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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)

Received my Mobius just last week and am very impressed.
I use it on my bicycle and the only "concern" is the short battery life.
The new Fly6 camera has a 5-6 hour charge which is perfect for most cycling needs but does not record in 1080.
Would love to see the mobius with an improved charge time.
Being on a bicycle, it is not so easy to strap an external power supply to the bike.

August 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I have started having big problems with my Mobious, I don't know if this is related to the latest firmware, but last night I recorded a night drive. The camera froze with the constant Orange light on, and when plugged into my PC I was warned I would have to format M ( my camera always shows up as MOBIOUS on my PC)
I can read the contents on my card, but can't get them off to my PC, the mpbious goes from Orange to a flashing Green, then switches quickly between the two. I did a factory reset last night, but I have just done a four mile cycle, everything worked ok at first, I could pause and restart recording, but now it has just locked up again, constant Orange light, will not turn off, only way to get the light of is to reset it, any ideas please, or a number for Mobious customer support, I can't fine one !

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

Well I have managed to downgrade my firmware to 1.7 and it seems alright so far, if this problem happens again it is one of two other things , the camera , or the memory card, which I bought brand new only 6 weeks ago !

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

Hi,
just wanted to make sure , can i use this small little tube powerbank 2600Mah Output 5.3v 1A to power up Mobius camera and substitute my car cigarette charger without car engine running?
link : http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-USB-Power-Bank-External-Battery-Charger-2600mAh-for-iPhone-for-Mobile-Phone-1PCS-with-free/1818587875.html
Thanks with regards

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

Yes you can plug an external power bank, I've tried a 5600 mAh on mine, works correclty, and gives plenty of power to register long sequence.
Regarding a post before, this can be surely installed on bicycle frame, with some clips to maintained it and guide the USB cable to the camera.
Camera consumption shoudl be around 500 mAH according to the battery inside (one hour recording) , so with 2600 mAH it is 5 times recording ...in theory (because you can not empty until the end those cheap power bank !)

Regards.

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent

Thanks, Laurent..for the external power guides...I 'm using this tiny amazing Mobius camera for about a week now with version 1.2.
I just unable to configure the best setting for my liking on (daylight) recording and night recording .. Can anybody suggest or guide me? Or shall i update to new version 2.10?Im using SanDisk 32 GB class 10 with no problems till today..
What is the advantage and disadvantage of v1.2 and v 2.10?

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

@BS Boon

v1.20 with Low-Light enabled is working well for me. The WDR on v2.10 is malfunctioning, that will doubtless be fixed soon.

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@Russ331

Thanks for info update !I m using V1.20 .
Maybe i should try what u suggest for night recording with low light enable..i got grainy footage before this..
And for the day recording, i found if setting at default , the video came out too bright and under saturated..so my current setting now
is ...Saturation (+12) and WARM (color)...its seem OK but not convinced enough...anybody have ideas ?

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

My wife recently was involved in an accident in a Lidl car park - clearly not her fault as the other driver reversed into the side of her car and with a towbar fitted it did €700! worth of damage. The other person admitted liability and my son witnessed the impact
Bottom line is a mess and the other person changed her story and it turned into a mess - too much to get into here but as there was no witness (my son can't be used even at 15 yrs of age) the police didn't want to know as there was nobody injured and no security cameras in car park the result was insurance companies decided between them there was liability on both sides !! sounds madness as my wife was stationary and was reversed into

We decided to invest in two dash cameras and your excellent reviews have helped us ðecide what camera best suits our needs.

We will never use our cars without a camera

I accept the forward facing camera is limited to frontal views but in this case it would have shown my wife s car was stationary at the time of impact - case closed

Thank you for your excellent reviews on devices that will surly become part of every journey - car - bikes or snanks mare

Regards
Paul Mc

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Mc

Really good review which prompted me to buy the camera as a dashcam, and I'm really impressed with it. Its extremely small, but recording quality is excellent both daytime and night. No screen means a bit of fiddling to get the right position, but once set up it stays in the right position with both the sticky attachment on my dashboard and the suction mount on the windscreen. Making changes using the downloaded software is an absolute doddle, including "flipping" it from normal position to "upside down" for use with the windscreen suction mount, and the downloadable manual tells you everything you need to know and plenty you don't! Battery life is over an hour which means no trailing leads for shortish journeys, and its really unobtrusive whether mounted on a windscreen or dashboard (my chosen option). I bought from carcamerashop.co.uk and their service was excellent - so much so that I will be buying another unit from them for a second car (although it is so easy to transfer its not really necessary). Joovuu.com sell loads of extras including a waterproof case (30m) at very reasonable prices. In summary its a fabulous bit of kit for the price and I recommend it.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGraham D

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August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKumar

Dear Kumar, Dear friends & family of Mat,

We're so sorry to hear about Mat passed away recently. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermobius-cam.com

Not wishing to sound insensitive, but isn't Mat away on holiday and only tweeted a photo of Helsinki Cathedral in Finland a few days ago (25th of August)?

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@ Chris: I don't think you are being insensitive. I truly hope his reported death is untrue. I have been unable to confirm his passing away in any other forum.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The post stating that Mat had sadly passed away was obviously a cruel hoax and has been removed.
Techmoan is alive and happily tweeting... some people are so sick!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi,
Until today, i have been checking around in so many forums & discussion , i found still nobody around be able to show
recommended settings (in advanced video settings) for daylight or night recording ! like saturation,contrast,sharpness,exposure,
sunny/cloudy and normal/warm or cool...
Can anybody guide me or recommend best settings ? I m using v1.20 with WDR set to ON...i found still not happy with the video
quality compare with SJ4000 July firmwares..
Russ has advised me for daylight using Low Light setting but it doesn t work on my Mobius camera ,pic came out too dark .
with Regards
BS Boon

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

@BS Boon

I haven't tried it myself, however, the following has been well-received at RCGroups Mobius Forum...

"For all who have problem with nonlinearity of "exposure" slider (a huge brightness change between '0' and '+1' values): there is a simple remedy for this, at least if you shoot in typical daylight conditions: just use "custom" white balance, with RGB values slightly higher then corresponding defaults. Now I'm using values: R=400, G=340, B=495 which give slightly brighter view then default "sunny" or "cloudy" settings (however, no so bright as "+1" exposure value). It works acceptable for both sunny and cloudy conditions. Another advantage of using fixed WB is that colors don't change during recording. Color changes in "auto" WB mode are quite annoying, for example when trees or grass change from rich-green to pale-blueish after a little change of filmed scene. It's very common, especially in aerial photo."

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Anyone know of any 'fix" for the short battery life, or whether it is something that the manufacturers are looking into?
Love the camera but 90 minutes is about 2 hours too short for what I use it for.

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@russ331

Thanks, I have read that post also..i have tried but no offence , still doesn t works for me.. too saturated if i remembered.
Nevermind .. i will stick to mine at the moment with WDR ON , contrast -1, exposure 0, saturation , +18 , and set to WARM for
daylight...not perfect but the best for my opinion..

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

Great reviews, and great help.
.
After discarding the sj4000, innovv c1 and c2 because of the fisheye. (big deal for me)
Also dimika for less equipment (I'm a bit skeptical about splashbag.) And I prefer the image of mobius
I think the mobius is the correct action camera, I intend to put the camera on my dog ​​and on me. either to shoot the stages of the lure racing, or the trips to the countryside/crosscountry (with water and mud envolved).
Any advice how to maximaze stabilization ( must be light and cheap)?
What the best firmware and settings to deal with sun light?

thank you

August 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPedro Guedes

@ Russ331
Thx for the advice, colors look better, you can check defaults on the Mobius to your recommendations--https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnPnTAIXGsUb28p5CspcQQ

September 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkurt john

Help!
I bought a "US Plug USB Power Charger Adapter Travel Home Wall for Tablet PC 5V 1A" to provide enough power for my indoor recording, set the Mobius on max video clip length.
But it always stops recording before the Sandisk MD is full. How come? I thought with an external power supply I can record as long as I have enough memory!
What can I do to get the maximum recording, and not stop after a couple of 30-minute clips?

September 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

Techmoan can you give me the address from where can I order the mobius action cam. From china (from the manufacturer, where is the cheapest). I have plenty time to wait the package.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIstvan

@Istvan

The World's biggest seller of Mobius cams is eletoponline365. For details of all Mobius-approved sellers see... http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=25170905&postcount=2

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

I got mine from eletoponline365 but could not find a battery from them when it died, so bought from Banggood who were equally efficient.

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Can this do timelapses? And can it record while charging?

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpoppy pants

Yes to both !

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

Have tried the links above for eletopoline ebay shop butthey advise thattheir camera is not the wide angle lens one. I did try and order one from Joovuu but wasn't impressed with their customer service so willing to take a chance on an import at a cheaper cost.
Does anyone know a good ebay seller selling the genuine wide angle lens?

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Not an ebay seller, but Banggood have the wide angle lens Mobius.

http://www.banggood.com/Mobius-Action-Camera-1080P-HD-Mini-Sports-Camera-Wide-Angle-Edition-p-917817.html

Everything I have bought from them has been fine.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Bobby

You can try Banggood.com US72.99 with wide angle lens ...fast shipping...mine all arrived as described

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBS Boon

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