Garmin has introduced the VIRB XE Aviation Bundle, including the VIRB XE, which features gyro-based stabilization, can receive advanced attitude metrics from select Garmin products such as Flight Stream, while providing up to two hours of HD video recording on a single charge.
Built-in GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and ANT+ provide pilots with added functionality and enhanced connectivity with a variety of Garmin products, according to company officials.
The Aviation Bundle features a stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communications and air traffic control transmissions can be heard and embedded within the video. A slide-on prop filter is also provided to eliminate propeller distortion created while filming video in-flight or capturing high quality still photos.
With G-Metrix, VIRB XE utilizes internal sensors such as the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope to capture even more performance data. Additionally, VIRB XE is Connext-capable so aviation-specific data can be received from the G3X Touch flight display or Flight Stream 110/210 and then overlaid on the video.
Many functions of VIRB XE can be controlled within Garmin Pilot on iOS devices with additional capabilities expected later this year, according to company officials. Garmin Pilot customers who utilize Android operating systems can expect compatibility later this year.
VIRB XE also features the ability to connect to the new GMA 350c series audio panels via Bluetooth, which can embed audio overtop rich, high definition video, without the need for a headset cable.
Existing VIRB X/XE action cameras are compatible with the new headset audio cable and prop filter and may be purchased separately. The prop filter is available for $49.99 and the headset audio cable is also $49.99.
Garmin also adds a new windscreen suction cup mount, 16GB Class 10 microSD card, and a free trial to Garmin Pilot with the bundle.