This Camera Can Take a Beating

The Garmin VIRB is rugged, waterproof and built for HD video and still photos.

Garmin VIRB

The Garmin VIRB is a still and video camera that seems tailor-made for the marine environment.

Garmin’s VIRB is an action camera tailor-made for the boating environment.

The VIRB is being marketed as able to handle any double-dog dare, including being submerged for as long as a half-hour. (That’s in about 3 feet of water; an optional dive case protects the camera to a depth of 164 feet.) The camera is designed to withstand bumps and drops, too.

With a 64GB microSD card, the VIRB will record in high-definition for more than seven hours. Its rechargeable battery lasts for three hours and can swap out for an unlimited amount of usage time. The high-resolution screen lets you see exactly what you’re recording, whether you’re shooting in wide, medium or narrow mode. Still images are captured at 16 megapixels.

The VIRB is also equipped with ANT+, which means multiple cameras can be networked together and controlled by other Garmin devices such as the Quatix watch.

The VIRB Elite option lets you add an accelerometer, altimeter and high-sensitivity GPS so you can, say, record your pulse as you rev your boat from idle up to top speed.

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