Garmin gave its range of VIRB action cameras a face-lift this morning, after announcing plans to launch their new X and XE models.
The new VIRB’s can now collect data from a variety of sensors to create graphical overlays to show just how awesome your cycling excursion really was.
Both cameras are waterproof given their protective case, and feature a 1-inch screen for quickly configuring settings, and hold up to two hours of battery life while shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second.
However, perhaps the most interesting feature the two models share, is the G-Metrix system, which takes data from GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compatible wireless sensors to create graphical overlays on top of your videos, which can show cyclists the final altitudes for their climbs or how hard they were pushing on the ride.
The $399 VIRB XE is the superior model of the two, bringing 1440p at 30 fps and the ability to capture 12 megapixels stills in bursts. The $299 X is a bit of a step down, which captures 720p at 30 fps or 720p footage at a smooth 60.
Both cameras are scheduled for release sometime this summer, and if you buy more than one, each camera can wirelessly communicate with the others to create perfectly-matched timestamps for later editing.
Introducing VIRB X and VIRB XE, the Next Generation Action Cam from Garmin
Today we’re excited to announce the next generation of HD action cameras, VIRB X and VIRB XE. Compact and capable of shooting rich, high-definition, wide-angle footage, VIRB X and XE boast an all-new form factor allowing for more mounting options. Waterproof to 50 meters, the updated camera design is even more rugged, and doesn’t require an external case for underwater shooting. In addition to enhanced video and audio modes, VIRB X and XE boast a plethora of built-in sensors and wireless functionality options, which can be utilized through the new G-Metrix™ feature for a wide array of data overlays and a richer viewing experience. VIRB X and XE not only provide the best user experience, but the best viewer experience as well, no matter the activity. Whether users want to analyze their power output by overlaying Vector™ data, show off high G-loading during an aerobatic flight, re-live the runs made and vertical feet covered during a powder day with the help of fēnix® 3, or see the acceleration and highlight top speed on the racetrack, VIRB X and XE are the ultimate action cams.
“With the updated design, enhanced recording options, built-in sensors and the introduction of G-Metrix, VIRB X and XE represent a bold step forward in the evolution of action cameras for consumers and professionals alike,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “We are extremely excited to bring these cameras to market, and see not only the content that users share, but also how far, how fast, and how crazy their adventures really are.”
Designed for Action
Shooting rich, wide-angle footage, VIRB XE is designed to shoot professional HD footage at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilization and different zoom levels. VIRB X shoots crisp HD footage at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow-mo and zoom options. With the still image sensor, both versions can capture sharp still photos and photo bursts with up to 12MP image quality. Additionally, VIRB XE has a Pro Mode with more advanced manual camera adjustments such as white balance control, sharpness control, color profile control, ISO limit and exposure bias.
Meant to withstand the toughest environments, both VIRB XE and VIRB X are waterproof to 50 meters and don’t require an external case. Featuring a hydrophobic, flat glass lens, underwater shots are crystal clear while transitions in and out of the water are unobstructed by droplets. With the updated design, VIRB X and XE boast a new microphone for extremely clear audio, even underwater, and Bluetooth Audio connectivity for Bluetooth-enabled headsets or microphones. VIRB X and XE also have improved, more professional and secure mounts with a non-slip allen head tightening system, allowing maximum torque for impact and vibration resistance.
VIRB X and XE are equipped with a variety of built-in sensors, and the ability to connect wirelessly to even more through Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi, so users are recording more than just video. With G-Metrix, VIRB X and XE utilize internal sensors like the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, and compatible devices and accessories like an HRM-Run, fēnix 3 multisport watch or Vector power meter to track movements in real time and capture more performance data. Additionally VIRB X and XE are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled OBD tools to capture true vehicle data like speed, RPM and throttle position.
Through the built-in Wi-Fi, users can now connect VIRB X and XE to the VIRB Mobile app on both smartphones and tablets. With VIRB Mobile, users can get a live stream of video to setup shots and see what’s being recorded, control and view multiple cameras, or even quickly edit and overlay G-Metrix data, making it easier than ever to upload and share video content. Additionally, when connected to the mobile app, users will never lose their camera with the VIRB tracking feature, which records the last known GPS position of the camera for easy recovery.
Compact and Easy to Use
With the updated form factor, VIRB X and XE take the guesswork out of using action cameras and capturing great video. A high-contrast 1” display allows for fast and straightforward camera configuration, and with one-touch controls, users can easily wake the device and start and stop recording with a simple switch. There is also a dedicated photo button to take stills at any time, even while the camera is recording.
Using removable and rechargeable batteries, VIRB X and XE can get up to 2 hours of battery life at 1080p and store video and data on microSD cards. The cameras also feature weatherproof contacts for rugged charging and powering on the go.
Editing Made Simple
VIRB Edit™, Garmin’s free desktop editing software, can automatically generate great, ready-to-share videos with the G-Metrix data collected by VIRB. Or, users can choose manual controls to review and edit footage, adjust the G-Metrix data gauges and add music. Using the GPS timestamp, VIRB Edit can also automatically sync footage from multiple cameras for seamless angle switching in multi-camera compilation edits. Users will even be able to create custom performance gauges and graphs for a more unique video. The VIRB Mobile app can also be used for quick edits, or while on the go, on both smartphones and tablets. With the app, users can quickly cut footage, overlay MotionMetrix gauges and add music, which makes uploading and sharing content faster and more painless.
VIRB X and XE will be available for purchase in summer 2015. VIRB X will have a suggested retail price of $299.99, and VIRB XE will have a suggested retail price of $399.99.
VIRB X and XE are the latest solutions from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, dog training, or capturing it all on VIRB action cameras, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to http://www.garmin.com/outdoors, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.
For over 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.
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