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Garmin VIRB-XE Review

by on August 24, 2015
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Garmin VIRB-XE


Built In G-Metrix Sensor (elevation, gps, gforce, rotatiom, +more)
External Sensors ANT+ (Both Garmin and 3rd party)
Bluetooth, Wifi, ANT+, Scan for Garmin stuff
Connect and syncs with other cameras at sub frame level over wifi

Software Virb Edit
Customizable Layouts

Build Well
LCD Screen Crisp
Good UI layout
Tactile Flip Buttons
Waterproof 50m out of the box
Good Mounting issues

Video Quality
Lots of Smart Options
Field of View
Lens Correction

Photo Quality
Amazing 12mp Photo Quality


Defog rabs is a must

Quality takes a sharp hits at 1440p and 60fps
Low Light has some color issues

Battery Life
Charging turns on the camera and doesn't shut it off
Propritary Charging Cable

Photo Quality
Missing Manual Shutter Speed

Software Virb Edit
Little clunky (developer working on it)


My final take on the Garmin VIRB-XE.

The VIRB XE action camera shoots rich, high-definition, wide-angle footage at 1080p60, 12 megapixel photos at up to 30 frames per second, and captures more of your action. Designed for the toughest environments, VIRB XE is able to dive to 50 meter depths without a case, allowing capture of cleaner and clearer audio. Powered by Garmin GPS, G-Metrix allows you to track and overlay how fast, how far, how high and how intense the moment truly was.

Professional video: 1440p30, 1080p60, 960p100, 720p120 and 480p240 with image stabilization and zoom levels

G-Metrix: Built-in Garmin GPS and sensors track your movements in real-time and display it all in powerful gauges, graphs and more
Photo: 12 megapixels; burst up to 30 frames per second; time lapse

Audio: Exposed microphone for extremely clear audio even underwater; wireless HD audio from Bluetooth®-enabled headsets or microphones

Waterproof to 50 meters without a dive case

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Firmware Version installed during the creation of this video:

“info version”:”1.00,
“camera type”:”camera a”,

“info version”:”1.00″,
“camera type”:”camera b”,

June 2015

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Bottom Line

Virb Edit In Combo with the Sensors is what sets this camera apart!

Fun Camera with Great level of Quality
Opens a lot of possibilities

Priced well but still on the higher end

Biggest disappointment is the Poor 1440 Qulaity.
Weight + Extra Batteries. Head Mount Heavy.

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