NEW: Sony’s Digital Recording Binoculars with HD video capture

by Kathleen 04/23/2013

Lighter. Smaller. Better.

Get excited, folks.  The second generation of binoculars from Sony, the DEV-50V, is here, delivering an improved experience for nature lovers, sports spectators, or anyone who just wants a killer view of their surroundings.

In addition to autofocus, image stabilization and flexible zoom capability, the DEV-50V can record full AVCHD™ 2.0 video with stereo sound or snap 20.4 megapixel still photos, even after sundown with enhanced low-light capability.

SGNL by Sony and Kenta from Sony’s Digital Imaging team give you the rundown of the new features. Check it out:

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  1. CLAVERIE wrote: May 5, 2013 6:25am


    Is it possible to buy this binoculars in Europe ? Do you know the avalability in France ?
    Thak you for your answer

  2. lawal sani kona wrote: May 18, 2013 1:41pm

    i have been following this gadget for a while,as an environmental journalist i want to know on what does it record memory cards internally built memory,tape,or disc? does it mount on tripod and other pedestals? does it have a view finder in case i mount it on a tripod?

  3. Abdulelah Labban wrote: May 21, 2013 4:44am

    Does the DV50 3d camera binocular, play back
    its footage on its own binocular viewfinder.

    1. Kathleen wrote: June 4, 2013 12:27pm

      Hi Abdulelah, thanks for your question! Yes, it does!

  4. Albert wrote: July 8, 2013 9:03pm

    I’ve been wanting 1 of this for ages. Finally, this new version is looking great!
    Does it have a tripod mounting hole on the bottom? Is there any where that I can download a user’s manual from? How long will the battery last? Can I record 30mins of video continuously? Will it get too hot if I do that? Thank You! Great Job btw.

    1. Kathleen wrote: July 11, 2013 1:27pm

      Hi Albert, thanks for your questions. DEV-50V does indeed have an industry standard tripod socket in the base. Instruction Manuals, specs and warranty card can be downloaded for most any Sony product from the Service organization’s Esupport website ( by entering the model name and accessing the model’s home page. The link for DEV-50V is

      Battery life spec can be found in the instruction manual, but it depends on the battery in use – NP-FV70 (supplied) or NP-FV100 (optional extended life).

      As for continuous video recording time, we do not have a spec. However, DEV-50V uses the same devices as camcorders, which are not typically limited by record time, so we have to think that there is no such 30 min limitation.

  5. Allen Rohner wrote: September 14, 2013 9:00am

    I’ve waited for the second generation DEV binocular from Sony, because the first gen didn’t have a glasses adjustment feature that is available on most high end binoculars. On my Leica binoculars, that are twenty years old, all I have to do is push in the eye cups and I’m ready to view with glasses on. Pull the cups out and other’s can view. No additional focusing needed. Did Sony catch-up with this basic feature?

    1. Kathleen wrote: September 23, 2013 11:31am

      Hi Allen, thanks for your comment. Eye-cups on DEV (first and second generation) are collapsible, allowing easy viewing with glasses, as if the eye-cups weren’t there – the eye-cups fold completely out of the way. Diopter adjustment is provided independently for each eye, in both 1st and 2nd generation.


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