Garmin Presents Tougher Action Cameras

April 14, 2015 | Marco Attard | Digital Photo - Cameras - FramesPDF Print E-mail

Garmin launches a next generation of action cameras-- the VIRB X and VIRB XE, a pair of HD cameras featuring a more rugged form factor complete with waterproofing for underwater shooting without need for an external case.

VIRB XThe cameras include a "G-Metrix" feature to overlay sensor-collected data over shot footage (such as acceleration and top speeds on the racetrack), hydrophobic flat glass lenses for clear underwater photography and improved mounting via non-slip allen head tightening system.

Connectivity comes via Bluetooth and wifi. A VIRB Mobile app allows users to livestream video, control multiple cameras and keep track of cameras, while Bluetooth handles connection with headsets or microphones. Garmin also offers VIRB Edit, a free desktop editing app.

Garmin claims the removable rechargeable battery powers up to 2 hours of use. MicroSD cards handle storage.

The difference between the two models boils down to video quality-- the VIRB X shoots at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps, while the XE shoots at either 1440p/30fps or 1080p/60fps. The XE also includes more detailed manual camera controls for white balance, sharpness, colour profile, ISO limits and exposure bias.

The Garmin VIRB X and XE are available from summer 2015.

Go Introducing VIRB X and VIRB XE

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