Question: why, in all of the digital age, are we just now thinking about digital recording binoculars as a possibility? Sony beat everyone to the punch with one of the most plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face creations of the last 50 years. The Sony DEV-5 is capable of a 20x zoom while maintaining high quality in the image. And while you’re spying on your client’s philandering husband from across town, you’ll also be recording the entire show for later viewing.
Yes, we’re aware that these bad boys can tear down privacy even more so than the lack we are already experiencing, but damn, they’re cool. Of course, we’ll need about two grand if we hope to become one of the lucky owners, but this is electronics: prices fall all the time. And if you need to get closer to the action, make sure you pick up the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter while you’re at it.