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Garmin Virb 360 - Rugged, Waterproof 360-degree Camera with 5.7K/30fps Resolution and 4K Spherical Stabilization
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- Resolution up to 5.7K/30fps with desktop stitching; 4K/30fps auto-stitched in-camera
- Up to 15-megapixel resolution provides high-quality, spherical photos
- HyperFrame Director Mode gives you the editing power to easily reframe content after filming — using smooth camera pans, incredibly wide angles and even tiny planets
- Spherical stabilization ensures smooth video regardless of camera movement
- Built-in sensors provide G-Metrix data overlays in 360-degree augmented reality
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Garmin VIRB 360
Rugged, Waterproof 360-degree Camera with 5.7K/30fps Resolution and 4K Spherical
VIRB 360 is the first of its kind, capturing a complete sphere of high resolution video and audio – even photos. It eliminates the lengthy editing process with unrivaled 1-click video stabilization up to 4K resolution at 30 fps and allows you to instantly livestream4 any adventure.
Defining a New Standard for Full-sphere 360 Video and Audio Capture
If it’s worth remembering, it’s worth a VIRB 360. This rugged, waterproof camera is true to its name, recording the full 360 degrees — horizontally and vertically. And you can forget about timely post-production work, because VIRB 360 will auto-stitch¹ your 4K footage in camera. If you’re looking for higher resolution, you can record video in unstitched 5.7K resolution at 30fps.
You can choose between different recording modes such as time lapse, manual and more. Even capture 360-degree photos, burst shots, time lapse and Travelapse photo capture up to 15 megapixels — stitched in camera. Combined with the 4 built-in microphones for 360-degree audio, you and your viewers will be totally immersed in the 360 experience.
- Resolution up to 5.7K/30fps unstitched and 4K/30fps with in-camera stitching¹
- 4 built-in microphones capture 360-degree audio
- 4K spherical stabilization² ensures a smooth video regardless of camera movement
- Built-in sensors provide G-Metrix data overlays in 360-degree augmented reality³
- Easy-to-use, free VIRB Mobile app and VIRB Edit desktop software let you edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays to videos
- Constantly record for more than 1 hour on 1 charge — without overheating
Captures Spherical Stabilized 4K Video with 1 Click
Take a shaky, hard-to-follow video, and turn it into a smooth and stable masterpiece in 1 click. Regardless of camera movement, the 3 modes of 4K spherical stabilization² ensure a smooth video. Stabilize mode smooths quick movements and vibrations without overriding camera orientation. Use lock mode to secure the orientation of the camera in a specified direction. In follow mode, the orientation follows the GPS trajectory.
Edit Videos and Livestream on the Go
With the free, easy-to-use VIRB Mobile app and VIRB Edit desktop software, you can edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays to videos. Use the VIRB Mobile app to connect the camera to your Apple or Android device. Connect your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the camera with just 1 tap of your phone on the camera. Then, use your smartphone as a remote control for the camera, see live 360-degree video of what you are recording, use a virtual reality (VR) device to instantly view your 360 videos in VR, or livestream to YouTube and Facebook.
Make a Splash
This rugged camera is built to endure everything from a whitewater adventure to a child’s birthday party. VIRB 360 is waterproof to 10 meters, small and lightweight enough for any adventure, and it features strengthened glass lenses you can easily replace without tools. The camera works with our durable mounts as well as other standard mounts and accessories, and it can shoot more than 1 hour on a single battery charge. The sunlight-readable display shows battery, storage, mode and connectivity status. VIRB 360 can do it all.
Control It with Your Voice
“OK Garmin, start recording.” It’s that easy. When you are about to speed down a rugged hillside, chances are you don’t want to reach up and press start. Now you can just use a voice command6, and the camera will start and stop recording and take photos. Or ask VIRB 360 to “remember that” to tag specific moments in your adventure and quickly find them again later. Even change modes to record in a different style, and turn off the camera when you’re not recording — saving you time and energy.
Data Overlays with G-Metrix
Retell your story in greater detail than ever before. Built-in sensors, such as GPS and GLONASS, barometer, accelerometer and more, provide countless customizable G-Metrix data overlay options in 360-degree augmented reality².
1 On-device stitching only up to 4K/30fps.
2 Stabilization is applied using VIRB Mobile app or VIRB Edit desktop software and is only available for videos stitched in camera.
3 G-Metrix augmented reality overlays are added using mobile or desktop app before sharing.
4 Livestreaming only available on compatible Apple devices.
6 Voice control available for English (U.S., U.K.), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese and Mandarin.
Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
If it’s worth remembering, it’s worth a VIRB 360. With 1 touch or a voice command, this rugged, waterproof camera captures fully spherical 360-degree video in up to 5.7K/30fps resolution with 360-degree audio, and it includes built-in sensors for augmented reality G-Metrix data overlays. HyperFrame Director Mode gives you the editing power to easily reframe content after filming — using smooth camera pans, incredibly wide angles and even tiny planets. Spherical stabilization ensures smooth video regardless of camera movement. Videos and photos are automatically stitched in VIRB Edit, and the free, easy-to-use VIRB Mobile app enables fast sharing as well as instant livestreaming.
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The options for 360 cameras ranged between $100 "starter" cameras and $5,000 giant rigs, and the difference in quality ranged with the price. $799 seemed like it was wedged perfectly in between the toys and the pro tools. So when the Virb 360 was announced, I saw it had everything I wanted... small profile, rugged and waterproof, stabilization, voice activation... was it too good to be true?
- The included tripod is fantastic. I'd buy one of these on its own — the build-quality was solid, it was small enough to be handheld, but didn't feel like it would blow over at the slightest gust. This alone is going to be one very overlooked aspect of this product.
- The body feels really great. It feels totally solid, like it could be knocked around without being truly affected.
- The setup is painless.
- It's super adaptable. I loved that it came with a standard tripod mount and a GoPro mount, making this compatible with pretty much every camera mount that I own.
- In-camera stitching is basically a must-include at this point.
- It shoots RAW images, and while it's not well documented, it takes them from both cameras at the same time. So while it doesn't stitch them together in-camera, this can be done in post.
- The image quality is decent, but not any better than my previous camera, an LG that I bought for $100. It still had pretty noticeable stitch lines, even in perfect lighting.
- Speaking of lighting, the grain is very real in anything other than optimal light.
- The video quality was okay, but only in perfect light. In a dark-ish restaurant (yes, dark-ish is a technical measurement), the video quality was very poor.
- If you're buying this to use for Google Street View, don't. The exported images are incompatible. Google Maps, Facebook, and others require 360º photos to be at a 2:1 aspect ratio. Garm Virb 360 photos are exported at a 16:9 aspect ratio. Garmin's automotive support (the team you'll get if you write in about your camera) let me know that there likely won't be a solution for this, as Garmin and Google had a falling-out 4-5 years ago over Maps.
- The firmware was still a little buggy. Using the latest-available firmware, I'd have to restart the camera if I wanted the Wifi to connect. I wasn't able to successfully connect it to my phone via Bluetooth, though that option is built-in. This is typical of a first-gen product, which wasn't a dealbreaker, however...
- Images aren't accessible without either removing the camera's memory card, or linking it to your phone. The Virb app is completely unusable without it being linked to a phone, so there's no way to review images that are synced with your phone without the camera being turned on and connected, or without using a third-party app.
- There are no accessories for it. None. Yes, it's compatible with a wide array of mounts, but there are no other parts for it. No spare batteries, so bring a charger everywhere, and especially no cases/pouches/bags, meaning that both lenses are exposed all the time. You'll need a third-party case for sure.
Overall, I loved the design and the build of the camera, but that's about where it ended for me. The $800 price set my expectations high, which ultimately, is my personal problem.
If you're looking for a rugged action cam that shoots in 360º and don't want to buy GoPro's big rig, then this is a solid starter camera for you.
If you're looking to take 360º photos in anything but ideal light, or you're looking for a new camera to submit photos to Google Street View, I'd take your wallets elsewhere.
I've since returned this camera, as it missed many of my personal expectations.
-I took out the camera and got it working within minutes with my iPhone 6. No issues setting up WiFi or the iOS Virb app. I was able to record a drive in my car right away.
-I used the iOS app and desktop app from Garmin to watch the videos I have made so far along with edit/overlay stats.
-Physically the device seems solid, well made and the mounting options seem nice, but I haven't gotten a chance to use them much yet.
-I used the time-lapse mode, worked well.
-Battery life is lower than what I would like, can be mitigated by using external micro-usb charger/battery pack but the door on the unit sticks out and I worry about it breaking off. Could have had a better design.
-Video quality/resolution, I am not going to take off too many points for this since I knew it was 4k 360 video which isn't going to be the same as 4k 16:9 video. But would be nice for higher quality.
Overall, I like it and lives up to what I expected. Looking forward to capturing some videos on trips and will post a update to this review with further feedback.
Yes it's quirky, it had issues but the overall results is magnificent, when it works well. Pairing this thing with other Garmin sensors and overlaying the data on the screen is amazing. Overall image quality is as good as it could be for a prosumer 360 camera.
My issues? Well, first of all, it's not rugged. The lens glass apparently breaks a lot (but you can easily replace it).
Mine broke twice however: once when someone threw their backpack on top of mine. The LCD shattered internally, and I really felt that it simply shouldn't have had. These action cams are supposed to withstand this type of impact. After this the camera still worked perfectly, and coupled with the Fenix watch I could remotely control it (although the ANT+ range is short at best).
Long story short, I took it kiteboarding. Immersed occasionally at max 30cm depth in salty water, the battery bay took in enough water to break the camera after about 30 mins. It's currently in review with Garmin customer support - depending on their take on it I will move this review to 2 or 4 stars, and hope that the lack of waterproofing on mine was a fluke.
I have repeatedly asked Garmin to buy the Camera back if they are not going to fix the issue, and of course they have refused.
It states plainly in the manual that bluetooth audio capture should work , but yet it doesn't.
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