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Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:19 pm

http://gizmodo.com/garmins-virb-action- ... 1170890425

What caught my eye was the no-case waterproof to 30m - no more fogging :naughty: but $3-400? Hope the IQ is good!

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby shawn13 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:05 pm

This thing looks sick. Already waterproof, gps tracking, accelerometer. At the same price as a gopro seems like a no brainer.
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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby przemj » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:10 pm

Kamikuza wrote:What caught my eye was the no-case waterproof to 30m


You read it wrong. That's simply the IP67 certificate - 1 meter depth for 30 minutes... I don't think this camera brings anything new to the table. Aside from not being a GoPro, with which a lot o users (me amongst them) have problems with freezes. Lost a lot of sessions...

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby POACHER » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:02 pm

Garmin used to be a name that I would trust in their products. I think they've become really second rate in the last 5 years. Their Edge 800 cycling GPS/computer is such an overpriced pile of crap, I can't belive they sell any of them. My wife's $500 Garmin car GPS still uses maps that look like a cartoon and gives incorrect directions constantly.

I had high hopes for their cell phone a few years back, that flopped miserably.

I think they're a little too late to the party, and if you're late, you better bring next level. This thing (spec or size) doesn't appear to be anything special.

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:29 pm

At first look I could not find the most important specification (IMO), namely the focal length and aperture ?

Assume it is quite wide angle, and fixed, but important for our use to know :wink:

Anyone who can clarify this ?

8) Peter

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby shawn13 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:34 pm

Peter_Frank wrote:At first look I could not find the most important specification (IMO), namely the focal length and aperture ?

Assume it is quite wide angle, and fixed, but important for our use to know :wink:

Anyone who can clarify this ?

8) Peter


They dont clarify. This came off their website

'WideVü Lens

Catch your action, up close and personal or
big-picture panoramic. This 9-element glass lens shoots in three modes: Wide, Medium
and Narrow."

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:41 pm

Okay, so it sounds like a very wide angle, but 170 degree like the go-pro or less ?

And then a software "narrowing" most likely :-?

I've seen some of the locals here got one, will ask what he think about it.

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby jbdc » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:20 am

Hrm, I've been looking for an action cam which doesn't require a housing. This may be the ticket!



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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby Kamikuza » Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:16 am

przemj wrote:
Kamikuza wrote:What caught my eye was the no-case waterproof to 30m


You read it wrong. That's simply the IP67 certificate - 1 meter depth for 30 minutes... I don't think this camera brings anything new to the table. Aside from not being a GoPro, with which a lot o users (me amongst them) have problems with freezes. Lost a lot of sessions...

Ah, same as the Roam 2 then . . . which is $200.

Drift does a version (Ghost?) that doesn't need a waterproof case and has the WiFi and screen too. But no GPS etc.

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Re: Another action cam - Garmin, this one!

Postby jbdc » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:51 am

FYI:

On the Contour Roam 2 you need a computer to change the shooting mode.

In any head to head I've seen, the Drift looks like garbage. I can't remember if it was the 'HD Ghost' or the previous model though. I'd look into it before purchasing.

Of course, there's the Monoprice cam; which apparently has a build quality to match its $100 price. And it's on backorder. Still, I'd probably still get one of those before the Roam 2--at least you can change shooting modes in the field.

Cam people, *cough*Rick I*cough* any experiences or recommendations?

I know the GoPro is the 'gold standard' and has all the mounts; but what a dumb form factor. There's no way to unobtrusively mount the thing--and then you need the housing. If I wanted a hunk of polycarbonate hanging off my forehead I would have bought a helmet from Gath. ;)


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