USB / micro-HDMI / composite A/V adapter / 3.5mm stereo mic adapter / ANT+(remote & sensors) / WiFi
Rechargeable lithium ion
4.3 x 2 x 1.2 inches
IPhone, ANT, ANT
Lens focal length
Frames per second
Memory storage type
LCD screen size
Weight (without batteries)
Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera
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Rated 3.4/5 based on 5 reviews
Rated 2out of5
by LoreDfromIt could be good...I never write reviews, but because there is none that can help you I am writing this. First, you HAVE to have windows 7 or newer to get this camera working with your computer. Something I didn't know, I did a lot of reserch before giving this a try, and anywhere I read that. So if you have windows vista, it won't work.
Now the biggest disappointment is that when you buy it, you read in the box that garmin has an app for this, it is not true, they WILL have one, no one knows when, they dont tell you. How can they do that and get away with it? don't know.
So this camera was useless to me for those 2 reasons, I can't comment about performance, only that it is pretty big, I was going to use the shoulder harness and believe me, when I tryied it, I felt like a pirat with that in my shoulder, a little wierd. People will definetly know you have a camera on you. I am glad I got it in REI, I returned it with no problems.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 1out of5
by Brad HerderfromLOCKS UP ALL THE TIMEThis would be an awesome camera if it didn't lock up all the time. Search for and watch YouTube for videos regarding lockups and problems before you buy this camera.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5out of5
by Rogue GirlfromAwesome Action CameraI was wary of this camera only because I didn't know Garmin had entered into the action camera market. After playing with it for a few days, I am sold. It is easy to use, more compact than the GoPro, pairs with all my Garmin accessories and is able to be configured and driven by an iPhone app (Virb Elite only).
The editing software is basic, but usable and allows you to add your Garmin stats as overlays to your video.
All in all, this was a great gift and every bit as good or better than the GoPro.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 4out of5
by jin19kfromSo far so good....So this is a just an initial review. I'll update as I use it more. I've used it once communting to work and back. The ride into work was at night and raining. The camera had no issues with the rain and the video was good in low light conditions. The form of the virb is perfect to put on the stem of a bike, much better then a boxy go pro.
The GPS worked great. I have not hooked up any monitors to it yet. I have a HR monitor on its way. I have not used it long enough to actually drain the battery but if it's true to it's advertisement it should be long enough for most of my rides. I ride throught the winter so we shall see how the battery stands up to the cold.
So far it's a pretty cool device. I was about to get a garmin 810 but decided this would fit the bill. I've had enough run ins with drivers on the phone texting/calling, riding our backs, and cutting us off and being reckless that I feel the need to have video as insurance.
It's a new device so it has some bugs to work out. The most irritating thing was that on their advertisement and website they tout how you can link it to a smartphone. Yeah not so much. I emailed them about it today and they said it would be a few weeks before the app was available. Lame!!! Why bother saying all that stuff and not having it avaiable. I tried to connect it to garmin connect but the virb elite is not in the list of devices. On the plus side, since you can access the gpx file manually you can upload it to garmin connect or strava. On the minus side, when I connected it to the virb edit it only imported one of two videos and i couldn't get the second video on there. It also failed to capture gps for the ride into work but captured gps for the ride home. The virb has also frozen on me 3 times when I connected it to the computer requireing the battery to be removed inorder to shut it off.
You're also supossed to be able to capture gps data without recording. I'm not sure how to do this since I couldn't find it in the full manual which is only available online.
I also couldn't overlay the gps data over the video since it didn't captur it but I'm looking forward to using that to analyze my rides.
More updates to come as I learn how to use it and get more rides in.
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 5out of5
by Larry the TravelerfromVirb Elite is awesomeI bought the Virb Elite at an insanely good price that I'm sure REI didn't intend to sell it at. Computer glitch in my favor.
Prior to this, I was debating between the GoPro Hero 3 and the Virb basic. I considered the Virb because it was Garmin made, aerodynamic looking (for when i'm at high speeds and it's attached to my helmet so it won't yank my head like the non-aero go pro), and it comes with an adapter for all go pro mounts.
I was hesitant because of all the software issues people have been having. I received this 5/5/2014, and updated it immediately to the latest version. No problems whatsoever so far.
I like the "Record While Moving" feature because the Elite has GPS built in. I can use it as a drive cam or motorcycle cam without worrying about stopping and starting while moving. Neat feature not available anywhere else.
However.... if you have another GPS device like a Garmin Edge or Forerunner or something, you can take the .gpx file and link it with the video file to use the same location data. So the Elite may not be necessary if you have those already. The "Record While Moving" feature is unique to the Elite, though.
- The energy saving viewfinder which uses daylight for illumination. It is bright and very crisp when you're outside. It's not dull like other screens. At some points, I thought it was back lit, but I covered the screen with my hand to find again and again that it isn't. So rest assured that it's very legible under light.
- "Lens Correction" so your images don't need to look "Fish eyed".
- Replaceable lens protector just in case you scratch it.
- Huge sliding switch for video recording so you're confident it's on or off.
- Button for taking photographs.
- Time Lapse Video setting which allows you to make stop motion movies very easily.
- "Record When Moving" mode which creates separate video files each time you start moving.
- "Loop" feature that records up to 30 minute increments and saves the last file when you stop recording. Perfect for use as a drive or motorcycle cam.
- The mounting system which feels much more confident when locked down, and the adapter for use with various hardware already out there.
- The mount also easily detaches compared to the GoPro where the same feature is only found on the buckle style attach points. Very convenient.
- The iPhone/Android Apps for control and viewfinder and ANT+ Remote control and sensor reader.
The battery uses the exact same battery as the Garmin Montana. My Montana 600 powered mount is hardwired into my motorcycle, so I can switch batteries on the Elite for a full Montana battery easily, and allow the Elite's battery to charge. The Virb is IPX7 waterproof to a small depth, so it's practically rain/weather resistant without the dive case. So there's no lens to fog up when changing batteries like on the GoPro.
The lanyard attachment point is on the Virb itself rather than on the case with the GoPro. The battery is also lasts longer than the GoPro.
I highly recommend this camera, as I haven't experience the software issues. Garmin is coming out with frequent software updates, so they're really trying to make the Virb succeed.
Overall, I recommend the Virb, but I can only really recommend the Elite if you WANT GPS data, "Record While Moving," and you don't already have another Garmin GPS device that makes .gpx files. If you do, then snag the Virb basic model.
Last note: I found the compass to be absolutely worthless. I made several videos and I watched the compass just spin around endlessly. Perhaps it's just my unit, but it doesn't seem to sit still even with my Virb flat on a wooden table. The elevation data is off by several feet. I was at the beach here in San Diego and it said my elevation was -89ft. Sure... I wish it had elevation correction like the Garmin Edge 500 does.
So it appears that only the GPS information is reliable. The accel/decel is okay, but it sometimes moves and is delayed from the video from at a standstill to acceleration.
Date published: 2014-05-08
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