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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)

You can also trim cleanly using Quicktime player (on a Mac, at least). Load the clip in, select EDIT > TRIM and a slide bar appears like it does on the iPhone to trim video. Just drag the in and out, press TRIM then save the new clip.

January 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Plumb

I too bought this on your review. After two previous ones i returned because they would not work on my old school harley trike. I love it. I even took it to costa rica on a trip last July. I put it on my baseball cap with the visor clip and did 11 zip lines on the congo. I then used the bicycle clamp on an atv. I was the third in group and didnt think. The dust was horrendous. I kept wiping the lenses. Then i was worried that the dust would ruin it, as it did with the first camera i had on it. That camera is wasted and has been since the trip.
After i got home i took unit apart. No dust inside. Lens still taking awesome pics. My only disgust with mobius is the fishbowl pics i get when in photo mode.
keep up your reviews and your humorous commenting!
Crazy in Texas USA

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCraZy

Hi,

Can you tell me where I can get the sticky back clips to route the USB cable on the windshield?

I looked in Amazon (US) but could not find them. I am not sure what is the proper dimension.
Thanks
Rob
Love your website, very useful.

January 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoberto

Dear Rob,

The clips are called "Self Adhesive Cable Clips" and you can get them from e.g. ebay (see e.g. http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/self-adhesive-cable-clips) .

Our supplied clips are 14mm (L) x 19mm (W) x 11.5mm (H). They have the inner shape of the clip as these one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20-Pcs-Rectangle-Self-adhesive-10mm-Cable-Tie-Mount-Clips-Black-/360896784460

So they have an additional piece of plastic to push the wire firmly down the clip.

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMobius-cam.com

Hi All, today I shot 3D video using 2 Mobius cameras as my dashcam. Please have a look at it :-). View this video using 3D option in Firefox.

Link:
http://youtu.be/uCdggnwHKc8

January 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPINAK OZA

I'm very happy with my Mobius, but true 720/60? My Mobius with firmware v. 2.25 duplicates frames. Could you please check?

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S. Allen

Hmm, now it looks like it's really doing 720/60. I'm noticing that in VirtualDub (free video processing application in Windows) I'm getting fjumps of several frames. Some oddity in file storage?

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S. Allen

There are guaranteed no duplicate frames with 720p @ 60fps. This has been tested many, many times, especially with the mov format.
You can easily confirm this with Avidemux (free) by stepping each frame forwards or backwards. I haven't tried using VirtualDub, but maybe there's a glitch in the codecs they use. Who knows?

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIsoprop

Need some help!

Purchased this on this reviews recommendation... Can't get it to open in the msetup.exe or for my laptop to recognise it as a removable hard drive...!

Read all the literature online & done the following:

Removed the SD card & formattED out of the camera in FAT32 & exFAT

Connected to laptop using various ports/cables

Laptop recognised Mobius as a device but not a with a F:/G:/H: etc etc so I can't open it & the msetup.exe can't find it either...

PLEASE HELP!!!!

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Hi I wanted to get the Mobius camera and place it against the grill under the bonnet of my car with the waterproof case, would it ok to do this or would it get too hot?

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTez

Well, the only waterproof box for the Mobius is in testing stages and not made for production. Not sure if one can be made because of the heat sinks.. If you put hem in the grill they should et air flow while driving, enough to whisk the air from the heat sinks as you are driving.
I use mine as a dash cam in the car up by the mirror for hours with no air flow and it does fine. I use it on my trike in 100 plus days for hours and the sinks get hot, but I never have a problem. As long as there is air flow around the unit it should be ok. Now, if you are going to mount them in a piece of casing in the grille, you may have a problem, but you can get lens with extended wiring to mount the case in one location and the lens in another. Check out Mobius' website for all kinds of neat extras you can get for in the wall mounting for spy cams, etc.

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy in Texas

Hello everyone.
Lately my Mobius won't start automatically in the car. Sometimes it turns on after 15-30 minutes.
Sometimes it won't start at all.
So I have tried to put a new firmware on the camera.
Surprise. I cannot connect to the PC.
Before conecting to the PC I have pressed the Power and Mode button.
and still i could not connect to the pc.
Anobody got any ideea what should I do?
Thank you in advance.

January 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterIstvan

I have just spent 4 hours watching videos and reading reviews on your site and every second has been worth while. I have now ordered my Mobius exactly the way I want it from JooVuu and paid a fair price. The JooVoo web site experience was really good as well.

I have gone from completely confused to what I wanted to knowing exactly what I needed. I have had some bad experiences with knock off dashcams while living in Malaysia so I am very wary of them as they can be very frustrating!

Cheers for the information and the obvious effort you have put into this web site. It is appreciated and of value.

January 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRay

I love my Mobious, bought it off his recommendation, and never looked back, It's the best camera for the money I have ever owned. I bought a Hero 3 Black Edition, and all the other bits you need, cost me £900, then I read about this ! The Mobious takes just as good video, and has less fish eye effect. Re "waterproof box " Juvuu do one, I have one £13 and works perfect !

January 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris Coleman

Hi. Do a mobius lens A and C review?

February 4, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

A general question/suggestion. I have two mobius cameras in my car, powered off a dual usb power adaptor. Recently the car was in the garage being serviced. I played back the video when I got the car back, just to see what had happened.... The video showed the car being worked on by the mechanics. After the mechanics were done, the car was parked up. Shortly afterwards it was driven away by someone from the "car wash crew". However, at that point the power was cut. They obviously saw the cameras and pulled the usb power adaptor! So I have no idea what went on during that time... they could have taken it on shopping trip for all I know!

So a suggestion would be an option when using as a dashcam which allows the battery to continue to power the device for a preset duration after the power is removed. eg,15 mins, 30mins, 60mins, 90mins or the default power off.

This option would also be handy when you go to the supermarket. If someone dings or smashes into your car, you'll have the evidence.

Anyone else think this would be a good idea?

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

Is this function not available anyway through the settings? Am sure you can delay the switch off after power is disconnected.
Your other option is to hardwire into the fuse box so that you can't just pull the plug out from the aux socket.

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

I used to have mine like this. I thought it was useful except by the time it does power off due to low battery, there's not much left to keep the real time clock running so by next morning the clock had reset.

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Plumb

AFAIK the settings only allow immediate power off or to remain on until the batterty goes flat as David has said. On reflection perhaps a better idea would be to design a modified usb battery bank to provide the delayed timing. The car would charge it in operation. When the power is removed (turning off the engine or unplugging the socket then the battery bank gives a buffer. When this expires, the Mobius powers down immediately as normal.

Maybe some research on usb battery banks is required to see if this will work. I'm pretty sure a manufacturer could design a battery bank to do the countdown function. Or maybe this would be a nice little arduino project?

February 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

Extended recording time (so it then runs on its internal battery) after the main power is cut could be done in firmware, I also wish this was implimented.

Failing that I've thought of a way I can achieve this by building a circuit that draws power straight from the vehicle battery to power itself and the camera and monitors the power going to the cigarette lighter socket, which has the ability to completely shut itself off including the 5v regulator circuit, so when it senses the ignition has turned off it carries on giving power to the Mobius for X minutes then shuts down, with no power drain from the vehicle's battery at all.

February 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Mat
I've just found this site via Amazon. Excellent reviews, thanks for all the hard work.

Living in Standish, it was nice to see the local area providing a suitable backdrop for road testing. And given the standard of the local driving, I can see why you got into cameras in the first place (!)

Keep up the good work!
Simon

February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbarclayworld

Simon, glad you found your way here. I'm always surprised with how many people recognise some of the more obscure locations in the sample clips.

February 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Got the camera yesterday. Won't automatically start recording when it's plugged into the lighter socket or USB port in the car. Have the mSetup, tried settings. Still won't start automatically recording.
Any suggestions?

February 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJon

@Jon,

In mSetup did you set 'Power On Auto Record' to 'External Only' or 'Both'? When you finished adjustments in mSetup did you click on 'Set Parameters' or 'Exit'? If Exit, your settings won't have been saved.

I suggest that you remove Mobius from the car, connect it via the supplied short cable to a USB wall plug charger or phone or tablet charger or external battery pack. When power is switched on does it start recording?

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Thanks for the reply Russ.
I think what happened is I didn't use the camera name I put into the mSetup.
I was using the generic name that came with the camera. When I clicked on the camera name, I put it on Both right after I posted and saved the settings.
Cam started right up this morning and has been working perfectly.
Now I just have to figure out how to pull the cover off the mirror and install an Inviswire. I have a truck and would need an extra length of wire to run it around the windshield down the door and under the mats to reach the plug, seems easier to wire it to the mirror which has power once the truck is turned on.
Again, thanks for the quick reply I really appreciate your help.

February 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Thanks for the Test. A Testing with the newest FW will be great!

March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I just bought a Mobius. Put in an 16GB XFlash micro SDHC. It worked fine, recorded Mode 1 video for 4 mins, then switched off. After that it wouldn't recognise the memory card... I just got that yellow flashing light, first slow, then fast, and it switched off. I then tried a TDK 16GB card, and it worked fine. Odd. Then I re-formated the first card on my notebook and that started working again. Curious.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfbs

Could this be used as a combined rear-dashcam and also a reversing camera ?

i.e can it record and simultaneously output a view to a monitor ? This would also be useful when our estate is full of camping gear

Thanks

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@Steve, yes you can watch the footage on an external screen via the analogue video out as it's being recorded, but used as a reversing camera you'll need a screen that can flip the image horizontally so it behaves like a mirror.

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Brilliant thanks

April 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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