Garmin Virb Ultra 30 review

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 is Garmin's top-of-the-range action camera. It takes 4k/30 video and is packed with lots of features, including voice control

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 takes high-quality images and is easy to control, it’s got great connectivity to your other on-bike tech and smartphones too. But its battery life is a bit short so you can’t just record and forget except on the shortest rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Voice control lets you start and stop recording easily while on the move

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    Quality 4k video

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    Good image stabilisation (at lower resolutions than 4k)

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    Lots of connectivity and stats options

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Reasons to avoid
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    Quite heavy – particularly mounted on a helmet

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    Short battery life

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The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 will record ultra-high-definition video, with a maximum 4k/30fps, although you can drop to 1080p or lower for more memory capacity and battery life. It also includes image stabilisation (although not at 4k resolution) for less blur when you are out riding.

The standout feature of the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 is its voice control. This means that you just have to give voice commands to start and stop recording, take a still photo or highlight a video clip.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.