Competition for the Action Cams GoPro? Garmin will shake up the market with the Virb Elite. If it works. Garmin Virb Elite: The Action Cam even takes on the GPS track. The US manufacturer Garmin moves with the Virb Elite Action on the camera market to competitors GoPro and drift on the Pelle. The Virb Elite is next to the slightly weaker equipped Virb to the first Action-Cam series of the Group that advertise with shockproof and waterproof housing. In the test of the eVivam Virb showed elite, where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
Virb Elite: GPS and replaceable battery
The Garmin-camera records videos in 1080p wide-angle to 30 frames per second. Operate can be via the integrated 1.4 inch (3.6 centimeters) wide chroma color display. The battery is replaceable and held in the test 141 minutes by. Thus the Virb Elite filming 64 minutes shorter than the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition and 22 minutes longer than the Sony HDR-AS30V.
Equipped with a CMOS sensor (16 megapixels) are also time-lapse and continuous shooting are available. During video recording can shoot high-resolution images. In "Super Slow Motion" mode, the Garmin-Cam creates up to 120 frames per second - but at reduced resolution. Special practical: The Virb Elite records the GPS track and altitude. So can be traced later exactly where the action took place.
Other features of Elite Virb
The Virb Elite can be linked via an integrated ANT + -Funkmodul with other Garmin devices and fitness sensors. Per WLAN land all data after the recording on the home PC or can be uploaded directly to the Internet. Also, the smartphone can be made by Virb Mobile App interact (for iOS and Android) with the camera. The ANT + sensor allows the Virb Elite even to measure the temperature and heart rate and cadence of the action filmmaker. A micro is indeed integrated, a connection for an external Micro is there anyway.
Design and handling
Garmin has made with sportive design ideas to handling: you shove the slider forward, immediately start the camera recording. Intended for maintenance while the wide rubberised notches ensure - without mounting on helmet or surfboard. Too bad: The reinforced with rubber keys can barely feel a pressure point. In addition, the SD card hidden deep under the battery, and the display can be read only in the light.
Compared to other Action Cams even the weight falls on: Whopping 168 grams brings the model on the scale and is more than twice as heavy as the GoPro models. The Virb elite but at least IPX7 certified what it robust, dustproof, shockproof and waterproof up to one meter of water (for 30 minutes) makes.
Image and video quality
The videos of the Garmin Virb Elite see compared to the somewhat flashy clips from the GoPro very natural. In the test, it provided very detailed movies, fine noise was but recognizable. In low light also drink from dark areas. The tone is quiet and tinny like many action cams. Action movies are but fortunately lined generally in the post with music.
When Garmin Virb Elite only interfere fiddly operation. Quality and features agree: The Garmin videos look very natural. On request, the Virb Elite GPS and altitude data records. The Garmin Virb Elite is available for around 220 euros (Amazon, as of 05.27.2015).