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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)

@russ331

Thanks for your response! I was hoping that was the case and it wasn't just me.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTRM

Got Mobius this week, tried it on day traffic today. Really disapointed with dynamic range performance, WDR on. Sometimes really could barely see there's cars ahead, not to mention details as license plates (not a lp freak, just to point it out). Still testing it, which it's a really well planed design, loved it, although I believe it should show a nicer behaviour out of the box.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

@Xezi

Your video quality should be comparable with the 'SAMPLE CLIPS' at the beginning of this blog. If they're not then post some raw footage (3 minute clips or shorter) on Mega or similar (not YouTube as they degrade video quality), & post a message at dashcamtalk, describing the issues & linking to the raw files.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@russ

tx for the reply. Will do some sunset/night tests also and report back. I've fully watched Tmoan review a couple of times before buying, this was in fact the main reason I posted the 1st comment, although his test conditions were different. All the same, will do more testing and come back. Tx m8.

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

Actually i am looking for some reviews about this camera and got most of the answers here so thanks for the review.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Are you going to review the waterproof case they are developing at the moment? They look ugly at the moment but that's said to be changed soon.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterManny

@Russ

I've been able to upload to Youtube only... The original clip is pixelated and noisy like the uploaded one.
I think the quality is not bad, but is far from what TMoan got with his footage. Far away.

tx.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfai6eTqb6k&feature=youtu.be

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

@Xezi

New Firmware v1.17 launched today... an interim release which greatly improves the camera compatibility with memory cards! Limited user beta testing has been 100% successful in fixing card compatibility, so hopefully this is a fix for everyone. There is also a second Wide Dynamic Range setting included that is still in beta testing phase. The second WDR setting may improve low-light recording quality, so give it a try? I will update to it in the next few days.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Russ

ok, I've updated to 1.17, and tried low light WDR. Can't really say much about it. It roughly performs somewhat poorer than S3 lens,
but of course that's not a very good of a comparison.
What appears to be heavily improoved was indeed the memory card compatibility. At least I could never download the movies
directly from the cam, it'd take forever, and now it looks like it's good to go as expected.

February 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

Xezi; your youtube upload looks fine to me.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKhanh

@Khanh

I think it's not bad at all, we're just discussing that it appears to be noticeably worse
than Tmoan ups. Wouldn't you agree?

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

Sorry but I have found the camera almost impossible to use and the software even worse. I am going to put it in a drawer and forget it.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGary

@Gary

If I can use it, anyone can. Try watching Techmoan's video again.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Gary

no no Gary.... don't put it away... mail it to me and I'll happily send you back
a postcard of my city.... ;)

Seriously now, as Russ said, give it one more try, once you get used, it's
seamless and very usefull...

good luck

p.s I take back the sd card improovment in the last fw. The reading speed
has been awfully slow here (< 1MB/s on a ~20MB/s card).

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

bought a 64G samsung class 10 card
formatted with mSetup, exFat
first five 5min clips record ok, all next get scrambled (unreadable).
saved some other vids to the card, all read ok - that is, doesn't appear to be some fixed size card problem

anyone else got this?

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

@Xezi,

I read at RCGroups that you can format a 64GB card in FAT32 using SDFormatter, & it will work in Mobius, including Firmware upgrades. I cannot vouch for this ... don't blame me if your card gets corrupted!

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Xezi

I have a 64GB card in mine, but I haven't rigged it properly yet. Once I get a couple of hours of footage I will check if there is any problem for me.

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

thanks,

my problem starts to happen after 5 clips of 5min, ~25min

February 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

the 64GB card is an ebay Samsung counterfeit. -sigh-

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

As soon as the camera unexpectedly stops you should always test the complete capacity of your card using h2testw. There are millions of fake cards on the market. These cards have a much lower capacity but the controller has been manipulated to show a higher capacity. These cards will obviously never work correctly because the memory just isn't there! Never be tempted by super cheap offers on eBay. Only buy from reliable sellers.

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Well, indeed. I did a quick test with h2, but the card was so obviously horrendous that a complete one wasn't even needed...
Some files were written at 300kb/s... is that low enough...

Then I put back an 8G class 4 card that I had around, and the camera is working 5/5.

Thing is, at the time I buyed the lollipop 64G card, the price was not that low, it seemed to be just a good deal. Yeah, tell me about it... lol...

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXezi

hello all. ive got a little problem with my camera (2 of them) and want to know if any one else has noticed the problem
.
i normaly use the camera as a car dvr, but last week i took them out of the car updated the firmware and adjusted the parameters to take snowboarding with me. then when i got home to review the footage all the video was very grainie and washed out.

To fix it i reloaded a old version of the firmware v0.59 then reloaded the latest version v1.17
but as soon as i change the parameters the video goes grainie again.

so my work around is to set the parameters i want then load a old version of the firmware then reload the latest version
anyone else experanced this problem?
im using the latest config program for windows to update firmware and load the parameters.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

@johngr

If you use the low-light setting under v1.17 you will get over-exposed video in daylight. V1.17 is an interim firmware release intended to resolve some sd card incompatibilities, & the low-light feature shouldn't have been enabled as it hasn't been fully tested.

The solution is to revert to earlier firmware ... v1.13 or v0.59 & await a future firmware upgrade.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Hi there.
Having gone through the reviews and threads here i think i have settled on the Mobius. As i need a car dvr first and actioncam second, the smaller footprint of the Mobius, (vs say the SJ1000) made it the best choice IMHO.
Couple of questions though.

The ebay seller linked above - is that listing the standard lens or the wide-angle?
I think the wide-angle will be best as its mainly for the car, so how do i ensure that is what i am sent?

Also, the video review shows a pack of mounting accessories with the camera. Is this avail, or do you have to order each individually?
As i need to order 2 or 3 mounts, so a pack with them all in might work out better value.

Cheers,

Stagger

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStagger

@Stagger

Eletoponline355 sell the Mobius wide angle (Mobius B), but haven't yet updated their site to show it. Contact them to order it. You will also need the 3 metre power cable & a USB lighter socket adapter, & the suction or self-adhesive mount.

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

For buying the 2 US/UK-links direct to webshops that send there Mobius out from China. So then customs-costs apply for European customers. Does someone know a (reliable) shop that really sends out from Europe/UK?

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErdee

@Erdee

Approved sellers are listed at http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25170905&postcount=2

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Erdee, I've bought many small things from Chinese sellers, never been stopped for customs. I guess you could be but they usually list them as something small and insignificant worth '$10' (or something similar) and they just seem to get through.

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

A quick note to thank you for making me aware of this excellent little camera. It's really opened a world of fun possibilities for action videos/stills! It was great skiing with it for a week, simply velcroed on the tip of my cap visor (above or under depending on the weather). It's so light you completely forget about it, unlike the GoPro that stands tall on helmets!

Battery life could be better I guess but it's easy enough to recharge it if need be with an extendable USB cable and small battery pack on your downtime.

Any idea if there are chest strap options out there to remove some of "rapid" movements you do with your head? If not I'll maybe need to get an SJ4000 ;-)

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

I was delighted with the Mobius for 4-5 useages and then it stopped working and charging. I cannot find any appropriately useful diagnostic info on line and my requests for support from JooVuu since January have not been responded to.
Is there comprehensive advice on line rather that the usual "how to use" pdf?
Connected to a power supply or not switching it on produces a blue light followed by a slow blinking orange/yellow light then a similar colour rapid light then off. No other buttons give a visible function. Use of the reset button does not change the sequence or operability.
Can anyone help?

March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGrinder

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