Garmin Virb - a new action camera from Garmin
Garmin went after the action camera market. They have some new thoughts that they brought in as a navigation company.
The Virb comes as two different units: Virb and the Virb Elite. Main difference is the Elite model has a GPS and Altimeter built in. This allows you to always have your photos Geotagged. There is also an accelerometer built in to measure G-force.
Another advantage with the Elite version is the built in WiFi connectivity. This lets you control it from a supported phone and use it as a viewfinder.
The main advantages to the Virb, especially the Elite model, as I see it:
- Built in GPS, lets you follow your ride when playing back video
- Built in ANT+ communication, lets you collect data from Power Meters, pulse band etc
- All still pictures are geotagged
- Various Garmin units can be used as remote
- iPhone and Android phones can be used as remotes
Main issues with the Virb
- Lack of stability, unit hangs forcing a reboot 1 of 5 times recording video
Here is a Video I shot with the Virb mounted on the my seat post. I have recorded sensor information from my Garmin Pulse band and Cadence and speed from the Garmin Speed/Cadence sensor:
Here is a small list of issues that I feel Garmin needs to work on:
- When using iPhone as a viewfinder the changes to zoom level are not reflected