Though many have tried to usurp GoPro from the action camera throne, there’s a reason the name GoPro remains the dominant and most reputable brand in the field – they make a quality product that many consumers adore. However, an unlikely newcomer to the action cam market might finally have a formidable weapon to pull off what so many others have tried and failed to do. Garmin, heretofore most known for their navigation systems and line of fitness-minded smartwatches, has announced the release of the VIRB Ultra 30, an action camera that possesses something no GoPro does: voice control features.
At a time where most have been impatiently awaiting news and details regarding the GoPro Hero 5 and its release, Garmin crept unexpectedly out of the shadows recently to unveil their action camera and incite potential mutiny among some of GoPro’s most loyal connoisseurs. Garmin’s VIRB Ultra 30 is loaded with tons of amazing features. Of course, you get quality action camera filming capabilities with 4K/30p video. On top of that, VIRB Ultra 30 boasts a murder’s row of built-in sensors, including a GPS, compass, gyroscope, barometer and accelerometer…because you never know when you might need them. If all of that isn’t impressive enough, the VIRB Ultra 30 contains 3-axis electronic image stabilization and built-in Bluetooth and WiFi in order to live stream video directly from your camera or control and send out streams through your phone.
The real kicker, of course, is the voice control. Rumors have been swirling that GoPro would introduce voice controls in the Hero 5, but unfortunately, Garmin has shown them up with the VIRB Ultra 30. The camera’s voice controls can initiate everything from turning on the camera, recording video, capturing photos, marking cool moments and stopping or pausing recordings. To get the VIRB Ultra 30 to perform your vocal bidding, all one has to do is say “Okay Garmin,” followed by the command you wish to perform. Voice controls will even penetrate the camera’s waterproof case, which was designed to protect the camera at depths of 130 feet submerged. Priced at a reasonable $500, Garmin’s VIRB Ultra 30 action cam will be hard for even the staunchest GoPro fanatics to resist.