Going through all the different settings and options offered by the Virb Ultra 30 there’s quite a bit of choice when it comes to resolution and framerate.
Obviously the motion and detail will vary between each of the resolutions and frame rates, but generally the Virb Ultra 30 performed well.
Looking at footage shot 1080p at 30fps and the motion is smooth with plenty of detail and little image break-up. During the test to ensure I got the best footage from the camera the video quality was set to high.
Shifting the framerate to 60fps and you can see a slight shift in the quality of the motion especially with the footage shot on a bike.
Increasing the framerate again to 100fps (In PAL) and the image retained a decent quality although it was possible to see some break-up of the frame.
The Garmin Ultra 30 is advertised as having a max framerate at 1080p of 120fps although scrolling through the frame-rate options and this option seems to be missing. After a quick read of the manual it turns out that 120fps is possible but only in the Slow-mo mode.
Again the footage captured is ok and comparable to that from the GoPro Hero5 Black. The image lack some of the crisp detail and contrast of footage shot at the lower framerates but it’s still passable.
Taking a look at the edge of the frame it is possible to see some signs of chromatic aberration and softness, but no more than you’d expect to see from an action camera of this type.
Overall the video quality is superb and holds its own well against that of the GoPro Hero5 Black. There were some occasions where the image did pixelate slightly in low light but overall very little to fault.