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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)

I'm guessing it's an issue with your MicroSD card. I recommend Class 6 or higher, and it has to be formatted as FAT.

September 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mike, all the recommendations are that you use Class 4 card.

Reading your note though, have you literally taken it out its wrapping and plugged it in to charge or have you linked it up to the computer GUI and made the settings you need first?

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

@Mike
You don't need to wait until the battery is flat! Use a bent paper clip to GENTLY press the reset button (see manual). This will force the processor to reset itself and turn off.
If the yellow LED blinks about once per second you most likely don't have a card inserted or the card is not formatted or incorrectly formatted.If no card is inserted the camera will be in webcam mode.

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

I hadn't plugged it into the computer and I didn't have a card in. When I installed the card nothing seemed to change. I let the camera run itself out - did not know about the reset button. I will try it again today. Thanks for the tips!

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike
In that case the fast yellow blinking LED is normal, but pressing the Power button should have turned the camera off. Sometimes you need to press the Power button a little longer (like 2 seconds) to turn the camera off. If there's no card in the camera pressing the other buttons will have undefined results.

September 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Mobius action camara live Hd on my nexus7 , just got it to work, tried different usb cables with no success, but with a otg +usb hub + usb cable + mobius action cam, it is now working thanks to a previous post by brosan😀

September 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertaff

Anyone know who has the waterproof cover available currently?
Joovuu is currently out of stock and I cannot see them on ebay either.
I am in Australia if that helps.

September 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I've just purchased my third Mobius, I have one as the video camera in my hexa-copter (drone) and now one in each of our vehicles as a dash cam. I had to ditch my previous dash cam the VS1000GS as it was too unreliable and often failed to record.

The quality of the images produced by the Mobius is outstanding and the configuration software is fantastic and is continually being improved.

Dunked - I forgot to mention that I was using one of my Mobius cameras attached to the wing of my Fun Cub and I was flying around a remote camp ground and the adjacent lake in NSW (Australia) and unfortunately whne I was landing I got distracted and misjudged my landing and ended up with my Fun Cub upside down in the water.

After retrieving my model I found that the Mobius was no longer working so I broke the seal and opened it up. After drying it out with a hair dryer hey presto it worked like new and has been trouble free now for three months. If I mentioned this in an earlier post on this forum forgive me as I do post notes about my Mobius and model aircraft on a number of forums and often forget which ones have I told of my various adventures

I got one right after the review. It worked nice for over a year now, but recently quality dropped dramaticcally. Performance in the dark dropped to CCC(Cheap Chineese Crap) quality.
I don't know what is the reason. I thought it was the latest update of v2.10. Downgrade to 1.20 did not fix anything. What firmware are you running right now? Do you have same issues? I know you are running the mobius as carcam.
Youtube uploads of before/After are lower:
When I bought it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA1y5oZqj1k
Now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tSmBvPQkX
Conditions are fairly similar

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJunckMAn

I know this may be a bit soon, but with 4K video becoming more accessible so quickly (GOPRO 4, for example), any thoughts on how long before a Mobius 4K might, if ever be available?

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDia Mortensen

Dear Matt,

Read your excellent review on Mobius 1080P dashcam. Decided to buy one, it works as good as your review. I just have one problem and that is when mounted in the screen holder all my recordings are shown upside down. Could you please help me overcome this problem. Many thanks in advance.

Neil Schofield

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Schofield

Neil, if you connect it up to the PC and configure the settings that way, one of the options is to rotate 180 degrees or something like that. If you click the little i icon beside it this will tell you its to mount the camera upside down.

Hope this helps

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Hi, I've recently bought the mobius action cam but am struggling to find any editing software that's capable of detecting the file (even when converted) , the couple that did, resulted in poor quality conversion or just picked up the audio. At this point in time I'm only looking to trim my videos and upload to facebook.

Could someone let me know what free software they use for this. Many thanks.

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Green

Dave, I use VLC player, free to download and you can record clips, stills etc from it.

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Dave Green... Another suggestion... you can use Freemake a free and fantastic video converter which has basic editing included. Or if you want something more powerful and flexible I use Wondershare, it costs a few $ but worth it if you find you need to do a lot more.

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDownunda

Thanks for your suggestions Bobby and Downunda, haven't tried freemake yet but VLC player does exactly what i need.

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave Green

I have had a few instances lately where I went to review my footage after a ride only to find that after the first block of footage, the camera has turned itself off.
Anyone have any thoughts on what the problem may be?
I am running 2.18 firmware if that helps.

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Loss of power perhaps?

It is running on battery and seems fully charged.

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Most likely there's a problem with your battery, or it isn't fully charged. Do a test on the bench. Fully charge the battery (2.5 hours). The green LED must be extinguished. In-camera format the card and start recording. If you only get about 30 minutes or less recording time then it's time to replace your battery.

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Not sure that is it as it is intermittent.
Some days it is AOK and others it is not.
Unit is only a couple of months old.

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Also make sure its not set up to only record with the movement sensor?
I had made that mistake

October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

Hi there, Many thanks for the advice, have now got my camera working correctly. Just have one more problem - the video playback displays 2013/03/27. Please can you explain (in detail if possible) how to change to the current time & date. Many thanks again.

October 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Schofield

Any chance of a review of the Replay XD Prime X?

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Garza

@Neil Schofield
If you have a Windows PC and use the GUI (mSetup.exe) it's dead easy:
Run the GUI, Connect the camera, Select the camera in the GUI, Click 'Set Parameters', Disconnect the camera. That's it.
If you have a compatible Android device the procedure is similar.
For all other computers or devices you'll have to first generate a SYSCFG.TXT file and edit the second line (first line in old versions).
When done you have to update the camera with the SYSCFG.TXT file using the same button presses you used to create the file. Instructions can be found in the Mobius manual: http://www.mytempfiles.info/mobius/MobiusManual.pdf
There are also programs for the Mac which are based on the SYSCFG.TXT method.

October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Many thaks for your prompt reply. I was forgetting to selct the camera in the GUI. Things now appear pretty good.
Neil Schofield

October 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Schofield

My Ford SUV has power outlets which are always powered up. I want to use my Mobius as a dash cam and I saw in one of your reviews a blade type fuse with a power out pigtail. I believe this will solve my problem...but...I am unable to find that review again. Can you give me a website or email address on the vendor? OR any better suggestion to get power to my camera only when the truck is running.

October 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Lochaby

It was a device called the Power Magic Pro and was shown at the beginning of my Blackvue video. http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2013/3/31/blackvue-dr500gw-hd-wifi-gps-car-camera.html
These devices are generally called hard wire kits. At long as you get a hard wire kit with a 1.5amp or greater 5v usb output on it, you can power pretty much any modern Dashcam.

October 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Here is my very small video about Mobius camera. I have mounted two cameras; one on quadcopter without gimbal, and another with gimbal. One can see how clear the Mobius shoots the video and how nice the gimbal stabilizes the vdo. Their combination can be great for any multicopters.

http://youtu.be/dsC0T8hTRms

Thanks.

November 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPinak Oza

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