GoPro isn’t the only player making great HD action cams. While imaging powerhouses like Sony and JVC have a few cameras on the market, Garmin might be the GoPro’s most interesting competitor. Their VIRB Elite sports high-precision GPS and a Chroma screen into a slender, ruggedized body that you can get from Amazon today for $200, the lowest price ever.
Adding GPS to an action camera opens up a whole new way to share (or brag about) your latest adventure. Want to show a speedometer on your cyclocross footage? Done. Want to give directions to that awesome natural ramp for dirt bike tricks? Done. Want to show off how long you had to paddle board to get that sunset shot? Done. This video shows how the included software allows you to overlay information in your captured footage:
The Garmin VIRB Elite doesn’t quite match GoPro in image quality, maxing out at 1080p/30fps vs GoPro Hero4 Silver’s 1080p/60fps or 4K/15fps. But the image is still sharp, even to the wide-angle edges, and the 16MP photos beat GoPro’s offerings for still photography. With the Amazon sale, you’re even saving 50% over the comparable GoPro Hero4 Silver edition.GeekWire Picks is a regular feature linking to our favorite products and deals. GeekWire or its partners may receive a share of the revenue from your purchase through affiliate referral fees.