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Sony DEV-5 Digital Binoculars

Sony DEV-5 Digital Binoculars
alaScore 82

14 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the reliability and design are overall positive. The value for money and usability also get good views.

usability, value for money, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Binoculars the Sony DEV-5 Digital Binoculars is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 14 reviews)

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Sony DEV-50V Digital Recording Binoculars Preview


30% smaller than their predecessor, Sony has announced the DEV-50V Digital Recording Binoculars. In addition to simple world observation, these digital binocs also capture up to 20.4-megapixel still images as well as HD video in either three or two...

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Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars review


Great viewfinder, good video quality, but the zoom range is too low to replace high-end binoculars

The Sony DEV-5 is a niche product and its price makes that niche even smaller, but the binocular casing makes the shooting of animals and sports events feel more natural. The durable and water resistant casing of the DEV-5 also makes it appropriate for...

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This device looks like binoculars and works like binoculars – more or less – and can also record movies and stills. A pair of sensors captures the image in 2D/3D in 1080 movie mode or 2D only in still mode. Unlike straight-through optical binoculars...

Video quality is good when all the circumstances are right, which means when the subject is low contrast. The best clips we shot in 3D and displayed on a 3D television are very good indeed. 2D is also decent quality. Tracking focus is good ; DISLIKE:...

There are a number of problems. First, navigating the menu through the eye-pieces is difficult. Then there are no external controls for such things as exposure compensation, although that can be done in the menu. Most of the time we had to hold the...

The recording binoculars can be ruled out for stills photography, so what we have is an interesting video camera. However, even braced against the face it is hard to control unwanted camera movement. A tripod or monopod would be necessary for serious...


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Sony DEV-5


The Sony DEV-5 binoculars don't come cheap, at a staggering £1,267.90. But they sadly don't quite live up to their pricetag: the incredible-on-paper video feature doesn't quite make up for the extra price, unless you're a wildlife documentary...

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Sony Dev5 Digital Recording Binoculars Review


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Product Specifications


Diopter Adjustment: No
Image Stabiliser: Yes

General Features

Zoom: Yes