The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is an action camera that not only captures high quality 4K video footage, 12 megapixel stills and is waterproof up to 40 metres but also records additional information like altitude, speed and much more. Now you can record how fast you hurtle down a mountain bike trail, how much air you get off a ski jump, or even the G-forces you encounter as you plummet towards the earth while bungie jumping.
High Resolution 4K Video and Super Slow Motion
Shooting video in 4K means that the Garmin offers professional quality video resolution, this allows you to take advantage of the latest technology to show off your extreme sport exploits. Not only does the VIRB Ultra 30 shoot high resolution video but it also shoots slow motion video as well. It captures HD footage at 120 frames per second allowing you to slow motion down to 1/4 time and can even do 480p footage at 300 frames per second that can be slowed down to a surreal 1/10 of normal speed.
Garmin G-Metrix Sensor Technology and More
Capable of capturing more than just the video and images of your action packed activities the Garmin VIRB can record environmental data like your speed, altitude, G-force, and when combined with a compatible Garmin device can even add your heart rate data into your recording. It features a high sensitivity GPS, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass and an altimeter that constantly capture data that can be displayed as an overlay on the top of your final edit.
LCD Colour Touchscreen
The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 has an easy to use 1.75-inch Colour LCD screen which can be used to review footage, change and preview camera settings, and setup your shot. There is no need to fumble around with case clips or locks because its intuitive touchscreen works both in and out of the included waterproof casing.
Garmin have made it easy to mount the VIRB Ultra 30 camera anywhere you want and even easier to start filming with the integration of dedicated voice control operation. Simple commands like “Start Recording” or “Take a Picture” allow you to control your camera even if it’s mounted just out of reach. You can even highlight moments to watch later by telling the camera to “Remember That” and it will tag it in your video so you can easily find it to watch later.
High Sensitivity Microphone
The camera features an enhanced microphone to record clear audio both in and out of the waterproof case, this reduces the muffled audio action cameras traditionally record due to their thick waterproof casing.
With 3 Axis Stabilisation the camera can record steady video footage at a resolution up to 1080p at a frame rate of 60fps. This means that no matter what you’re doing whether it’s an off-road adventure, skydiving or snowboarding down a mountain you can be confident that the footage will be smooth and steady.
Wi-Fi and Live Streaming
The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 has built in Wi-Fi which can connect to the free VIRB Mobile app for iOS and Android phones. This allows you to set up the shot remotely, control multiple cameras, and even trigger recording. Once connected to your mobile device via the Wi-Fi you can even send a live-stream direct to YouTube so you can share your experiences as they happen all over the world.
12 Megapixel Images
As well as shooting stabilised video the VIRB Ultra 30 can also take 12 and 8 megapixel stills, even while it shoots video. The Garmin is also able to shoot a burst of shots up to 60 frames in one second so you can capture shots of quick motion activities like sports or fast moving animals.
Time-lapse and Travelapse Functions
In addition to its dedicated photo mode the camera also has two different time-lapse modes. The first mode is a traditional time-lapse where the camera is programmed to take an image at a set duration for example once every minute to create a video where time passes much quicker. The second mode is a travel-lapse where the camera takes an image based on a set distance rather than time. This is perfect for capturing a road trip or hiking trip every step of the way without having to edit out traffic stops or breaks.
Unit size (WxHxD)
57.5 x 45.9 x 31.3 mm, 79.0 x 75.5 x 39.9 mm with waterproof case
87.9 grams, with battery; 65.2 grams, without battery
Yes, to 40 meters with included waterproof case
Memory (requires Class-10/UHS-1 microSD™ card)
Up to 128 GB microSD card (not included)
Rechargeable lithium-ion (1250mAh)
Up to 2 hours 15 minutes at 1080p/30fps; up to 1 hour, 15 minutes at 4K/30fps
4K/30fps; 2.7K/60fps; 1080p/120fps; 720p/240fps and 480p/300fps
High sensitivity microphone
yes, excellent even in waterproof case
3-axis (up to 1080p/60fps)
Manual camera control
yes, with live preview
Expansive view (extremely large field of view)
Automatic and manual
Automatic video creation
yes, via desktop app
12 megapixels, 8 megapixels
Up to 60fps
Manual camera control
yes, with live preview
Recommended Memory Cards
VIRB Ultra 30 uses 1 replaceable microSD™ card (not included). This device is compatible with a variety of microSD cards, and our list of recommended cards is below. Please format your microSD card regularly to ensure optimal performance. Make sure you have copied all of your data on microSD card before you format the card.
Lexar 633x UHS-I U1 16 GB (LSDMI16GBB1NL633R)
Lexar 633x UHS-I U1 32 GB (LSDMI32GBB1NL633R)
Lexar 633x UHS-I U1 64 GB (LSDMI64GBB1NL633R)
Lexar 1000x UHS-II U3 128 GB (LSDMI128CBNL1000R)
Samsung Pro UHS-I 16 GB (MB-MG16EA/AM)
Samsung Pro UHS-I 32 GB (MB-MG32EA/AM)
Samsung Pro UHS-I 64 GB (MB-MG64EA/AM)
Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I 32 GB (MB-MD32DA/AM)
Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I 64 GB (MB-MD64DA/EU)
Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I 128 GB (MB-MD128DA/AM)
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 16 GB (SDSQXNE-016G-GN6MA)
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 32 GB (SDSQXNE-032G-GN6MA)
SanDisk Extreme Plus UHS-I 64 GB (SDSQXSG-064G-GN6MA)
Kingston 128 GB (SDCA3/128GBSP)
Transcend Ultimate 633x 64 GB (TS64GUSDU3)
Toshiba Exceria 64 GB
Toshiba Exceria Pro 64 GB
Formatting your microSD card can be done on your device
Setup > System > Format Card menu.
ANT+, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®
Mobile app (control, edit, share)
Live streaming is available when VIRB is wirelessly paired with Apple® iPhone® and iPad® devices (ver 9)
High-def live streaming on Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 in 720p30. Must connect VIRB to Wi-Fi network with internet access.
Garmin devices, mobile app
Automatic and manual
Viewfinder (see what you are recording)
Playback (see what you recorded)
yes, with audio
* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice.