We’re huge fans of Garmin’s action cams from last year, which integrated sensors that measured speed, hang time, and other elements of your stunts. Only catch is, it topped out at 1080p – not exactly cutting edge now that 4K is, pretty much, the favored recording standard. The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 changes that.
The outfit’s newest action cam, it allows users to record in 4K at 30 fps, putting it on par with the GoPro’s footage resolution. If you’re not that into high-res, you can also opt for 2.7K at 60 fps, 1080p at 120 fps, and 720p at 240 fps for some seriously awesome slow-motion clips of your next non-fatal (fingers crossed) snowboarding accident.
The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 also comes with support for voice control commands, so you can start recording, stop it, and even take stills without lifting a single finger. Built-in three-axis image stabilization ensures your action videos are captured smooth and steady, with a 1.75-inch touchscreen around the back allowing you to playback those videos to see whether you got everything you need or you’ll have to back for another run. It comes with an integrated 10Hz GPS, along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, and compass for logging detailed stats of your action stunts.
Features include a high-sensitivity microphone that can capture audio even inside the waterproof case, a 1250mAh battery (rated at 75 minutes when shooting in 4K), support for SD cards up to 128GB, and a bundled waterproof case. It measures 2. X 1.8 x 1.2 inches and weighs just 3.1 oz.
Available now, the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is priced at $499.99.