For many people, their phone is now a camera and their music player is now a phone. Doubling up on functions, however, works best when the two purposes are connected. Enter Sony’s new DEV-50V digital recording binoculars. Improving on the previous model, the DEV-50V is almost one third lighter, and with splash and dust resistance it allows for easy viewing and recording of various far-away scenes. The SEV-50V is ideal for nature-lovers, with rare or unusual wildlife now easier both to see from a distance and easier to record, whether via HD video or digital photographs in a very nice 20.4 megapixels. Of course, it is also of benefit for sports-watchers and holiday-makers.
The DEV-50V offers a host of technological tricks to make taking video as easy as possible. The main draw for many may be the weight reduction to just over 0.75kg, but inside the housing (99% recycled material), is some very fancy software and hardware. The XGA OLED Tru-Finder allow for clearer images via improved contrast and resolution. Active Mode image stabilisation with Optical Steady Shot minimizes blurs even at full 25X zoom, so that tiny robin or bluetit is easily seen and admired. Inbuilt GPS lets you keep an accurate record of your favourite locations. Autofocus smooths out the viewing experience, which is something anyone used to the tricky focusing of normal binoculars will welcome. For early morning or late evening pursuits, the Hyper Gain function offers increased brightness in dim lighting conditions. Late night football game with the action way down at the other end of the pitch? No problem.
The Dev-50V offers HD and 3D recording, which is appealing to gadget-fans, although 3D viewing devices still don’t have widespread penetration. However, for those that have already invested in a 3D TV, the June launch of the DEV-50V is sure to be even more anticipated.