Garmin is entering the action sports camera market with its new VIRB and VIRB Elite cameras offering features not seen on the current market leader – GoPro.
The Garmin VIRB features a waterproof housing, so there is no extra case necessary to withstand the elements. As well, it comes equipped with a 1.4-inch Chroma color display to make setup and playback simple. Other features include the ability to record up to three hours of 1080p video on one charge, digital image stabilization, lens distortion correction, 16-megapixel photos (even while video is recording), 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.
“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,” says 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.”
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