The Garmin Virb doesn’t look like other action cameras. Its ergonomic design and LCD screen gives it a natural feel that makes it as easy to use as a hand held camera or a mounted point of view camera. It has a variety of video and photo settings including a time-lapse setting and like some other action cameras on the market it has a wifi and a smartphone app but the main benefit this product has over other action cameras is its not just a camera. It’s a Garmin GPS.
Garmin is known for their GPS devices and this camera is everything you would expect from a Garmin GPS. The Virb is equipped with a GPS, Altimeter, and accelerometer. It can record information such as speed, route and distance traveled. Like other Garmin devices the Virb can be paired with Garmin cycling computers and other accessories to record heart rate and bike cadence, which makes it an outstanding tool for training and exercise.
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The camera shoots in full 1080p HD at 30 frames per second as well as a number of higher frame rates at lower resolutions. The battery lasts for up to three hours of constant recording. Its 1.4 inch display takes the guess work out of framing your shot, and provides the instant gratification of in camera playback. The camera is water resistant and Garmin makes a dive housing that costs around $40.
The Virb isn’t the most powerful action camera on the market but it has GPS features that no one else offers. Its not the professional cinematographer’s POV camera, but its ideal for the outdoor enthusiast. Where the Virb exceeds is in being more than a camera. Its GPS, altimeter, and accelerometer are useful tools for training and exercise.