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You've been waiting patiently, but there's no need for patience anymore — the new Garmin VIRB is here. Arguably the smartest action-camera on the market, the VIRB captures stunning 1080p HD video  and 16-megapixel still photography, all while syncing via ANT+ to your Garmin Edge. The future is now.

You heard all of that correctly, but like all things Garmin, there's way more between the lines. Sure, ranking at the top of the list, the VIRB captures jaw-dropping HD video quality. However, it's even more impressive that it shoots 1080p HD quality while also allowing resolution speed adjustments for dramatic slow-motion captures up to 120fps. In fact, the VIRB features the following HD video modes: 1080p@30fps, 960p@48fps, 720p@30/60fps, and 848x480@120fps. Impressed?

Well, there's more. All of this is recorded through Garmin's new WideVu lens, which lends itself perfectly to expansive shots in either video or still mode. And once in still mode, you're able to shoot up to 16 megapixel shots with Garmin's CMOS image processor. Or, if you’re aiming to conserve room on the card, you're also able to shoot at 12 or 8 megapixels in either single-shot, photo burst, or time lapse intervals.

And once you're through with your shots or video, Garmin enabled you to immediately watch it through the VIRB's 1.4-inch Chroma display. Even better, this display also doubles as your interface to the camera's menu. Further increasing the user-experience and functionality, Garmin also included an instant-record slider on the side of the camera. This way, you'll always know when the camera is rolling, and that you got the shot.

It's pretty evident that Garmin put the user first with the VIRB, but high quality recording isn't exactly an exclusive trait. However, the VIRB's ANT+ wireless connectivity certainly is. Essentially, this means that you're able to sync your Garmin Edge CPU with the camera. By doing so, you're able to use your cycling computer as a remote control — Garmin will have a dedicated remote out later this year. And when it's time to get editing, the sync between your Edge and the VIRB means that the included VIRB 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.

As for the body of the camera, the VIRB benefits from Garmin's IPX7 construction. This body is incredibly durable, aerodynamic, and most importantly, waterproof. At the battery, the VIRB features a rechargeable 2000mAh lithium-ion power source that's capable of recording up to three hours of 1080p video on a single charge.

The Garmin VIRB ships with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cradle, short link, right angle link, mount-adapter, flat surface mount, curved surface mount, removable flange base, threaded collar, three knobs, a USB cable, and a user guide.

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Great battery but bulky

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The first thing I noticed during unboxing was how heavy and bulky the camera was compared my GoPro. The weight is noticeable when mounted on a pole or helmet.

Overall the housing seems fairly rugged with the exception of a rain flap that covers the charging ports. The outside features and oversized record button slider that is easy to use with a gloved hand, but lacks a locking mechanism. The camera can easily turn on and record hours of your pocket as a result and leave you without battery.

The battery is easily the best feature of the camera and lasted several days in the cold with periodic use. I didn't even need to store the battery directly against my body to keep it warm. Accessing the battery is easy with a simple twist lock, but the MicroSD card is located underneath the battery and seats awkwardly.

When it comes to a camera though image quality is key. The image quality just isn't quite as good as my GoPro, but given the price this feature loaded camera would be great for anyone looking to capture their adventures.

Love it

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Spent some time early in the spring looking at camera's opted for the Virb. Mostly based on reviews praising its user friendly features. It does lack in some of the very high frame rate settings forcing you to a lower resolution picture but otherwise does the trick.

Download Virb Edit, Garmin's free video editing software, its getting constant upgrades as user's give feedback on what they want out of the software and find bugs here and there. The big driver for getting garmins software is the ability to import and overlay your ride data from say your edge device so that you can see your ride metrics right on screen and give some perspective to the ride. I'm looking forward to re-watching some of my races while on the trainer this winter.

I did take a nasty spill in a crit, beyond my road rash the camera took the brunt of the impact and came out with only a slight mark on the lens, picked up a replacement and swapped it out no problem. Surprised at just how thick the lens was and kept the old one as a backup just in case.

Is this product feasible for skiing/snowboarding or for cycling only?

Is the battery readily replaceable? Can you swap batteries easily while in use if you run out of battery life?

The battery is replaceable and available on the Garmin website. The battery seems to last longer than a GoPro one, but I would recommend a spare. The battery is relatively easy to change as there is a twist lock mechanism in the back that provides access to both the battery and micro SD card.

Does this have any internal memory or does...

Does this have any internal memory or does it require some kind of memory card sold separately?

Can you create an on-screen display with...

Can you create an on-screen display with riding information? Example: Upon play back while the video is playing, you will be able to see information such as: speed, heartrate and incline% as well as watching the video?

How waterproof ? Would this be good for...

How waterproof ? Would this be good for whitewater kayaking also ?

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Despite showing underwater use on the Garmin website, it has an IPX7 designation meaning the GPS case can withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Optional DIve Cases are additional to protect up to 50m- Part coming soon

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