Overview: The Garmin VIRB Elite is a compact action camera that
can record Full HD video and 16 MP still images. The camera has a fixed-focus WideVü glass lens,
a 1.4" Chroma LCD screen, and a versatile mounting system. The camera's rugged, waterproof housing will
protect the camera if submerged in water (IPX7 1m/30 min). The VIRB Elite also
has Wi-Fi compatibility, a GPS receiver, barometric altimeter, and an
accelerometer for determining current and maximum G-force acceleration.
Memory Cards: The camera will
accept microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 64 GB. A 64 GB microSD card will hold over
7 hours of 1080p HD video. Class 10 cards are recommended for optimum
1.4" Chroma LCD: The VIRB Elite features a 1.4" high-resolution
Chroma LCD for setup, preview, and playback. The reflective screen actually uses
the sun's light to show you exactly what you're recording, while using very
little battery power. Recorded videos and still images can be reviewed
immediately after shooting. You can quickly and easily access camera settings
through the on-screen menu.
Dashboard: The Dashboard feature displays data from the GPS,
accelerometer, and other optional ANT+ sensors to give you real-time and
historical views of sensor data recorded to the track log. Dashboard displays
- Compass: Displays the current heading and a partial
- Time: Displays the amount of time since the device was
turned on, current time-of-day, and time of sunset or sunrise.
- Distance: Displays the total distance traveled, total
descent and total ascent.
- Speed: Displays current speed, average speed, and
- Elevation: Displays current, maximum and minimum
elevations, and an elevation graph/time scale.
- G-force: Displays current and maximum G-force
- Heart Rate: Displays current, minimum, and maximum
heart rates, as well as a heart rate graph/time scale. Requires optional
heart rate sensor (standard
- Temperature: Displays current, minimum, and maximum
temperatures, as well as a temperature graph/time scale. Requires optional
- Cadence: Displays current, minimum, and maximum
cadences, as well as a cadence graph/time scale. Requires optional
Video Recording: The VIRB Elite has a 16MP CMOS image sensor, and records
MP4 video. You can choose between 1080p (1920 x
1080/30 fps), Tall HD (1280 x 960p/48 fps), Fast HD (1280 x 720p/60 fps), and
Economy HD (1280 x 720/30 fps). There are two speeds of slow-motion video: Slow
Mo HD (1280 x 720p/60fps) plays back at 1/2 speed, and Super Slow Mo (848 x
480/120fps) plays back at 1/4 speed. Time Lapse images can be recorded at
intervals of 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds to create a video that
compresses a long period of time into a few seconds or minutes.
Automatic Video Recording: You can set the device to record
video automatically depending upon your activity. This allows you to conserve
memory by recording only important parts of your activity. One Auto Record
setting will record video only when the device is moving and stops when you are
still. The Ski Mode records automatically when you are skiing (moving downhill),
and stops when you board the chair lift (moving uphill).
Still Image Recording: In addition to video recording, the
VIRB Elite can record still images (JPEG) in 16MP (4608 x 3456 4:3), 12MP (4608 x 2592
16:9), and 8MP
(3264 x 2448 4:3) resolution. You can also set the camera to record a burst of
multiple images to capture people or objects in motion. In Burst mode, the
camera rapidly takes three 16MP images, five 12MP images, or ten 8MP images in
one second. You can also take photos using the Self Timer after a 2, 5, 10, 30,
or 60 second delay.
Field of View: You can change the field of view in the Setup
menu. There are four settings: Wide, Zoom 1 (2x--1080p mode only), Zoom 2
(3x--1080p mode only), and Ultra Zoom (4x).
Camera Settings: The VIRB Elite's 1.4" Chroma LCD gives you quick
and easy access to the camera settings. Unlike other action cameras that require
connecting to a computer to change settings, you can select the video or still
image modes on the spot.
Advanced Settings: The VIRB Elite's advanced menu include three
- Lens Correct: Corrects wide-angle barrel distortion and
reduces the field of view.
- Stabilize: Turns on digital images stabilization to
reduce shaky video.
- Flip Camera: Sets the camera to record video and still
images with the screen facing up or down. You can select This Side Up or
This Side Down.
Tracks: The VIRB Elite keeps a record of your travels while
recording. The track log contains information about points along the recorded
path, including time, location, and elevation for each point. Data from any
paired ANT+ sensors is included as well.
Remote Control: You can start recording, stop recording, and
take pictures on the VIRB Elite using another compatible Garmin device with ANT+
wireless technology, such as the
remote control, or the
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watches. Multiple VIRB Elite devices can be controlled remotely, and you can control one
VIRB Elite with another.
Control via Wi-Fi: The built-in Wi-Fi lets you remotely view
and control photo and video recording using a compatible smartphone running the
free Garmin VIRB app. The app connects using a direct Wi-Fi connection between
Power Requirements: The VIRB Elite comes with a 3.7-volt, 2000mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which
provides approximately 3 hours of battery life.
Outputs: Behind a waterproof cover, the camera's control
panel has a Micro-HDMI output for connecting the camera to your TV. You can also
connect the camera to your computer via the included USB cable for loading
videos or still images, or changing camera settings.
Mounting: The VIRB Elite comes with a versatile mounting system.
The camera comes with a cradle and two self-adhesive, adjustable mounts (one flat and one curved). Each
mount can tilt forward/backward, left/right, and rotate on the base. Each base
has a strong 3M adhesive pad to stick to most clean surfaces.