OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International, Inc. today announced that it has been selected as an official supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. As an official supplier, Garmin’s flagship waterproof1 action cameras, the VIRB® 360 and VIRB Ultra 30, will be used by all seven teams competing in the 45,000-mile race around the world to capture high-quality video that can be easily edited and shared with race fans around the globe. The Volvo Ocean Race spans four oceans, touches six continents and stops in 12 landmark cities. It begins Oct. 22, 2017 in Alicante, Spain and ends in late June 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Volvo Ocean Race, a race known as one of the longest and toughest professional sporting events in the world,” said David Dunn, Garmin director of marine sales. “Our VIRB action cameras are rugged and ready for adventure, just like the sailors taking part in this race, and we’re confident race fans watching the footage at home will get to experience the sport they love like never before.”
The waterproof VIRB Ultra 30 is an ultra HD action camera that captures 4K/30fps video with GPS G-Metrix™ data overlays that show performance metrics like how far, how high and how fast the user went. It also features voice control2 so users can tell the camera to start, stop and “remember that.” It features an LCD touchscreen display and high-sensitivity microphone that even work through the waterproof case.
For a more immersive experience, the VIRB 360 captures fully spherical 360-degree video in up to 5.7K/30fps resolution with 360-degree audio, and it includes built-in sensors for augmented reality G-Metrix data overlays. HyperFrame Director Mode gives the user the editing power to easily reframe content after filming — using smooth camera pans, incredibly wide angles and even tiny planets. Spherical stabilization3 ensures smooth video regardless of camera movement, and videos and photos are automatically stitched4 in VIRB Edit, and the free, easy-to-use VIRB Mobile app enables fast sharing as well as instant livestreaming5.
“This is a fantastic partnership for the race and we are looking forward to working with such a dynamic and innovative brand,” said Jordi Neves, Volvo Ocean Race chief digital officer. “We are especially excited to be able to deliver 360 experiences from all boats by our on-board reporters that will be delivering the story of the race in the toughest conditions.”
For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.
2Voice control works for English only.
3Before sharing, stabilization up to 5.7K/30fps requires VIRB Edit desktop software, or 4K stabilization is available with both VIRB Edit or the VIRB mobile app
4On-device stitching only up to 4K/30fps
5Livestreaming only available on compatible Apple® devices
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