Garmin VIRB, the new action camera from Garmin, is due out this week, according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.
The VIRB provides true 1080px HD pictures in an aerodynamic package with all sorts of harness options and even a remote control due out later this year. "One of the cool things about VIRB is that it senses when motion has ceased and shuts off so you don’t end up filming pictures of the ski lift line, not much action there," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company.
GARMIN VIRB ELITE
The Garmin VIRB Elite is scheduled to be released in late September and offers built-in GPS with Wifi for immediate footage transfer to Smartphone or PC for editing or viewing. "This is pretty darn handy because it allows you to share footage quickly and view it on a bigger screen," says Squire.
"The Garmin VIRB Elite will also offer built-in GPS with live onscreen maps and show data like heart rate on the footage, all things that GoPro can’t do," says Squire. He adds, "This is the new standard in top-shelf action cameras."
"VIRB Elite will pick up real-time data from Garmin Bluetooth Smart enabled fitness products like the Garmin fenix or Garmin Edge 510," says Squire.
The VIRB Elite will retail for $399.99 and the Garmin Virb retails for $299.99.
WHERE TO BUY
Both Garmin action cameras are now available for purchase at the Heart Rate Watch Company with the Garmin VIRB immediately deliverable and the Garmin VIRB Elite should be shipping in late September according to Squire.
Chest straps, head straps, helmet mounts, suction mounts and all the normal mounting hardware are available for both VIRB models.
"The added features of Garmin VIRB Elite over GoPro would have me shorting GoPro stock, if it was publicly traded, because they just got run over on best-in-class features," says Squire. He adds, "They’ll likely never have Garmin’s GPS technology and maps database and seeing live metrics on video like speed, distance, heart rate and more helps you better analyze performance."
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