Garmin have unveiled the VIRB X and VIRB XE calling them the ‘next generation of HD action cameras.’ Both have been fully redesigned – looking more like GoPro – for extended mounting options, but underneath the shell they look fully stacked with new features.
The VIRB XE is designed to shoot professional HD footage at 1440p/30fps (a step up from former models) and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilisation and various zoom levels, whilst the VIRB X shoots at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow-mo and zoom options. Neither require external housing for underwater shooting (up to 50metres) and the flat glass front panel is designed to repel water droplets for better action in suboptimal weather conditions.
The range of telemetry looks impressive too with built-in sensors such as GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope being complimented by compatible external tech including the Garmin Fenix 3 watch and Vector power meter – all of which can be graphically overlaid onto footage. Both models have new continuous photo mode and photo burst rate has been increased to 10 frames-per-second for VIRB X and 30 frames-per-second for the VIRB XE.
Through the built-in Wi-Fi users can now connect VIRB X and XE to the VIRB Mobile app on both smartphones and tablets and Bluetooth adds further options for communication with external devices.
Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of worldwide sales comments: ‘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… 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 Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE will be available in summer 2015, with the VIRB X will having a suggested retail price of £239.99, and the VIRB XE selling at £319.99.