Garmin Announces the VIRB X and VIRB XE Action Cameras

by Brian Mullin on April 13, 2015

 

Introducing VIRB X and VIRB XE, the Next Generation Action Cam from Garmin

OLATHE, Kan. /April 13, 2015/Business
Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN),
today announced 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
f?nix(R) 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.”

Grams thoughts => The competition has been slowing hammering away at the Garmin VIRB camera and with this new series of cameras they have stepped up to the plate to hit a grand slam. The new form factor helps the VIRB X and VIRB XE match up with the GoPro HERO series of cameras, allowing the very utilitarian close to the body chest mounting set up. I always liked the data inputs you could layer into the VIRB cameras from ANT+ devices, such as HR and other bike riding statistics, and it now has internal sensors like high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope, etc.  Being able to add this plethora of additional data and sensor information into videos will make the VIRB X and VIREB XE standouts. The have improved the sound quality and most importantly the video resolution, and the upscale VIRB XE now includes HD footage at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo and image stabilization. They can connect wirelessly using Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi, to smartphones, sensors and multiple devices. Available this summer, the VIRB X will have a suggested retail price of $299.99, and VIRB XE will be $399.99.

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, f?nix 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.

About Garmin
Garmin
International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN).
Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal
subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United
Kingdom.  Garmin, f?nix and VIRB are registered trademarks and VIRB
Edit, G-Metrix HRM-Run, Vector and ANT+are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or
its subsidiaries.

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