Movie and game lovers might have been some of the first to benefit from the latest 3-D technology, but that extra dimension is now finding its way into other gadgets and gizmos, the latest of which are Sony’s 3-D binoculars.
With four-figure price tags, Sony’s DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital recording binoculars, which are due to hit stores in November 2011, are not likely to appeal to anyone other than serious nature lovers, technophiles or the person who has everything – but if you happen to fall into any of these groups, then the ability to capture in 3-D precisely what you see through the lenses is sure to appeal.
The DEV-3 and DEV-5 models feature 10x and 20x maximum magnification, respectively, and both models come with HD; 3-D Exmor R™ CMOS Optical SteadyShot for steadier, clearer images at high magnifications; dual electronic viewfinder; and HDMI for transmitting uncompressed digital data. The smooth zoom control and auto focus both help ensure that your subject stays sharply in focus, but unlike with regular binoculars, you can digitally capture exactly what you see as HD video or still photos. Simply connect to an HDTV or PC and you can either replay your footage or transfer images.
For those unrepeatable moments in life, Sony’s digital recording binoculars are a must, but they do come at a rather steep price.