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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)

@William Kelley, the freeware video transcoding program called Handbrake will convert the Mobius files to mp4 format, available for Windows/Mac/Ubuntu
http://handbrake.fr/

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

@William Kelley, the files play perfectly on my 17" laptop & my iPad without any conversion. What's not 'usable' about that? What device(s) do you want to use with the files?

November 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Just recived my Mobius i along with others viewing 1080 Video taken from Moter Glider in very poor conditions are impressed with
results, will be looking to use it on wing tip and tailplain, as you are in contact with manufactures may i sugest the camera body
be molded in White?. Being a glider Pilot of Glass sailplains all being WHITE with good reason, heat is not absorbed but reflected
back . This will help with any heating issue if used as a car cam. Thanks for doing a great job.
Graham.

November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Just thought I'd mention - been onto JooVuu today and they're offering bundles. Also eletoponline has some remote battery life extenders (they call them UPS).

Looking hard at a Mobius - the Sj1000 simply wont fit into a space I need it to. Could just go for a #16 but why bother cheap-ing down?.

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Here is a comparison of the Mobius (wide angle) and the GoPro Hero 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTVHK1ZqkFo

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPit_Bull_za

Pit_Bull_za, What software do you use for combining the Mobius video with GoPro. I wanted to create a similar comparison video of Mobius with other cameras. Thanks.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraturk

I use Openshot, it is only avalable on Linux

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPit_Bull_za

I'm a little confused about the "Standard" vs "Wide Angle" lenses for this camera.

One of the two major eBay sellers of this camera offers both standard and wide angle options. (Not the seller you link to--who seems to have just the one lens FOV offering but doesn't state what it is.) By product photos, the camera you reviewed appears to have the shorter "standard" lens, which you estimate as having about a 120° HFOV. However, the seller in question states that the standard lens HFOV is ~86°, wide lens is ~118°. There's a video they link to here comparing the two side-by-side: http://vimeo.com/72618045

What's your take on this? Is it possible you reviewed a wide-angle version? Is that seller inauthentic? Is the seller you link to the source of the specific unit which you tested?

I'm stumped as to which to buy.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

(p.s. Those were the 1080p HFOVs I was talking about above. I am aware of the narrower 720p FOV and I am not confusing the two.)

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

I reviewed an early model which was specced to have a 120º lens in it - but the part supplied to the manufacturer did not match up to this. This is why they then later released a wide-angle version as well with a different lens unit inside.

November 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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