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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

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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 (919)

Hi DogBurritoahoo.com
I'm still waiting for Mr postman to bring my camera. but I've downloaded the Mobius GUI to have a look at the program. I think you can't select how long the camera stays on for after the power is removed when in car DVR mode "Auto power on Record". the "auto shut off" selection is for how long the camera stay in standby mode (i.e not recording video or taking pictures) before shutting down.
But that would be a nice feature for a future firmware update to chose how long the camera carry's on records for after the power is removed from the USB .
John

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the other John)

hello Willie, i just tried but i cant download the sample clips also.

John

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the other John)

@Willie, I had no trouble downloading the sample clips, but I know DumpTruck can be tempremental sometimes as I have a 30gb account there and uploading large files often stalls out. I hope Techmoan doesn't mind but I put a copy of all his clips on my website on a single page which only has links back to this page and the clips, I can easily remove it if Techmoan doesn't like it, but for now:
http://www.haku.co.uk/video/Mobius/

@Ipol, cycling at night with all the LEDs lit is like going around with a patch of my own personal daylight :) It's not as bright as some of the Cree type high power lights but it's permanently attached to the bike and doesn't have a spotlight effect as the 3mm LEDs produce a much smoother beamspread, plus it only draws 10 watts at full brightness from the ebike battery.


P.S. I've tried posting this a few times today on 2 different machines running different versions of FF and nothing has appeared, this time I'm trying with IE instead of FF

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Haku, I have no problem with you hosting the clips...watch out you don't exceed your bandwidth allowances though.

Your comments all got caught in the automated squarespace spam filter. A constant source of frustration for me, because (as far as I can discern) there is no way to be notified when there is anything stuck in there. I have to check it manually whenever I get the chance.

July 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Techmoan, thanks for letting me host a copy, this is a great camera and hopefully the more people who buy them the more investment will be put into firmware and future (even better) versions. My web hosting package is as far as I'm aware an unlimited bandwidth one, strangely in the control panel it's saying 0.00% of 5GB used and 0MB bandwidth used... I won't bring it up with the provider in case they "fix" it ;)

July 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@ Haku,

Thank you so much for taking the time to do that for me,very kind.
Wow !! Cant believe the difference in the raw clips to the you tube ones.

Thanks again

Willie

July 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

Taken from the RC groups forum, important!

"I've been advised by the developer to alert those using external USB power supply to check the specs of their power supply/USB charger. Recent user premature battery failure experience and testing by the developer have suggested that the external power supply may be part of the problem.

If the power supply cannot maintain the voltage under load sufficiently high, the camera's internal charging circuit may not be fully capable of keeping the internal battery charged to full capacity as the camera operates. The battery can then go through many small charge/discharge cycles during recording, which ages the battery and can lead to premature failure.

To avoid this situation, it is recommended that your external USB power has at least a 1000 mA rating and an output voltage between 5.0 and 5.5V! Also, a short, high quality charging cable should be used to keep the voltage drop from the charger to the camera to a minimum.

Those using the camera as a car recorder are at the highest risk due to the long extended recording periods (not to mention possible excessive temperatures which also take a toll on lipo battery life). The dedicated car charger and cable for the Mobius meet these specs, but other third-party car chargers may not."

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Thanks for the warning. I'm trying to read the RC forum but I'm only up to page 30 of 82!

Just checked the spec of my TomTom multi charger and it offers 1200mA so I should be ok.

July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

Using a regulated 5v source wired through my high end multimeter I did a few tests, I tried to get the numbers as accurate as possible. The voltages aren't exactly 5v because it drops slightly under load, hence the recommendation of a source up to 5.5v.

Internal battery unplugged, recording 1080p = average 305mA @ 4.97v (1.51watts)
Internal battery connected and being charged from a flat status, camera off = average 186mA @ 4.97v (0.92watts)
Internal battery connected and being charged from a flat status, recording 1080p = average 505mA @ 4.95v (2.5watts)

I second the recommendation about getting a higher ampage than needed USB adapter for running the camera as more amps won't do any damage, the camera will only take what it needs.

Have to say I think it's rather amazing you can record full HD footage using only around 1.5 watts!

July 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Hi Bought cam after watching review, and it is brilliant. Just wish I was ready about how hot the heat sinks get, made me panic and unplug it straight away when i connected it in the car straight out of the box.. Felt better when when I plugged into PC and altered settings, thought I had killed it ! For those who have a problem with the clips off Dumptruck, seems some IE versions have probs, try Chrome browser, seems fine.... Awaiting next reviews, excellent site, and I live in Manchester, so know all the places in vids....

July 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersupermarine

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