be a few years before manufacturers of conventional binoculars have to fear Sony as a serious competitor...

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 19, 2011)

The DEV-3 and Dev-5 optical binoculars with 3D video capture, but with no more inter-ocular spread than that between human eyes. Old fashioned binoculars expanded that spread to 6" or 8," augmenting the perception of depth at moderate distances. Some military or range-finder scopes spread the lenses by much more. That would seem to be important to convey any sense of 3D beyond 30 feet.

One firm has made a gadget to widen the lens separation for a 3D Fuji camera, for landscape or nature shots, but no one else.

Two $80 fixed focus cameras on a bracket might be cheaper and offer more options.

10X binocular magnification means what in 35mm equivalent terms?

The DEV devices superior viewfinder would make it easier to shoot wildlife video than with a conventional camera. But the price is a tad steep.

Psst, Samsung. How about a $700 clone?

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willhall
By willhall (Aug 19, 2011)

i believe that in binoculas, 35mm focal length is 50x magnification. i.e 10x would be like looking through a viewfinder with a 500mm lens attatched. however this says nothing of coverage. last binoculars i saw presented a coverage much greater than 35mm frame

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BJN
By BJN (Aug 19, 2011)

For "full frame", 50mm or so is considered "1x" magnification. 33mm would be approximately 1x for an APS-C camera. So 500mm would equate to about 10x on a full frame sensor and it would be 15x on an APS-C camera.

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Photato
By Photato (Aug 19, 2011)

Finally! the "Digital Viewmaster" is here
Now, if only they can make it a fixed focal length and much cheaper that would really take off.
Interesting how they are marketing this as "Binoculars", so it isn't perceived as a big stereo digicam.

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BJN
By BJN (Aug 19, 2011)

I don't know how much cheaper a fixed focal length would have been, but the optical quality is likely a lot less with the zoom capability. These are priced like high end binoculars but appear to have cheap binocular optics.

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mzillch
By mzillch (Aug 19, 2011)

The lens opening looks laughably small for any low light situation so forget twilight veiwing without tons of electronic noise and astronomy, except for the moon which is very bright, is a no go.

These look to me to be a solution looking for a problem to solve. Any true binocular fan will pass them by and other than near field (I'm guessing objects 30 feet or closer) stereoscopy is their one trick.

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osage_archer
By osage_archer (Aug 20, 2011)

Absolutely - the tiny objectives and high price will ensure that value and performance oriented consumers will pass these by. Already existing are good image-stabilzed binoculars with quality optics, these by Sony do not appear to bring anything new or value-added to the market.

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osage_archer
By osage_archer (Aug 20, 2011)

Absolutely - the tiny objectives and high price will ensure that value and performance oriented consumers will pass these by. Already existing are good image-stabilzed binoculars with quality optics, these by Sony do not appear to bring anything new or value-added to the market.

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lightmagic
By lightmagic (Aug 21, 2011)

IS/VR feature is great. I have a canon binocular, I know the value of it. JUst look through tho ones that have no IS/VR.
The diffeerence here is the movie recordin, great feature

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 22, 2011)

Wrong. The Viewmaster slide shows were based on 3D cameras with a much wider inter-ocular distance and large plate negatives.

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