Donations

You can help fund Techmoan with a donation

Click to visit Patreon.com/Techmoan  

SEARCH BOX: Searches this website

*SHOPPING LINKS ARE AFFILIATED*

For more info on this - click on "About' at the top of the page. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE for COMPANIES

Techmoan never approaches a company asking for review samples.

 


    

Articles by Category

 


Techmoan Merchandise at TeeSpring

Merch


Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 

ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
 
A119
DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam
Yi

Yi Ultra 2.7K
   
    MINI CAMERAS
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
    HELMET CAMERA
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
« The MicroMuff - Wind Noise Killer | Main | The Contour Roam 2 - Using the right tool for the job »
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.

 

 

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (919)

try http://joovuu.com/ decent price and reliable

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternorthernlanes

So, if eletoponline is the "official" seller, are they selling the narrow (~70-degree) or wide (~116-degree) version? I'm still confused. Maybe should just buy from Novotm where it's clear?

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZac

Thanks Alan! Was just about to order but then I noticed the contents further up mentioning the Dimika. Looks to be pretty much the same as the Möbius but with 140 degree lens and built in tripod screw. Might take a punt on that

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstu83

@Zac,

Eletoponline sell both Mobius models, but only show the standard model on their website. Both are $69. If you want the wide angle lens Mobius (superior low-light performance), make it clear when ordering.

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

@stu83,

The Dimika is a new camera of unproven performance. I would wait until it's been tested against the Mobius before buying one.

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

Here is a challenge for you: To review the best Body Worn Camera for Law Enforcement use.
What we want is a great body worn camera, good clear picture and audio and if it comes to 15 to 30 sec pre event recording - even better.
What would be ideal as well is a car mounted camera with a wireless remote, that can pick up audio when out of the car.

Be good if you can do one for this purpose.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

I bought a Mobius a month ago after watching Techmoan's reviews for the current batch of car dvr cameras. The Mobius is an excellent camera but...

the Mobius doesn't play well with my GPS. I've got a Mobius that *firehoses* out enough radio interference to lose *all* satellite reception on my Garmin GPS. I've wrapped the Mobius in tin foil and that stops the interference when I record on battery power but the USB power lead *also* acts as an antenna to broadcast the interference. I put chokes on the USB cord and that helps some but I still lose 50% of satellite signal strength.

Anybody got a idea on what to try next or the URL of a forum where this has been discussed to death? Google isn't being that helpful past the "wrap it in metal foil" ideas.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike: I have a Garmin GPS navigator no more than two feet away from a Mobius camera I use as a dashcam and I have not experienced any such problems. FYI.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryoungturk

@Alan: Thanks for the comment regarding pressing the M button to write-protect the current file. I was really needing that feature and I am very happy to know that it exists. I wonder why the manufacturer doesn't promote it. I hope they keep this feature. Thanks again for passing it on.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteryoungturk

@Mike

I can confirm that my Mobius interferes with GPS on my Motorola XT320 & Lenovo A820 smartphones, when they're placed within a few inches of the Mobius.

In practice, however, they're not within a few inches of the Mobius, so no interference occurs. Use the 3 metre cable recommended by Mobius sellers. Route it through the headlining, behind the A pillar trim, etc. No need to foil wrap the Mobius.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruss331

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>