Tag Archives: sensors

Per “Garmin’s” New VO2 Max. Tracking In The ‘Venu 2’, I Am AS FIT As I Can Be!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE

I am just going by what Garmin says: “You’ve reached your achievable Fitness Age“.

This is Garmin’s NEW ‘Fitness Age’ metric introduced with the Venu 2 — which has new sensors.

Yes, my ‘VO2 Max’ is 42. I have been at 42 before & have had fitness ages way below this.

What is new here is that it says “I have REACHED“.

I do NOT feel like it. I am sure I can be fitter. I am a great believer that: you can’t be too fit, too thin, too smart or too poor. [I am not rich, so I can’t even comment on the “too rich” adage.]

Well, I am just sharing. OK. Showing OFF. SMILE. Come on. Wouldn’t YOU.

The New AMOLED Garmin ‘Venu’ — Delays, Issues & Concerns.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From U.S. ‘garmin.com’.

Folks are claiming that it is available in Australia.

Garmin AUSTRALIA does have a shorter delivery period.

Click image to access the ‘VENU Forum’ @ ‘Garmin Forums’.

ISSUE: The U.S. availability for the new Garmin VENU is still stated as being 5 — 8 weeks, the SAME it was when it was announced 4-weeks ago, on September 5, 2019. Ideally it should now be saying, worst case, 3 — 5 weeks. Yes, Garmin could change this tomorrow to say ‘1 — 3 Days’. It does happen.

The Garmin Forums, however, have had an active ‘VENU’ Forum for at least the last couple of weeks. There are some interesting posts on that Forum. There are those that claim that they already have a VENU. At least one claims he got it from Australia. As you can see, above, I checked. Plausible. But, it doesn’t make sense UNLESS Garmin is using Australia as a big beat-site.

And to add further credence, on the Forum, ‘Garmin’ has announced that they are rolling out v.3.40 of the software.

CONCERNS: There is also a post, on the Forum, from what looks like a Garmin ‘insider’ that speculates that the delay may be due to the US-China trade war and tensions. They are not sure, but there is a concern. YIKES! Not good. This could hit all of us hard.

At this rate it is going to be touch and go whether the VENU will be available for Black Friday. Maybe that is not a bad thing. You don’t really want it discounted that soon.

In terms of the availability being stuck at ‘5 to 8 weeks’, it reminds me of the infamous Vivoactive 3 roll-out exactly 2-years ago. Same scenario. Makes me nervous because I had a lot of bad luck with the Vivoactive 3.

ISSUE: Because AMOLED displays can be a drag on the battery there is a ‘low-power’ ‘always-on’ display ‘mode’ (which just shows the time) on the VENU. The ‘Fitbit Versa 2‘ has that too. Appears, however, that this always-on mode has issues. Only a few watch faces support it. ‘Crystal’, which I tried on my Garmin MARQ, being one of them. But, I also see that ‘Crystal’ and a few other watch faces are now claiming that they are permanently ON, impacting battery life, even IF they are not your chosen watch face! Yikes. That is bad. I didn’t install ‘Crystal’ on my Fenix 6 because of this.

CONCERN: Will more and more watch faces end up being permanently on because they want to support the VENU always-on display mode? That would be a shame.

ISSUE: I am seeing, on the Forum, sensor (e.g., barometer) and software bug issues very similar to what I saw with the initial roll-out of the Vivoactive 3. That worries me. Yes, the VENU, theoretically, is still in beta-test phase. So, maybe they will iron out these issues. But, I doubt whether they will opt for new sensors this late in the game.

CONCERN: I had two Vivoactive 3s die on me. I just don’t want to go through that with the VENU.

So, those are my issues & concerns.

Related Posts:
Search ‘Garmin‘.

by Anura Guruge

ECG Sensor On The ‘Apple Watch 4’ Is HUGE — A Total Game Changer, Leaves Garmin Gasping ….

by Anura Guruge

Click images to ENLARGE.

I am in shock and awe. Wow. Wow. WOW!

An EKG (or ECG) on my wrist that I can take. Wow. Wow. WOW!

I, alas, given my dicky heart, have had more EKGs than most. Now, I could get a first read before they tell me the bad news.


I am at a loss. My Garmin Fenix 5, nor the new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, are even in the same ballpark! Check the specs. The Apple Watch has the same sensors with better capability — even with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo etc.

Not sure how Garmin can or will respond.


Related posts:
Search ‘Garmin’.

by Anura Guruge

Will Japan’s Latest Earthquake (Nov. 20) Again Affect Camera Shipments By Sony, Canon, Nikon etc.?

by Anura Guruge

Latest November 20, 2016 earthquake (and Tsunami).


Click to access original Reuters coverage.

Impact of the April 2016 earthquake.


Click to access “Digital Trends” original.

There has been no reports of any crippling damages as yet.

So all could be fine. But even a couple of days worth of delays at the Japanese end could affect Christmas availability.

I will keep an eye and let you know. This is just a heads up.

Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Camera Notes >>>>

by Anura Guruge

Possible Game-Changer Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II Delayed — Good For Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


From “The New Camera”. Use link below to access the original post.

Click here to access original at “The New Camera”.

This delay is a crying shame because this, despite being a Micro Four Thirds, is, on paper, one heck of a camera — even possible stiff competition for the Fuji X-T2 due to be announced next week.

I had already WARNED that companies relying on Sony sensors could start facing delays. This is such a shame. Pity there aren’t more sensor makers around.

This delay is indeed good news for Fuji and Panasonic — possibly even Pentax (with its Pentax K-70). Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II promises to be a game-changer — but Q1 2917 is a LONG WAY away. Pity. Shame.

Related posts:
++++ Check Categories ‘Fuji’ & ‘Camera Notes’ >>>>

Fujifilm X-E2s Anura Guruge cameraby Anura Guruge

Sony’s Announced Delay In Camera Shipments Could Affect Nikon, Fuji, Pentax etc. IF Sensors Are Involved.

by Anura Guruge


From “DPReview”, June 28, 2016. Click image to access original.

In 2015 it was estimated that Sony owned 40% of the sensor market — with it being known that Nikon, Fuji, Pentax and Olympus (among others) bought some or all of their sensors from Sony. Apple also relies on Sony sensors for the iPhones.

It is not clear from this announcement whether sensor manufacturing has been impacted. If so there could be a domino effect rippling across the whole market. One piece of ‘good news’ is that Apple has cut back on their demand for sensors with iPhones not selling as much as they used to. That could help.

So best to be on your guard over the next 3 months IF you are hoping to get a new camera. There could be delays. Heads up.

Related posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Camera Notes >>>>

by Anura Guruge