Sony invents paparazzi wet dream -

Voyeurs everywhere, rejoice! Sony has announced what it claims is the first ever pair of binoculars which let you record in HD.

Broken your leg for the summer? No problem. Whip out the DEV-3 or DEV-5 binoculars and you too can emulate your favourite stars like L.B. Jeffries. Check up on those neighbours in a heatwave and make sure the otherwise innocuous Mr. Thorwald is taking care of his ill wife. Miss Lonelyheart's worth a peek too.

Sony would rather Bill Oddie than a reason for the Old Bill. Andy Bubala, who runs the camcorder business at Sony Electronics, said in a statement that the new devices will feel heaven-sent for birdwatchers to take their time focusing on Crested Tits and capturing them in HD for the record.

The company has kindly included what it calls a "stealth" design which means you're less likely to be spotted hanging out in the bushes.

The DEV-5 has a digital zoom at over 10x, with a total magnification range from 0.9x up to 20x digital. The DEV-3 can has a maximum magnification of 10x optical, though if you feel like it's worth it, you can also record in stereoscopic 3D at 5.4x optical.

There is an electronic auto focus available along with Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, the same sort of thing that will be found on the Hnadycam and Cybershot.

Re-living that fateful, terrifying hot summer is easy, as the DEV-3 and DEV-5 can be linked up to any HD TV with HDMI input for images. Sony claims the 3D works on any compatible TV, though of course it would prefer if it were a Bravia

You'll be able to pick up the DEV-3 for $1400 and the DEV-5 for $2000 from Sony's web store and other Sony partners this November.