Garmin VIRB 360 degree camera review – Spongicle


Spongicle. The Garmin VIRB 360 is a 360-degree rugged
10-meter waterproof camera. Some key points of the Garmin VIRB 360 is
that it gives you 4K spherical stabilization even with the most aggressive camera shake
and sudden movements. The built-in sensors make G-Metrix data overlays
possible in 360-degree augmented reality. You have an option of using the free VIRB
mobile app or the VIRB edit desktop software for all your editing and video sharing. Another plus is the Garmin VIRB 360 won’t
overheat after an hour of recording. You have the option to have stitched or unstitched
footage depending on your needs. The VIRB mobile app lets you use your mobile
phone as a remote for your VIRB 360 camera simply by tapping it with your phone and having
NFC settings turned on. It is recommended to watch the 360 videos
on a tablet or mobile phone, otherwise if you are using a desktop, you can use Chrome,
Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. It comes with a rechargeable 1250 milli Ampere
hour battery with a run time of 1 hour and 5 minutes. The run time may be less if you run it at
5.7k resolution. You can replace the battery since the battery
isn’t inbuilt. The unstitched resolution is 5.7k with 30
frames per second. After the 360 degree stitching, you get 4K
resolution with 30 frames per second. There is also four built-in microphones to
capture entire 360-degree audio. The micro SD slot supports up to 128 gigabytes
of storage and the minimum requirements of the write speed should be equal to or more
than 15 megabytes per second. The data interface is a micro USB 2 and can
be used to connect it to a supported mobile phone, tablet or TV. One overlooked feature of this camera is the
fact that its display which measures 253 by 107 millimetres uses memory in pixel technology. This allows it to write information to the
pixel once and will only update that pixel if there is enough change in your environment. This saves battery life dramatically. The captured 360-degree video is in equirectangular
format. The front and rear lens capture in a fixed-frame
format each producing their own high-resolution files. You can also reach a frame rate of 120 frames
per second if you choose to have a video resolution lower than 5.7k or 4k. The lowest video resolution you can get is
1080p. The Garmin VIRB camera is light for travel
at 133 grams or with a battery at 160 grams. It will be easy to fit in to luggage as it
measures at 390 millimetres in length, 593 millimetres in width and 698 millimetres in
height. In the Stabilize Settings there is a few options. Stabilize: will smooth out quick movements,
vibrations and level out the horizon. Lock: Stabilizes and counteracts the camera
orientation in full 360, locking the stabilized orientation to a specific direction. Follow: Stabilizes and counteracts the camera
orientation in full 360, the stabilized orientation follows the GPS trajectory. You can also use stabilization in the VIRB
mobile app or the VIRB edit desktop software during playback provided you are use camera
stitched video. The video format is mp4 H.264 encoding to
provide you with optimized file size and quality. The automatic ISO range is 100 to 1600 and
manual ISO is 100 to 6400. You also have complete control over white
balance and exposure settings. You can also take 360-degree 15 megapixel
stitched photos which equate to 5640 by 2816 pixels. Otherwise unstitched would give you two files,
each being 9 megapixels 3008 by 3000. If you were to use the Garmin VIRB 360 camera
as a traditional camera, you can get 3-megapixel photos at 1920 by 1440 pixels. There are a few photo modes. Single shot capture will take a single jpeg
photo and you can also set it to take RAW photos. Burst Shooting will take 20 photos each second. The Auto Exposure Bracketing allows you to
have 3 increments of plus or minus 1 exposure values however, you have the option to customize
it even further in the VIRB app. Time lapse will take one photo every few seconds. You can set the seconds to either 2, 5, 10,
30, or 60 seconds. Another interesting feature is Travelapse
where it will take a photo based on distance travelled. The minimum distance you can set is approximately
16 meters. The ISO range for photos is 100 to 800, both
on automatic and manual mode. The audio is 4 channel Ambisonic and has a
sampling rate of 48kHz with AAC compression. The internal mono Bluetooth microphone is
also waterproof and is up sampled to 48kHz. There are too many sensors in this Garmin
VIRB camera to name, however they use some of the most current technologies available. The VIRB 360 camera also comes with the following
wireless technologies: WiFi, NFC, ANT+, and Bluetooth. The voice controls are self-explanatory. They are as follows:
OKAY GARMIN, this will active the GARMIN VIRB 360 camera to listen to your voice command. Start Recording. Stop Recording. Take a picture. Remember That, will tag the video at that
point in time for a fast recall later. Keep in mind the Remember That command can
only be used while recording. Enable WiFi. Disable WiFi. The supported languages are: English US or
UK, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, Mandarin. The VIRB Mobile app can stream 720p stitched
video at 30 frames per second with apple devices. A future firmware update may be required to
be able to stream from android devices. You can stream up to 5 megabytes per second
to YouTube or Facebook. The compatible devices should be fairly recent
with the minimum operation system versions iOS 10 or Android 5. If you choose to use the VIRB edit desktop
software, then you can get away with a low end quad processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, 20
gigabytes of storage and a graphics card that can run 1080p. What is included in the box is the:
• Garmin VIRB 360 camera • Lithium-ion battery
• Charging/data cable • Tripod cradle
• Action cradle • Tripod handgrip
• documentation Keep in mind that the micro SD card is not
included. So, what would you use your Garmin VIRB 360
camera for? If you’re in to extreme sports, or you like
to just take sightseeing strolls, having a 360-degree camera will give you a lot of replay
time. We don’t always get to see everything we’ve
wanted the first time around, but having 360 cameras available makes all this possible. Imagine you are at a special event such as
a birthday or wedding, a key moment happens behind you and you missed. Now picture yourself being able to relive
the moment with the 360-degree camera, you can simply just pan around to see what happened. It is truly total immersion of being there
and being able to see everything. Overall, this is one of the leading 360 degree
cameras available and is in direct competition to some of the professional rigs that can
cost thousands of dollars. Remember to comment, like, share and subscribe
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