If you’re one of the few who have been waiting ever so patiently, thankfully there’s no need to uphold your patience anymore — because Garmin has scored with the newest VIRB Elite portable video camera here, to truly tell a better story. Due to what might arguably be the smartest Elite action-camera software there is on the market, it’s able to capture absolutely stunning 1080 HD video along with 16-megapixel still photography as well, all the while syncing all the action straight to your Garmin edge via ANT+. Yes low and behold the future is here and happening now.
You might of heard all of that correctly, but there’s a lot more between the lines. Sure, by ranking at the top of the list, it most certainly captures jaw-dropping video quality in HD. However, where the VIRB’s even more impressive is by shooting that 1080p quality, all the while allowing for resolution speed adjustments for those dramatic slow-motion that will capture up to 120 frames per second. To be exact, they gave it the following HD video modes: 1080p@30fps, 960p@48fps, 720p@30/60fps, and 848×480@120fps. Impressed yet?
Well, actually there’s more. Everything gets recorded through their new VIRB WideVu lens setup, which lends itself perfectly to expansive shots in either still mode or video frames. Once you switch it to still mode, you will be able to shoot 16 megapixel shots with their CMOS high tech image processor. Or, if you need to conserve room on the card, you can shoot down in either 12 or 8 megapixels as well for either a photo burst, single-shot, or the time lapse intervals. The Elite has a high-sensitivity GPS, an accelerometer and barometric altimeter. There’s more yet, with high-sensitivity GPS that provides data stamping and GPS “smart” recording profiles, such as a Ski Mode, that will automatically record your runs down the mountain.
Once you’re done with your video or still photos, they have enabled you to immediately watch it through the VIRB Elite’s 1.4-inch Chroma display screen. And to make it simple, this display screen also doubles as the menu board. To further increase the easy functionality, Garmin also applied an instant-record slider on the side of it. Making it so, you always know when it’s on.
They made it pretty evident to put the user first, but high quality recording isn’t exactly an exclusive trait. But, by having ANT+ wireless connectivity it certainly is. Basically, this means that you will be able to sync your Garmin Edge CPU with it. When it comes time to edit your fun, the sync between your Edge and it means that the included EDIT software is able to automatically match your ride metrics to your video. So, sharing your metrics like your speed, cadence, and heart rate is easier than ever.
And for the body, the VIRB employs the key IPX7 construction used on other Garmin devices. Making the Elite body incredibly stout, while still aerodynamic, and most importantly, it’s fully waterproof as well. At the battery, it features a rechargeable 2000mAh lithium-ion model that’s capable of running for up to three hours in 1080p video record.
The VIRB Elite also comes with the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, along with a cradle, a mount-adapter, a short link, a right angle link, the curved surface mount, the flat surface mount, a removable flange base, threaded collar, along with a USB cable.
Elite Price is $399.00, Enjoy the fun to be had!
32 x 53 x 111mm
1080p HD, 960p HD, 720p HD, WVGA [slow motion]
120 frames per second
Compatible Operating Systems:
PC or MAC
using a USB 2.0 full-speed port
capturing the greatest moments in your life