Garmin's Virb Action Camera Is Loaded -- For a Price

By Mario Aguilar on at

Garmin's new Virb action camera enters a crowded market with good options at the top like the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition and a myriad of also-rans. It's a little late to the game, but it's got enough features that you might consider it against the alternatives.

The Virb is a chunky 177g camera that's bigger and heavier than its competitors. It comes in regular and elite varieties, but really, only the latter makes sense because it comes loaded with GPS as well as Wi-Fi so you can control it remotely. Both cameras come with a built-in 1.4-inch display that uses the Sun's light for their own radiance to conserve energy (smart!). The cameras are waterproof down to one metre for up to 30 minutes.

As for its shooting specs, the Virb shoots the standard 1920 x 1080 footage you'd expect. When we were briefed, we were told it would shoot at 60 fps, but it's not clear if it'll do so at Full HD or if you'll have to scale down to 1280 x 720 to record faster than 30 fps. The cameras shoot 16-megapixel stills.

The Virb will cost £200 and the Virb Elite will cost £260. At those prices, you can get a top GoPro so the beefy Virb is going to have to deliver on image quality if anyone is going to pay attention to it. Available September.