The Garmin Virb and Virb Elite are functional, durable action cameras that aren't quite as durable or functional as their main competitor.Read the full review →
Garmin might be best known for their GPS products, but they're looking to take on the action cam market with the VIRB, and they might just have what it takes to compete against the current champ, GoPro. TrustedReviews says "in good lighting, the picture has plenty of detail and accurate colour." But, while Garmin rates battery life around three hours of use, DC Rainmaker says "the VIRB scored a bit under the marketed times." Stuff was happy with the design and layout of the VIRB, noting that the "buttons are more logically laid out than those on the latest GoPro," and the screen offers a "big, glove-friendly slider for toggling recording on and off." Garmin also offers an Elite version of the VIRB which includes GPS, a barometer, an altimeter and WiFi, but all these extra features also push the price up by $100. Both models may be priced much higher than the competing GoPro line, but they do offer more features you might find beneficial depending on desired use. If you have other Garmin products or ANT+ devices, the VIRB deserves your attention. If you're on a budget, or are a casual user, the GoPro models will do just fine.
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The Garmin VIRB is a capable action camera, but the premium Elite model's ANT sensor capabilities make it a truly unique option that's perfect for serious outdoors action types.Read the full review →
At the end of the day, Garmin has put out a pretty solid first generation action cam, no doubt about it.Read the full review →
The Garmin VIRB Elite is a real rival to the GoPro range, perhaps the biggest they've had to face so far. In fact, given a straight choice between this and the flagship GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition, we'd choose the Garmin. Cripes.Read the full review →
There are more than enough action cams on the market, but that's not stopping Garmin from jumping head first into that saturated space. The GPS maker hopes to bring something fresh to the table with its $299 VIRB and $399 VIRB Elite, a pair of ruggedized camcorders.Read the full preview →
This GoPro-competitor records video in 1080p HD and can capture 16-megapixel still images while it is recording video. It’s described as rugged but approachable — Garmin’s targeting families and normals in addition to adrenaline junkies — and is also waterproof up to 30 meters.Read the full preview →
Recording is as simple as pointing the camera in the right direction and pushing the record slider forward -- much like the Contour line of sports cameras. This is, so far, all standard sports camera stuff, but there's more. The VIRB features a 1.4-inch display that can be used to frame shots.Read the full preview →
I got hands-on time with the VIRB when Garmin brought one by our offices, and I thought the form factor was even better than the GoPro. I liked the big Record switch on the side that lets you easily check if you're recording just by touch (handy if you're using the optional head harness).Read the full preview →
Physical: The cameras themselves have a rubberized texture and feel well built; buttons depress with solid movement and the recording slider feels secure and impressively sturdy. On the top is a Chroma LCD display. The buttons are all housed on the sides of the device, with micro USB and a...Read the full review →