updated 07:54 am EDT, Tue August 20, 2013
Ruggedized cameras take 16MP images, 3 hours of 1080p video
GPS producer Garmin is seemingly going after the action camera crown held by GoPro with its new VIRB camcorder range. The video cameras are able to record 1080p wide-angle video and 16-megapixel images, with its ruggedized design and IPX-7 waterproofing allowing it to take the usual knocks and splashes action cameras usually receive when used in extreme outdoor activities.
On the back of the VIRB is an always-on, low power, 1.4-inch Chroma display, while its on-board image stabilization and lens distortion correction will help keep the video quality high. Garmin claims that it can record up to three hours of video on a single charge, and is able to take photographs while video recording is taking place. While an "Elite" version provides built-in Wi-Fi, data sensors and a high-sensitivity GPS, both versions include ANT+ connectivity for remote control with other Garmin devices and fitness sensors. A micro HDMI output and a microSD card slot are also included, with a number of rugged mounts for attaching the VIRB to equipment also available to buy.
Garmin will be making the VIRB and VIRB Elite available in September, at a cost of $300 and $400 respectively.