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Product Highlights
  • Record 2D & 3D Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Capture up to 20.4MP Still Images
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensors
  • Dual Sony G Lenses & BIONZ Processors
  • Two 0.5" Tru-Finder OLED XGA Viewfinders
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo & SD/SHC/SDXC Slot
  • Binocular Magnification up to 25x
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • Simultaneous Zoom & Autofocus Capability
  • Micro-HDMI Output Supports BRAVIA Sync

The unique Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular give the bird-watcher, hunter or sports enthusiast the ability to capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 2D or 3D video through binocular style lenses. You can sit back and enjoy nature or watch the game from a distance and when the mood strikes, you can start recording or capturing digital still images. The DEV-50 features two Sony G-Lenses, two BIONZ Image Processors and dual 1/3.91" Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensors. The DEV-50 also supports magnification up to 25x.

When you do decide to go from spectator to videographer/photographer, the DEV-50 supports 1920 x 1080 2D/3D AVCHD video modes, as well as 2D JPEG image capture at up to 20.4MP. For saving your footage, the DEV-50 features a memory card slot that's compatible with both Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Plus, there's a USB port, as well as a micro-HDMI output for viewing your footage on an HDTV or a 3DTV.

Owning Sony's DEV-50 Digital Recording Binoculars also means you'll only need one device when heading out in the field to view and record the world around you. Plus, it offers several unique features that improve viewing and recording. These include Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode image stabilization, OLED XGA Tru-Finder electronic viewfinders, Hyper Gain for enhanced low-light visibility and simultaneous zoom and autofocus capability. There's also a mic input and a headphone jack.

Up to 25x Magnification
Simple zoom lever operation allows smooth zooming from 0.8x to a maximum of 25x magnification. Plus, subject location and framing is easier than with conventional binoculars.
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
The DEV-50 are engineered with Active image stabilization technology to minimize blur when zoomed in on a subject from far away. In addition, optical image stabilization adjusts lens position in the vertical and horizontal axes and BIONZ image processing adds compensation in the roll axis. The net result is an effective 3-axis image stabilization system.
By Pixel Super Resolution
By Pixel Super Resolution technology analyzes and processes all pixels and then combines the resulting data with a database that contains hundreds of variations to achieve optimum processing for each individual pixel. This results in improved still image resolution.
Memory Stick Duo & SD Card Support
The following memory card types are supported: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
Double Full HD & 3D Movie Recording
The DEV-50 allows you to record the scene or subject you're viewing in Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, while it is being observed via the binoculars. The use of two Sony G lenses, two Exmor R CMOS sensors and two BIONZ image processing engines make it possible to record immersive 3D movies with Full HD image quality. Plus, Frame Packing is used to transmit the 3D video signal via HDMI. This means that independent HD signals are compressed and transmitted for the left and right eyes, so that high-resolution Double HD 3D images can be recorded and viewed on 3D-capable TVs.
XGA OLED Tru-Finder Viewfinder
The DEV-50 features an XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder that delivers outstanding resolution and high contrast. Since independent images are provided for the left and right eyes for a true stereoscopic view, 3D viewing is achieved without crosstalk or image degradation. The OLED Tru-Finder panels produce their own light as well, so there are no residual reflections to reduce contrast. Plus, the OLED devices offer XGA resolution with approx. 2.36 million dots so even the smallest details are clearly defined.
Simultaneous Zoom & Autofocus
Simultaneous zoom and autofocus capability is an important advantage. With the Digital Recording Binoculars autofocus rapidly follows zoom operation, providing uninterrupted subject tracking capability that can be a big advantage for motor sports and other applications that involve fast-moving subjects.
Dust & Moisture Resistant
The DEV-50 is 30% smaller and lighter Sony's first generation digital recording binoculars making them easier to carry on every trip. They are also dust and moisture resistant so you can use them without having to worry about rain, spray or dust.
Hyper Gain
With conventional binoculars, low light levels can make it difficult to locate and recognize the subject. Hyper Gain alleviates the problem by electronically increasing brightness in the viewfinder so the subject can be quickly located and framed even in dim light conditions.
HDMI Connectivity
By connecting the HDMI terminal to a Sony BRAVIA or similar large-screen TV, images that have been recorded by the binoculars can be viewed in Full HD. If it's a TV that supports 3D, 3D viewing can be enjoyed as well.
Image Sensor 1/3.91" (4.6 mm) Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensors x 2
Pixels Pixel Gross: 2 x 5,430,000 pixels (3D)
Pixel Gross: 1 x 5,430,000 pixels (2D)
Processor BIONZ Image Processors x 2
Lens Sony G Lenses x 2
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Movie Mode: 49.8 - 791.2 mm (2D digital zoom OFF)
Movie Mode: 49.8 - 1645.7 mm (2D digital zoom ON)
Movie Mode: 33.4 - 402 mm (3D)
Photo Mode: 29.8 - 1647.9 mm (16:9)
Photo Mode: 36.3 - 2007.4 mm (4:3)
Image Stabilization 3D: Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode (Wide)
2D: Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode (Wide to Tele)
Magnification Photo Mode: 0.5 - 25x
Movie Mode: 0.8 - 12x (2D digital zoom OFF)
Movie Mode: 0.8 - 25x (2D digital zoom ON)
Minimum Focus Distance 3D (Wide): 6.6' (2 m)
3D (Tele): 78.7' (24 m)
2D (Wide): 0.4" (1 cm)
2D (Tele): 31.5" (80 cm)
2D (Tele Macro): 15" (38 cm)
Minimum Illumination Standard: 11 lux (1/60 shutter speed 60i)
Standard: 11 lux (1/50 shutter speed 50i)
Supported Formats Still Image: JPEG (2D only)
3D Video (1080/60i): AVCHD ver 2.0 compatible (MPEG4-MVC/H.264)
2D Video (1080/60p/60i): AVCHD ver 2.0 compatible (MPEG4-AVC/H.264)
Audio: Dolby Digital (2-channel stereo)
Still Image 20.4MP 6016 x 3384 (16:9)
15.3MP 4512 x 3384 (4:3)
10MP 4224 x 2376 (16:9)
5MP 2592 x 1944 (4:3)
2.1MP 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
0.3MP 640 x 480 (4:3)
Video Modes 3D: HD (28 Mbps)
2D: HD PS (28 Mbps)
2D: HD FX (24 Mbps)
2D: HD FH (17 Mbps)
2D: HD HQ (9 Mbps)
2D: HD LP (5 Mbps)
Video Resolution 3D HD (2x): 1920 x 1080/60i
3D HD (2x): 1920 x 1080/50i
2D HD: 1920 x 1080/60p (PS)
2D HD: 1920 x 1080/50p (PS)
2D HD: 1920 x 1080/60i (FX/FH)
2D HD: 1920 x 1080/50i (FX/FH)
2D HD: 1440 x 1080/60i (HQ/LP)
2D HD: 1440 x 1080/50i (HQ/LP)
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or higher)
Microphone Stereo microphone (built-in)
Speaker Monaural speaker (built-in)
Viewfinder Type: 2 x 0.5" (13 mm) XGA OLED Tru-Finder
Diopter Adjustment: Yes (±3.5)
Eye Relief: 0.55" (13.9 mm)
Field of View: 36.9° (16:9)
Interpupilary Distance: 2.17 - 2.95" (55 - 75 mm)
Color: 2,359,296 dots
Resolution: 1024 x 768 x 3 (RGB)
Interfaces 1 x Micro-HDMI output
1 x Composite video output
1 x Headphone output (stereo mini-jack)
1 x Microphone input (stereo mini-jack)
1 x DC input
BRAVIA Sync (yes)
Supported Languages Japanese
English
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Dutch
Russian
Portuguese
Greek
Arabic
Persian
Thai
Brazilian Portuguese
Canadian French
Korean
Turkish
Polish
Czech
Hungarian
Roma
Indonesian
Malay
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.9 x 2.9 x 6.2" (148.5 x 72.5 x 157.5 mm)
Weight 1.7 lb (765 g) body only
Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular
  • NP-FV70 Rechargeable Camcorder Battery Pack (1960mAh, 6.8V)
  • CD-ROM (Manuals for Digital Recording Binoculars)
  • Large Eyecup
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • Neck Strap
  • Finder Cap
  • Power Cord
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyDEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular
     
    2.3

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        Best Uses

        • Bird watching (3)
        • Hunting (3)
        • Wildlife viewing (3)
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        2.0

        disappointed on Binocular Performance

        By Duke

        from Whitehorse, Yukon

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        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hunting
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular:

          I bought these hoping for a 12 power Image stabilized Binoculars, that I would be able to video what wildlfe I found. But when compared them to the 8x binocular that I am currently using, I don't believe the Sony Dev-50 picked up as much details as my current Binoculars. I believe the field of view at 12 power optical was less than 20% of my current binoculars.
          I returned them for refund.

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          5.0

          Excellent for video

          By DH

          from Albuquerque, NM

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          Pros

          • 60p Video
          • Always Ready
          • Close Focus
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • Only Jpg Stills

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Macro
          • Video

          Comments about Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular:

          I ordered the DEV-50 despite having seen some very negative reviews since they seemed like they would meet my needs. I have been EXTREMELY happy with them - however, as the negative reviews indicate, they are not ideal for everyone. The main thing to remember is that they are primarily a video camcorder. They are fairly poor at stills and not as good a binocular as a good optical binocular. But for video they are great if you need long reach or macro. I also have excellent Zeiss Victory binoculars - but unless I need their ability to handle subtle colors or details, I now carry the DEV50 for the ability to record the video. I don't feel I have missed any identification due to the DEV50 vs the Zeiss, and I have gotten some very nice video. (and even if I carried the Zeiss, I'd still bring the DEV50 along too for video)

          On the video side, I normally shoot with a high end Sony FS700 and consider the DEV50 as essentially a B camera to fill in all the extra shots it is impractical to reconfigure the FS700 for, or which just happen too fast. The DEV50 is always ready to shoot and can be recording something macro or a distant bird in a few seconds. The image quality at 60p and with the digital zoom turned off is excellent (though like most tele-zooms, the extreme high end is a little soft compared to the rest of the zoom range) With 60p, the individual frames are quite usable for most online applications. The image stabilizer is remarkably good even handheld at high power and any remaining motion can generally be taken out with Davinci Resolve.

          One aspect of the DEV50 that is not discussed much is their macro capability. The specs mention they focus to 1 cm, but that is wide open. Surprisingly at mid-zoom (about 6x) they focus at about 16", and at full zoom they still focus at a few feet with quite good depth of field. That is roughly like having a 400mm telephoto that focuses at 16". This makes them ideal for macro subjects like insects. Also, since even the wide end is not that wide (.8x) moving in to 1-2 cm allows frame filling shots of 1" subjects. I often shoot insects with the FS700 with a Canon 180mm macro, but have been able to get better tight macro with the DEV50 - mostly due to the large size of the FS700 rig/tripod compared to just moving in close with the small DEV50. While the FS700 undoubtedly takes higher quality video than the DEV50, I have found footage from both can be mixed together easily in Final Cut without any quality problems (and a little color grading in Resolve)

          Their still photo capability is poor compared to a normal camera. It shoots only jpg and does too much compression. A raw option would have been nice. The 3D (like most 3D) is interesting for a few minutes and then annoying. I leave mine in 2D mode. The digital zoom pixelates way too much, especially with the compression. Turn it off, and if you want to zoom in on a portion of an image, do it in Final Cut where you have more control. The 60p mode is very nice and much better than the 60i. Also, 60p footage can be put in a 24p Final Cut project with the "Conform" option to produce 2.5x slow motion, for a very nice effect in some cases, and working well with the 10x slow motion of the FS700. The auto-focus generally works very well and is fast and easy to override when appropriate. The build quality seems quite good to me. They are largely plastic and are not "ruggedized", but that keeps them light. With the care that should be applied to any camera, they should do well.

          If you are looking for the lowest cost way to get binoculars, video and a still camera, the DEV50 is probably not the answer. However, if you need high power or macro video along with adequate binoculars in a small package that is always ready, and know how to shoot and post process the video, I feel the DEV50 is ideal. Mine have become one of the first things I grab for any shoot - birds, insects or just a hike.

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          1.0

          Great idea, poorly executed

          By Chip

          from Cedar Falls, IA

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          Pros

          • Good Idea

          Cons

          • Binoculars Image Quality
          • Camera Image Quality
          • Not Mac Computer Friendly
          • Not Waterproof
          • Price

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Hunting
          • Sporting Events/Concerts
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Comments about Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular:

          To be able to spot a bird, for example, at low power, zoom in while keeping it in view, and then take a high quality picture or video for identification or documentation would be of great value. I compared the DEV-50 to a very good pair of low/mid price range binoculars, the Vanguard Endeavor, and found the image quality of the Sony product substantially less. As a camera, I compared it to my four year old Sony DSC-HX1, which was about $500 new. Again, there is no comparison in picture quality either. Even taking into account that there are two cameras in the DEV-50 binoculars the price seems quite high, given the image quality. It doesn't help that the look and feel are not of the expected caliber either.

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          1.0

          So disapointed

          By Zolton

          from San Diego, Calif.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bird Watching
              • Hunting
              • Sporting Events/Concerts
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Comments about Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular:

              I can not believe Sony brought this product to the market. The photo capabilities of these binoculars are totally unacceptable. I purchased the unit based on Sony's advertisements which in the past have been reliable. At first I could not believe what I was seeing and thought that I was using the binoculars incorrectly. After reading the manual again, the results were the same. These binoculars will not replace your camera as a photo device. Sony would have been better off leaving the photo option out. As binoculars they are OK, as a video camera the image is a little soft, and as a still camera you are better off with your cell phone.

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              Required item: Compatible with SD/ SDHC/ SDXC (Class 4 or Higher) memory cards.

              Sony -  64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
              • Price: $33.95
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              Batteries & Power

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              Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

              Watson -  NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
              • You Pay: $34.95
               

              Cleaning & Anti-Fog

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              Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

              Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
              • You Pay: $4.99
               

              Straps & Harnesses

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              Strap your device securely & carry in comfort.

              Bushnell -  Deluxe Binocular Harness Strap (Black, Clamshell Packaging)
              • You Pay: $12.99
               

              External Microphones

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              Improve audio quality in your video with external microphones.

              Sony -  ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone
              • You Pay: $119.00
               

              Shoe & Accessory Mounts

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              Increase your working flexibility with additional mounting options.

              Pearstone -  SSA-III Universal Shoe Adapter for Sony Camcorders with Active Interface Shoe
              • You Pay: $19.95
               

              Tripods and Window Mounts

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              Steady your binocular with the support and stability you need.

              Nikon -  Mini Tripod
              • You Pay: $12.95
               

              Mini tripod

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