Garmin has hit the action camera market running with the VIRB Elite, which enables you to incorporate detailed GPS data into your riding videos. There’s a big sliding shoot-and-go button on the side and a small LCD screen that makes setting up shots easy and menus quick to navigate.
With its ANT+ and Wi-Fi connectivity, you can control theVIRB through your phone or Garmin GPS device, and it’s able to collect heart rate and cadence data as well as all the usual GPS info. The VIRB Edit software ties everything together: you can add speed, mapping, altitude and other data to your videos so you can show your mates just how fast or hard you were going.
Up against the market-leading GoPro HERO3+, the VIRB wins on usability, data collection and its integrated screen. But it can’t match it for video quality, filming 1,080-pixel Full HD footage at 30 frames per second instead of the GoPro’s 60fps and, even with image stabilisation, not handling vibrations as well.
Bar, helmet and shoulder mounts are available, as are GoPro mount adapters – though the rubberised torpedo shape makes chest mounting a slightly scary prospect.