Today Sony announces a digital binocular that might just knock your socks off. The digital recording binoculars feature a 1/3.91″ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor with 20.4 megapixels and powered by a Bionz Image Processor.
These binoculars pack a 1,2…3 punch. Not only can the binoculars be used to view subjects at great distances with its focal length from 29.8-1647.9mm (0.8-25x magnification), but they can also be used as a photo recording and video recording device. I’m impressed. The focal length alone is insanely huge. But to be able to record photo from 29.8-1647.9mm, video from 49.8-1645.7mm in 2D with digital zoom on, and 33.4-402.0mm in 3D mode is pretty amazing. Especially when you factor in a 20.4 MP sensor and an image stabilization system to counteract camera shake.
The binoculars include a built-in GPS receiver that automatically geo-tags video clips and photos. Tagged images can be viewed in online maps for easy recall of the location of your travels. The DEV-50V records onto a variety of media types including Memory Stick PRO Duo; Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher).
The binoculars will be available in June for about $2000. I cannot wait to get my hands on these. I am pretty sure a trip to Yellowstone will be in order if I do.