What no HUD demo?
Please please I hoped to see a HUD demo or at least a photo of how it looks? Does it have distance measurement as well?
Now you too can hunt missing droids in the Jundland Wastes thanks to Sony - and its new "world's first" digital binoculars. Sony DEV-5 digital binoculars And you don't just get too watch riderless banthas - you can video them in 1080p HD too, geotagging the location so you can avoid getting bashed with a Gaffi stick next …
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I am willing to lug around a DSLR for exactly the same reason - you have a proper visor and you see what you shoot.
This is the first 3D camcorder which gives you this option and probably there is no way to create a smaller one. Similarly, it is smaller than most 2D cameras which give you a similar "proper visor" option. I know quite a few people who will gladly augment their DSLR or camera with this.
The mind boggles at your implication that if the batteries in the binoculars did not run out, you would not be in the dark and would not be bitten by insects. What are you planning to do, look through the binoculars and see the mozzies coming? I can just picture it lol "AAARGH THERE'S A GIANT MOSQUITO COMING STRAIGHT FOR ME RUN AWAY RUN AWAY!"
Uh no, not powerful enough. The bits I've read confuse zoom ratio with magnification a bit, but I think they top out at 10x magnification before you have to use digital zoom. My little Bushnell folding binoculars are 12x magnification (no zoom) and fit in your back pocket.
What yer Peeping Tom wants is my big Sunagors, that zoom from 20x to 60x magnification. They are the babies now, the later ones go to 120x. They are about the same size as the Sonys, but probably weigh more.
The DEV-5s are a bit overpriced, aren't they? Optically both models are the same (10x zoom), the DEV-5 gets a digital zoom, a GPS chip, and bits of cases and covers that ought to be standard on both.
This proves that Sony is harnessing the power of time travel to design their products. Too bad they stole a prototype from 10 years ago. Next time they should try traveling forwards a bit so they have a product with proper stereo imaging, a microphone that aims forwards, magnification better than squinting, and something higher tech than an MPEG encoder. Where's the night vision? What about the pulsed laser trick that the military uses to find people looking back at you? How about compensating for atmospheric distortion?
I had a set of digital binoculars about 10 years ago, the pictures it took were shite. Obviously this product will have a better camera installed, but what about weight? Looks like a novelty toy and I don't see why anyone except a Star Wars fanatic would choose these over a decent digital camera or even a cell phone like an Andriod - which can also record HD video and output to HDMI.
Besides you'll look like a weirdo stalker if you used them in public.