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Garmin releases next generation of its VIRB action cameras

Published April 13, 2015

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Garmin released details of the next generation of its Virb action cameras on Monday. The two new camera models will be available this summer.

The new VIRB X and VIRB XE models have a new form factor allowing more mounting options. They have a one-inch display, are waterproof to 50 meters and don't require a case for underwater shooting. In addition to enhanced video and audio modes, both cameras feature a plethora of built-in sensors, including a GPS, an accelerometer and a gyroscope. The cameras can access even more external sensors wirelessly and integrate the sensor data in their videos. The cameras offer ANT+, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless options.

As an example of the use of the external sensors, cyclists can overlay power data from their Garmin Vector power meter, or show other data including G-loading during flight, the vertical feet covered while downhill skiing (with a connection to a Garmin Fenix 3 watch) and more. The data is integrated with videos via Garmin's new G-Metrix system.

"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's 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."

The VIRB XE shoots at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilization and different zoom levels.

The VIRB X shoots at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow-mo and zoom options. 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.

Both models have improved secure mounts with a non-slip Allen-head tightening system for impact and vibration resistance.

Through the built-in Wi-Fi, users can now connect VIRB X and XE to the VIRB Mobile app on smartphones and tablets. With the app users can get a live stream of video to set up shots and see what's being recorded, control and view multiple cameras, or even quickly edit and overlay G-Metrix data. The app also records the last known GPS position of the camera for easy recovery.

The VIRB X will have a suggested retail price of $299.99, and VIRB XE will have a suggested retail price of $399.99.

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