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Sony DEV-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Sony DEV-5. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability. There are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder, and some have doubts about the memory and portability.

usability, design

price, zoom, image quality, portability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DEV-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Ng Chong Seng (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars


Going bird-watching this Saturday, and to a football match the following evening? A pair of binoculars is surely an indispensable tool for such occasions. What if you could record what you're seeing? Sony has the answer in the form of the DEV-5.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Barrie Smith (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars Review


My experience with binoculars has mainly revolved around visits to motor sports, surf carnivals and performances like musicals or opera.

So I can, without fear of contradiction, say that we can safely discount use of the DEV-5 in theatres and the like: for one thing you’d quickly get tired of sitting it on your lap or wrapping it around your neck — it weighs over a kilo and is nearly...

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (

Sony DEV-5 review


The Sony DEV-5 are digital binoculars that record 1080p video, 3D footage, and 7-megapixel stills.

Alas, these futuristic binos aren't cheap. Due to launch in November, the Sony DEV-5 will be priced at $2,000 (£1,250), while the DEV-3 will go for $1,400 (£850).

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars


Sony's DEV-5 is a pair of binoculars that lets you record in Full HD and 3D. We indulge in a spot of twitching to find out how good they are

Too pricey and impractical: take our advice and buy proper binoculars and a separate camera instead

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Vasastan (

Works well for my purposes!


I got these because I am an optics enthusiast and into 3D, but I find that they are excellent for watching and taking records of wildlife. They start up quickly and are easy to use. My main complaint would be that they can't really be used in low light...

Ease of use, picture quality

Bulky, no low-light capability

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: (

WOW-- great device


I have hesitated for months to acquire these because of the entry price. I was also concerned about these being rev 1, which means that I (and others who purchase the DEV-5’s) pays the refinement charge and have to purchase another unit when they get...

Perfect companion for a day in the wild

Need a 3D TV to view 3D output

Consumer review by: (

the only barrier is the price


see the pros

Exactly What I am looking for

High price

Consumer review by: yuko (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars


easy to use


Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: David (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars


Convenience of having binoculars, camcorder and digital camera in one unit

Expensive. Image quality especially still photos using digital zoom. Lack of zoom when reviewing images. Lack of accessories like strap for case, HDMI cable and memory card

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: peter (

Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars


Fantastic to use, my preferred camera, very easy to track wildlife and comfortable on the eyes, video quality is excellent (try and avoid max digital zoom), zoom very powerful (in binocular use), 3D movies are excellent but time is needed to master...

When in photo mode digital zoom at max is absolutely useless, it looks like someone has painted the picture, I had difficulty getting the 3D to work, manual was a bit confusing, you can have a 3D viewfinder but that does not mean the camera will record...

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:No / Optical Image Stabiliser


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D:3D READY / 3D Twin-Lens
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD