Overview of the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
The GoPro Hero 3+ black edition is 25% lighter than the previous editions of Hero’s cameras, it is 30% smaller in size and all of that reduction manifests in improving the user friendliness of the Gopro 3+. On the other hand, the height and width 42mm by 60mm are unchanged to maintain compatibility with GoPro’s line of products. The front panel is a home for two indicator lights: one is red to indicate that the camera is rolling and recording and one is blue that blinks to indicate that Wi-Fi is active. However, there are smaller red indicators on the camera that is visible from most of the angles. The GoPro black edition is smaller, lighter and has the feature of Wi-Fi connectivity. The Black edition promotes ultra high resolution capture modes and high resolution of HD standard. Burst speeds for still photos have been improved in terms of how many pictures the Black Hero3 can capture. The Hero3+ Black Edition is on the top of Hero3 line-up and is waterproof to the depth of 131 feet around 40 meters.
Overview of the Garmin Virb Elite
Garmin Virb Elite has four buttons on the right side, first button is for up/down navigation buttons, which allows the user to control navigating through the menu system. However, there is another button Ok/Photo, which is used for entering a menu setting, the main purpose for this button is for taking the picture. The Power/Mode button which allows the user to back to the previous menu as well as turning the devise On/Off. The unit has a small display screen which allows you to see what you’re navigating, there are a few other options the you can view in the menu system. They are:
1080p: 1920×1080/30p (16:9)
Tall HD: 1280×960/48p (4:3)
Fast HD: 1280×720/60p (16:9)
Economy HD: 1280×720/30p (16:9)
Slow Mo HD: 1280×720/60p (16:9)
Super-Slow Mo: 848×480/120p (16:9)
Time Lapse: 1920×1080, frames variable (16:9)
One of the favorite features in Garmin Virb cameras is that it has dedicated separate buttons for various modes, this feature is not found in most of the other action cameras which makes you choose between video and photo when it is triggered, the Garmin Virb Elite allows you to simply click the right side button to take a picture. Now in short, it is basically you can get to control the Garmin Virb Elite like a play station remote control where every button has its specific function rather than all in one button that tends to create a bit of a confusion.
Within photo mode the user has the ability of choosing between two resolution options: 16×9(12MP) and 4:3 (16MP and 8MP). Additionally, the Garmin Virb Elite includes a GPS sensor which records the current location of the user, as well as the Record/Display data such as the speed and distance. GPS will then immediately will calculate the correct time for the unit, and keep it set everytime the user turns on the camera. As mentioned previously in our post on the trends in Action cameras in Malaysia, the GPS feature is perhaps one of the best things about Garmin actions cameras. For speed junkies, with Garmin’s superior technology in GPS, speed junkies can know how fast they were traveling when they were performing a certain extreme sport such as driving a go kart or on a ski trip. Another amazing feature about the Garmin Virb Elite’s GPS feature, you can know exactly where you are, not just coordinates but also at what height you at from sea levels!
When it comes to comparing cameras the first thing it should be focused on is the quality that both cameras can provide, if the user shoots at 1080p for both cameras then it is pretty obvious that GoPro black edition is more crisp and sharp than the photo that is taking from Garmin Virb Elite camera. However, the photo is more stable in Garmin Virb than GoPro. In terms of size, Garmin Virb looks longer than the GoPro black edition, it is actually slightly skinnier unlike the GoPro that has a chest harness which does not really exist in Garmin Virb because of the shape. Garmin Virb actually includes a GoPro mount adapter in it, so the user can mount to any GoPro accessory on the planet. Garmin Virb has a separate mounting plate which makes it easier to remove the camera and leave the mount than it is in the GoPro, which requires removing it entirely. In terms of pricing GoPro+black edition costs more however for Garmin Virb Elite is a cheaper than GoPro+black edition. In terms of GPS, Virb Elite has a GPS which updates the information of the local timing and the current area that you are in which is not found in GoPro +black edition. In terms of recording time, in GoPro it can be exceeded to 2 hours maximum while in Garmin Virb it lasts 3 hours. GoPro can take up to 30 pictures/sec while in Garmin Virb Elite it takes around 6 photos/sec which is a huge difference. Lastly, perhaps this maybe an important point also, the Garmin Virb Elite is water resistant up to 2 meters below water without any casing or housings whereas the Gopro Hero is not so please be mindful of the camera you using.
It is a little hard for us to tell you which is it that is suitable for you, both have their pros and cons. If image quality is of high importance for you, we recommend you to buy Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition as it will be a better shot for you, but if you are more about agility, duration, battery life and functionality we would certainly recommend you to buy Garmin Virb Elite. The choice is yours.