Garmin introduces its first 360-degree camera, the VIRB 360

Garmin International Inc. has announced the VIRB 360, a compact fully spherical 360-degree camera. The waterproof VIRB 360 captures video up to 5.7K/30fps, with four built-in microphones. Garmin’s 4K Spherical Stabilization feature promises to make videos smooth and steady.

The VIRB 360 provides automatic in-camera stitching up to 4K/30fps. Built-in GPS and other sensors provide customizable G-Metrix data overlays for a 360-degree augmented reality setting.

“The VIRB 360 lets you relive personal experiences and share them with your friends – from a different point of view, every single time,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of global consumer sales. “VIRB 360 owners will no longer need to worry about trying to capture the perfect angle or setting up the perfect shot. The camera’s easy-to-use feature set will make even the most inexperienced users look like experts.”

Garmin offers a free downloadable VIRB Mobile app and desktop software to edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays to any VIRB 360 video content. The VIRB 360 also incorporates voice control options to start and stop recordings, snap photos and more. The VIRB 360 also features livestream capabilities to post to YouTube or Facebook Live with a compatible smartphone or tablet.

The VIRB 360 offers a rechargeable, one-hour battery life while recording. Beyond video, the VIRB 360 can take stitched-in-camera, 360-degree, 15 megapixel spherical photos. Photo modes include single capture, burst shooting, and time lapse. Additionally, the camera is equipped with a sunlight-readable display for users to identify battery life, storage capacity and video modes. The VIRB 360 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+, and NFC (one-tap connection with Android devices) connectivity.

The VIRB 360 is compatible with virtual reality headsets and live playback through the free VIRB Mobile app. It is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and comes with its own tripod/handgrip. The VIRB 360 uses replaceable microSD memory cards of up to 128GB.

The Garmin VIRB 360 has a suggested retail price of $799.99 and is expected to be available in June. For more information, visit Garmin.com/VIRB360.