Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE Action Cameras

Garmin has announced their next generation of HD action cameras in the 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.

The Garmin VIRB X and XE cameras deliver enhanced video and audio modes with their new G-Metrix system. Using a multitude of built-in sensors and wireless options, G-Metrix captures action data like speed and G-force and turns it into animated data overlays, creating a richer viewer experience.

The VIRB XE camera shoots rich, wide-angle footage, and is designed to shoot professional HD footage at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilisation and different zoom levels. Additionally, the VIRB XE has a Pro Mode with more advanced manual camera adjustments such as white balance control, sharpness control, colour profile control, ISO limit and exposure bias.

The 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.

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Garmin has built both cameras to withstand the toughest environments. Both are waterproof to 50 metres and don’t require an external case, featuring a hydrophobic, flat glass lens, which means underwater shots are crystal clear while transitioning in and out of the water.

With the updated design, Garmin has boasted a new microphone for what they say is ‘extremely clear audio’, even underwater. The 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.

Both models sport a 1″ high-contrast display, single-touch controls, switch-based start/stop functionality for recording, a shutter button for taking still photographs, and support for microSD cards. Garmin say the internal battery offers up to 2 hours of run time on a charge when recording in 1080p.

Through the built-in Wi-Fi, users can now connect VIRB X and XE to the VIRB Mobile app on both smartphones and tablets. They both also possess Bluetooth capabilities to support microphones and headsets. With VIRB Mobile, users are able to live stream footage, add G-Metrix data to videos, and make edits as needed, as well as upload and share media files. In conjunction with the integrated GPS, the app also enables camera tracking.

It seems to us like Garmin have thought of pretty much everything. The VIRB X and the VIRB XE will be available this summer for £239.99 and £319.99 respectively.

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