Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Snap Verdict
Garmin’s action camera might not be as well known as GoPro Hero, but ever generation of the Virb series has has innovated and impressed. Garmin were one of the first to include GPS and motion sensors, and way before the GoPro Hero5 launched with voice activation the Ultra 30 was already out there. The Ultra 30 is a powerhouse of an action camera that’s not just good, it really challenges the formidable Hero5 for the top spot.
For Garmin Virb Ultra 30
- Solid quality design
- Voice activation
- GPS and Motion sensors
Against Garmin Virb Ultra 30
- Some touch gestures are tricky
Garmin Virb Ultra 30 features
- 4K @ 30fps
- Touch Screen
- Voice activation
Garmin Virb Ultra 30 info box
- Type: Action Camera
- £389 / $419
Garmin joined the action camera market in 2013 with the Virb, and was the first GPS manufacturer in the field. At the time the camera was a real GoPro competitor with features and quality that really did rival everything else on the market.
The first generation camera was styled along the bullet cam design and was exceptionally easy to use. The Next generation of Virb X cameras adopted the more common box design and saw a complete reworking with resolution and features all making a leap forward.
The Ultra 30 has once again been remodelled, where the X lost the waterproof casing the Ulta 30 brings it back. There’s also a host of features that bettered any other camera on the market at the time of launch, even GoPro.
Garmin’s expertise comes in the GPS field and the Ultra 30 pulls on the previous two generations of Virb to produce one of the most connected and well rounded action cameras out there.
When it comes to features the list is extensive and unlike many cameras expandability at the heart of the Virb. That’s not to say that it’s ready to fit lenses and become a full blown video rig, it’s more part of a larger fitness and lifestyle eco system that will appeal to many.
Whereas GoPro have aimed their latest products; the Karma Drone and Grip at the young outdoors youth, Garmin’s camera is aimed directly at everyone involved in activities, from your weekend family ride to full scale expeditions the garmin and it supporting tech is ready to record the adventure.