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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 (919)

well said Ipol there is always one, keep up the good work you do.

July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr Rinkly

@ Mr Rinkly.... thanks for the words of encouragement of course its Techmoans site but I like many others do not wish to see him attacked in the manner that MAN adopted......thankfully Techmoan deleted the most offensive comments.I am sure Techmoan is big enough and (####) enough to look after himself ....(Matt you should be used to my sense of humour by now) Regards to all from one who appreciates the advise and knowledge that this site continues to share with the rest of us ......The french connection...Ipol...

July 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

After more than a week using the camera as car camera, I'll write my feedback here in hope would be seen by the developer.

My general feedback is that the camera lives up to my expectations. I like its small and solid form.

I live in a tropical country where the air temperature at midday goes around 34° - 36° C. The camera is (still) doing fine although the heat sinks are scarily hot. I'm thinking about adding extensions to the built-in heat sinks.

Minuses:
1. The auto-white-balance transition is too jumpy.
2. Sometimes the saturation goes off.
3. WDR is good for night, but on daytime, it makes the video less contrast/saturation. Auto-WDR feature would be nice.

The 120° fisheye lens is okay. Although I miss the 140° non-fisheye lens on my old car camera. Would be great if they can make 140° fisheye/non-fisheye lens as a module.

August 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervoltx

@voltx

Im also using as a car cam, would love to hear if you succeed in the extra cooling. I just turn the aircon on full blast on the windscreen.

As you may have guessed, I use mine as a car cam also. Already on my second unit as my first stopped working less than a week into use.

The manufacturer may argue that as this is an action cam and not made specifically as a car cam (see the DR32), then they wont tailor it to a specific use like that.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

@voltx

Thanks for the report. My Mobius has withstood North Carolina heat for 2 weeks so far. The mfg may have designed this with some car cam specs in mind but does any company make a unit that can withstand the environmental stress of a permenant windshield mounting? I have measured 140 degree (F) temps in my car on hot days...


When your Mobius failed, were you able to get a warranty replacement?

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

@DogBurritoahoo.com

Sorry to jump in before voltx. You are definitely are a test case for its performance.

Im in the UK. I have used a prestigio car camera and still use the 300 model as a rear view camera (720P)

Ive have left it in a car cooking away at a max car temp of 47 degrees C for over a month now and the manufacturer says it will withstand 60C. I know compared to North Carolina heat, thats a bit different (and not if Fahrenheit, sorry), but our humidity has been pretty high and is a good test for any device.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

I got round to making my own video out cable for the Mobius, it's basically a mini-USB B power passthrough cable with a 2nd cable that has a stereo headphone plug for AV which can plug it straight into my Casio pocket tv, or use adaptors for phono connections.

In the configuration software I thought the 16:9 aspect ratio meant an anamorphic output for displaying on a 16:9 screen but it actually produces a letterbox 4:3 output, and the 4:3 setting produces an anamorphic 16:9 output. (confused smiley goes here)


I did a few further power consumption tests now I have a video out cable:

Internal battery unplugged, recording 1080p, outputting composite video = 330mA @ 4.96v (1.64 watts)
Internal battery unplugged, not recording, outputting composite video = 265mA @ 4.97v (1.32 watts)
Internal batter connected and being charged from a flat status, recording 1080p, outputting composite video = 550mA @ 4.93v (2.71 watts)

Also out of curiosity I turned the camera on without a battery connected, not recording and not outputting composite video, just sitting there waiting for buttons to be pressed it was using 265mA @ 4.97v (1.13 watts)


Aside from doing power tests I got some nice HD footage of the wild magpies that feed from my windowsill :)

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Will the Mobius run with internal battery disconnected/ removed?

Since the battery is the weak point, I'd consider removing it rather than risking it to the environmental stress of hot and cold

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

@DogBurritoahoo.com, yes the camera works perfectly fine running off USB power without the internal battery, however the clock loses its time and gets reset to 00:00 on the 1st of Jan every time it powers up.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Sorry jumped the gun there, you really do need the battery when used as a dashcam. I just tested unplugging the USB power when it's recording video without the internal battery - it loses the file it's currently recording as the camera couldn't close the file properly. Not what you want if you have an accident and the ignition gets turned off.

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

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