Turn Your Shaky Videos into a Stabilized 4K Piece of Art
Garmin announced the release of the first 360-degree high-resolution camera, the VIRB 360. Since GPS technology has reduced interest within the smart electronics market, Garmin has finally stepped into the action camera arena. In the VIRB are two 12-megapixel cameras which capture highly pixilated images and videos with a maximum resolution of 5640×2816. Built-in sensors provide G-Metrix™ data overlays in 360-degree augmented reality. The accompanying VIRB® App Mobile app and the VIRB® desktop software lets you edit, stabilize, live stream, and add data overlays to your videos.
The VIRB 360 is the first of its kind – in that – it records high-resolution spherical videos and images, as well as 3D audio. The combination of both sets an immersing environment for all your projects. Impressive battery power allows for continuous recording for more than an hour without overheating. Users can achieve their stabilization choices with a few clicks. The 4K spherical stabilization technology ensures a vibration free recording session. Three modes of stabilization filter quick movements and shake without overriding the focus. Lock mode lets you secure the orientation of the camera in a specified direction. Follow mode uses the inbuilt GPS trajectory and focuses the orientation accordingly.
Edit Videos and Livestream on the Go
Video editing is no more a professional only endeavor – with the VIRB 360, it’s as easy as using any of the popular videos and chat messaging apps. It can live stream 360-degree videos on to YouTube and Facebook Live by default, though Facebook’s 360-degree live streaming resolution has limited support. The VIRB® Mobile app allows users to connect their Apple® or Android™ device to the camera and then can be used to remotely control it or oversee a 360-degree video of what’s being recorded. Popular Virtual Reality headsets can also be used to view your views in VR. Garmin VP of global sales Dan Bartel says “The VIRB 360 lets you relieve personal experiences and share them with friends – from a different point of view. The camera’s easy-to-use feature set will make even the most inexperienced users look like experts.
Create Data Overlays with G-Metrix™
Built-in GPS, GLONASS, barometer, accelerometer and other sensors the VIRB 360 packs a wide array of G-Metrix™ data overlays in 360-degree virtual reality. Some of the overlays include – speed, altitude, distance traveled, hang time, jump height and temperature. The camera is also compatible with Garmin’s existing heart rate monitoring technologies.
“Start recording” is all you have to say in order to get your recording session going – with the VIRB 360, you don’t have to press OK or START buttons. How viable is this feature has yet to be known, but it sure is a novel idea. An app controlled action camera is novel enough, but this being voice controlled, is remarkable. Use tags to pin down your specific moments, and find them quickly when needed. Got a moment to keep in memory? – “remember-that” tag is the way to go.
“Make a Splash”
Rugged hardware and waterproof exterior and interior of the VIRB 360 lets your capture all of your moments even if you happen to be surfing or kayaking down the river. It is waterproof up to 10 meters and packs strengthened lenses and enforced outer glass. The lenses can easily be replaced without needed any precision tools. A single full charge would allow for unhindered recording for over 1 hour without overheating. Battery life, charge, storage, and connectivity status is also displayed once fully charged and is sunlight readable.
Garmin has announced the sale price of $800 for the VIRB 360 and will be available for purchase starting June. Close competitors to the VIRB 360 include the GoPro Fusion, Insta360 Air, and the Ricoh Theta S. Out of which, GoPro’s upcoming Fusion 5.2K resolution360-degree camera seems to be the only potential one.