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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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@Jac. A lot of it will depend on where, when and how you drive. It seems to me that a lot of the 'incidents' featured on Youtube show the oft quoted 'it takes two to tangle' in action perfectly.

(Also your driving has probably not improved if you use your indicators if there is no-one to benefit from seeing them. The 'advanced' drivers will tell you that you should be thinking about whether you need to use them, not just turn them on without thought.)

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@voyager03 here in france its a driving offence not to use your indicators when making any change in direction....... IE lane change overtaking left or right turn with the abundance of cameras and strategically placed (hidden) gendarme and police traps even in the middle of the countryside when you think you are the only vehicle around for miles...........the rule is use your indicators......or risk paying a fine and losing points on your driving licence...........Yep its a sad mad world we live in Ipol

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Well, in the UK The Highway Code rule 103 sensibly says "Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians of your intended actions." So the logic is that if there are not 'other road users' around you don't need to use them.

Of course you might not be good enough to see everything, as those in France who get caught find out. So until you are, signalling your intentions in advance is a sensible move.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@voyager03 the actual trap could be anything up to half a mile from where you omitted to use your indicators captured on a high powered zoom camera placed on a bridge or adjacent parallel road or on a slip road several hundred yards behind you it has more to do with filling local authority coffers and less to do with actual road sense and safety.The first indication you have is when you are pulled over some distance from the scene of your misdemeanor Ipol

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Me, I live in provincial New Zealand and apart from a few discrete police cameras in the main street of town I'm probably the only nosey parker keeping a sharp eye out for motorized misdemeanours or Youtubeable entanglements for miles around. About 6 years ago I witnessed a diabolical example of dangerous overtaking but apart from uttering some futile expletives at the fast disappearing culprit I could do nothing. But now, with my trusty 808s looping away I can record the mad buggers coming and going. If you set the Mobi to 720x60fps the numberplates are crystal clear.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJac

@John, Have you formatted the SD card in the camera?

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

Hi Guys

Isnt jerky playback likely to be that MOV files are very processor heavy? AVi files were fine as a standard format, but my processor cant really handle these MOV files and runs at 100% maxed out.

If I need them, I convert to an AVI file instead.

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Why do the lenses of these keyfob cameras all point down if you want to wear them around your neck?
I can't find any small camera to wear around my neck, that can record continuously a whole day (using external USB chargers for extra juice)...

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDFF

No problem DFF, I moved the lens unit of a #18 to the front to simply by drilling a hole in the lower face, the lens wire allows rotation but the drill hole has to be larger than the original one and you have to pare off the black plastic lens holder thingys to give room to close the case up again. I then turned off the indicator light, rotated the video 180 degrees, fitted a neck string and I was in business. It’s great for getting candid pics of the kids. A bit of Velcro on the rear side sticks to some clothes and helps to tame the wobbles.

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJac

@Mike N
@ Tony M

Yest I did format the micro SD card in the Mobius. I am yet to try playing the file on another 'player" to see if the jerkiness is from the playback. probably, I'll play them on my television........

The jerkiness is really lost footage occurring every second to twice per second.

I reviewed some footage and at street speeds the jerkiness amounts to insignificant loss. At highway speeds, (128 km/hr) it amounts to 3 to 5 meters of lost footage per "jerk". That's way too much loss since lots can happen in that distance.

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

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