Garmin Virb has arrived; On vacation.
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:
If I had opened the box, which I definitely did not, I would probably discover that the following items are included:
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:
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!