Garmin continues to be aggressive with new-product rollouts, and this morning the company unveiled something we wouldn't have predicted: Innovative new action cameras, the VIRB ($299), and VIRB Elite ($399). "VIRB features a rugged and waterproof (IPX-7) housing, so there is no extra case necessary to withstand the elements. The unique 1.4-inch Chroma color display makes setup and playback a breeze and uses minimal power so VIRB can record up to three hours of true HD (1080p) video on one charge," states Garmin. "On-board video enhancement features such as digital image stabilization and lens distortion correction ensure that footage recorded with VIRB will look great, even before editing. VIRB can capture high quality still photos while the video camera is recording. VIRB Elite incorporates all these features, plus has built-in WiFi, data sensors and a high-sensitivity GPS. Both VIRB and VIRB Elite feature ANT+ connectivity for remote control functionality with other Garmin products, and for data transfer with other fitness sensors."
You read that correctly - remote control with other Garmin products. New software to be rolled out for Garmin devices such as the Edge 810 bike computer will include VIRB camera controls. Sweet!
"VIRB Elite incorporates high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer, altimeter and WiFi. WiFi capabilities allow users to connect to the free mobile applications for iPhone and Android," states Garmin. "VIRB Elite comes equipped with specific activity profiles so users can track location, speed, elevation, heart rate (monitor sold separately) and more while recording. This data can be reviewed right on the device, or can be embedded into their video during the editing process."
VIRB Elite also has a ski mode that automatically senses ski lift rides vs. descents, and records only the descents. There are more goodies in the Garmin VIRB grab bag, so watch for my full review here. VIRB and VIRB Elite will be going on sale in September, Garmin says. Image © Garmin