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If you've been torn between the standard Garmin VIRB and the VIRB Elite, know that you're not  alone. After all, we're basically talking about the smartest action-camera on the market. However, if you need to add Wi-Fi connectivity and high-sensitivity GPS to the mix of 1080p HD video and16 megapixel still photography, the Elite is for you.

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.

Differentiating the Elite from the standard VIRB is the addition of high-sensitivity GPS. And in case you wondering, this does include accelerometer and altimeter functionality. Additionally, the Elite features Wi-Fi connectivity, making it compatible with Garmin's smartphone app.

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 Elite 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.

Tech Specs

32 x 53 x 111 mm
1080 P
Video Size:
[1080p HD;30fps] 1920 x 1080
Video Formats:
1080p HD, 960p HD, 720p HD, WGVA [slow motion], .mp4
Video Processor:
Frame Rates:
Battery Type:
rechargeable Li-ion battery
LCD Size:
1.4 in
Manual Exposure:
Manual Focus:
Mic Type:
Operating System:
MAC and PC
PC Connection:
yes, USB 2.0 full-speed port
Claimed Weight:
[full assembly] 8.31 oz
Recommended Use:
capturing the perfect moment of your ride

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Better than the GoPro

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tried my friend's GoPro Hero 3 before purchasing the Virb and what I hated about the GoPro was how difficult it was to start recording due to the camera being on a separate case. There was also the problem whereby the GoPro dies out halfway resulting in short videos not capturing the whole scene.

Pros of the Virb:

1) Better recording switch

2) Better user interface

3) Much better battery life

4) Feels nicer on the hand

5) Cool features like adding your GPS and accelerometer data showing routes, speed and altitude.

Cons (compared to the GoPro):

1) Slightly heavier

2) Less accessories

Other areas needing improvement:

1) Virb Edit software

Overall, I liked the Virb better and I would still buy it again in a heartbeat! I highly recommend shoppers looking for an action camera to consider the Garmin.

I like it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just like you, I went back and forth between all of the different action cameras out there, I have borrowed friends and tested different ones at demo booths and this is where I landed.

Major selling points for me: It has a screen built in, the record switch is that HUGE slider on the side of it ( every gopro video starts out with someone looking at the camera waiting for the red light to blink), and it has GPS.

Battery life goes for about 3.5 hours depending on how many options you have on

With all of the updates installed I have never had this camera freeze, pause, lock up, or shut off on me.

The coolest part for me is the VIRB Edit video software that shows you a map overlay of everywhere you went in the video, your speed, and elevation. I have always wondered how fast we were going at certain times on a few trails....

The only thing I do not like is that you can not playback any of the videos on your phone/tablet using the Garmin Virb App. You can watch them on the Camera itself, but not through the Wifi connection.

I will continue to test it out in different scenarios and elements, but so far I have been impressed! If you have any questions or would like to see something just let me know, I am happy to oblige.

This is a very good in depth review for several cameras if you are interested:

Does the VIRB have a continuous loop mode...

Does the VIRB have a continuous loop mode like a dash cam?

Yes, there is a loop mode for video. You can specify 2, 5, 10, 20 or 30 minute recording time loops.

Just be sure to have sufficient available storage space when recording in loop mode. If the Virb runs out of space, it will beep to let you know that it will stop recording soon.

Avg. ride time: 11h 8m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Not bad for v1, wish it did more

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was deciding between the GoPro Hero3+ and the Garmin Virb Elite to replace my Hero2 that's been beat-up and has seen many seasons. I decided to give the Virb Elite because of its GPS functionality - I like combining the telemetry data from the cycling computers with video, and having an integrated GPS made things easier.

I bought this in May 2014 and have been using it with v3.70 of the firmware (v3.80 has since been released in July 2014). Most of my experience has been with v3.70.


- While Garmin advertises up to 3 hours of battery life, I've only really been able to get about 2.5 hours tops

- The Virb Elite in white gets dirty very easily. This is cosmetic, but if you're outdoors a lot (which I expect you will be), you might want to get the dark version instead.

- When the Virb starts recording (especially when triggered by the side switch), it may not have acquired the GPS satellites yet, so some recordings may show a jump in recording positions.

- The GoPro Hero3+ gets the slight edge for quality/color reproductio


- The "instant on/off" side-switch to record video is a nice feature. Because it's a physical switch, I know when it's on or off, unlike with the GoPro where sometimes I second guess myself.

- Pairing with ANT+ accessories (HRM, power, speed/cadence) and compatible Edge head units. For Garmin Edge owners, you can remotely control the Virb from your computer.

- It can act as a backup head unit ? granted it's only good for 2.5 hours and it's recording video, but for those who don't want to miss data on their rides, this works nicely.

- The UI is much simpler/cleaner than that of the GoPro Hero series.

- Compatible with GoPro mounts

Needs Improvement:

- The LCD screen, although great under bright daylight, is barely visible in poor lighting conditions

- The dashboard has a fixed set of stats display. It'd be great if this could be customized as with the Garmin Edge units

- Prolonged recording means longer save time

Nice review Gino... Any improvements with newer firmware ?

Extremely Disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had expected much more from Garmin. Though this is the 1st generator Virb, there are enough camera's out there to get an idea of what users would desire. The design is great, it addressed many issues a cyclist would want in a camera, such as a top mounted LCS display (the GoPro has a forward mounted display, which is useless if you want to watch battery life etc). However the issues begin once the unit is turned ON. There is a lag between input and output of video, this can cause the display to glitch at times. The unit also freezes up at times. Once you get to know the quirks, you can get around them, but many times it requires a restart. The dashboard is a disappointment, as I'd have hoped to choose what I wanted displayed on the screen and to be able to choose where that location would be... as the display fields are on the Edge. I realize that power sensors wasn't one of the types of data this unit would pick up, but seriously, I'd put up with a lot from this unit, if it had the ability to sense my power meter. But given the issues I've had, and amount of hair I've lost in frustration, I will be sending my unit back. Maybe by the second or third generation they will have improved the software and processor speed to meet demanding expectations. I'll stick with my GoPro3+ until then... I had really hoped this would have been a good replacement, but alas this unit has far to go before I try testing out another Garmin camera.

Avg. ride time: 7h 5m per week
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Camera freezes constantly

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The camera captures high quality video and images. However, it is suffering from constant freezes. I have tried various class 10 micro SD cards to no avail. Perhaps i have a faulty device. I have contacted Garmin for support and hopefully they will come up with a solution.

Unanswered Question

Hi i wanth to use the garmin virb only...

Hi i wanth to use the garmin virb only has a photographic camera tua goes in very shadow water ,did any body test his quality??? thank's


Garmin VIRB ELITE Sample Footage

By Bike Radar

Horrible CA. I hope it's better when not shooting into the sun but this IQ isn't selling me on the camera (and I was about to pull the trigger). Sigh

I picked one up and am returning it. The picture quality is disappointing and the thing is huge.