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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)

I've still got to do one experimenting with mounting it in my car. I do intend to put this to use as a car cam.

July 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi,

Dumb question I suspect...I cant D/L any of the sample videos on the Dumptruck web site...I can only right click and save the link only.....??...Left click gets no reaction ( I assumed it would start the usual d/l routine for me to choose a place on my hard drive etc...

Great review BTW as usual....I think it may end up being my FPV cam for R/C...I already have the 808-16 .....Rgds....Laurie

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie Carroll

This camera looks indeed great in 1080 mode, the narrow 720 mode feels almost unnecessary altough the 60fps might be handy sometimes.

Talking about lens adjustment, it's nice to have a tool for it and unlocked threads. I just took apart my cheap "copycat" car camera and sunglass camera to adjust their lenses and it was quite a job to remove the thread locking substance with sharp hobby knife, especially from the tiny sunglass videocamera lens. Another job to adjust the lens as sharp as I could without live videofeed. Car camera has it's own screen but it's not high res enough for adjusting the lens.
Therefore I marked the original position to the body of the camera and the lens, then turned it some, took some test footage, repeated this until I found the sharpest image these cameras can do & marked the new location so I know where the best location is if it ever turns away from it. I don't think it does though because the lens didn't turn very easily.

Looking forward to the upcoming 808#26 review even if it takes few weeks.

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

This is looking good! Love that the tripod thread mount is being supplied with it.

Wind noise 'bit annoying isn't it?'.... Is this camera going to be part of your planned test of how to reduce wind noise?

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Thanks for the review! Got mine this morning from Webbex (approved UK supplier) www.minidvcameras.co.uk.
Ordered at 3pm yesterday - postman delivered 9:00am this morning!

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCity Punk

Great review as always Mat!
I had a look at your configuration program @ 12:55 in the video, Great to see the time laps carried over from the #16,
but Will there be MOTION DETECTION as well?

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim B.

Jim, the manufacturer emailed me today to say that the next firmware will include motion detection.

July 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Interesting review, I like the square design of camera.
I would like to buy this camera but seller dont ship to my country.
I already have 808 #20 and #18 both 720p, but would like to have 1080p.
Maybe I would have to wait for 808#26 camera, hope there will be more than one seller for that camera.

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiki

I'm totally going to get one of these. I got the 808 #16 on your recommendation.

On a side note, I called a company based in Manchester earlier last week, and the man who voiced their auto attendant sounded scarily like you. It's been bugging me since. Was it you? I've gotta know T_T

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChee

I've had my Mobius for one week now, tested it around the house and garden and noticed (like others) that the video tends to over saturate. Today I tried it out in the field in its intended use as an action cam, I had it fitted to my mountain bike helmet and used the Mobius on some reasonably bumpy off road situations and noticed that as the exposure varies (see linked video clip) especially due to the sky coming in and out of the shot that the colour's saturation varies wildly as a result, and completely spoils the clip. I do not think there is a problem with my Mobius and this is down to firmware that needs modifying. The video was shot in 1080p with firmware v034.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu0mX51iN2I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

July 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

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