Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Review

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If you’re looking for an action camera with built-in GPS, the Garmin VIRB is an excellent choice. It can be controlled using the touch screen, voice commands, and you can also use the mobile app. Thanks to GPS technology, you can map your path and check your altitude whether you’re in the United States or anywhere else. The Garmin VIRB made our best action camera list thanks to being great for pilots.

Why We Like It – Garmin

The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is one of the best action cameras on the market and a great alternative to the GoPro Hero5 Black. It has incredible image quality and video quality and also comes with voice control. The VIRB Ultra is also durable and comes with a waterproof case and allows remote control using the VIRB app.

Pros
  • Built-in GPS
  • Great image stabilization
  • 4K video recording
Cons
  • Requires case for waterproofing
  • No 4K image stabilization
  • Average battery life

Performance

The VIRB Ultra can compete with the GoPro Hero5, and most of the GoPro Hero range when it comes to performance. It can record video at 4K at 30fps, 1080 at 60fps burst frames, and at 720 at up to 240fps in slo-mo. This action cam has great 12MP photo quality with an electronic image stabilization system. There is also the option of using voice commands, or the mobile app to control the camera. Uploaded images and videos can be easily touched up using the VIRB edit software. For a 16 MP camera check out the AKASO EK7000.

Design

The design of the VIRB Ultra emulates most action cameras with its boxy design. The camera itself is clear and features the usual lens in front, with three large buttons and a dial on the top. The back is dominated by the color LCD that’s easy to read. On one side are the miniUSB and HDMI ports and on the other is the access to the removable battery that needs external power to charge. The Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera and the Hero5 Black are similar alternatives.

Value

The Garmin action camera has many many great features. It has excellent picture quality when it comes to both pictures and videos. It also has some of the best stabilization in its class. There are also many extra features like GPS, voice control, and the ability to use an app to control its functions. It even comes with a waterproof housing and when you are done shooting you can use VIRB edit software to optimize your content. This camera offers great value for money. If you need to record at 60 fps in 4K, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is a better option.

Garmin Wrap Up

Garmin made a name for itself with navigation tools and they’ve applied the same technology to this camera. The GPS feature means you can track your progress and know exactly where you are. It’s also durable and has good video and picture quality. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer image stabilization at 4K, but that is not a deal-breaker. It’s still a great camera.

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Saeed Wazir

After quitting IT hell I found a new lease of life as a writer. I currently follow my passion, writing about different topics like product reviews, video games, and insurance.

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