Iterating on their first foray into the action camera market with the VIRB, Garmin has revealed the next version of it action camera. New form factor and much more.
It is essentially two new models Garmin is introducing. The VIRB X the VIRB XE are based on the same GoPro-like rectangular form factor. Both new VIRB are bigger, 77.0 x 40.6 x 36.8 mm, than the GoPro Hero 4: 59 x 41 x 30 mm(WxHxD) but weight exactly the same at 150g.
Garmin’s cameras have built-in housing for immersions and can go down to 50m (40m for a GoPro). The X model can do 1080p and 960p videos at a maximum of 30fps and 720p at 60fps. The higher-end XE does 1080p at 60fps and 960p at 100. There is no 4K support.
What really set the VIRB X and VIRB XE apart from the GoPro is the host of sensors they pack. The built-in GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope can collect all sorts of data which can then be layered on top of the video. Compatibility with Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi allow the camera to receive data from remote sensors as well. If the promo video is anything to go by, it should create some pretty cool videos.
Both Garmin action cameras should be available soon for $299 and $399.