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Garmin's VIRB Action Camera

 


Maxx  (D 9594)

Aug 20, 2013, 8:03 AM
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http://www.theverge.com/...ed-action-gps-camera

http://gizmodo.com/...r-a-price-1170890425

Original announcement:
http://garmin.blogs.com/...b-.html#.UhOFL2RHAVQ

Quote:
The VIRB captures 1080p wide-angle video, featuring digital image stabilization, and the ability to take 16-megapixel still images without interrupting video recording.

Here is the demovideo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6CGI3XkAiQ

Doesn't look like it has the same video quality like the GoPro 3. Video looks a little bit jittery (probably the digital stabilisation), the dynamic range is not as good as a GoPro. So I don't think this is a GoPro Killer, but maybe a nice alternative for some people who like the formfactor and the GPS feature.


(This post was edited by Maxx on Aug 20, 2013, 1:23 PM)


Zlew  (D 21616)

Aug 20, 2013, 8:11 AM
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would be interesting to see if the "ski" mode works for skydiving.

"Additionally, in Ski Mode, the VIRB Elite is able to recognize the difference between going down the mountain and going up the ski lift. In this setting, VIRB Elite automatically turns on and starts recording when going down the mountain, and then goes into standby mode once on the ski lift. This mode saves battery and memory space, and keeps the user from forgetting to record when going down the mountain. "


Scrumpot  (D License)

Aug 20, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Interesting.


Hellis

Aug 21, 2013, 1:20 AM
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Zlew wrote:
would be interesting to see if the "ski" mode works for skydiving.

"Additionally, in Ski Mode, the VIRB Elite is able to recognize the difference between going down the mountain and going up the ski lift. In this setting, VIRB Elite automatically turns on and starts recording when going down the mountain, and then goes into standby mode once on the ski lift. This mode saves battery and memory space, and keeps the user from forgetting to record when going down the mountain. "


Could work, but that would probably mean you miss the exit and it will record the canopyride too.


Zlew  (D 21616)

Aug 21, 2013, 5:25 AM
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Yeah. Wouldn't work for any "workflow", would just be kinda novel.


Scrumpot  (D License)

Aug 22, 2013, 10:15 AM
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In reply to:
but that would probably mean you miss the exit...

Not so sure. I just read somewhere that the sensitivity of its internals is such that it starts recording when the chair (lift) levels out, not necessarily only just when you begin descending/going down. If that is so, then it may just start recording once the plane levels-off & setting up for/on jumprun. ...Maybe? ...Dunno? But as others have said, might be for at least all the GoPro crowd, currently scrambling and checking "if they're blinking" on jumprun - an interesting option / test-ground for the rest of us to find out.


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Aug 22, 2013, 1:34 PM
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I just looked at this camera at Bass Pro shop.
It's not anything better (and a tad worse) than most of the very cheap cameras out there. On par with Swann...
So..it has some sweet features, but the image still blows.


verticalflyer  (D 11313)

Aug 23, 2013, 2:48 AM
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I have been waiting for this innovation for so long thank god its here, its so hard to push a single button prior to exit and wait for the red light and then under canopy or on the ground to actually remember to press that button again.

Seriously how lazy is this becoming, when they can build a camera with a little innovation that packs for me then that would be nice but trusting it to record on its own and ending up with minutes of 4 ways climbing out is not my thing Smile


BETO74  (D License)

Mar 29, 2014, 3:51 PM
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DSE. Care to elaborate why do you think is a tad worse than other cheap cameras? does that include the go pro? I thought was a tad better (nothing super extraordinary) specially the elite model


Premier DSE  (D 29060)

Mar 29, 2014, 7:35 PM
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I'l retract my original comment, the VIRB I was initially shown was a proto. After having been diving, jumping, sand railing with both the standard and the elite model, I'm impressed, so far. Battery life sucks. Otherwise, it's quite nice.
Below is my test rig, complete with Elite



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