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Monday
Jul082013

The Mobius Camera - The do-it-all mount-anywhere 1080p Micro Cam

Here's my review of the Mobius Camera. This camera has been in development for some time and clearly the manufacturer has listened to user feedback from the buyers of the #16 808 cameras and incorporated many of their requested features into this model.

There isn't too much to add here - this is a pretty comprehensive video that covers most features of the camera. I suppose the only thing I didn't go into was the webcam function. I'm not interested in this myself since all my laptops have had a built in webcam since 2009, but a webcam function can come in useful if you need to refocus the lens and view live video on your PC screen at the same time. As I mentioned at the beginning of the video the manufacturer included a tool to enable you to refocus the (unglued) lens. I know of people who use the keyring cameras mounted on their model trains who will find this very useful.

I also never tried the time-lapse function, which automatically takes photos at your specified interval. You can see these options on screen during the configuration section of the review.

The only negatives I can think of are the narrow FOV in the 720p60 mode (720p30 has the same FOV as 1080p30) and a lack of water resistance, although there may well be accessories released in the future that address the latter issue.

Due to the constant revisions the manufacturer makes to the camera, the features I have shown here could be updated in the future, but even if there are no more changes, I'm very happy wth the camera as it stands today. It never gave me a moment of trouble during the weeks I was testing it. Never once locking up or shutting down on it's own, so for me this has been a totally reliable little camera.

I'm trying to guess what crazy questions I'll get asked, so I can answer them first.

So...

Motion detection? - Latest Firmware has this option (Info added Jan 2014)

Looped/Recycled Video? YES

Can this be switched off? YES

What is looped/recycled video? - See My Beginners Guide To Car Cams Video HERE

Can the Timestamp be turned off? YES

Finally to answer a common question from people who didn't watch the video. - No the silver arrows on the camera are not buttons, they are a heat sink and being aluminium are also not magnetic. Press Play on the video to learn more.

If you have any more questions, you should get all the answers you need from the links below.

To BUY ONE (on ebay) Click your country below

US   UK   NL   DE   AU   AT   CH   IE   ES   FR   NL   BE 

I've also put some Amazon links below.

 

 

The Windows Configuration Software and Manual can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE

To Download SAMPLE CLIPS - CLICK HERE

(Wait a few seconds for the samples link to load)

Chuck Lohr's detailed Mobius Page is here

RC Groups.com Forum pages about the Mobius are here

The Downloadable Instructions and configuration software are available from here

I know people are going to ask me whether they should get this or an SJ1000, but they are very different cameras. You'll need to decide yourself what features are important to you. The LCD Screen, Waterproof Case, Ultra Wide angle lens of the SJ1000 or the true 720p60, reduced-fisheye lens and easy mounting options of the Mobius.

DIMENSIONS - Just thought I should add this info.

The Mobius is 6cm front to back, 3.5cm wide and 1.7cm thick.

 

 

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Reader Comments (918)

@William Kelley, the freeware video transcoding program called Handbrake will convert the Mobius files to mp4 format, available for Windows/Mac/Ubuntu
http://handbrake.fr/

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@William Kelley, the files play perfectly on my 17" laptop & my iPad without any conversion. What's not 'usable' about that? What device(s) do you want to use with the files?

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Just recived my Mobius i along with others viewing 1080 Video taken from Moter Glider in very poor conditions are impressed with
results, will be looking to use it on wing tip and tailplain, as you are in contact with manufactures may i sugest the camera body
be molded in White?. Being a glider Pilot of Glass sailplains all being WHITE with good reason, heat is not absorbed but reflected
back . This will help with any heating issue if used as a car cam. Thanks for doing a great job.
Graham.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Just thought I'd mention - been onto JooVuu today and they're offering bundles. Also eletoponline has some remote battery life extenders (they call them UPS).

Looking hard at a Mobius - the Sj1000 simply wont fit into a space I need it to. Could just go for a #16 but why bother cheap-ing down?.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Here is a comparison of the Mobius (wide angle) and the GoPro Hero 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTVHK1ZqkFo

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPit_Bull_za

Pit_Bull_za, What software do you use for combining the Mobius video with GoPro. I wanted to create a similar comparison video of Mobius with other cameras. Thanks.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraturk

I use Openshot, it is only avalable on Linux

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPit_Bull_za

I'm a little confused about the "Standard" vs "Wide Angle" lenses for this camera.

One of the two major eBay sellers of this camera offers both standard and wide angle options. (Not the seller you link to--who seems to have just the one lens FOV offering but doesn't state what it is.) By product photos, the camera you reviewed appears to have the shorter "standard" lens, which you estimate as having about a 120° HFOV. However, the seller in question states that the standard lens HFOV is ~86°, wide lens is ~118°. There's a video they link to here comparing the two side-by-side: http://vimeo.com/72618045

What's your take on this? Is it possible you reviewed a wide-angle version? Is that seller inauthentic? Is the seller you link to the source of the specific unit which you tested?

I'm stumped as to which to buy.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

(p.s. Those were the 1080p HFOVs I was talking about above. I am aware of the narrower 720p FOV and I am not confusing the two.)

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

I reviewed an early model which was specced to have a 120º lens in it - but the part supplied to the manufacturer did not match up to this. This is why they then later released a wide-angle version as well with a different lens unit inside.

November 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan, will you please review the DIMIKA Action Cam (http://dimikacamera.com/) when it becomes available? According to the specs and price it is comparable to Mobius.

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHashim

the dimika looks like the mobius twin! only $69 or £42 and it looks like another good small camra with developer that is taking feed back from its users. i would like to see a review of this if you have the time matt.
I like that the dimika has a built in 1/4 screw

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

Very tempted to get one of these - have also been looking at the Innov C1 - any chance of a review?!

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeldomSeen

Bough this camera on the basis of your review, thanks. I had intended to use it as a helmet cam for skiing, but after now having discovered some of its features I will also use it as a dash-cam in my car as well as a "handlebar-cam" on Vespa and bicycle. Traffic accidents for two wheel commuters are common enough that having a video recording of any events could mean the difference between getting an insurance claim or having to wear the cost of repairs - repairs for Vespas or bikes ain't cheap.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan - Melbourne, Australia

Can you review this camera?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1080P-IR-Motion-Detection-Hidden-Spy-Car-Key-Chain-Mini-Camera-DVR-8GB-Full-HD-/390689993906?pt=US_Surveillance_Digital_Video_Recorders_Cards&hash=item5af6f034b2

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlauber

What a fantastic review! So many times people have no idea what their doing, or even what they plan to say and it shows. In Your Case you do a fantastic job of providing clear, intelligent comments in a proper order with real world examples. You just sold a couple of them for the manufacturer! Hope that there is something in it for you besides the satisfaction because I would hate to see someone who does so well on reviews get bored and stop doing em!!!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt E.

Fantastic website, extremely helpful.
I am trying to develop a video display system to reduce auto blind spot issues and improve safety for people with limited head movement.

The idea is to use an iPad/android tablet "quad" style display on the console with three or more wireless inputs.

I've been looking at IP bullet cameras etc. as are used in conventional rearview systems but am wondering if Dash cam systems without screens might be a good option, especially for side view. The recording part is just a bonus-- main issue is real time video delivery.

You think it makes any sense to look at dash cams in this light? Or is it a problem to send standard video out from a dash camera?

If it makes sense, is there any particular camera that you might recommend for this function?
Do you know of anyone doing work in this area, especially with tying video in with tablets?

Thanks again for your website-- it is an extremely valuable resource to the Internet community.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Wells

Hi Techmoan, awesome review, bought one on the strength of it, great cam, using as a dash cam but as soon as they have a water resistant case ill buy another for an action cam. (GoPros good but such an awkward shape for a helmet)

Im not sure if your aware of this feature: When the camera is in loop mode recording, if you press the M button the camera will make the current clip read-only and not overwrite it.

Thanks
Alan

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Very tempted by this. Anyone in the UK order this from the eBay seller? Did you get charged extra import fees? Cheers

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstu83

Yes stu83, I got one, seller put $5 on the customs label and I got charged no customs, also came in a week. Alan

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

try http://joovuu.com/ decent price and reliable

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternorthernlanes

So, if eletoponline is the "official" seller, are they selling the narrow (~70-degree) or wide (~116-degree) version? I'm still confused. Maybe should just buy from Novotm where it's clear?

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

Thanks Alan! Was just about to order but then I noticed the contents further up mentioning the Dimika. Looks to be pretty much the same as the Möbius but with 140 degree lens and built in tripod screw. Might take a punt on that

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstu83

@Zac,

Eletoponline sell both Mobius models, but only show the standard model on their website. Both are $69. If you want the wide angle lens Mobius (superior low-light performance), make it clear when ordering.

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@stu83,

The Dimika is a new camera of unproven performance. I would wait until it's been tested against the Mobius before buying one.

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Here is a challenge for you: To review the best Body Worn Camera for Law Enforcement use.
What we want is a great body worn camera, good clear picture and audio and if it comes to 15 to 30 sec pre event recording - even better.
What would be ideal as well is a car mounted camera with a wireless remote, that can pick up audio when out of the car.

Be good if you can do one for this purpose.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

I bought a Mobius a month ago after watching Techmoan's reviews for the current batch of car dvr cameras. The Mobius is an excellent camera but...

the Mobius doesn't play well with my GPS. I've got a Mobius that *firehoses* out enough radio interference to lose *all* satellite reception on my Garmin GPS. I've wrapped the Mobius in tin foil and that stops the interference when I record on battery power but the USB power lead *also* acts as an antenna to broadcast the interference. I put chokes on the USB cord and that helps some but I still lose 50% of satellite signal strength.

Anybody got a idea on what to try next or the URL of a forum where this has been discussed to death? Google isn't being that helpful past the "wrap it in metal foil" ideas.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike: I have a Garmin GPS navigator no more than two feet away from a Mobius camera I use as a dashcam and I have not experienced any such problems. FYI.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryoungturk

@Alan: Thanks for the comment regarding pressing the M button to write-protect the current file. I was really needing that feature and I am very happy to know that it exists. I wonder why the manufacturer doesn't promote it. I hope they keep this feature. Thanks again for passing it on.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryoungturk

@Mike

I can confirm that my Mobius interferes with GPS on my Motorola XT320 & Lenovo A820 smartphones, when they're placed within a few inches of the Mobius.

In practice, however, they're not within a few inches of the Mobius, so no interference occurs. Use the 3 metre cable recommended by Mobius sellers. Route it through the headlining, behind the A pillar trim, etc. No need to foil wrap the Mobius.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

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