Garmin VIRB Action Camera gives GoPro a worthy rival

Garmin VIRB Action Camera gives GoPro a worthy rival
August 21 23:09 2013 Print This Article

Garmin VIRB action camera

GoPro may be the leader in the “action sports camera” category, Garmin is determined to change that its very own action camera. It may sound unusual for a company known for its GPS navigation to come up with the Garmin VIRB action camera, but they did.

Just like the GoPro cameras, the Garmin VIRB can record 1080p video for as much as three hours on a single battery charge. It has, however, something else only one variety of GoPro can offer: rugged design.

Similar to GoPro Hero3, Garmin’s new action camera is designed to endure accidental drops, extreme temperatures, getting submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes. Because of its design, the Garmin VIRB can be mistaken for a small camcorder.

Garmin VIRB action camera

This action camera also sports ANT+, Garmin’s propriety wireless technology that allows Garmin hardware to communicate with each other while consuming less energy. This means that you can control your Garmin camera using the Fenix wristwatch or any other product under the brand.

The Garmin VIRB can also be controlled remotely, but that would have to wait until 2014. It sports a large Record switch that lets you easily check if the camera is on Record mode, microSD card slot, a microHDMI port, and a small screen that uses ambient light to illuminate what is on display.

On the software side, Garmin has said the VIRB can correct excessive shakiness and fish-eye effects in its
video clips.

Available beginning September, the Garmin VIRB action camera starts at $300 for the basic model, while the VIRB Elite costs $400. The Elite model includes WiFi connectivity and links to your smartphone through Garmin’s iPhone or Android app.

Source: Mashable

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