4.1 / 5.08 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.4 / 5Ease Of Use4.1 / 5Value3.8 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (6)No (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove this camera!Does exactly what I need for the flying videos I take. The GPS info really adds to the videos. Viewing and editing are easy with the editor I downloaded on my computer.April 19, 2018Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSeems perfectSo far, so good. Seems a solid, compact camera with great mounting options and a seamless tie-in to Garmin G3X EFISNovember 19, 2017Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGarmin VIRB First ImpressionsCamera arrived yesterday and I unpacked, assembled and charged it. First impressions are very good. Easy to use, clear screen, easy to navigate menu system. One disappointment is that the image stabilization is not supported in 4K mode. This is not stated on any website information that I read and so I believed it offered stabilization in ll modes. Will gve the camera a real test soon.October 4, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThe jury is still out on whether I like it or "really" like it. I bought it to document our trip to the Bahamas in Sept. I've only had one flight with it and it was fine. I just built a mount for the passenger side headrest. Mine is fixed so none of the ones on the market will work. I expected the camera to be able to Bluetooth connection to the ipad/phones/Bose headsets. It does not...or I can't get it to do so. I'm old school so I'd rather have a hard copy of the manual. So, downloaded and printed one. The one complaint I have about the camera is that the datacard is NOT included!! You have to go buy one and it has to be certain models. I got 128GB at Best Buy for 89$. The camera chews through the battery but we bought a Mutant for power so it should not be a problem. The "best" thing so far has been the Sporty's experience. They really have been great (so far). RickSeptember 18, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yesgood reliable cam w great capabilitiesGood setup, especially w the prop filter, altimeter cover and accessories. Having a overlay of heading, gps etc is a huge bonus.Id rather pay a tad more for the garimin line as i have in the past because the end result gives me non corrupted video files with validation that I like to have.Its a good deal for everything that comes in the kit. Add a pro pilot mounting system and youll need nothing else to capture flights the way you want!Added Aug 25, 2017August 25, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoOne major design flaw for aviation use...The overall design, build quality, and video quality of the VIRB Ultra 30 are all excellent. Controlling the camera using the built-in touch screen and/or the free iOS app is straightforward. And pairing via WiFi and/or Bluetooth is simple and reliable. BUT there is one major design flaw specific to aviation...
The included audio cable and the charging/data cable both plug into the same mini-USB plug. As a result, you cannot record cockpit/ATC audio and have the camera plugged into a power source at the same time*. Given the battery life is only 60 to 75 minutes, that means recording a cross-country flight longer than that would require changing the battery in flight -- which involves removing the camera from its mount, removing the prop filer, etc. -- an unnecessary distraction and safety issue.
* I contacted Garmin support. Their recommended solution is buying both their Bare Wire USB Power Cable (P/N 010-12256-26 $19.99) and their Audio-Video Cable (P/N 010-11921-14 $29.99). I bought both, but still don't see how they solve the problem. I have contacted them again for instructions or a wiring diagram but, after one week, have not received a response.August 17, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWilliamThe camera functions well once assembled. The issue I had was that the instructions for assembly and camera use were not clear or simple as had been advertised. It took too much time to actually figure out the assembly and how to use the camera.August 3, 2017Purchased
1 year agoReliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Excellent camera for recording flightsI was recording my flights with a GoPro Hero 3 Black until the USB charging port disconnected from the camera. I bought the Virb Ultra as a replacement mainly because of its ability to connect to Garmin "Context" data sources of which I have a GTX-345 ADS-B Transponder which provides a wealth of data over context. The camera works beautifully, is much easier to use in-flight than the Garmin and records telemetry over context which you can later super-impose over your video if you choose. I am very happy with this purchase with one exception: For connecting to cockpit audio, the Aviation Kit includes a cable that goes inline with your headset audio out. The cable that I had used with my GoPro for the same purpose included the ability to power the camera with an external battery (essential for doing time lapses of long flights). The Garmin cable has no such capability so you are limited to the recording time of the internal battery (which varies depending on what you are doing, but is at most 2hrs.). To solve this issue I had to purchase a cable for the Virb from Nflightcam for an additional $40 (hence 3 stars for value). Garmin should provide a cable that allows for external power (note: never use aircraft power to power your camera as a ground loop is created that causes an undesirable hum in the audio track - I use an external USB power-pack.)June 12, 2017
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Browse 18 questions Browse 18 questions and 26 answersDoes this kit include everything in the regular Virb Ultra 30 package PLUS the aviation specific accessories, or are regular accessories traded off for aviation accessories?BEST ANSWER: The kits includes the following:
Camera, audio cable, prop filter, waterproof case, charging/data cable, adhesive mounts, action camera mount adapters, suction cup mount.Can you connect the headset audio cable AND external power to the camera at the same time?BEST ANSWER: I have not found a way to do this since the port used for both functions is tied up with one or the other. I believe you can connect the camera to your bluetooth headset for audio then use the cord for power, but I am not 100% sure.How long does the battery last? And can it have external battery power?BEST ANSWER: Battery life is over 2 hours, and you can power it externally.Can the camera be powered or charged externally for longer flights while it is hooked up with the included intercom cable?BEST ANSWER: The camera is not able to be charged while the audio cable is connected.Does the LCD screen on the back act like a viewfinder and show what the camera is seeing or is it just for entering menu selections and camera options? If it's not a viewfinder, how do you see what the camera sees? Vi the app?BEST ANSWER: Yes it acts as a viewfinder. It's a touchscreen, and also allows you to change the settings. Otherwise the tablet application works as a viewfinder as well. Enjoy!What are the options for connecting to the airplane's intercom system?BEST ANSWER: It comes with a standard dual plug cable to connect into your headset cables. This will allow you to capture both intercom and radio audio that would have been sent to your headset normally. It passes them thru to the headset.Can a single iPhone start and stop 3 or 4 Garmin VIRB Ultras all at once?BEST ANSWER: I run 4 Garmin Virb Ultra 30’s simultaneously from my IPad using the Virb app. I can switch the views I see from in the cockpit and it all works smoothly. I cannot get the cameras to stay asleep and Garmin believes it is the communication with the IPad that keeps waking them up. This fall I plan on trying to run the 4 cameras with the primary camera in the cockpit without using the IPad. My goal is to shoot video coming through the clouds and breaking out of the clouds for others to experience.Can I link my phone or tablet to more than one Garmin VIRB at a time, specifically a Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 and a Garmin VIRB 360?Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 with Aviation KitBEST ANSWER: I just spoke with John at Garmin Aviation/Experimental department. He said that you can link these two cameras together via Bluetooth, whereas if you do turn on one camera to record it will send the same signal to the other camera to start recording or stop recording, etc. I was asking specifically for and about controlling them from the G3X Touch Panel in an aircraft, but don't know why it wouldn't also work from a phone or tablet the same way. By the way, the Ultra 30 will live-stream video to the G3X Panel whereas the Virb 360 will not.Why is the GoPro Hero5 Prop filter a recommended accessory when this kit states that it includes a filter?BEST ANSWER: The GoPro filter does not work with the VIRB camera. You will not need an additional filter since this kit comes with a filter already! You're good!The description says, "Connect to Garmin Pilot app or D2 Bravo watch for easy start/stop." I don't use Garmin Pilot or D2 Bravo. Is there another app I can use from my iPhone & iPad, or is there no app I can use?BEST ANSWER: There is an apple app to allow you to control the camera.Can the voice commands be issued through the bluetooth or hardwired audio connection?BEST ANSWER: The camera has a mic that is used to issue the voice commands.Does it come with the SD card ?BEST ANSWER: The SD card is not included.If connected via Bluetooth to the Zulu.3 will it record incoming audio (Radio+Intercom) or just my voice, like in FlightLink?BEST ANSWER: The Camera connect to the intercom via a wired connection and does record both the radio and Intercom. The blue tooth connection allows the camera to be controlled via an app.Is there a plug that fits into a helicopter intercom?BEST ANSWER: The plug that comes with this kit is for GA aircraft. The cable for the helicopter is 5122A.Does the intercom cable provide power to the camera like a NFlightcam cable does for a GoPro?BEST ANSWER: The audio cable does not provide power to the camera. A power cable is included.i already own a Virb Ultra 30. Can I purchase the cage and prop filter for the cage separately?BEST ANSWER: Yes the prop filter can be purchased separately from Sportys, The case would need to be purchased from Garmin directly.Can the camera record data via Bluetooth from a GTX345 (eg cross track)?Can voice commands be used to change the FOV in flight?
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