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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)

great review again matt. the manufactory should give you some sort of commission because I will buying this camera because of your review maybe 2 or 3 . has I did with the 808 #16 camera. i will also mention you again on the ebay feed back.
this is a great camera that fits my needs I can use it has a great convert car DVR then has a action camera for mounting biking, snowboarding and I can change the settings using my android phone. excellent.
a few things I would like to see is
1) mirror image option. so I can use it has a reverse Review camera
2) compact underwater case.
3) a option to add text to the video. something like the date stamp but so you can imprint some text on to the video like car registration etc
4) a few more mounting options (like the flexible mount you used on the contour camera for your motorbike helmet ) but being 1/4 camera screw there are many option available already.

John

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Again, another great review. Thanks.

I think that's a great all-in-one camera and I certainly will be buying one due to your review.
Hoping to see motion detection (wich I noticed is on the way) and a waterproof case.

Then it would be the perfect camera for my needs :)

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicroluna

I wonder if they could create a side mount (or modify the existing mounting base to support side mounting) for this thing. That would be helpful for those who use this camera as car camera and other purposes as they don't have to go through the settings just to change the flip video option.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervoltx

Hi Mat. Another excellent review! We'd like to list it on our site. Can you give me either the manufacturers or the distributors contact details? Cheers. David / GadgetBuy

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Does the camera keep the config file on the memory card after it has loaded it? I'm wonder if I could have two memory cards with different settings on them to effortlessly swap between different uses (one for car camera use and one for "action camera"). Thanks for the great review!

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHodgepodge

You can have a Video Mode1 and Video Mode 2 on the same card and swap between them by pressing the Mode button, each can have different resolutions ( ie 1080 or 720) and the 720 can have 30 or 60 fps. The settings for movie quality are Low, Standard or Super, the setting for clip duration and Sound on/off have to be the same for both Video Modes

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I use my Mobius as a helmet action cam on my motorbike, original I used a suction mount but found it a bit too big so decided to make my own used a very cheap portable tripod (see Ebay link ...)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-Portable-Plastic-Foldable-Folding-Tripod-Stand-Camera-Camcorder-Black-/140643402116?pt=UK_Tripods_Monopods&hash=item20bf000184

I cut it up and modify it as per attached photos below, stick this to your helmet with double sided tape (not Velcro as it isn't steady enough. Works a treat !

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dp3rds9wn1vlzs/20130712_165327.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/johy3xejasa588n/20130712_165729.jpg

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sellotape-Outdoor-Sticky-Fixers-Double/dp/B000KN06TC/ref=pd_sim_office_3

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

@Brian - Your'e right that Velco isn't stable enough for this type of application, but give 3M Klett-Power strips(or pads) a try.
It looks very similar outwardly to Velcro but gives much firmer and positive lock between the two sides. Also sold as 3M Dual Lock.
It has been sold in the past at both Lidl and Aldi (in UK). Must admit haven't seen it widely on the high street though.
I have used it to fix cycle lights very efffectively. Better than double sided tape of course, as it's not permanent.
There are several You Tube video's about it. Here's one of 3M's own adverts:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllWfW1UHe4

best of luck.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBargain Bob

There is a helmet mount that I don't see has been mentioned.

Looks like it might be worth having a play with for all sorts of fixings, Cheap enough anyway!

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Nice review! I wonder if I can angle a mirror and mount it next to the lens to throw the field of vision around 90 degrees... then I could flat mount the camera box in a vertical position (on a chest strap for instance) and video what is in front of me???

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Egg Eater

Hell Matt, I want to thank you for an excellent review. I just placed an order last night for the camera and almost all the accessories. Living in Texas, the heat will be a good test of its durability. I will make sure to pass on my feedback.

I have one question: When used as an action camera, there is always the possibility of the lens getting damaged. Is there a protective clear lens cover available (I didn't see one listed on the ebay site) or can you recommend a solution?

Thank you for your time and consideration.

John

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYoungTurk

Been watching your site for some time now and I really like your reviews and connections with manufactures of cameras. I’m hoping you can get an idea across to them as no one to date seems to be doing what I want and I’m tired of waiting.

Your last review of The Mobius Camera as a car DVR is great, but why does no one make a camera that mounts behind the rearview mirror. For the most part once it is set, you forget it until you need to pull the card to review footage. No need for a viewfinder or complex mounting just set it up, run power and mount it behind the rearview mirror.

I think The Mobius Camera with the lens on the same side as the buttons, a low profile swivel mount with sticky or Velcro back would be perfect as a car DVR to mount behind the rear view mirror. Very low profile and very effective.

Can you suggest that to the Mobius camera folks and see what they can do?

Thanks again for all your great reviews, pleasure watching them.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCG

Reading through the Mobius thread on RCGroups.com, it seems that the narrow angle of view only occurs in 60fps mode. 720p at 30fps apparently gives the wider view shown in 1080p mode. Perhaps there will be more flexibility with the views and framerates in future firmwares.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedd

Again, You deliver one great review and sample clips for us others, to plonder about if we want to buy this gear. This time, I did buy one, thanx to You AND many different accessories :-) I also bought on #16 camera as well from eletop. Keep this coming Techmoan :-)

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPetter (from Norway)

techmoan I NEED TO SPEAK WITH YOU URGENTLY. YOU WILL SEE MY E-MAIL IN THIS POST. I TRY TO CONTACT YOU IN twitter BUT IT SUCKS AND I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORK. SO techmoan I WAIT FOR URGENT TO SPEAK WITH YOU.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAN

@ david (gadget buy) and all the other posts posing questions I think you will find Techmoan is away on holiday at present so he is not being rude in not replying to your requests he is just not monitoring the posts at the moment.I am sure that he will try to answer your questions once he returns and catches up with everything.......Just so no one thinks they are being ignored .....he did leave a post explaining that he would be away for a week or two and unable to reply ......Regards Ipol

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

if you scroll back to the top of the page it says IMPORTANT away for about 3 weeks with very limited internet access guess we all have to have a little patience .......Regards once again Ipol

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Ipol so you are angry and you direct your indirect angry to the peoples.
Ipol be patience, he will come.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAN

@ MAN I think you missed the point I am not in the least bit angry I was just trying to aid the people who might be wondering why they are not getting a reply to their questions and may have missed the message at the top of the page.......at this moment in time I have no questions to pose so for me the question of patience does not arise .....read my post again its supposed to be courteous and informative ...... I dont do angry I am too old in the tooth and life is far too short to be negative.........that said on a positive note I dont suffer idiots gladly ......Regards Ipol

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

And Techmoan is obliged to talk to you why again?

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlop

Don't feed the troll.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervoltx

don't feed the troll AND I PUT, don't fee voltx. Just feed THE WHITE HUMANKIND KINDLEY.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAN

@Man. I'm getting approx 2 mins satellite Internet access per day at the moment whilst I'm travelling. I'm not sure what your issue is...but there are people on here who would 'usually' be happy to try and help...if you hadn't alienated them with your rambling, incoherent comment that makes you sound like you need to speak to a psychiatrist rather than one of the nice chaps here.
So if you need an answer....keep your question on topic...don't give me any of that conspiracy nonsense, because I couldn't be any less interested in a topic than that.....and lay off that FLIPPING CAPS LOCK.

@Ipol Many thanks for trying to help here...it's much appreciated.

July 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

After procrastinating for longer than I should probably, I just ordered the camera from eletoponline365 for £47.21 (slightly more than the ebay site calculates!). I also ordered the helmet mount as that looks as if it will be useful and was a whole £4.51.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get here - I will report back when it does.

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@ Matt my pleasure I hope your travels are going well and you are managing to relax and enjoy yourself .......I must be jinxed it seems .......oh well......cest la vie........regards to one and all from........ the french connection.........Ipol slightly off topic regarding the Head up Display posts I found some nice and free HUD apps for both android and apple phones just in case it is of interest to any of the site members...

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

@ voyager03 the site you ordered from seems to have a good reputation and various contact routes including skype I just checked the Ebay store page so I dont think you will get any unpleasant surprises and yes it will be interesting to see how long delivery takes From personal experience I have found its between 3 to 4 weeks from china to france the fastest delivery was from south korea 5 days but that came with a customs bill of 32 euros regards Ipol

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIpol

Great review Matt - been waiting for a decend cheap camera for the car and for fun. One on order from HK....watch this space! Thanks again Daz

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDazzer

@Ipol, I have bought from eletoponline365 before. I had a problem with an early 808 camera and they were great dealing with it, but they are not really responsible for the postal service!

I have had stuff in less than 7 days from China and others have taken 3 weeks. I would hope by the end of next week - 26/27th? But we'll see! It will get here and if I had not procrastinated after seeing Matt's excellent review would probably have it already! ;-)

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Thank you very much for your nice videos og very high quality. Really enjoy to watch your reviews !

Best regards
Michael
Denmark

@Mat
In regards to your comment that "digital stabilisation is always a disaster" in your Mobius video, I found that the "Stabilize" feature in Youtube's online editor enhancements works surprisingly well.
Check out this short video taken from your walk up Market Street. First unenhanced, then with stabilisation.

http://youtu.be/ObIDTfso5sg

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCorky Mork

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