If you have about $1,999 to spare, you could even get this special digital recording device that has the form factor of a pair of Sony binoculars. That device is known as the Sony DEV 50 and it succeeds the Sony DEV 3 and DEV 5 which were Sony's very first digital binoculars products.
DEV 50 is a high-tech product from the future. In fact, its predecessor, the Sony DEV 5 looked very futuristic in its own right and that was released in 2011. But the Sony DEV 50 is a nice improvement as it is 30% smaller than the DEV 5 making it is easier handle. The two eye cupson the back and two lenses on the front of the binoculars are basically the only elements that define the binoculars form factor. But if you look at the Sony binoculars from the top, the layout is quite comparable to a Sony DSLR lenses with familiar buttons like the playback button and record button. There are some nice grips on the sides of the binoculars so you can hold the device comfortably for longer periods.
DEV 50 is built like a tank so you don't have to think twice about bringing these binoculars with you in your next hiking adventure because the Sony DEV 50 is built to handle a lot of abuse. It is weatherproof, dustproof, fogproof, freezeproof and even shockproof with a generous 3-year warranty.
The electronic viewfinders are equipped with OLED Tru-Finder display panels which result to better clarity while recording. The 1024×768 resolution is a huge leap from the older model which only had a 852×480 LCD display. Bird watchers, for instance, should be able to catch more details of the bird's feathers. Contrast is significantly improved and reflections are pretty much non-existent. The binoculars is also able to see in the dark due to the Hyper Gain technology. This feature makes it better than Sony mirrorless camera.
The DEV 50 is basically for those that want the flexibility of zooming in and out and the zoom lever provides that functionality. You can go from 0.8x to up to 25x seamlessly and it feels a lot more satisfying than using a digital camcorder to do that. Shaky hands are less likely since you will be holding the Sony binoculars firmly with both hands but the binoculars are equipped with Sony's signature Optical SteadyShot 3-axis image stabilization technology anyway so you can go ahead and continue recording consistent video at high magnification levels.
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