"If there's one thing missing on the new action cameras, it's 4K recording," Anderson said. "We believe Garmin upgraded to an Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) chip for the new Virb cameras, but it's not the Ambarella A9, which is used in GoPro's high-end line-up. We would expect the exclusion of 4K recording to lead to a certain amount of criticism."
Garmin likely made a trade-off to save on battery life, Anderson said. Garmin chose to include sensors rather than allow for 4K ultra HD video, he said. Garmin and GoPro cameras have comparable battery life of about two hours.