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2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

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)

Another fantastic review - congratulations and many thanks! The DumpTruck link does not bring up your sample clips. I've tried it several times and have waited amply for it to load, to no avail. I might have simply picked a bad day, but if you would take a peek, I would appreciate it. Best, Edward

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdward

Edward. Try using a different browser. Some people have reported a problem with IE. if you are already using Chrome then I'm out of ideas.

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi

I bought this camera after watching your review, It's a great little camera. One thing i'm interested in is can the data rate of the video be increased past the 18mbits of the highest quality currently set at, Via a mod or a firmware update?
I'd like to use my camera for filming bee and butterflies close up and would like to get a better quality video for it.

Thanks
Adrian

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

More bitrate options are being considered for a future firmware update, but apparently low on the priority list at the moment.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

This camera has the white spot problem with overexposed pixels bleeding into the surrounding. See this image at the right side.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermh

I think it should be pointed out what the law says in the UK about mounting these cameras, people are going to get a shock when they are pulled over because their car camera has the screen turned on (illegal in the UK). Also windscreen mounting car cameras should be clarified for the benefit of some. Car cameras supplied from the UK, but are in fact sold by a US registered Company do not have a clue regarding the law in the UK, they just say things like "We are an American Company and do not know the UK law regarding these items".
I would suggest that a note be on each eBay listing stating something like "it is up to the buyer of this item to make sure that the fitting of this item does not break any laws in YOUR Country". If they are selling a car camera where the screen on the item is "ON" all the time or set to "ON" by default, they should also state that this also may be illegal in certain countries.
Great reviews, keep them up.

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris. UK.

@Chris. UK.

1) watch the review. this camera doesn't even have a screen
2) sounds like a silly law anyway. It's ok to have a mobile or SatNav screen but not a camera screen?
I'm sure most people don't care, and neither should they. just because it's "law" doesn't mean it's right. laws are overturned all the time.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDFF

You're not supposed to have anything that distracts the driver attention too much. A live screen view of the road ahead could be considered a distraction.

You're not likely to be stopped by the police for having a live view screen, similar to other "illegal" things that break the rules of the Road Traffic Act such as some personalised number plates, tyre tread below the limit etc. However they may become an issue for passing your MOT or if you're stopped on suspicion of dangerous driving and the police take a closer look at your vehicle.

I did try to read up on the rules before buying a dashcam but it's not easy to understand. I figured there must be good reasons why all the top-end dashcams sold in the UK do not have screens whereas many of the cheaper imported models have screens.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

Screens turn off after 30 seconds or so or you can set them too. Just dont place in so it blocks your view.

If any of that is confusing, then you shouldn't be on the road.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManual Estivan

Re. UK law, if your cam has a screen then the following from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/109/made probably applies:

Television sets
109.
—(1) No person shall drive, or cause or permit to be driven, a motor vehicle on a road, if the driver is in such a position as to be able to see, whether directly or by reflection, a television receiving apparatus or other cinematographic apparatus used to display anything other than information—
(a) about the state of the vehicle or its equipment;
(b) about the location of the vehicle and the road on which it is located;
(c) to assist the driver to see the road adjacent to the vehicle; or
(d) to assist the driver to reach his destination.
(2) In this regulation “television receiving apparatus” means any cathode ray tube carried on a vehicle and on which there can be displayed an image derived from a television broadcast, a recording or a camera or computer.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyL

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