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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)

Thanks Dave. That really saves me a lot of time with trial and error. I've got one here in the box that I'm hoping to start using in a few days.

August 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Dave,

The new Mobius 2 (not to be confused with the Mobius v.2 or v.3 for clarity for others), has been tested on dashcams.com forums. Several users are reporting green issues and issues with H.265 compression.

That said, it's early firmware and looks to be a much better quality camera picture wise.

specs are 1080P @ 60fps @ 33mbs.

Hope this helps everyone and I too hope Techmoan can mount a test.

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Hi Matt,
Hope you can help with my small problem. I purchased two Mobius 1080p ActionCams about three years ago on the strength of your reviews, and they have both performed perfectly up till now. My problem is that now one of them only displays the correct date and time for three to five days, it then displays 01/01/2013. I have tried re-formatting and resetting, neither of which worked. I'm sure it's something fairly straightforward but I can't figure it out.
Many thanks in anticipation Neil

August 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Schofield

Sounds like it needs a new battery to me - they can be sourced from ebay and installed in minutes.

August 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt,
Many thanks for your quick response , will try a new battery.
Neil

August 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Schofield

After reading your review I recently acquired a mobius dashcam for use in my Classic Car, when out & about, and for filiming my model railway. I am very pleased with it but there is one aspect, which in my case I feel is missing.

The old camcorder I used in the car before replacing it with the dashcam had an input mini-phono socket for a remote microphone,
and I used to plug in the cable from the mike in my rear bumper to capture the unique V* "burble" sound that my car makes.

The inbuilt mike in the mobius does not pick this up, and I would like some way of recording that external sound to accompany the video footage. If it cannot be linked to the mobius, is there a small mini portable recording device I can attach alongside the mobius that has a mike input socket. It would need to run on batteries or via the 12volt car cigar lighter socket.

Regards

Terry

August 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Makinson

Hi Techmoan, just to let you know that I am getting green frames with 3 out of 4 of my Mobius2 cameras - it seems to happen after the cameras have been on for a few minutes, too early to tell.

The important thing is that this is NOT because I am using the new H265 CODEC, instead it happens with the more traditional H264.

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDSL

"Hi Techmoan, just to let you know that I am getting green frames with 3 out of 4 of my Mobius2 cameras - it seems to happen after the cameras have been on for a few minutes, too early to tell.

The important thing is that this is NOT because I am using the new H265 CODEC, instead it happens with the more traditional H264."

Some early firmware issues - you might find this forum helpful as several other users have reported green issues and there's new firmware available although I'm unsure if the latter solves the green issue yet.

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/forums/mobius-2-m2.171/

September 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Hi All,

Just to point out that the green frame 'issue' I had was 'solved' by not viewing the clips whilst still in the camera. I did not have any problems once I tranferred the clips over to the computer. Thanks to Tom Frank on the RC forum for helping me out with that advice

The Mobius2 certainly has potential to be a true classic, most people are looking for a few tweaks to be made with the firmware but it is looking pretty good already.

September 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDSL

Is there an addon available for parking recording?

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Mobius 2 M2 looks good, but I'd be happy to have the following confirmed as it's too early to find details in any forums.

- Loop recording working with cards 128 - 200GB?
- Is audio quality as good or better as Mobius 1? Some reported some muffled sound. (Re: Amazon USA)
- What about the heat dissipation if you don't have the tripod screw attached (hence, no heatsink)?
- Any chance to have exFat in later firmware releases?

Best,
Sean

September 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Hi Matt,

since there is so much interest in the Mobius 2, I would really like to know if you were able to take a closer look at the cam.
It's been a while since the cam has been released, so maybe the manufacturer has already done some fixes.
I really loved your review of the first Mobius. There is so much confusion with the actual specs of the cam and its functions, so I hope that you are going to show us some footage and inform us soon the way you always do!

Many thanks!

October 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaBu

Hi,

I've been using the mobius as a dashcam for several months now and happy with it.
Although it seems that many times when I start the car the mobius doesn't do anything, if I turn the car contact off and on it then starts recording perfectly.
It is continously powered so I don't understand the problem.
Anyone any ideas??

October 30, 2016 | Unregistered Commentertom

There is a Mobius with the lens turned 90 degrees, meaning the camera sits vertically ( i've haven't seen a Mobius 2 with this option, but it's early days ). This gives a much more streamlined look on a helmet ( bicycle or motorcycle ), compared to the mounting on top. However if it sits vertically, is the field of view not partially obstructed by the helmet, especially with the wider angled 1080p format which you advise ?

November 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I suppose I have to answer my own questions then ! One change for the mobius 2 is the ability to change camera configuration ( mounted in the flat or vertical position ). Regarding the obscured angle, I suppose you just need to position the camera forward enough to miss any case.

November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Another great review back from 2013. Has there been anything similarly small, possibly dual (front and rear) that I could consider.
Malcolm

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm Alexander

I foolishly did not look at later posts after viewing the video. It seems that this little camera is doing well and presumably one would have two if a rear camera was needed, which I fgeel would be good. What's the latest price on these and have owners hard wired to the fuse box or seperate battery? Malcolm

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm Alexander

Hi. My Mobiuis V3 is set for instant start and stop recording, at temps around 4deg C it will not start up. Connecting the power lead results in the green L:ED showing for around 30 secs -using a SuperCap- the rear red LED does not show at all. Once eh car warms up sometimes reconnecting the power lead will make it start recording, other times it needs a reset to start recording.
It has the latest FW. I am using it as a dashcam with a lens extension lead.
I am really at a loss with this problem, I've bought new S/Caps and Battery but to no avail. It works perfectly indoors where its warm!

Any suggestions?
Thank you

Alan W.

January 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlan W

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