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Garmin’s Action Camera: Virb

By Joseph Cha on August 22nd 2013

Virb

In the world of extreme sports, the word GoPro has become synonymous with action camera, so is there really any room for another action cam? The people at Garmin think so, and they’re ready to take on extreme sports with their new action camera, Virb.

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From Garmin:

VIRB is a true HD 1080p action camera that combines uncompromising durability, enhanced HD video recording and easy-to-use features. Start with the 1.4” Chroma color display, which stays on when the camera is on, but uses minimal power. The display lets you easily setup shots, playback video and adjust menu settings without detaching the camera from its mount. To start filming, you simply move the over-sized slider switch forward. Record at 1080p for up to 3 hours with the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. And video enhancement features like Digital Image Stabilization and Lens Distortion Correction ensure footage looks great, even before you start editing.

1080p HD video recording with 16 megapixel CMOS image processor
Chroma™ display: color, high-resolution; easier control of setup, playback and adjustments
Long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery, record up to 3 hours at 1080p
Rugged, durable, waterproof (IPX7¹) with an aerodynamic design

True High Definition Recording

VIRB records true HD 1080p video that lets you relive every minute of your adventure in full, high-contrast, undistorted detail. In addition to [email protected], you adjust resolution and filming speed for crisp, dramatic slow motion up to 120fps. And it’s all seen through our WideVü lens and processed through 16 megapixel CMOS sensor for the highest quality video, even before you start editing it. Multiple HD video modes: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, 848×[email protected]

1.4″ Chroma Display

Why mash a button and hope you got the shot when you can set-up, preview and playback video on a built-in, full-color chroma display? The 1.4″ display on the VIRB is also your window into the menu settings. Check your shot before you leap, choose slow motion or even switch between video and still photography. It’s always on the screen and the screen is always on (but uses minimal power).

Long Battery Life

Long-life Battery
VIRB features a class-leading 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that tested up to 3 hours recording at 1080p. Which means there’s a good chance you’ll tire out before the battery does. Recharging is as easy as connecting it to your computer or plugging it in to a wall. Extend your filming time by carrying a replacement battery (sold separately) on your all-day adventure.

Sleek and Easy-to-use

VIRB was engineered for ease-of-use with a large, instant record slider switch on the side of the camera. The slide and click of the switch makes it easy to know that you are recording, even if you’re wearing gloves. The overall design of the camera is both sleek and rugged which helps you integrate VIRB into your activity without having to work around a blocky camera. So go ahead and ski or zip-line or even bobsled knowing you got the shot.

Control VIRB Remotely

VIRB uses ANT+™ wireless connectivity to enable you to use your compatible Garmin product like fenix™, Oregon® and Edge® as remote controls. And late 2013, we’ll have a dedicated remote control device working with the same ANT+ connectivity, so you don’t have to take your hands off the handlebars or remove the camera from the mount to stop and start recording to take still images.

Digital Image Stabilization and More

Digital Stabilization and More
With the Digital Stabilization feature engaged, VIRB adds a little stability to bumpy rides and adventures so you can share a smoother video with your friends. Plus Lens Distortion Correction (LDC) works to enhance the quality of your video, even before you start editing.

High Definition Photography

VIRB is a high-powered digital photo camera too. With 16 megapixel photo capture LDC to make your photos sharper, clearer and less distorted. Shoot 16 megapixel, 12 megapixel or 8 megapixel as a single shot (on-camera button or controlled remotely) or choose Photo Burst or Time Lapse at various intevals. And it’s all processed through a 16 megapixel CMOS processor for high quality images.

Shoot Video and Photographs at the Same Time

Don’t lose a moment of video just to capture a photograph. VIRB allows you to take still photos at the same time you are recording video with just a touch of the button on either your remote compatible Garmin device or on the camera itself.

The Virb is available for preorder for $299.99

Learn more about Virb here

About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    Can’t compete with GoPro. GoPro has the young/sports/action/indie crowd locked. I don’t know what it will take to change their minds no matter how good this is. Some things just continue to be popular because everybody else uses them.

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  2. Mike Richard

    Is this the first camera from Garmins? I’ve never heard that they do the action camera before.

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  3. Andreas

    It would be nice to see something come out along these lines with global shutter. These all have that rolling shutter issue.

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  4. John Shaver

    Looks interesting. I like the form factor better.

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  5. Ian Sbalcio i

    What’s this little guy gonna cost? It would be nice to see another legit contender in the action cam market

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