Garmin Virb Ultra 30

Camscore
94/100
User rating

Key Specs

Camera Manufacturer & Model
Garmin Virb Ultra 30
Manufacturer
Price
$400
Release Date
1 year 7 months ago
Field of View
148 degrees
Adjustable FOV
Yes
Type of Image Stabilization
360
No
Sensor
 
Chipset
 
Best Shooting Mode
video

Photo Specs and Settings

Sensor Size
Photo Res
 
Photo Resolution
Burst rate
60fps
Photo Recording Formats
Exposure Modes
 
Optical Zoom
No
Optical Zoom Distance
 
Aperture
 
Minimum Focus Distance
 

Video Specs and Settings

Best Video Resolution
Best Video Res Pixel Count
8294400 pixels
Highest Resolution with Image Stabilization
Video Resolutions with Stabilization
 
Fastest FPS
240fps
Recording Bitrate
60Mbps
Video Loop Length
 
Video codec
 
Video recording format
Adjust Aspect Ratio
Yes
Video Recording Options
 
Max ISO
6400
360 Stitching
 

Physical

Material
Screen Size
1.75" (inch)
Screen
Yes
Info Screen
No
Flip Screen
 
Dimensions
57.5 × 45.9 × 31.3 mm
Dimensions Volume
79.52 cm3
Weight
88grams
Weight with Housing
 
Shape
Size
Recording Lights
 
Flash
No
Storage Devices
Colours
 
Glasses
No

Power

Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
135 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Charge Time
 
Uptime Score
 
Battery
USB Charge
Yes
Extend Battery Life with External Battery
Yes
Battery Range
Removable Battery
Yes

Action

Waterproof Depth
40metre
Drop Proof
No
Water Resistance with Housing
Waterproof Housing Required
Yes

Interface and Connections

Touch Screen
Yes
Peripherals
Connectivity
Memory Capacity
128gb
External Microphone
Yes
Phone App
Yes
Sensors
Remote
No
Buying Options
New
Merchants
Amazon
Warranty
 
Warranty Length
 
Table of contents

Specification, features and expert reviews on the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 action camera.

Summary

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 has an amazing amount of features, it's a great alternative to a GoPro and most importantly, can be connected to a myriad of other devices to show cycling data/telemetry and more.

Reasons to buy

7 reasons to get the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera

  • Adjustable Field of View
  • Plenty of shooting modes, from looping for cycling through to time lapse, burst, video and photo modes
  • Plenty of video resolutions, up to 4k, 1080p at 120fps and Image Stabalization up to 2.7k res
  • Voice control so you can use it hands free
  • Extend the battery life with an external power back and battery
  • Plenty of ports, with audio out, mini HDMI and more
  • Connect with other devices, use ANT+, bluetooth and show more than just video data whilst you record
Reasons not to buy

4 reasons to NOT get the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera

  • Slightly smaller field of view than the GoPro at 148 degrees compared to the 170 that the GoPro and others have
  • Not the cheapest, about similar price to top of the range and new GoPros
  • Only takes photos in JPEG and no RAW
  • Not the longest battery life for recording videos and connecting it to all those other sensors will also hinder that
First Look
Underwater Video Example
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Voice Control Notes

Voice Command Start - "Ok, Garmin"

Voice Command Bookmark - "Remember that"

Voice Command Record Video - "Start recording"

Voice Command Stop Video - "Stop recording"

Voice Command Take a Photo - "Take a Photo"

  • You can stop recording using a voice command only if you started recording using a voice command.
  • The camera plays a tone when it recognizes your command.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Record Super Slow Motion Footage (120fps) in Real High Definition (1080p)?
Yes, this camera can record at 1080p and 120fps of super slow mo footage
Can You Record Footage Whilst The Camera Charges?
Yes you can record footage whilst charging from a powerbank or wall plug
What Is The Best Video Recording Resolutin & Framerate With Image Stabilization?
2.7k at 30fps is the highest you can run image stabilization on the Garmin Virb Ultra 30
Does This Camera Record Real 4K Video Footage?
Yes the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 records true and real 4K video footage

Mounting and Form

Camera Form
shallow depth front action camera
shallow rectangular form

Looking at the camera from the front, from front to back is shallow. It is a shallow depth shape which means that it will fit in many places on your body because it is not deep and will hold closely to your body or surface that you place it's back on to. Here you can see it side by side with an AA battery.

front regular shallow rectangular action camera shape
shallow rectangular front

Looking at it from the front, this camera is of regular action camera shape, which is wide and rectangular. Here you can see it compared to an AA battery.

shallow depth rectangular regular action camera shape side
shallow rectangular side

This is a regular action camera shape, shallow depth and here you can see that by it being placed next to an AA battery, this is the side view.

Mounting and Form

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 does not have a quarter inch thread underneath it so the only way you can mount is by using the gopro 2 to 3 fin mount that is fixed on the bottom of the waterproof case.

Mount Type on Waterproof Case
gopro 2 to 3 fin mount

This camera or it's case has the GoPros two to three pronged fin mount, this means the mount fixed on to the camera or case is the 2 fin style which slides in to the 3 fin style and a screw goes through all 5 fins and tightens up.

Mounting Options

board mount

action camera surfboard board mount

Surfboard & Snowboard mounts on Amazon

Yes it will fit on to a surfboard, snowboard or other board with a 3M mount and in its underwater housing.

bodyboard mount

action camera bodyboard mount

Bodyboard mounts on Amazon

Yes you can fit this action camera on to a bodyboard plug mount when it is in it's underwater case.

chest strap mount

action camera chest strap mount

Chest Straps on Amazon

Yes because of it's shape, size and form, within it's underwater case you can attach this action camera to a chest strap mount.

clip mount

action camera clip mount

Clip Mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach it to a clip mount and then clip on to a cap peak or a backpack strap.

dive mask mount

action camera dive mask mount

Dive mask mounts on Amazon

Yes the this action camera inside of it's waterproof case will fit on top of a dive mask, it is not too heavy, nor too big and the mount type will connect.

dog harness mount

action camera dog harness mount

Dog harness mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach the action camera to a dog harness as they have the regular 3 fin style gopro mounts, just place the camera inside it's housing to fit.

flat surface

This camera can fit on to a flat surface as it has a flat bottom to it's underside and stands up to record things you are pointing it at without any other mounts or support.

flexible mount

action camera flex mount

Flex mounts on Amazon

Yes it will fit a flexible, goose neck type mount, you can find them with gopro or 1/4" mount options on them.

gun rail mount

action camera gun rail mount

Gun rail mounts on Amazon

Yes this action camera can fit on to a gun rail mount with its mounting options.

handlebar & pole mount

action camera handlebar mount

Handlebar mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach the camera on to a handlebar, pole style action camera mount for your motorcycle, bike, or paddle.

head strap mount

action camera head strap mount

Head strap mounts on Amazon

Yes it will fit on to a head strap mount when in it's waterproof case you can use the gopro mount to fit them together.

helmet chin mount

action camera helmet chin mount

Helmet chin mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach the camera to a helmet chin mount when it is within its underwater case by using the gopro mounting.

helmet side mount

action camera helmet side mount

Helmet side mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach it to the side of a helmet. These mount types come with both quarter inch threads or GoPro 2 to 3 fin mounts so are versatile.

helmet top mount

action camera helmet top mount

Helmet top mounts on Amazon

Yes it has a gopro mount available to use and will fit nicely on top of a helmet of your choice.

j mount

action camera j mount

J mounts on Amazon

Yes this action camera will fit in it's underwater case on to a gopro 2 to 3 fin J mount.

quick release mount

action camera quick release mount

Quick release mounts on Amazon

Yes you can attach it to a quick release 3 fin gopro style mount and in turn fix this to many different style mounts that accept quick release mounts.

selfie stick mount

action camera selfie stick mount

Selfie sticks on Amazon

Yes you can attach it to a selfie stick, or short hand stick to hold the camera in-hand.

shoulder strap mount

action camera shoulder strap mount

Shoulder strap mounts on Amazon

Yes this action camera will fit on to a shoulder strap mount when it is inside it's underwater housing as they come with a gopro style fitting.

suction cup mount

action camera suction cup mount

Suction cup mounts on Amazon

Yes you can fit it on to a suction cup mount, these come with 1/4" or gopro style fittings.

wrist strap mount

action camera wrist strap mount

Wrist straps on Amazon

Yes you can fit it on to a wrist strap mount when put in to its underwater case as that has the 2 fin gopro style mount underneath.

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