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Garmin VIRB X vs VIRB XE

A Comparison chart between Garmin VIRB X and Garmin VIRB XE action cameras.

Note: This comparison by GPSCompared is a basic guide based on Garmin published specifications and features at their official website. And by no means that this comparison is definitive. There might be other similarities and differences which are not covered here.

Garmin VIRB Action Cameras
Garmin VIRB XGarmin VIRB XE
ModelGarmin VIRB X
Garmin VIRB X
Garmin VIRB XE
Garmin VIRB XE
View the model availability and current price from AmazonGarmin VIRB XGarmin VIRB XE
Introduction DateGarmin announced this Garmin VIRB X model on April 13, 2015Garmin announced this Garmin VIRB XE model on April 13, 2015
What's Difference
1080p HD video30, 25 fps60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
960p HD video30, 25 fps100, 60, 50 fps
720p HD video60, 50, 30, 25 fps120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
480p (slow motion)120 fps240 fps
Photo burst12MP at 10 fps12MP at 30 fps
Image stabilizationYesYes (gyro-enhanced)
VIRB XE has a Pro Mode with more advanced manual camera adjustments such as white balance control, sharpness control, color profile control, ISO limit and exposure bias.
What's Common
Product Specifications
Unit size (WxHxD)3.0” x 1.6” x 1.4” (77.0 x 40.6 x 36.8 mm)3.0” x 1.6” x 1.4” (77.0 x 40.6 x 36.8 mm)
Display size1” (25.4 mm) diagonal; 128 x 1281” (25.4 mm) diagonal; 128 x 128
Unit weight5.35 oz (151.7 grams)5.35 oz (151.7 grams)
Image sensor12.4 MP, 1/2.3" CMOS12.4 MP, 1/2.3" CMOS
File Type.mp4.mp4
Still photo resolution12 MP and 7 MP12 MP and 7 MP
Photo time lapsecustom up to 120 second intervalscustom up to 120 second intervals
Internal microphoneYesYes
External microphoneOptional rugged power cable or Bluetooth® audioOptional rugged power cable or Bluetooth® audio
BluetoothYes (4.0)Yes (4.0)
ANT+® compatibleYes (remote and sensors)Yes (remote and sensors)
InterfaceUSB 2.0USB 2.0
HDMI outputNoNo
Wi-Fi streamingYes (802.11 bgn)Yes (802.11 bgn)
Temperature rangeFrom -20° to 45°C (from -4° to 113°F) (operating); from 0° to 45°C (from 32° to 113°F) (charging); from -40° to 85°C (from -40° to 185°F) (storage)From -20° to 45°C (from -4° to 113°F) (operating); from 0° to 45°C (from 32° to 113°F) (charging); from -40° to 85°C (from -40° to 185°F) (storage)
MemorymicroSD™ card (up to 128 GB); card not includedmicroSD™ card (up to 128 GB); card not included
WaterproofWaterproof to 50 meters without a dive caseWaterproof to 50 meters without a dive case
Lens distortion correctionYesYes
Battery typeRechargeable 980mAh Li-polymerRechargeable 980mAh Li-polymer
Battery capacity980 mAh980 mAh
Battery life1080p (30fps), up to 2 hours1080p (30fps), up to 2 hours
Product Key Features
Professional Video CaptureYes. With the ability to shoot stunning high definition video.Yes. With the ability to shoot stunning high definition video.
High-quality PhotographyYesYes
Built-in Garmin GPS and sensors track your movements in real-time and display it all in powerful gauges, graphs and more
Rugged and Dive ReadyYesYes
Built-in Wi-Fi®YesYes
Bluetooth-enabled HD AudioYesYes
Remote Control EcosystemYesYes
Multi-camera SynchronizationYesYes
One-touch RecordingYesYes
Keep Going with Rugged PowerYesYes
VIRB TrackingYesYes
Incredible Video Without HassleYesYes
A variety of versatile mounts let you firmly lock the camera in position
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site.Read more about Garmin VIRB X at garmin.comRead more about Garmin VIRB XE at
Amazon Customer Reviews
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Where To Buy
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Introduction To Garmin VIRB X and VIRB XE

Garmin VIRB Elite is many people’s favorite choice for action camera. It has GPS stamping feature, WiFi connectivity, as well as ANT+ and external sensors compatibility.

The more modern generation of the Elite is coming in the forms of two action cameras: VIRB X and VIRB XE. They share many same features, but XE has better video recording capabilities and manual camera adjustments.

Garmin VIRB X

Equipped with 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor, VIRB X is designed to deliver good photography and GPS stamping data at the same time. In burst mode, it can capture up to 10 frames per second 12MP image quality.

Still photo resolution can be set at 12MP or 7MP quality. The overall dimension measures at 3.0-inch W x 1.6-inch H x 1.4-inch D, and it weighs 5.35 oz.

It has an inch display, producing 128 x 128 pixels resolution. Built for tough environment, this camera features image stabilization and is waterproofed to withstand pressure under the depth of 50 meters even without any additional case.

With GPS and compatibilities to ANT+ sensors, it also tracks how high you are, how fast you go, and your heart rate as well. Video capturing is also a strong feature in this camera. Video resolution with its respective frame speed is as follows:

– 1080p HD video at 30 or 25 fps
– 960p HD video at 30 or 25 fps
– 720p HD video at 60, 50, 30, or 25 fps
– 480p (slow motion) video at 120 fps

When used with its companion app installed on your smartphone or tablet, live video preview is available on the phone’s or tablet’s screen, providing larger view.

VIRB X uses its built-in Wi-Fi to connect to compatible smartphones from which you can control the camera or view multiple cameras. The camera can be controlled from compatible Garmin devices as well for examples VIRB remote (optional), navigation devices, wearables, and also other VIRB cameras.

Besides Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity is available too, but it is used mainly for audio recording purpose. When paired with wireless microphones or headsets, VIRB X will record high definition audio/video.

There is a dedicated button to capture still images, and you can take photos when the camera is recoding videos. VIRB X can capture still images automatically.

Photo time lapse can be set up to 120 seconds interval, but it is user-adjustable feature. The camera shuts down between shots to preserve battery.

Garmin VIRB XE

Both VIRB X and VIRB XE have the same image sensor, but the latter is the more powerful one in terms of photography and video-recording as well. Garmin VIRB XE is able to capture and record the following:

– 30 fps 12MP image quality at Burst Mode
– 12MP or 7MP still photo resolution
– 1080p HD video at 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, or 24 fps
– 960p HD video at 100, 60, or 50 fps
– 720p HD video at 120, 100, 60, 50, 30, or 25 fps
– 480p (slow motion) video at 240 fps

Enhanced With Gyroscope

VIRB XE provides manual camera adjustment functions for examples sharpness level, white balance, ISO, exposure, and color profile. Image stabilization is found on both VIRB X and XE, but the latter is enhanced with gyroscope to reduce camera movements or shakes and therefore avoid blur images or videos.

Everything else is almost exactly the same including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sensors compatibility, waterproofing, physical dimensions, and so on.

Disclaimer:Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, GPSCompared is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
Note: This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).