San Diego - Sony
introduced Friday a new product concept that combines the functions of a pair
of binoculars with an HD 3D camcorder.
christening the category, starting this November, with two models at launch --
the DEV-3 and DEV-5.
Both feature the
form factor of a pair of binoculars but include the guts of a fully functional
digital 1080p FullHD camcorder.
The models include
Sony's G-series lenses, Exmor R CMOS imagers, Bionz video processors, and
optical and digital Steadyshot image stabilization functions.
The unusual combo
product will capture both high-definition full-motion video and high resolution
still images in 2D or 3D formats, Sony said.
Both models come
equipped with two 0.45-inch electronic viewfinders (one for each eye), with 852
by 480 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratios.
distance (the distance between the center of the pupils of the two eyes) on the
EVFs can be adjusted with a supplied dial, Sony said.
The DEV-3 (shipping
in November at a $1,399 suggested retail) offers up to 10x optical zoom magnification
using G-series optics with an f1.9-f3.4
aperture range, two (one for each eye) 0.25-inch 4.2-megapixel backside
illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensors, and two Bionz image processors.
It will record still
images in up to 7.1-megapixel JPEGS at a 4:3 aspect ratio or 5.3-megapixel
JPEGS at a 16:9 aspect ratio.
(shipping in November at a $1,999 suggested retail) steps up to a 10x optical/10x
digital zoom lens (for a total of 20x magnification), large eyecup, neck strap,
carrying case, and built-in GPS geo-tagging function for both photos and videos.
(not an official concept name) record still images and video clips to MemoryStick/MemoryStick
Pro Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and weigh approximately 38 ounces, excluding
Video is captured
in 1080/60p and 3D, fully utilizing the new AVCHD 3D progressive specification
announced July 1, Sony said. A stereo mic is built into each unit for sound
believes the products are ideal for both occupational and recreational applications.
Occupational uses could
include marine or security uses, while recreational applications could include
viewing sporting events, hunting, bird watching, etc.
are stereoscopic by nature, they were easily adapted to 3D image capture, Sony
explained, and offer compelling 3D shooting options for each of the targeted
offer automatic settings but add a manual control dial for exposure, focus,
shutter speed and white-balance settings.
include HDMI outputs to enable playback of recorded files on an HDTV or 3D
include an external mic jack, mini HDMI jack, AVR jack, USB port and DC input.
A tripod mount is accommodated on the bottom of the units. The battery
compartment is large enough to accommodate an optional after-market extended
life lithium-ion battery back (FV-100), although the units ship with a FV-70
(3.5 hours per charge) power source.
San Diego - Sony introduced Friday a new product concept that combines the functions of a pair of binoculars with an HD 3D camcorder.