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Garmin Virb has arrived; On vacation.

Friday, December 12, 2014 by  
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December
12
2014

My new Garmin Virb action camera arrived yesterday! Amazon is still selling these excellent (but recently discontinued) cameras for right at $100 with free 2-day Prime shipping. This is a phenomenal deal on a very good and very well-reviewed camera, so jump on it before they are all gone.

This is a Christmas present from Lisa, so right now all I can do is admire the camera as it languishes inert and useless in its pretty box:

Garmin Virb Action Camera

Garmin Virb Action Camera

 

If I had opened the box, which I definitely did not, I would probably discover that the following items are included:

What's in the box...

What’s in the box…

 

I really like that Garmin provides a variety of mounts straight out of the box, and even supplies adapters for GoPro mounts. I already own a ton of GoPro mounts, including the expensive (but excellent) K-Edge GoPro handlebar mount, so this saved me some cash. K-edge also manufactures various other mounts that will work with the Virb, including an under-the-saddle mount.

One thing that is not included that you’ll definitely need is a fast microSD card (up to 64GB). Luckily I happen to have an unused 64GB Sandisk Ultra (Class 10) microSD sitting around, which is perfect for the Virb.

Another thing I like about the Virb is that you can swap out the battery. Garmin claims that you can shoot somewhere between 3 and 3.5 hours of 1080p footage on a single charge, but it’s nice that an extra battery can be quickly put into play when required.

Because this is a Christmas present and I’m not allowed to open the box, I can’t show you how the Virb would look mounted to my Madone with the K-edge mount. As an alternative, I whipped up a couple of crude renderings that illustrate how things might look if I’d installed the Virb yesterday, which of course I definitely did not:

The Garmin Virb mounted on my Trek Madone 5.9 Di2. I mounted the Virb using my K-Edge GoPro handlebar mount. Also shown, the Garmin Edge 810, which I have mounted on the the K-Edge Garmin computer mount.

The Garmin Virb mounted on my Trek Madone 5.9 Di2. I mounted the Virb using my K-Edge GoPro handlebar mount. Also shown, the Garmin Edge 810, which I have mounted on the the K-Edge Garmin computer mount.

 

Another view of the Garmin Virb mounted on my Madone.

Another view of the Garmin Virb mounted on my Madone.

 

If I’d installed the camera, which of course I did not, and then did a quick indoor video test without altering any of the default settings, it might look something like this (watch directly on YouTube @ 1080p for best quality):

 

I’m looking forward to doing a road ride today, er, I mean after Christmas, with the Virb so I can experiment with some of the cool real-time video data overlays (power, speed, cadence, heart rate, GPS, elevation and so on). Subscribe to my Youtube channel if you want to check it out.

Well folks, this is my final update for a couple weeks–I’m on vacation! I’ll resume my usual daily blog on Monday, December 29, 2014. My 2015 cut will start exactly one week later: Monday, January 5, 2015! If you want to drop fat and get in shape for the new year, please check out yesterday’s blog: Want to get ripped? Here’s how.

See you on the 29th!

John Stone Fitness Comments

5 Responses to “Garmin Virb has arrived; On vacation.”
  1. WAIT!!!! VACATION!!!? Who’s gonna tell me how many reps to do, how long to torture myself on intervals, what to eat, how to stay motivated!!!? This sux. I’m gonna gain all my fat back and be a potato again. ~sigh~

    Enjoy the holiday season.

    PS Very glad you didn’t use the Virb.

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