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Garmin’s Virb Elite

As I said a few blogs ago Garmin have chosen Fish the Dream’s fishing holidays in the Florida Keys as a tester for their new action camera the Virb and sent me the Elite model to use.  First impressions have been very good a big step up from my Go Pro which I have to say for the last two years has been a fun tool giving people reading the blog a new look at the Florida Keys.  So the tech stuff on the new Virb.


The Virb records in true HD  1080 p and you can adjust resolution and speed from slow motion right up to 120 fps, all seen through the WideVu lens and processed through 16 megapixel CMOS senor for highest quality video,  HD  modes :  1080 p @ 30 fps, 960 p @ 48 fps, 720 p @ 30/60 fps, 848 x 480 @ 120 fps.

The 1.4 in Chroma Display is a full colour feature which allows you to preview and playback videos and photos and quickly changes settings it is also on all the time but uses minimal power.  The Virb features a class-leading 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that tests up to 3 hours recording at 1080 p . The Virb  has high-sensitivity GPS for data stamping and smart recording automatically recording runs and stops, also it is equipped with Wi-Fi to communicate to smartphone or computer allowing you to adjust settings or take stills whilst filming with out taking the camera from its mounts.  The Virb also the wireless connectivity to talk to other Garmin devices to even date stamp heart rate, speed, acceleration, and altimeter.


The large instant record slider switch is very easy to use even if you are wearing gloves,  it also has digital stabilization and lens distortion correction just to make your videos even better.  As with all action cameras the Virb has a variety of mounts from handlebar/pole, helmet, shoulder and multi-use strap also with a vast selection of interlocking joints and of course for me an optional dive case.  Best of all for an old guy like me Garmin have a very easy to use editing software in Virb Edit the info on it is amazing even linking the video  to full GPS maps amazing but watch your secret spots.


Have a look at my first under water shots in the North Sea,  amazing to watch fish come to the baits and not take and the kelp beds over a mile off shore stunning, stop the videos and play frame by frame to see the fish.  This was the MK 1 rig I do need to keep the camera a bit more stable but not scare the fish away, roll on the Florida Keys.