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- 78AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE5 ReviewsPC Mag70Garmin Virb EliteThe Garmin Virb and Virb Elite are functional, durable action cameras that aren't quite as durable or functional as their main competitor.CNETNot RatedGarmin gets up in GoPro's grill with VIRB HD camerRecording 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.AllThingsDNot RatedGarmin Navigates Its Way Into the Action-Camera MaThis 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.EngadgetNot RatedGarmin prepares for battle with sensor-packed VIRBThere 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.MashableNot RatedGarmin Takes On GoPro With the VIRB Waterproof ActI 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).Digital Versus80Review: Garmin Virb Elite Action CameraWhile the GoPro Hero3+ still offers better image quality, the Virb Elite is a more comprehensive, feature-rich camcorder for shooting all kinds of intrepid adventures.Stuff80Garmin VIRB Elite reviewThe 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.TrustedReviews90Garmin VIRB Elite reviewThe 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.DC Rainmaker70Garmin VIRB & VIRB Elite In-Depth ReviewAt the end of the day, Garmin has put out a pretty solid first generation action cam, no doubt about it.
- 90AVERAGE USER SCORE1 ReviewsEngadget Reader90March 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 micro-HDMI on the rear end. The bottom can be removed by twisting the D-ring to expose the battery compartment and microSD card. The Virb fits in the palm of your hand well, featuring a longer body than most other action cameras. The unit feels like it would survive a lot of abuse. It is sleek and deceptively small, especially the Elite, which seems larger in itâ€™s bright white bodySoftware:The Virb software is simple to navigate and takes only minimal time to get used to. To power the device on, you simply depress the power/mode button (you can also just slide the record slider forward to begin recording from power-off). The main menu provides the Viewfinder, Playback, Dashboard (for Elite users) and Settings, which you navigate using the buttons on the right side of the unit. During use, I found the software to be easy to use and user friendly. I did have some problems with the Virb Basic freezing, however this was remedied by reformatting the microSD card, which had been used in a GoPro and had multiple folders which seemed to be confusing the device.Video:The Virb provides a simple listing of recording modes within settings, which helps users easily decide which mode to use. For me, the go-to modes are either 1080p or the â€œFast HDâ€. 1080 for when I am sure I will not want slow motion, and Fast HD if I may want slow motion, such as filming a bike race and anticipating a crash. Unfortunately, the Virb does not have the higher FPS in HD like the GoPro hero3+ does. While this simplifies your selections, it also takes away a few options for more advanced users.The Virb does have a great Timelapse mode, which automatically produces a 1080p video from timelapse photos, saving TONS of post-production editing time and SD space. Mounts: The Virb uses a svelte sled to attach to different mounts, allowing the user to quickly remove the unit for other shots and repositioning. The Virb clips into the sled securely, and I was unable to dislodge it, even with a firm chuck onto a parking lot. To remove the camera, you simply press the two buttons on the side and lift off the Virb.The Virb attachment points are similar to GoPro, using a system of interlinking units to attach the camera. The Garmin units, however, have teeth to securely mount the Virb to the exact position needed. The base of the attachments include a screw-on bottom with the same teeth, allowing the Virb to mount in any direction, 360 degrees. The mounts themselves are built well with high quality plastics that do not seem to crack or fail, even when I used a pair of pliers to try and cause a failure.I have a very detailed review here, http://www.virbvideos.com/virb-review.html
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