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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

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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)

Dear Mr Producer,
thank you for making this little gem of a cam available to us.
I held back of ordering one as I waited for the motion activation
feature to be implemented in an firmware update.

But now I can no longer hold back, regardless of the missing feature.
I do hope though you haven't forgotten and find the time to write the
couple of lines of code. Soon.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I don't think there is such a thing has only a couple lines of code. the developer has been releasing many firmware updates to solve the bugs on the features the camera already has/had. I think it they want to prefect the features they already have before they add more.. it wouldn't be a nice camera if had lots of features plus the bugs.

developer, keep up the good work.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

A couple of lines of code?
If you can write motion detect in only a couple of lines you must either be a genius or haven't a clue what you are talking about.
1. Motion detection influences how other functions operate. Some parameters can't be combined with Motion detect.
2. The config file needs to be modified and parsed and saved properly.
3. The USB parameter passing needs to be adapted.
There are more points that need to be considered, the three I have listed are the most important. Especially #1 requires a LOT of work and testing.

Sorry, I couldn't resist replying to Frank's post. Why is it that people think it's so simple to implement additional functionality?

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Mobius is great device. :)
Windows GUI for setting camera parameters is very good and intuitive. All updates perform very nice with no any unanswered questions. Control buttons on the camera allows you to know, without a doubt, mode in which camera work. That was problem with earlier versions #11 & #16.
Sound recording is considerably better than on the older models...actually great...WOW! :)
Here is some my sample videos on YouTube, btw. Mobius is great device. :)
You can also dload original files (links in description) and compare with YouTube version which is always lower quality than original.
http://youtu.be/sz-6PwvuD_A
http://youtu.be/eqVMxZ9R3g4
p.s.
These program is recomended for formating SDcard...i always use him.
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfire2hr

Hello Techmoan, my friends and I have been using the Mobius cams for several months now and we came across some drawbacks, which we’d be happy to find fixed in the next firmware versions or at least in subsequent devices. Here are those along with our suggestions to eliminate them:
1. In video file properties the time of data recording session OPENING should be specified. All other video files created automatically in case of a long recording session should also have their corresponding time of creation (the beginning of each recording session and not its end), as now the video file creation time is wrong.
2. To introduce an option that would make it possible to disable the artificial picture sharpness enhancement technology – the so-called ‘noise mask sharpening’ (not to be mixed up with the ‘unsharp mask’!), as it not only wouldn’t improve the picture, but spoils it instead: there's that “stirring” in 1080p mode as well as noticeable artifacts in 720p.
3. To use the ‘downscaling’ technology to make the frame formation in 1280x720 30p mode – exactly the way it’s used for 1920x1080 30p mode. It means to take 2x or even 3x size of a final frame - i.e. the input frame to be fed to encoder - 2560x1440 pixels from CMOX matrix to get a 1280x720 pixels frame as an output one, downscaled. The reason – low picture quality in 720p compared to 1080p.
4. To add a programmable timer that would make it possible to start video recording at certain time points according to the timetable – day of the week/hour/minute with the possibility of being preprogrammed via SD-card. This would enable it to use the camera as an automatic security one (and not just as an action cam or a car DVR). And yes, the motion detecting option could be useful for this same purpose.
That is for the moment. Would you forward our suggestions to the cam producer, please? We hope that all these would help to improve the device functionality and its characteristics.
Thanks in advance!

Regards,

Jinnee

October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJinnee

hello
who is the manufacturer of this mobius camera ?
i wand to import them to my country any link please?

thanks

albert

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralbert

Luv the time sync--Just typing to see comments coming!

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKurt John

Really very very good reviews. Highly appreciative of the time and effort this requires.

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Dear Techmoan,

I want to have two different car DVR cameras in my car. If one has a screen and the other doesn't, in order to view the footage from the screenless camera, am I able to just transfer the SD to the camera with the screen? (Assuming they view in similar format)

Thank you.

Lukas

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLukas

It's very hit and miss. Even if both cameras record in h.264 .mp4 you might find that the camera with a screen won't play the clips from the other camera if they are in a folder that's got a different name to the standard one.

October 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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