Garmin, the cutting edge in GPS devices, is entering the action camera market with verve — or rather, VIRB, a rugged, water-resistant, 1080p little powerhouse of a video camera. With optional mounts and straps, you can shoot from your bike, your head, your shoulder and other places under conditions few traditional cameras or smart phones dare to go. Add the optional Dive Case, and that includes up to 50 meters underwater. The 4.7-inch by 2.2-inch, by 1.6-inch-deep video camera weighs in at a little over six ounces, and has a 1.4-inch hi res color LCD. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (USB cable included) that lasts up to three hours at the highest video resolution. The lens shoots in three modes — wide, medium, or narrow — and the camera automatically adjusts for shaking (think crashing waves, rocky terrain, skydiving). Upgrade to the spiffier VIRB Elite, and you get more sensors that can collect and display data on speed, altitude, G-Force and heart rate. You also get GPS and geo-tagging capabilities, plus Wi-Fi connectivity for control via smartphone.
Garmin VIRB is $299.99, VIRB Elite, $399.99; Bike/large tube mount, $24.99; dive case, $39.99; at www.garmin.com.