VIRB can record more than three hours of HD (1080p) video with one charge. Image stabilization technology helps reduce the likelihood of your video looking shaky while you can use a lens distortion correction feature to automatically remove the fish-eye look that is common with action cameras.
The rugged housing can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so VIRB can record activities like skiing and kayaking without additional protection.
As well as shooting video VIRB can take 16 megapixel stills with photo burst and time lapse options and can even take stills while recording video.
VIRB has a 1.4-inch screen which uses ambient light (instead of a battery-draining backlight) to make it easy to see in bright sunlight. You can use this to set-up and playback shots, and review data. There’s micro HDMI output for convenient video playback and a microSD slot that can hold up to a 64GB microSD card capable of storing over seven hours of 1080p video.
There are two versions of VIRB with VIRB Elite equipped with GPS, accelerometer and altimeter. WiFi capabilities allow users to connect to free mobile applications for iPhone and Android. VIRB Elite also includes specific activity profiles so users can track location, speed, elevation, heart rate (ANT+ monitor sold separately) and more while recording. This data can be reviewed on the device, or can be embedded into video during the editing process.
An optional dive case is available for deep-sea adventures, as well as a wide variety of other rugged mounts to secure VIRB to handlebars, helmets, surfboards and more.
VIRB and VIRB Elite will be available in October 2013.
VIRB will be £269.99, and VIRB Elite £349.99.
And yes, we have our names down to see a sample so watch this space for our hands on review.