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Sony soups up binoculars with 3D shooting, operas will never be the same again

By Leigh D. Stark | 10:53 am 24/07/2013

Bird watchers out there can do more than just watch from afar, as Sony updates the binocular with a digital camera, Full HD video capture, and 3D filming, making the binocular even more useful.

Built to withstand the rain and dusty environments, the Sony DEV-50V is a new pair of binoculars that comes with a 20.4 megapixel sensor, based on the same Exmor R sensor technology Sony is using in other cameras and smartphones.

This sensor will make it possible to grab 20 megapixel shots and Full HD video, but because there are two lenses – you know, like a traditional pair of binoculars – it can also shoot in stereo 3D.

To do this, Sony has had to put two 20 megapixel Exmor sensors in the camera, and pair these with two Bionz image processing chips, with one sensor and one processing chip working for each eye.

Of course, binoculars are useless if they can’t get close, and owners of this device will be able to get up close with 25x magnification, roughly equivalent to around a 2000mm zoom in a 35mm camera, although the optical zoom is 10x.

A GPS is also built in so you’ll be able to mark where you spotted that rare bird, while the viewfinder aims to make it easy to see everything thanks to the OLED technology it will be using.

And even if you don’t get out and about, it’s sure to make the opera a touch more interesting when you’re watching from afar with the most high-tech opera binoculars the world has ever seen.

Sony’s DEV-50V is heading to stores now where it will retail for $1899.

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