Garmin VIRB XE action camera

Garmin VIRB action camera

Nowadays phones aren’t just phones and with the introduction of the new Garmin VIRB XE, it seems action cameras are no longer just action cameras.

As most of you may know, I swear by Garmin electronics and have a boat full of all their goodies.

And as I film a lot of fishing action on charter (a wet and wild environment) plus I love to slow down the footage of our big fish jumps, I was most interested to chat with Garmin at the Sydney Boat show earlier in the year about their new action camera, the VIRB XE.

It seems Garmin were not interested in making yet another HD camera.

This one is 50 m waterproof straight out of the box (no casing) and packed with data sensors that record things like speed, altitude, G-force, GPS and more.

It also connects wirelessly to compatible devices and sensors so you can capture even more data to overlay onto the video (see photos below), making it even easier to tell a compelling story.

Wirelessly connect to your Garmin devices and overlay the data on the video.

Wireless connect to your Garmin devices and overlay the data on the video.

Garmin VIRB camera avionics video data overlay

Capture data directly from your Garmin avionics equipment

Compatible sensors can record heart rate, hang time and pedaling cadence (if you're a BMX enthusiast), temperature, automotive engine RPM and fuel rate etc., all via a trademarked system called G-Metrix.

But more importantly, the Garmin VIRB XE can stream wirelessly to the large screen of your Garmin electronics - so you know what you're filming right there in real time! Bloody brilliant.

So you can turn it on and off and view the recording video right from your sounder screen!

Garmin were kind enough to send me a Garmin VIRB XE to trial and luckily it arrived right before the barra closure.

So I was able to put it through it's paces with some big barra jumps, as we inch toward our 2000th barra over a metre. Only a few more to go now.

But I digress...

In order to demonstrate the benefits of the camera, I made a quick video of my chat with Garmin at the boat show and also included some of the footage we took with the camera in it's first period of operation. The footage includes some underwater shots on a family day to Gould Island, fishing for fingermark and of course, some slow-mo barra action.

Here is what the standard unit comes with and you can see the variety of mounting options to get that perfect shot.

Garmin VIRB camera accessories

Garmin VIRB camera accessories

For those interested in capturing fishing footage, three main things for me stand out.

  1. 60fps in 1080 making for great slow motion action.
  2. 50m waterproof without the use of a case, therefore the audio is great and a welcome relief from the muffled rumblings usually produced by cameras enclosed in waterproof casings.
  3. Innumerable mounting options for every angle.

To learn more about these great cameras, check out the Garmin Australia website or this Garmin promotional video demonstrating many of the data overlay applications.

If you're interested in marine electronics, and you'd like to know what I run in my boat, you may be interested in these previous posts;

Garmin CHIRP technology

Transducer mounting tips to improve picture when running at speed.

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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