Garmin VIRB XE
When it comes to Garmin, it’s a natural reaction for us to automatically associate the brand with its widelypopular GPS navigational systems. But what many don’t realize about Garmin is that the company is also an advocate for the creation of a number of other products, such as fitness trackers and avionic equipments. Recently, the company released an action camera that’s designed for outdoor activities, such as extreme, aviation, sea, and automotive sports. What are we talking about? We’re talking about the Garmin VIRB XE.
The VIRB XE is actually one half of two action cameras released by Garmin, the other being the VIRB X. As you would’ve no doubt guessed, the VIRB XE just so happens to be the better half of the two. Long story short, the VIRB XE is able to record HD videos at a maximum resolution of 1,440p at 30 fps, while the VIRB X is capable of video recording at a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60 fps.
When it comes to design, we can’t help but point out that the VIRB XE isn’t as sleek, especially when you compare it to GoPro’s recent HERO4 Session action camera. Compared to that, the VIRB XE’s black, rugged, rhombus design seems to be deliberate, almost as though it was surgically designed to be that way.
As for functionality: the VIRB XE is operated with a simple lever, which is located on its right side. Flipped towards the direction of your forehead (we had it attached to a head strap), and the device is on standby. Flipped away and to the front, and the camera will then begin its recording. To snap a picture, you only need to press the button affixed to the lever.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the VIRB XE is something known as the G-Metrix system. It’s effectively a customizable feature that allows you to add in different gauges via the use of the accompanying mobile and desktop software. During testing, we left the feature on its default settings, which displayed a G-Force meter that could accurately tell you the amount of force that was exerted in any chosen direction.
Video quality on the VIRB XE is pretty much on par with the competition. Both video and image quality are absolutely stunning, but even more impressive is how it could accurately pick up the surrounding sound in crystal clarity and with little to no distortion.
You can set the VIRB XE to display different gauges. Seen here is a G-Force gauge.