Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera

Priced: $399.99 - $400.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 3 reviews.
Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera
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Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera -
Enjoy 1080p HD video recording with a 16 megapixel CMOS image processor. Garmin's easy-to-use VIRB Elite HD Action Camera features a 1.4" Chroma display; a high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and barometric altimeter; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery; and a rugged, waterproof (IPX7), aerodynamic design. With the VIRB Elite, you can even adjust resolution and filming speed for crisp, dramatic slow motion up to 120fps. All your video is captured through a WideVü lens. Set multiple HD video modes: 1080p@30frps, 96p@48fps. 720p@30/60fps, and 848x480@120fps.
A built-in 1.4" Chroma display allows you to check your shot before you record, choose slow motion, or even switch between video and still photography. A class-leading 2,000 mAh lithium-ion battery records up to 3 hours at 1080p. Also included is a high-sensitivity GPS for data stamping and GPS-based "smart" recording profiles such as Skiing Mode. It's also equipped with WiFi for wireless communication to your smartphone or computer. So you can see the image preview, control for playback, adjust camera settings, and record and stop the camera or remotely snap still photos, even while the camera is recording. And, Virb uses ANT+ wireless connectivity so you can use a compatible Garmin device as a remote control.
A variety of mounts let you lock the camera in position, virtually anywhere. From curved, flat deck and dash mounts to handlebar, shoulder and multi-use strap mounts, there's amount to match your activity. There's even an adaptor that lets you use the VIRB Elite with other mounts. Also includes USB cable, cradle, links, threaded collar, and knobs.
Manufacturer model #: 010-01088-10.


  • Threaded collar


  • Due to federal shipping restrictions regarding products with hazardous or flammable materials, this product can only be shipped via ground transportation. We’re sorry, but Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, USPS Priority or Express shipping are not available for this item. Additionally, this product cannot be shipped to Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Catalina Island, Puerto Rico, APO, FPO, or international addresses. Thanks for your understanding.


  • High-tech features like Digital Stabilization and Lens Distortion Correction automatically improve and enhance every frame


  • Compact, unobtrusive and rugged design stands up to the bumps and drops that come with outdoor fun; it's also waterproof down to 1m for up to 30 min.

Weather and Wind:

  • Aerodynamic casing is rugged and waterproof (IPX7—up to 30 min. at a depth of 1 meter); built to survive bumps, drops, and hits


  • Achieve clear, true-to-life imagery with HDR (High Dynamic Range), ANR (Advanced Noise Reduction) and LDC (Lens Distortion Correction) capabilities
  • Documentation.
  • The Garmin VIRB Elite action camera comes with a cradle, short and right-angle attachment links, flat- and curved-surface mounts, mount adapter and USB cable
  • 16MP sensor processes four HD video modes (1080p at 30fps, 960p at 30/48fps, 720p at 30/60fps and 848x480 at 120fps) and still images (16MP at 4:3, 12MP at 16:9 and 8MP at 4:3
  • ANT+ wireless enables remote control and data transfer with other compatible Garmin products; edit and share your footage with free Garmin BaseCamp software
  • 64GB microSD card provides up to 10 hours of 1080p HD video (class 10 recommended; memory card sold separately)
  • 1.4” Chroma display hi-res color screen shows exactly what you’re filming and allows for easy set-up, preview, and playback
  • With the on-board GPS and use-specific profiles such as ski mode, you can automatically start and stop recording with triggers such as minimum/maximum speed or altitude
  • Built-in accelerometer, altimeter, and high-sensitivity GPS also record the data that matters to you like speed, location, and altitude
  • Knobs (3)
  • Micro HDMI output with optional mini-USB adapter
  • Wi-Fi connectivity allows for remote control via smartphone
  • Removable, rechargeable 2000mAh lithium‐ion battery offers up to 3.5 hrs. at 1080p; microSD card socket accepts cards up to 64GB for memory storage (cards sold separately)
  • Best-in-class 2000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery lasts up to 3 hours while recording at 1080p
  • Download and edit your footage for free with VIRB Edit, then post to your favorite sites
  • Easy access slider switch to control recording
  • Oversized switch is easy to operate, even with gloves on
  • WideVü lens is a 9-element glass lens that shoots in three modes: wide, medium, and narrow
  • Enjoy an easy slider switch for instant recording and on/off power, an internal stereo mic, external USB jack, composite A/V adapter and microHDMI output for video playback
  • Removable flange base
  • Capture still images with Photo Burst and Time Lapse features
  • ANT+ connectivity lets you pair the VIRB Elite with other Garmin products to record heart rate, cadence, and outside temperature; also lets you control VIRB remotely with compatible Garmin devices
  • Adapter to popular industry mounts
  • Easily record photo bursts (16 per second at 6fps, 12 per second at 10fps and 8 per second at 15fps) and time lapses (0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds)
  • Has Wi-Fi and ANT+ connectivity to use the Garmin VIRB Elite with your iPhone or Android via free mobile apps
  • High-quality glass lens accommodates wide, medium and narrow shooting modes; high-resolution, color LCD display offers preview, playback and easy control of camera settings
The Garmin Virb Elite Action Camera is sleek and rugged. With a large instant record slider that clicks into place it is easy to know if you are recording even if you are wearing gloves. The ELITE has high-sensitivity GPS for data stamping and GPS-based "smart" recording profiles such as Skiing Mode, which automatically records your downhill runs and stops recording while you're getting hot cocoa or waiting in the lift line. It also features a class-leading 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that tested up to 3 hours recording at 1080p. It can easily be recharged via your computer or a wall outlet. The digital stabilization feature adds a little stability to bumpy rides and adventures for a smoother video experience. This camera can also shoot stills with the push of a button while still shooting video, so there is no need to stop filming to capture that perfect moment. With a variety of mounts you will be able to firmly lock the camera in position, virtually anywhere.

With several shot modes and video, you can capture every moment with Garmin's VIRB Action Camera. Record stunning video in vibrant 1080p HD from the 16MP CMOS image processor. The high-resolution Chroma Display shows colors in their true, brilliance to easily control setup, preview and playback. Digital stabilization and lens distortion correction gives you professional-quality shots 100% of the time. Highly sensitive, internal GPS, accelerometer and barometric altimeter stamps data into the video for smart-recording profiles. Take still images in 8, 12 or 16MP that easily blow-up to poster-size memories. Rugged IPX7 housing is waterproof up to one meter of water of incidental exposure for 30 minutes. Connect and control via Wi-Fi® using the free mobile app for iPhone® or Android®. microSD™ slot supports up to a 64GB card. Rechargeable 2000mA/h lithium-ion battery lets you record up to three hours of video at 1080p. Remote included.

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Designed to withstand every adventure, misadventure, double-dog dare, near miss, epic feat, and moments of glory on the field, trail, or in your backyard, the Garmin VIRB Elite action camera captures everything in 1080p HD clarity so you can re-live your best moments over and over.

The Wi-Fi-enabled Garmin VIRB Elite action camera harnesses the power of GPS allowing video recordings that automatically start and stop with GPS-enabled triggers you set, such as speed or altitude.

Please Note: This item contains a lithium battery and cannot be shipped to APO, FPO, U.S. Territories, international destinations or Hawaii, and are only available for in-store pickup in Alaska.


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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
1080p HD video:1920 ? 1080; 30 fps, 960p@48fps, 720p@30/60fps, 848x480@120fps
ANT+™ compatible:Yes (remote)
Battery life:1080p (30 fps), up to 3 hrs
Battery type:Removable Li-ion
Bluetooth Enabled:No
Dimensions:4.3 x 2 x 1.2 inches
Display size:1.4" (205 x 148)
Frames per second:30 fps. / 48 fps. / 60 fps./ 120 fps.
Hd Resolution:Yes
High definition:Yes
Image stabilization:Yes (digital)
Included memory:None
Instant review:Yes
Interface:USB / micro-HDMI / composite A/V adapter / 3.5mm stereo mic adapter / ANT+(remote & sensors) / WiFi
Internal microphone:Yes
LCD screen size:1.4 inches
Lens distortion correction:Yes
Lens focal length:55 centimeters
Memory:microSD™ card (up to 64 GB); card not included
Memory storage type:microSD card
Movie mode:Yes
OS compatibility:Windows / Mac
Online Community:No
Photo burst:3/s@16, 5/s@12 or 10/s@8
Power source:Rechargeable lithium ion
Remote control:Yes
Self timer:Yes
Still mode:Yes
Still photo resolution:16 MP (4664*3496); 12 MP (4664*2632); 8 MP (3264*2448)
Unit size (HxWxD):32 mm x 53 mm x 111 mm
Unit weight:With battery, cradle and flat mount assembly
Vertical resolution:1080p / 960p / 720p / WVGA
Video time lapse (seconds):0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60
WVGA (slow motion):848 ? 480; 120 fps
Water resistant:IPX7 (1 m/30 min)
Weight (without batteries):4.79 ounces
Wi-fi Enabled:Yes
Wide Angle Lens:Yes
Zoom range:x2 / x4
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Garmin VIRB Elite Action Camera Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

So far so good....

So this is a just an initial review. I'll update as I use it more. I've used it once communting to work and back. The ride into work was at night and raining. The camera had no issues with the rain and the video was good in low light conditions. The form of the virb is perfect to put on the stem of a bike, much better then a boxy go pro.

The GPS worked great. I have not hooked up any monitors to it yet. I have a HR monitor on its way. I have not used it long enough to actually drain the battery but if it's true to it's advertisement it should be long enough for most of my rides. I ride throught the winter so we shall see how the battery stands up to the cold.

So far it's a pretty cool device. I was about to get a garmin 810 but decided this would fit the bill. I've had enough run ins with drivers on the phone texting/calling, riding our backs, and cutting us off and being reckless that I feel the need to have video as insurance.

It's a new device so it has some bugs to work out. The most irritating thing was that on their advertisement and website they tout how you can link it to a smartphone. Yeah not so much. I emailed them about it today and they said it would be a few weeks before the app was available. Lame!!! Why bother saying all that stuff and not having it avaiable. I tried to connect it to garmin connect but the virb elite is not in the list of devices. On the plus side, since you can access the gpx file manually you can upload it to garmin connect or strava. On the minus side, when I connected it to the virb edit it only imported one of two videos and i couldn't get the second video on there. It also failed to capture gps for the ride into work but captured gps for the ride home. The virb has also frozen on me 3 times when I connected it to the computer requireing the battery to be removed inorder to shut it off.

You're also supossed to be able to capture gps data without recording. I'm not sure how to do this since I couldn't find it in the full manual which is only available online.

I also couldn't overlay the gps data over the video since it didn't captur it but I'm looking forward to using that to analyze my rides.

More updates to come as I learn how to use it and get more rides in.
jin19k at REI on 11/11/2013

Awesome Action Camera

I was wary of this camera only because I didn't know Garmin had entered into the action camera market. After playing with it for a few days, I am sold. It is easy to use, more compact than the GoPro, pairs with all my Garmin accessories and is able to be configured and driven by an iPhone app (Virb Elite only).

The editing software is basic, but usable and allows you to add your Garmin stats as overlays to your video.

All in all, this was a great gift and every bit as good or better than the GoPro.
Rogue Girl at REI on 01/01/2014

Negative Reviews:

It could be good...

I never write reviews, but because there is none that can help you I am writing this. First, you HAVE to have windows 7 or newer to get this camera working with your computer. Something I didn't know, I did a lot of reserch before giving this a try, and anywhere I read that. So if you have windows vista, it won't work.
Now the biggest disappointment is that when you buy it, you read in the box that garmin has an app for this, it is not true, they WILL have one, no one knows when, they dont tell you. How can they do that and get away with it? don't know.
So this camera was useless to me for those 2 reasons, I can't comment about performance, only that it is pretty big, I was going to use the shoulder harness and believe me, when I tryied it, I felt like a pirat with that in my shoulder, a little wierd. People will definetly know you have a camera on you. I am glad I got it in REI, I returned it with no problems.
LoreD at REI on 12/12/2013