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If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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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)

@ DogBurritoahoo.com


Yeah, my jerkyness was about the same on a motorway on playback, but I knew my problem was PC and media player.

I tried nearly every player I could find (20 in total), UMplayer was better than VLC player as it is too processor heavy, GOM player was second best. Unbearably and unbelievably to say (sit down for this) Windows media player played it the best. With the help of a new graphics card and there is no jerkyness.

I dont think you have the same issue, but if you do, this may help. Otherwise good luck.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Has anyone else noticed the regular "buzzes" in the audio recordings? I didn't really notice it when watching the Techmoan videos, but once I got my camera and started using it, it was really loud. I then went back to Techmoan's videos, they aren't as loud, but they are still there. About once every half-second you'll hear "bzzz, bzzz bzzz". It almost sounds like either the sound of the power cycles flowing through the device or the sound of the micro sd card being written to. The sound level of the buzzes from the Techmoan recordings are okay, but they're like 10x louder on mine.

August 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElbower

This camera is awesome! I bought one for a dash cam (works great) and was so impressed that I bought another just to play around with.

I like to use it for making time-lapse movies. The camera has plenty of memory (32G) but due to the firmware's naming convention, it will stop after taking the 9999th (10K) image. This is not enough, as I would like to be able to leave the camera unattended for long periods of time.

Is there a way to contact the people who do upgrades to the firmware? Or a way to contact the manufacturer/designer?

Thanks!

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterronw

@ronw
The time lapse file naming bug was fixed in the latest firmware update, 0.39. Firmware upgrades are easiest to download and install using the mSetup application.

The developers monitor the RC Groups forum here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1904559

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

@ Elbower

I have not noticed any buzzing. I use mine as a dash cam, so there is an underlying engine noise, but when the car has the engine off, I still do not notice anything.

Saying that, its like being made aware of a dripping tap that you hadnt noticed, maybe we will all become suddenly aware of this now! lol

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMIke N

@Mike N

Jerkyness problem solved, partly. The problem is the playback, not the recording. I tries another player on a PC with a better graphics adapter and the playback was smooth and clear. The quality is impressive.

The Mobius records in MOV.

MOV has always been a pain in the rear in several ways and Mobius seems to agree. The latest update seems to indicate support for AVI....

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

@ DogBurritoahoo.com

Thats great news. Dont forget windows media player seemed to be the better player and reduced jerkyness even more (for me anyway on windows 7).

Im on firmware version 0.39, so if you know how this support for AVI will materialise, I will be very keen to change format. :-)

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Just ordered one to use as a dash cam. Thanks for the great review. The one thing I did not like in the video was the rapid iris adjustments. When driving it was causing the video to get too bright when alternating between shadows from trees. That should be an easy firmware fix to adjust the delay.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Smith

I purchased a Mobius action cam after watching your assesment of it and am thoughly happy with it. You mentioned in your video that you contacted the makers of the camera to offer suggestions. I do not know how to contact them so I am contacting you in hopes you will pass along my suggestions
1) Add a feafure to use the Mobius at a 45% and/ or 90% so you can film with the camera on the side.
2) to be able to use the camera as a web cam while the flash card is in the camera.

I know that it may be hard to do option 2 because of hardware issues but it would be nice to. I already lost one micro sdhc card.

Thank you,
Michael Hays

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Hays

@Michael Hays - I would have thought 1 would be harder than 2. I presume the sensor is not square so even if software could allow you to film at any other rotation the image would be made up of fewer pixels. This would not be ideal.

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

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