Cool Tech: Garmin VIRB Elite Camera
Garmin recently launched its nifty VIRB Elite video camera – billed as an all-singing, all-dancing sports action camera. It’s a lot of fun and is capable of so much thanks to HD video recording quality, Wi-Fi capability and GPS functionality.
Garmin describes the VIRB as the go-anywhere-endure-anything 1080p action camera. It's stand out features are the built-in color ChromaTM display for setup and playback, 2000mAh battery (up to 3 hours of HD recording), and a 16 MP image sensor. Set up straight from the box is ludicrously simply we found!
How can boat owners use the Garmin VIRB Elite?
For sailors this waterproof, mountable camera would be ideal for capturing the drama of a race, and for post-race analysis and coaching purposes. You can also mount the camera on a pole, encased in a waterproof cover and film underwater - perhaps to check out propeller fouling, hull damage or seacock issues.
The lovely folk at Garmin kindly supplied us with one of these 1080p video cameras to try out, so here’s what we thought:
Key features of the Garmin VIRB Elite Camera
· 1080p HD video recording with 16 megapixel CMOS image processor
· 1.4" Chroma display
· High-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and barometric altimeter
· Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (record up to 3 hours at 1080p)
· Rugged, durable, waterproof (IPX7¹) with an aerodynamic design
Here's Garmin's marketing YouTube video giving further insights into the VIRB.