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Smaller, lighter, rain- and dust-resistant new digital recording binoculars from Sony

Press release   •   Apr 24, 2013 06:00 CEST

Carry less and capture more on your next outdoor expedition. The new DEV-50V digital recording binoculars from Sony give a sensational close-up view of birds and animals in the wild, plus sports and travel scenes. While you’ve viewing, it’s easy to capture that colourful bird, timid otter or distant mountain peak with crisp, steady photos and stunning HD video footage at the touch of a button.

Now 30% lighter than their predecessors, the splash1- and dust2-resistant binoculars are a faithful travel partner… whether you’re heading for rain-soaked fells or sandy beaches.

A busy day in the field normally means packing your spotting scope, binoculars and digital camera with bulky telephoto lens. But with the DEV-50V you can observe wildlife in close-up, grab impressive photos and shoot smooth, steady video… all without carrying extra gear.

Sweep your surroundings at low power to locate your subject then zoom in smoothly to pinpoint that distant bird or animal. A stunning new XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder delivers improved resolution4 and contrast for noticeably clearer images. Even when you’re zoomed right in, the Optical SteadyShot with Active mode3 image stabilisation keeps things stable and blur-free to assist with easy identification of your new find.

Unlike ordinary binoculars, there’s no need to keep focusing manually as your scene changes. Speedy, precise autofocus makes sure everything stays pin-sharp – even while zooming or when your subject’s moving rapidly.

It’s often a struggle to see and focus clearly in dim lighting with ordinary binoculars. Electronic viewfinder brightness on the DEV- 50V is boosted by the newly developed Hyper gain function in low light, helping you see that shy owl more clearly as dusk falls. Hyper gain works by electronically increasing brightness in the viewfinder so the subject can be quickly located and framed in dim lighting conditions.

There’s nothing worse than making a fantastic discovery – then fumbling for your camera, only to find that the moment’s gone. With the DEV-50V it’s easy to capture the moment for posterity. Press the shutter button and grab crisp, detail-packed 20.4 megapixel still photos. Or touch the comfortably-placed record button and immediately start shooting vibrant video footage in Full HD. And since there are two completely separate lenses image sensors and image processors, you can shoot in exciting 3D, too: great for watching on your 3D television.

When you’re back home, hook up the binoculars to your TV and enjoy the day’s recorded highlights in sparkling HD. Alternatively, slip the memory card into your PC or photo frame and relive the memories.

The new DEV-50V digital recording binoculars by Sony will be available in Europe from June 2013.

Environmental Information

Sony recognizes the importance of preserving the natural environment that sustains all life on the earth for future generations. Sony strives to achieve a zero environmental footprint throughout the lifecycle of our products and business activities (“Road to Zero”).

This model contains 99% recycled post-consumer material “SoRPlas” in the housing and internal components, helping contribute to Sony’s mid-term 2015 Environmental Plan of achieving 5% reduction of virgin plastics (vs. 2008 levels). Sony will continue to expand the use of SoRPlas into more products.

Digital recording binoculars contribute to conservation of biodiversity by raising awareness on natural habitat of birds and animal species.

1 Equivalent to JIS/IEC level 5 protection (IPX5) according to in-house tests.

2 Equivalent to JIS/IEC level 4 protection (IPX4) according to in-house tests.

3 Optical Steady shot with Active Mode is twice as effective as ordinary Optical Steady shot

4 Compared to the Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5

Key specifications

Model name


Video recording 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

2D HD: 1920x1080/60p, 50p (PS), 1920x1080/60i, 50i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i, 50i (HQ, LP)

3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i, 50i

Still image max. effective resolution

20.4 megapixels


Dual Sony G Lens

Image sensor

Dual 1/3.91” Exmor R™ CMOS sensor

Image stabilisation

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation with Active mode

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

viewfinder type

XGA OLED Tru-Finder


Diopter adjustment: Yes (-3.5 - +3.5)

Apparent field of view: 36.9°(16:9)

Interpupillary distance: 55– 75mm

Magnification range

0.8-12x (2D:Digital zoom is OFF) / 0.8-25x (2D:Digital zoom is ON) / 0.5-6x (3D)


Yes (without map display)


HDMI output, Multi/Micro USB Terminal



Compatible recording media

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

SD/SDHC/SDXC (Class 4 or Higher)

(no internal memory)

Weather resistance

Moisture resistance equivalent to JIS/IEC level 5 protection (IPX5) according to in-house tests

Dust resistance equivalent to JIS/IEC level 4 protection (IPX4) according to in-house tests

Recording and Playback

Times ( 32 GB 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: Approx. 2h30m

Weight (approx.)

765g (main unit only)

Dimensions (approx.)

148.5 x 72.5 x 157.5 mm

Supplied accessories

Large eye cup, lens cap, power cord, carrying case, HDMI (micro) cable, micro USB cable, finder cap, neck strap, operating manual, NP-FV70 battery, AC adaptor