Garmin has officially revealed a couple of new action cameras, called VIRB X and VIRB XE, which are ready to take on GoPro Hero cameras with an improved rugged construction that does not require an external casing for going underwater.
Back in August 2013, Garmin confirmed its intention to join the action camera market with the introduction of the VIRB and VIRB Elite models. Almost two years later, the company is back with a couple of more units, which are packed in a rugged construction that is also capable of recording videos at high resolution. Additionally, the manufacturer has announced that the brand new VIRB X and VIRB XE are offering more mounting solutions, allowing users to take the two cameras in any kind of extreme adventures.
Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras feature 12-megapixel sensors
VIRB X is the lower-end version of the latest generation of Garmin action cams. It features a 12-megapixel sensor and a wide-angle lens capable of capturing full HD videos at up to 30fps as well as 1280 x 720p videos at 60fps.
The camera also supports a slow-motion mode, while allowing users to zoom in. Furthermore, the VIRB X can capture 12-megapixel stills while recording videos.
On the other hand, the VIRB XE can shoot videos at 2560 x 1440 pixels and 30fps. Full HD videos are supported, too, at a frame rate of 60fps and with a slow-motion mode. Additionally, the camera comes with image stabilization support and zooming options.
Garmin’s higher-end action cam also captures 12MP stills while shooting movies. One of its advantages is the Pro Mode, which comes with extended manual controls. In Pro Mode, users can set the ISO, white balance, image sharpness, color profile, and exposure compensation.
Users can create animations using G-Metrix data
As far as the physical specs go, the Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE are very similar. Both models come with a rugged body which can withstand underwater depths down to 50 meters without the need of an external casing.
The cameras feature a built-in microphone for recording high-quality audio. Additionally, a 1-inch display is available along with a shutter button, and a microSD card slot. These action cams offer a rechargeable battery that provides a battery life of up to 2 hours.
VIRB X and VIRB XE feature integrated GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The shooters support G-Metrix, which overlays speed, g-force, acceleration and other details in order to create beautiful animated data. G-Metrix also allows users to review top speeds and g-force experienced during a flight or a fast lap on a track.
Garmin says that its mounting solutions have been revised and that they are more secure than before. The new mounting options should prevent the VIRB X and VIRB XE from slipping from the surface they are attached to, while decreasing vibration in order to make the videos appear smoother.
The new action cams feature built-in Bluetooth and WiFi. The former can be used for connecting microphones and headsets, while the latter can be used for connecting to a smartphone or tablet.
The VIRB X will be released during the summer season for $299.99, while the VIRB XE will become available around the same time for a price of $399.99.