Garmin Virb Elite HD Action Camera with GPS and Wi-Fi £119 @ Amazon
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Garmin Virb Elite HD Action Camera with GPS and Wi-Fi £119 @ Amazon

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Found 16th Feb 2015
Cannot believe this has dropped by this much....was Amazed at the price I got on Bespoke Offers for the standard edition (£85) but for the elite this price is crazy....Already ordered on Amazon direct but will see what Bespoke Offers comes back with.

Remember , this is the All Singing All dancing ELITE version...not to be confused with its cheaper sibling. This is a super bargain if you want an action camera.

Did try Flubit but they said they couldn't beat the price which isn surprising really..and just had another message come back from Bespoke Offers saying they also can't match...but still very happy with the price.

Get it whilst its hot

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I'd be interested in other opinions, but would have thought the Sony AS30V at £129 would be better value?

Just

I'd be interested in other opinions, but would have thought the Sony … I'd be interested in other opinions, but would have thought the Sony AS30V at £129 would be better value?


interesting . I'd like to compare the two too

Cheers OP! Just purchased. I was looking for a reasonable underwater camera. I purchased the dive case to go with this for £24.

hi please help iam split between this the sony as30 v or the sj4000hd .to use on a motorbike .please help

I just sent one of these back, the latest firmware makes it turn off. I used it for a hour no problem then after that it would only record 10 seconds, quite a few people have been complaining on forum sites.

I ended up buying the original sjcam 5000+, I'm really pleased with it but the virb was better on picture quality

I sent one of these back. The software was awful and it shuts down suddenly causing errors on the card. Terrible piece of kit

aquitaine

hi please help iam split between this the sony as30 v or the sj4000hd … hi please help iam split between this the sony as30 v or the sj4000hd .to use on a motorbike .please help



Given that you are mounting it on a rumbling motorbike, the 60fps 1080p, built in image stabilisation & better audio give the edge to the AS30V..
The Sony also has genuinely fantastic video quality - and is far better built than the SJ4000. With that said, I kept my own SJ4000 because it has a flat dive housing whereas the Sony option is a costly extra..

quidstretchy

interesting . I'd like to compare the two too



At this price, the Virb should have 1080P @ 60FPS. I'm staggered that it doesn't!
Sony gets my vote

wenttoabetterplace

At this price, the Virb should have 1080P @ 60FPS. I'm staggered that it … At this price, the Virb should have 1080P @ 60FPS. I'm staggered that it doesn't!Sony gets my vote




The Sony is not waterproof - it's £189 if you want the waterproof case.

Nice one Was going to order the 'standard' Virb yesterday as I couldn't justify the extra for the Elite but this is a top deal!

Bigfootpete

The Sony is not waterproof - it's £189 if you want the waterproof case.



The sony is as waterproof as the Virb using the included Sony SPK-AS2 case (down to 5 metres).
If you buy the dive housing though, the Sony becomes waterproof to 60 metres...
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 16th Feb 2015

TedMaulsMetahpor

Nice one Was going to order the 'standard' Virb yesterday as I … Nice one Was going to order the 'standard' Virb yesterday as I couldn't justify the extra for the Elite but this is a top deal!



I might be missing something, but what is the big selling point of this Virb? 30FPS at 1080P would make it a deal breaker for me....just wondering what the features are that compensate for such an omission on a sports camera?

The fact that this has dropped in price so much must reflect on the actual device.

I have been tempted to try one and at this price it seems a great deal. But then again there aren't too many recent positives coming out about it.

unique selling point of this is ant+ compatibility. Can overlay data from various any+ sensors on the video footage e.g. showing cadence, heart rate as well as data obtained by the virb such as altitude, speed and other things. Footage with overlays is made using virbedit software.

Also can link multiple virbs together so that they all stop/start at the same time.

Can upload your route to strava with all the sensor data using garmin connect if you're into that sort of thing.

I use mine for cycling and if you have a compatible garmin edge you can control it from that also.

There are various video samples on youtube showing overlays. There are many templates to choose from and you can customise them also. Pretty neat

You can also connect to the virb from your smartphone and remote control it or set it up.

BillyBargain15

unique selling point of this is ant+ compatibility. Can overlay data from … unique selling point of this is ant+ compatibility. Can overlay data from various any+ sensors on the video footage e.g. showing cadence, heart rate as well as data obtained by the virb such as altitude, speed and other things. Footage with overlays is made using virbedit software.Also can link multiple virbs together so that they all stop/start at the same time. Can upload your route to strava with all the sensor data using garmin connect if you're into that sort of thing.I use mine for cycling and if you have a compatible garmin edge you can control it from that also.There are various video samples on youtube showing overlays. There are many templates to choose from and you can customise them also. Pretty neatYou can also connect to the virb from your smartphone and remote control it or set it up.



So in comparison to the Sony AS30V, the only difference for normal users (ones that aren't daisychaining multiple Virbs together) is the heart rate data overlay? The AS30V has GPS/altitude etc as well as the smartphone apps...

For me personally, I would far sooner have a 60FPS 1080P mode (for super slow motion etc) & much superior audio than have the heart rate overlay of the Virb...

wenttoabetterplace

I might be missing something, but what is the big selling point of this … I might be missing something, but what is the big selling point of this Virb? 30FPS at 1080P would make it a deal breaker for me....just wondering what the features are that compensate for such an omission on a sports camera?



The main attraction for me with either Virb is I can take .fit files from my Edge 800 which are recording BPM, cadence, speed etc via the ANT+ sensors on me and the bike and overlay those with the video recorded by the camera. It's a bit of geeky fun really

The Elite has a few more bells and whistles over the normal one so for £20 more than what I was going to pay yesterday for the normal Virb I think it's a good deal.

I got a Virb Elite @ Christmas. For £169. From popular online retailer Amazon. It went haywire as described in previous comments & went back to Garmin in January. They supplied another without any quibbles whatsoever. The new one works well. But if it gave any further problems I would just say "Garmin Virb elite,No,I am not having it any longer ". So i would.

Hoping that the existing Sony action cams come down a little more, now that they've announced a 4K model -

sony.co.uk/ele…kit

I bought one of these on Black Friday for £20 more. It's great for putting in the kitchen so I can see when my mummy has the dinner ready and saves her shrieking up the stairs at me. Great price!

I got the Sony yesterday after debating on which motorcycle cam to get. I'm very happy with my purchase,it's obviously bigger than the bullet cams but the quality of the image is spot on,I only have an 8gb SD card in ATM and it will record full HD with GPS on and the anti-shake system for around 1hr 40.

Banned

This or the GOPRO 4 Silver?

Going holiday on friday!

Here's a site which gives the ultimate POV shoutout including the Virb and the Sony AS30. POV SHOOTOUT
the overall winner looks to be the Sony AS100 but that's £200+ but picture quality gets a very good review.

As with others here I have experienced problems with this camera (purchased just after Christmas for £129.)
First it would die with 40%+ battery remaining. Solved that by charging it using a wall charger instead of directly from the PC via USB. But even then the battery was only lasting 2hrs 20-30 mins max, with everything (GPS etc) turned off so Garmin currently have it.
If/when it works, it is a great camera and a bargain at this price, but it seems a bit hit and miss with regards to actually getting one that works.

Think they should stick to making satnav's

Worth pointing out that the grey model is only price dropped to £190 - amzn.to/1Fi…CgE

Just for anyone who thinks it must be due to quality of the product...! Maybe it's the white colour scheme putting people off?

Original Poster

Yeah was wondering that myself but bike is white red and black so was happy with the colour scheme

mirpur

This or the GOPRO 4 Silver?Going holiday on friday!


Neither, sony AS100v

I'm not sure how much delivery would be, but the Sony AS100 works out to around £178 after currency conversion from Amazon Germany...
Or just £157 from Amazon Italy...
amazon.it/s/r…00v
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 16th Feb 2015

Does this have an option for external mic? Want one for my motorbike helmet but internal mics are completely useless in scenario.

For those interested in producing videos with your bike sensor data overlaid, you can use any camera that outputs a mp4 file and combine it with the data from your bike computer using the Garmin Virb software. It doesn't need to be a Garmin virb camera. I do it with an Ion Air Pro camera and data from my Garmin Edge 800

wenttoabetterplace

I'm not sure how much delivery would be, but the Sony AS100 works out to … I'm not sure how much delivery would be, but the Sony AS100 works out to around £178 after currency conversion from Amazon Germany...Or just £157 from Amazon Italy...http://www.amazon.it/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/276-8121138-9655104?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sony+as100v



€5.81 by the looks of it for me. Interesting, cheers.

@furbix

you can add this adapter to put an external mic on the camera. The cable uses the USB or HDMI port under the rear flap. I imagine its weather sealing may be reduced when in use.

amazon.co.uk/Gar…M4G

Cant fault mine, with image stabilization turned on the footage is much smoother than i get with my GoPro (Hero3 Black). GPS data overlays are quite cool and very easy to apply also:

youtube.com/wat…PJg

I did lend the camera to a friend who used it on his formula ford, this highlights the massive difference when the image stabilisation is turned off.. interesting the see the heart rate overlay though!
youtube.com/wat…Wlg

Yeah I have one of these...stuck it to my head. Wear it to all kinds of exciting places...the local shop, butchers, supermarket and shopping malls, park, mcdonalds drive thru etc. Then when I get home I watch it all again...I love my life...
Edited by: "minus222" 16th Feb 2015

Here's a link to the deal I posted for the grey model last June, including my thoughts and comments and some links to review etc: hotukdeals.com/dea…673

I've used the camera a fair bit since then (nearly all cycling related) and have been very impressed on the whole. The Virb Edit software was a bit flakey to begin with, but they keep pushing out regular updates for it and it's improved dramatically over time. Good to see their continued commitment to it too. I anticipate that Garmin will release an updated version later this year, but it's hard to see the elite version dropping much below this price. With all the extra functionality, it's a steal.

Can you use this as a dash cam too??

slow-mo recording like the Gopro?

Thanks OP - already have one and love it, so just bought another.

A mate had problems with his with a fake/slow memory card, replaced the card with a pukka one and had no more problems.......Garmin are usually pretty good with updates for their other devices.
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