Updated 26 May 2016

Garmin

VIRB X

Snapshot: The Garmin VIRB X weighs 150g without the case, but with no image stabilisation. How well does it perform?

VIRB X
Consumer score
SCORE
Average price

$440

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Test results

Overall score
54
Daylight
?/10
Artificial light
?/10
Low light
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Durability
?/10

Good points

  • OK for shooting in daylight.
  • Does time-lapse.
  • Does slow motion.
  • Has a wireless link.

But

  • Poor for shooting in low light.
  • Has no image stabilisation.
  • Poor battery life.
  • Doesn't have a monitor.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.
  • Doesn't have an HDMI output.
  • Can't be controlled via mobile.

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Daylight (25 percent) - video quality in daylight conditions
  • Artificial light (25 percent) - video quality in artificial light conditions
  • Low light (25 percent) - video quality in low light conditions
  • Image stabiliser (20 percent)
  • Battery (5 percent)

Key data

Model

Average price
$440

Specifications

Weight (g)
150
Weight in housing (g)
na
Dimensions (cm)
7.8 x 6.7 x 3.7
Dimensions in housing (cm)
na
Minimum/maximum operating temperature
-20° / 45°
Water immersion depth (without/with case, m)
50 / na
Ingress protection (IP) rating
Not stated
Submersible case
Unavailable
Highest picture resolution
4032x3024
Main video codec
MPEG-4
Minutes/GB (highest quality)
5
Optical zoom range
1
Digital zoom range

Not stated

Sensor size
1/2.3

Features

Image stabiliser

No

Monitor
Touchscreen

No

Remote control
×
USB port
HDMI output
×
Microphone input
×
Photo capture
Time-lapse
Slow-motion recording
Autofocus
×
White balance adjustable
Dedicated video capture button
Windfilter cut off
×
Mono audio microphone
Stereo audio microphone
×
GPS
Wireless link (WiFi etc)
Buttons accessible when in case

na

Full display readable in case

na

Attachments

Headband or goggle
×
Helmet
Multidirectional mount
×
Surface-mount (non-adhesive)
×
Bike-mount (non-adhesive)

No