Product of the week: Garmin Virb action camera

Tackling the action camera market of today is a ballsy move, but when it’s a company like Garmin, you know they’ve done their research and the product will be A-grade.  The GPS-gurus have thrown their hand at the fray with two full HD models, the VIRB and GPS- and WiFi-enabled VIRB Elite.

We’ve been shooting on the Virb for a month now and have been well impressed.

Both VIRBs shoot 1080p video and feature a 1,4-inch colour display screen for immediate playback; digital image stabilisation technology to smooth out footage, and can capture 16MP stills (while filming) in single shot, burst of time lapse modes.

We put the Virb through its paces and found the curved waterproof housing up to the bumps and bashes of your average trail ride. After some initial scepticism on the sturdiness of the mount, we grew to like its versatility and found it up to most MTB-like demands, on both bar and helmet mount. Image quality is crisp and colour representation strong and natural.

Our favourite feature though (and it seems this is where the competitive trend is heading) is the very intuitive side trigger to start and stop recording.

As has come to be expected in this part of the market, free Android and iPhone apps are also available which allow you to control the camera and easily share content via social media.

A potential game-changer is the spectacular feature in the VIRB Elite (not on test) is the inclusion of an ANT+ sensor. This allows the unit to pair with your existing heart rate, speed and cadence sensors and then overlay the information onto the video during editing.

The Virb should cost around R4000, get yours here