Garmin has completed an offer of gadgets for leisure time with high-definition video camera Garmin Virb Elite. Can they with the experience and credibility take away part of the GoPro camera users?
GoPro has been for years a synonym for sports action camera. Many have tried to take away their piece of the pie in this increasingly popular market. Garmin has now decided to make a camera for which they claim will find its place under the sun.
Garmin Virb Elite will primarily be interested to the fans of the Garmin smart watches, on which the camera can transmit measured data on the location, time and speed. The camera is enclosed in a waterproof rubber casing (up to 1 m depth) and has large buttons, which you can easily use with gloves. It comes with a small 1.4-inch color display that consumes very little battery power, has GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Garmin Virb Elite shoots 1080p HD video with 30 frames per second, or “slow motion” record with up to 120 frames per second at a lower resolution. Captures and 16-megapixel photos. It weighs 177 grams and with a single battery charge can record up to three hours. Photos and videos are recorded on a microSD card. Garmin Virb Elite can be mounted on all possible places using various extras, and it is even compatible with most GoPro accessories. Garmin camera equipped with sensors will certainly find a place in the market, but it will hardly be able to jeopardize the popular GoPro.
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Garmin Virb Elite is rubbed and waterproof (up to 1 m). Additionally housing, allows a dive on 50 meters. You do not have to pay extra for the screen, as with GoPro. GPS can be adjusted, it can start and stop recording when feels the action. The camera can be operated via iOS and Android apps.
VIDEO FEATURES – 1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, WVGA slowmotion @ 120fps, up to 3 hours recording at the highest resolution
PHOTO FEATURES – 16 MP, up to 8 images per second (8 MP), Time Lapse, can capture photos during movie recording
CONNECTIVITY – micro HDMI and mini USB ports, Wi-Fi, GPS, compatible with ANT + devices, but does not support connecting to Bluetooth devices