Garmin VIRB, a new action camera to compete with GoPro

Garmin VIRB action camera

Already well present in the outdoor accessory market, Garmin wants its share of the profitable action camera segment with the new VIRB camera.

The VIRB, similar to its direct competition from GoPro, grabs videos in full HD during extreme moments like mountain biking, base jumping and skiing. The rugged construction, IPX-7 certified, means it will stand some abuse and can also be submerged in 3 feetĀ  / 1 meter of water for 30min, and live to tell the tale.

Garmin’s VIRB films at full HD, 1080p, for up to 3 hours thanks to its 2000mAh battery. It can simultaneously take 16-megapixels shots, without having to stop the recording and with built-in image stabilisation, should help compensate vibrations to get sharper results. The 1.4 inch colour screen top will come handy to have a glance at your latest backflip. The VIRB will also come in an Elite version packing GPS tracking and Wi-Fi capabilities. Both models will also have ANT+ connectivity to connect to other accessories like stand-alone GPS units.

Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite will be released in September for $299 and $399 respectively. More about it on Garmin’s website.

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