Sony DEV-50 Digital Binocular captures 3D HD video and high resolution still images

18.06.2013 23:53

Sony DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular

Courtesy B&H Photo Video

Sony recently announced the DEV-50 Digital Recording Binocular, a binocular-camera hybrid capable of recording 3D video in Full HD, capturing 20.4MP stills and outputting native-resolution images via its micro-HDMI port. In addition to improving the image resolution and manual-exposure settings for this latest iteration, Sony refined the DEV series housing and image-stabilization technology to make the DEV-50 useful for a broader range of photo and video applications than its forerunners, the DEV-3 and DEV-5.

But the DEV-50 is more than a high-resolution 3D camera—a broad zoom range and noteworthy low-light performance also make it a versatile binocular. Sony's multicoated G Lens optics, along with the high-sensitivity Hyper Gain system, which automatically increases image brightness, equips the DEV-50 for enhanced visibility during twilight hours and when used indoors. By combining a 0.8-25x zoom range and simultaneous zoom and autofocus, the DEV-50 offers imaging capabilities unrivaled by other consumer-level digital binoculars. The seamless zoom-focus function is controlled by a single zoom lever atop the binocular housing. Quick wide-angle to telephoto field of view adjustments make this electro-optic ideal for birders and sports fans glassing a fast-moving subject.

Weighing only 1.7 lb, the DEV-50 is 30% lighter than previous versions, making it both easier to handle and transport during a day hike in a national park or vacation day at the theme park. Improved Optical SteadyShot technology provides image stabilization on the horizontal and vertical axes, as well as compensates for motion on the roll axis, useful for observations on the water or from other unstable platforms. Since the DEV-50 is capable of up to 25x magnification, three-axis-stabilization is sure to come in handy, even on dry land.

On supported 3D TVs, the DEV-50 allows you to enjoy 1920 x 1080 stereoscopic video right in your living room. Instead of compressing the image recorded by each of the binocular's optical channels into one side-by-side video signal, Sony’s Double HD 3D video records and transmits a Full HD signal for the left and right channels. The resulting 3D video is packed with detail and enhanced depth.

Building upon the features of the DEV-50 predecessors, Sony’s latest multi-purpose electro-optic uses dual 1/3.91” 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS image sensors to record 1080/60i Full HD video in Double 3D. The DEV-50 is also outfitted with dual BIONZ image processors, dual OLED XGA viewfinders, a stereo microphone jack, a headphone jack and a memory card slot that accommodates various media formats including Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or higher).

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Imaging Sensor
Type (2x) 1/3.91"Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
Resolution 20.4 MP (6016 x 3384)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Pixel Gross (2x)  5430K pixels
Processor (2x) BIONZ Image Processor
Lens System
Lens Type G Lens
Magnification Video: 0.5 - 25x
Photo: 0.8 - 12x optical; 25x with digital zoom
Focal Length
(35mm Equivalent)
2D (Digital Zoom OFF): 49.8 - 791.2 mm
2D (Digital Zoom ON): 49.8 - 1645.7 mm
3D: 33.4 - 402 mm
Photo Mode (16:9): 29.8 - 1647.9 mm
Photo Mode (4:3): 36.3 - 2007.4 mm
Minimum Focus Distance 2D Wide Mode: 0.4" (1 cm)
2D Tele Mode: 31.5" (80 cm)
2D Tele Macro Mode: 0.15" (0.38cm)
3D Wide Mode: 6.6 ft (2 m)
3D Tele Mode: 78.7 ft (24 m)
Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode (2D Wide / Tele, 3D Wide)
Type (2x) 0.5" (1.3 cm)
Resolution 1024 x 768
Angle of View 36.9°
Eye Relief 13.9 mm
Diopter Adjustment Range ± 3.5
Interpupillary Distance 55 - 75 mm
Still Image Format 2D: JPEG
3D: Not Available
Still Image Resolution 20.4 MP 16:9 (6016 x 3384)
15.3 MP 4.3 (4512 x 3384)
10.0 MP 16:9 (4224 x 2376)
5.0 MP 4:3 (2592 x 1944)
2.1 MP 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
0.3 MP 4:3 (640 x 480)
Video Format 2D HD: AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible (1080/60p/60i) MPEG4-AVC/H.264
3D HD: AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible (1080/60i) MPEG4-MVC/H.264
Video Resolution 2D HD: 1920 x 1080 (60p / 50p PS); 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i FX, FH): 1440 x 1080 (60i, 50i HQ, LP)
3D HD: (2x) 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i)
Video Bit Rate 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
3D HD:  28 Mbps
Audio Format Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4  or Higher)
Microphone / Speaker Built-In Stereo Microphone / Monaural Speaker
BRAVIA Synch Yes
DC Input Yes
HD Output micro-HDMI, Composite Video
SD Output Composite Video
Microphone Input Stereo Minijack
Headphone Output Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media
Dimensions 5.9 x 6.3 x 2.9" (15 x 7 x 16 cm)
Weight 1.7 lb (765 g)