What is a VIRB?  It is a new video camera from Garmin to try and rival the Go Pro.  Having never used a Go Pro, but wanting to get a video camera for action videos I dived in for the VIRB.

Why did I go for it over the market leader?

For me it is due to the connectivity it has with other Garmin products I have.  I was not concerned with being able to do 4k videos, but wanted to be able to co-ordinate my video with my training data, which you can leave off the video if you wanted.

So, after a week of not even trying to get out and test it I gave up today and headed out.  It had been a nice morning, but I did an indoor workout, and decided to head out mid afternoon.  Sods law though as I was just leaving it started to rain!  I decided to go for it still as I was only planning a short ride.  The initial intention was to try and have a crack at a Strava KOM record on a short stretch,  but as I approached it I realised that was not going to be possible as there was still water running down the road which is not good for a fast time, which you will be able to see from the video.

This was however putting the camera through it paces, very low level light, wet and miserable.  Apologies for some of the splashes on the lens.

By no means is this is masterpiece, but you can see how the video looks along with some overlay information from my Garmin GPS device.  You can have some overly information direct from the camera but you can add more from the GPS, or leave off altogether.  I will have RPM next time as I just need to sort out my cadence meter

Written by The Mr Smith

Photographer, Gourmet, Cook, Oenophile, Traveller, International Athlete, Investor, bit of a Geek and observer of life

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