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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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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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Ease of use

8.0
 

Durability

8.0
 

Battery life

7.0
 

Video recording quality

8.0
 

Recording capacity

8.0
 

Portability

6.0
 

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