Sony has released details of its new DEV-5 digital binoculars, which include the ability to record Full HD video with stereo sound.


October 31, 2011: Sony has released details of its new DEV-5 digital binoculars, which include the ability to record Full HD video with stereo sound.
Claimed as a ‘world first’, the DEV-5 binoculars provide up to 20x magnification, with digital zoom at magnification settings over 10x plus a built-in GPS receiver. They also feature electronic autofocus with focus tracking plus a dial control that allows fingertip adjustment of manual focus for focusing selectively on the subject. The electronic autofocus allows the DEV-5 to focus on subjects as close as 1cm when recording in 2D.
Paired Exmor R CMOS sensors and powerful BIONZ processors plus a matching pair of precision G lenses allows separate images for left and right eyes to be captured for 3D movie recording. The resulting 3D video footage can be played on a 3D BRAVIA TV, with a maximum magnification of 5.4 times in 3D mode. The minimum distance is 80 cm when recording in 3D.
The DEV-5 binoculars also feature Sony’s SteadyShot Active Mode optical stabilisation system. With a minimal ‘stealth’ design and ergonomic grip area that is coated with an elastomer material for firm handling and stable operation, they are comfortable to hold for extended periods. Top-mounted controls allow easy operation, even with gloved fingers, while dual buttons are provided to start recording instantly with either hand.


The new DEV-5 binoculars in use. (Source: Sony.)

The supplied rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70) supports up to 3 hours of 2D recording per charge. Also included are a USB adaptor, lens cover, finder cap, large eye cups, a carrying case and neck strap. Sony’s DEV-5 digital recording binoculars will be available in Australia from November 2011 for RRP $1999. For more information, visit



Model name


Video format

2D HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compatible

3D HD: MPEG-4 MVC/H.264 AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compatible

Video resolution

3D HD: 1920×1080/50i [x2]

2D HD: 1920×1080/50p,25p,50i(FX,FH), 1440×1080/50i(HQ,LP)

Still Image Max. Effective

7.1 megapixels

Still Image Size (Photo Mode)

7.1 megapixels (4:3) (3072×2304)

5.3 megapixels (16:9) (3072×1728)

1.9 megapixels (4:3) (1600×1200)

307K pixels (4:3) (640×480)


Dual G Lens F1.8 – F3.4

Minimum focusing distance (approx.)

(Video Mode): 80cm(Wide), 7.5m(Tele)

(Still Image Mode): 1cm(Wide), 80cm(Tele), 25cm(Tele Macro)

Image sensor

2x 1/4 type (4.5mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor

Image stabilisation

Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilisation with Active mode

[wide(3D)/ wide to tele (2D)]


Diopter Adjustment: Yes (-3.5 – +3.5)

Apparent field of view: 35.6 °(16:9)

Interpupillary distance: 55- 75mm

Magnification (Movie Mode)

x0.9 – x10 (2D:Digital zoom is OFF) / x0.9 – x20 (2D:Digital zoom is ON) / x0.5 – x5.4(3D)

Magnification (Photo Mode)

x0.5 – x20 (16:9) / x0.3 – x15 (4:3)

Minimum Focus Distance

Movie Mode:

2D: Approx. 1cm (Wide) / Approx. 80cm (Tele)

3D: Approx. 80cm (Wide) / Approx. 7.5m (Tele)

Photo Mode:

Approx. 1cm (Wide) / Approx. 80cm (Tele) / Approx. 25cm (Tele


Magnification range

(2D) 0.9x – 20x

(3D) 5x

Audio recording format

Dolby? Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby? Digital Stereo Creator

Recording and Playback Times (32GB Memory Card)(2ch)

2D HD PS: Approx. 2h30m

2D HD FX: Approx. 3h00m

2D HD FH: Approx. 4h05m

2D HD HQ: Approx. 7h20m

2D HD LP: Approx. 12h50m

3D HD 3D: Approx. 2h30m


Yes (without map display)


(HD video) HDMI? output (mini)

(SD video) Composite / Component / S-video out

USB Type A, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed

Headphone (stereo minijack) / microphone (stereo minijack)

Compatible recording media

Memory Stick PRO Duo TM (Mark 2) / Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM


(no internal memory)

Weight (approx.)

Approx. 1.2 kg (body only)

Dimensions (approx.)

Approx. 219(W) x 155(H) x 88 mm(D) (Body only including protrusion)

Battery type

InfoLITHIUM with AccuPowerTM Meter System (V Series)

Power Consumption in recording

2D HD: 4.2W (FX)

3D HD: 4.8W

Power Requirements

6.8V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)

Recoding time

2D:Approx. 3h05m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)

Approx. 6h10m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)

3D:Approx. 2h40m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)

Approx. 5h20m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)

Playback time

2D:Approx. 4h50m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)

Approx. 9h40m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)

3D:Approx. 4h20m NP-FV70:(fully charged battery)

Approx. 8h35m NP-FV100:(fully charged battery)

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable Battery, Pack (NP-FV70), AC adaptor/Charger AC-L200C(D), Power Cord, Large Eyecup, Lens Cover, Finder Cap, Neck Strap, Carrying Case, A/V Connecting Cable, USB Cable, D-ROM (Video Camera Application Software), Operating Guide