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Sony DEV-5 Digital Recording Binoculars

Precision glass isn’t cheap. Photographers and Apple Store architects have known that for years, as have those in the market for a quality pair of binoculars. In that context, Sony’s digital recording binoculars ($1400+) offer an interesting value proposition and represent an entirely new category of devices — at least for those whose business card doesn’t say assassin. Both models pair high-quality dual f/1.8-3.4 G lenses, and electronic viewfinders with two Exmor R CMOS sensors for capture 1080p HD and native 3D video, as well as 7.1 megapixel stills. The main advantage of the pricier DEV-5 model is its 20x zoom (compared to 10x on the DEV-3) and integrated GPS. Naturally being Sony, there’s also Memory Stick Pro Duo support, as well as stereo microphones and HDMI out port. Available this November, whether they’re cool or insanely creepy is entirely dependent on how you use them.

Buy Now: $1400+ (Available November)