Following up their successful action camera the Virb 30, the Garmin Virb 360 brings immersive content to the manufacturer's line-up. Garmin is known as a GPS company, and the Virb 360 has five different sensors that work together to embed data like speed, location and elevation.
It's those senors that set the Garmin Virb 360 apart from other 360 cameras. With a GPS, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope and compass, users can take that data and, inside the Garmin app or desktop editor, add overlays that show speed, route and even data about elevation -- or high high whatever the camera is mounted to jumps. Those same overlays are in Garmin's non-360 cameras and add a fun element to action videos. The Virb 360 can also be paired with other accessories, like their fitness trackers, to add more data, including heart rate.
While it's those sensors that set Garmin's cameras apart, the Virb 360 includes a list of specifications that are pretty impressive, at least on paper. 4K 30 fps video is possible ready to go, or if you want to stitch the two video feeds together yourself, you can bump the resolution up to 5.7k. Three image stabilization modes are also included, a feature that's hard to find on action cameras let alone 360.
The Virb 360 is designed to be mounted in the middle of the action, including handling up to 33 feet of water. The camera's battery lasts for about an hour of recording.
While the Garmin Virb 360 includes a list of specifications longer than most, including sensors and stabilization, it also has a price that's higher than most -- $799. The 360Fly also offers some of those sensor overlays, but without the stabilization and with nearly half the resolution. On paper, the Virb looks like a strong, albeit expensive, camera for the growing 360 category.