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Garmin launches into action camera market with VIRB

by GPS4US 2013-08-20 12:45

Garmin’s first line of action cameras is bound to turn heads. That’s because the mountable VIRB and VIRB Elite are designed to capture all the action of your next adventure.

Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, kayaking or surfing, climbing rocks or roads, the VIRB and VIRB Elite can capture your every move.

Action cameras are designed to be worn on your body or mounted on your equipment to record all of your movements as you see them. Think extreme snowboarding videos with helmet-mounted cameras. The company on Tuesday announced the two waterproof cameras, which capture up to three hours of video in 1080p HD. Both will be available in September.

“Action cameras are growing rapidly in popularity, and VIRB has some game-changing key features — like a color display, extended battery life, optional GPS and compatibility with existing Garmin products — that set it apart from other cameras on the market,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Our customers already embrace an active lifestyle, whether they’re hikers, mountain bikers, skiers, trail runners, boaters, or pilots, so a Garmin action camera is a compelling option to them. With GPS and enhanced wireless capabilities in VIRB Elite, users can capture not only what they were doing, but also where they were and how they did it—and then share it with their friends and family.”

Both the VIRB and VIRB Elite are ANT+ compatible for remote control capabilities and easy file sharing.

The VIRB also aids amateur cinematographers in creating quality video. It includes digital image stabilization to correct shakiness, and the lens distortion correction feature “gives users the option to automatically remove the fish-eye look that is common with action cameras,” Garmin said in a statement.

Plus, the VIRB takes 16-megapixel photographs with photo burst and time lapse options. It also comes with a micro HDMI output for video playback, and a microSD card slot that can hold up to a 64 gigabye card, or up to seven hours of 1080p video.

The VIRB Elite adds on a high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer, WiFi and altimeter. With WiFi, users can connect to mobile apps for the iPhone and Android. The VIRB elite also lets you track location, speed, elevation and – with an additional monitor – heart rate.

The VIRB works remotely with several other Garmin products, including the Edge 810, the Garmin fenix, Garmin quatix and Oregon 600 series.

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