Garmin has introduced two new action cameras, the VIRB X and the VIRB XE. Both cameras feature a new form factor that increases the number of mounting options available, as well as wide-angle lenses and support for 1440/30p and 1080/60p video recording. In addition, the action cameras feature 'G-Metrix', which leverages integrated sensors and wireless tech to monitor 'action data' like speed and display the information as animated data overlays.

Both the VIRB X and the VIRB XE have a waterproof design enabling the cameras to withstand water submersion to depths up to 50 meters without an external housing. The glass lens is likewise hydrophobic to help avoid droplets forming on the lens when removing the camera from water. The microphone in the cameras has been updated, as well, with Garmin saying it is able to record clear audio both in and out of water. There is also support for Bluetooth microphones and headsets.

G-Metrix relies on data from built-in GPS, as well as gyroscope and accelerometer sensors. It also offers support for OBD tools with Bluetooth for capturing vehicle-related data, such as throttle position and speed. The cameras' Wi-Fi also allows for use with the VIRB Mobile app available for both tablets and smartphones. With VIRB Mobile, users are able to live stream footage, add G-Metrix data to videos, and make edits as needed, as well as upload and share media files. In conjunction with the integrated GPS, the app also enables camera tracking.

Both models sport a 1" high-contrast display, single-touch controls, switch-based start/stop functionality for recording, a shutter button for taking still photographs, and support for microSD cards. The internal battery offers up to 2 hours of run time on a charge when recording in 1080p.

The cameras differ in their recording capabilities; while the VIRB XE can record up to 1440/30p footage and features image stabilization, the VIRB X can only record in up to 1080/30p. Both, however, can record 12MP stills. Additionally, the VIRB XE offers a Pro Mode that lends manual camera control, including ISO limits, sharpness settings, white balance, exposure, and color profile control.

The VIRB X and the VIRB XE will be available this summer for $299.99/£239.99 and $399.99/£319.99 respectively.