While even the most basic binocular upgrades which focus on image quality, like image stabilization and night-vision, have failed to make their way to the bridge of most ships, Sony has introduced a new technology which takes a different approach… digital video recording. While the cost may sound high, $1400 for the most basic model, each model includes SteadyShot, Sony’s name for image stabilization and 3D recording features. The binoculars can also take 7.1 megapixel still photos.
What could these glasses be used for? Well the Navy would certainly be interested in high definition photos of pirate vessels and incident investigators would love the additional information provided by these units. Most likely though, they will be used for fun.