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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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Thought I'd show you fun stuff I've been doing with my Mobius, something I've been wanting to do for years but I never had a small high quality camera to do the job until now - I made a zipline holder!

I cut out the spindles of two dead 2.5" harddrives and bolted them together with a lolly stick, then bolted on some plastic to hold the sticky-backed window mount, with a small carabiner in the middle to keep it on the line when it comes off the wheels:

http://www.haku.co.uk/pics/MobiusZipline.jpg

Then stretched some string from inside the house out down the garden, with a microfibre cloth clamped at the end to stop the camera:

http://www.haku.co.uk/video/MobiusZiplineTest.mp4 (33mb, 720p)

The harddrive spindles work exceptionally well in the small tests, strangely they spin freely when spun anti-clockwise but have resistance when spun clockwise. In the video clip the spindles are going anti-clockwise in the first two runs and clockwise in the 3rd.

My next step is to cut out a piece from acrylic sheet to mount as a lens protector then take the rig up onto the hill I live next to and do some really long runs with a 500m fishing line a friend lent me :)

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Haku, That's really fun and inventive. I'd love to see what you do next. I imagine that if you made a compilation of zip-line clips going through different terrain and scenarios that you could have a big youtube hit on your hands.

August 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I recently saw a picture of a DIY camera mount with a Mobius that looked like a piece of plastic that hooked directly over the ears of a pair of standard eye glasses. Unfortunately, I failed to copy the photo to examine it later and I don't recall just where I saw the photo. Does anyone else know where to view that DIY modification for the Mobius? It is possible that the photo was of an 808 camera instead, but I was thinking it was the Mobius. Anyone know for sure? Thanks.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

how long does the battery last?

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjabbahop

Mine as lasted about 70min

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

In fact wich one do you prefer with your motorbike? the Mobius or the sj1000?

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

I wouldn't worry too much about what I prefer....I use a Contour Roam 2 on my helmet or a Sony AS15 on the bike itself. In your bike scenario...is it raining? If the answer is Yes, then you can't use the Mobius.

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for your quick answer Matt....it's going to be my first cam....you own my two favorites cams but I don't have the budget for now...I won't ride with the cam if it's raining....so wich one do you "prefer" between those those two cheap cams??
the link for the manual on the mobius is dead.. :(....the sj1000 gets an lcd screen and a amazing quality...and the mobius seems to be good everywhere...but with no lcd...and if it's impossible to download the sofware, how is it possible to use it???

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

In the dry, I'd use a Mobius. The links to the manual and the software in the blog post are working, I've just tested them myself. You also don't need any software, its simple, as demonstrated in the video, to edit the text file to alter the settings.

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thanks matt

but when I try to go to the link http://www.mytempfiles.info/mobius/index.html i do have an error....

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

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