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Garmin launches new action cameras for extreme video recording

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 30 April 2015

Navigation specialist Garmin has added two new, more powerful models to its VIRB line of action cameras.

 

Garmin’s new VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras are smaller, lighter, waterproof up to 50 meters, and capable of up to 2 hours of recording time. The VIRB XE is the top of the line model with higher recording resolutions and framerates.

 

The VIRB XE is designed to capture 1080p resolution videos at 60fps. It can also do 1440p at 30fps. For serious users, the VIRB XE also comes with a ‘Pro-Mode’ that allows the user to tweak various setting such as ISO, white balance, exposure value, sharpness, and color profile. Meanwhile, the X offers 720p capturing at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps.

 

In an already crowded action camera market, what really set both the Garmin VIRB X and XE apart from the rest are their powerful array of sensors. The sensors are designed to enrich videos with data that extreme athletes care about, such as speed and g-force. Garmin calls the feature the G-Metrix.

 

The G-Metrix is a powerful combination of accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, Wi-Fi, and ANT+ capabilities. The Ant+ feature allows the camera to connect to other devices such as the heartrate monitor on a smartwatch to add further depth to an already intense moment.

 

Together, the G-Metrix system enables the VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras to capture compelling moments with frame by frame data on the speed, g-force, height, and even the heartrate that the athlete is experiencing in the video.

 

Chi-Wei Chang (jojochang@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Garmin
Photo Credit: Garmin

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