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Garmin VIRB Elite

alaTest has collected and analyzed 814 reviews of Garmin VIRB Elite. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the battery and durability are overall positive. The price and portability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the color. There are mixed opinions on the connectivity and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, durability, battery

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Garmin VIRB Elite is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin VIRB Elite

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 165 user reviews of Garmin VIRB Elite from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the image quality and battery. The price and portability also get good views. The color and viewfinder get critical comments, and views are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, price, battery, image quality

viewfinder, color

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Virb Elite HD Action Camera with GPS and Wi-Fi - White/Black (16MP) 1.4 inch LCDGarmin Virb Elite HD Action Camera with GPS and Wi-Fi - White/Black (16MP) 1.4 inch LCD

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin VIRB Elite

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 258 user reviews of Garmin VIRB Elite from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the price and battery are on the whole positive. The durability and portability also get good views, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the color. Many are less positive about the connectivity and reliability.

usability, portability, durability, battery, price

reliability, connectivity

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Virb Elite Action CameraGarmin Virb Elite Action Camera

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Garmin VIRB Elite

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Garmin VIRB Elite from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the size. The durability is also mentioned favorably. There are mixed views on the portability and usability, while many are critical about the reliability.

durability, size

reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Virb Elite Action CameraGarmin Virb Elite Action Camera

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Ali Jennings (techradar.com)

Garmin VIRB Elite review

 

An action camera with GPS built in

GPS data ; Simple operation ; Good quality footage

Limited depth waterproofing ; Tricky to swap microSD cards ; White case marks easily

The VIRB exploits Garmin's GPS expertise, and it's well designed with a simple slide switch to start and stop recording. It arrives with a GoPro mount adapter, and the whole package has been well thought out, though it's only waterproof to 1m without...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Garmin VIRB Elite review

 

There's a new kid on the action cams block – but does Garmin have the gnarly skills to take on GoPro?

Useful colour screen Easy to operate Colourful footage

Screen struggles in dim light Not as small as a GoPro Limited dynamic range

With a rugged form and new tricks aplenty, the Garmin VIRB Elite is our new favourite action cam

Feb, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Garmin VIRB Elite

 

A top quality action cam with some interesting excercise tracking features

ANT+ sensor and remote connectivity ; WiFi functions ; Good image quality

No live Internet streaming ; No zoom

The bundle includes two mounts, although both are fairly similar. Both are adhesive, with one providing a flat surface and the other concave, so it will adhere more securely to a helmet. Two sets of fixings are included, too, so you can easily transfer...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Leigh Geary (coolsmartphone.com)

Garmin VIRB Elite review

 

GoPro cameras are, as you'll have probably seen here on Coolsmartphone, a cool way to record your sporting activity. However, when I asked GoPro to load one of their cameras to review, they said… basically, no. The people at Garmin however, did loan me...

Overall, a very lightweight, strong and durable camera which has gone through storms and to Paris and back. I can definitely vouch for the reliability and strength of this thing and, because it’s the “Elite” model, I was able to use the smartphone...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (itreviews.co.uk)

Garmin Virb Elite

 

Requires an optional dive case for shooting underwater. Video quality and resolution dwarfed by the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition.

Video quality is nice and smooth, though you’ll have to step down to 720p to get full 60 frames per second compared to 1080p’s 30 frames. For lots of action, that’s a must to reduce blur or stuttering. The 1080p test video I recorded looked bright and...

Dec, 2013

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Hillary Grigonis (digitaltrends.com)

Garmin Virb 360 review

 

With features not found in other 360-degree cameras, Garmin's rugged Virb 360 is the one to beat.

May, 2017

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Garmin Virb Elite

 

The Garmin Virb and Virb Elite are functional, durable action cameras that aren't quite as durable or functional as their main competitor.

Rugged design. Good 1080p and 720p performance

Requires an optional dive case for shooting underwater. Video quality and resolution dwarfed by the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

Garmin is jumping into the action camera field staked out so thoroughly by GoPro with the Virb and Virb Elite cameras. These rugged, waterproof, mountable 1080p video cameras come with everything you need to shoot your latest ski run, skateboard line,...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Garmin Virb

 

The Garmin Virb and Virb Elite are functional, durable action cameras that aren't quite as durable or functional as their main competitor.

Rugged design. Good 1080p and 720p performance.

Requires an optional dive case for shooting underwater. Video quality and resolution dwarfed by the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition.

The Garmin Virb series is a functional, sturdy action camera that offers solid performance both for high-resolution 1080p30 and high-speed 720p60. The Elite version has some useful extra features like its myriad sensors, but they won't justify the...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Caleb Cross (toptenreviews.com)

Garmin Virb Elite Review

 

This camera integrates nicely with other Garmin products to give you more features than other action cams. If you own a Garmin GPS, watch or bike computer, the Virb Elite might be the best action camera for you. However, there are action camcorders...

A built-in GPS means you can overlay your videos with speed and location data.

The design is more awkward and fragile than competing products.

The Virb Elite is best for those who own a Garmin bike computer or GPS watch since it connects easily with other Garmin devices. If you don't have another Garmin device, its fragility and average image quality lessen its appeal.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: YugaTech (yugatech.com)

Garmin VIRB Elite Quick Review

 

We got our hands on another action camera and this time it's from Garmin. Announced late last year , the VIRB is the company's first time to join the sports camera category as the company decides to take a break from producing sat-nav devices. Could...

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:2 / 980
Battery life (max):2 / 3
Battery technology:Li-ion Polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Video recording time:3

Display

Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:3.56

Features

Colour of product:Black / Black, White
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Storage Media:Memory Card

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):No / Y / Yes

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12.4 / 16

Lens System

Image stabilizer:Y / Yes

Networking

Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes

Operational conditions

Protection features:Water Resistant
Waterproof:Y / Yes
Waterproof up to:1 / 50

Packaging Content

Basic mount:Y / Yes
Bike mount: Yes
Cables included:USB
Flat surface mount: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
Helmet mount: Yes
Included memory card size:16
Manual:No / Yes
Memory Card Included:microSD / miniSD / No
Underwater case:Y
Universal mount: Yes
User guide:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still image

Maximum image resolution:4664 x 3496
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):16 MP (4664*3496); 12 MP (4664*2632); 8 MP (3264*2448). / 16 MP (4664x3496); 12 MP (4664x2632); 8 MP (3264x2448) / 4664 x 3496, 4664 x 2632, 3264 x 2448 / 4664 x 3496, 4664 x 2632, 3264 x 2448

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Maximum memory card size:128 / 64
Storage Media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Black, White / White
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Remote control type:ANT+
Shock proof: Yes
Video recording: Yes

Video

Full HD:Y / Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:120
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p, 960p
Video formats supported:MP4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.1 / 3.68
Height :3.2 / 4.06
Weight:125 / 136 / 151.7 / 170 / 232.4 / 235
Weight (including battery):177
Width:5.3 / 7.7