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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 (918)

great review again matt. the manufactory should give you some sort of commission because I will buying this camera because of your review maybe 2 or 3 . has I did with the 808 #16 camera. i will also mention you again on the ebay feed back.
this is a great camera that fits my needs I can use it has a great convert car DVR then has a action camera for mounting biking, snowboarding and I can change the settings using my android phone. excellent.
a few things I would like to see is
1) mirror image option. so I can use it has a reverse Review camera
2) compact underwater case.
3) a option to add text to the video. something like the date stamp but so you can imprint some text on to the video like car registration etc
4) a few more mounting options (like the flexible mount you used on the contour camera for your motorbike helmet ) but being 1/4 camera screw there are many option available already.

John

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Again, another great review. Thanks.

I think that's a great all-in-one camera and I certainly will be buying one due to your review.
Hoping to see motion detection (wich I noticed is on the way) and a waterproof case.

Then it would be the perfect camera for my needs :)

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicroluna

I wonder if they could create a side mount (or modify the existing mounting base to support side mounting) for this thing. That would be helpful for those who use this camera as car camera and other purposes as they don't have to go through the settings just to change the flip video option.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervoltx

Hi Mat. Another excellent review! We'd like to list it on our site. Can you give me either the manufacturers or the distributors contact details? Cheers. David / GadgetBuy

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Does the camera keep the config file on the memory card after it has loaded it? I'm wonder if I could have two memory cards with different settings on them to effortlessly swap between different uses (one for car camera use and one for "action camera"). Thanks for the great review!

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHodgepodge

You can have a Video Mode1 and Video Mode 2 on the same card and swap between them by pressing the Mode button, each can have different resolutions ( ie 1080 or 720) and the 720 can have 30 or 60 fps. The settings for movie quality are Low, Standard or Super, the setting for clip duration and Sound on/off have to be the same for both Video Modes

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I use my Mobius as a helmet action cam on my motorbike, original I used a suction mount but found it a bit too big so decided to make my own used a very cheap portable tripod (see Ebay link ...)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-Portable-Plastic-Foldable-Folding-Tripod-Stand-Camera-Camcorder-Black-/140643402116?pt=UK_Tripods_Monopods&hash=item20bf000184

I cut it up and modify it as per attached photos below, stick this to your helmet with double sided tape (not Velcro as it isn't steady enough. Works a treat !

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dp3rds9wn1vlzs/20130712_165327.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/johy3xejasa588n/20130712_165729.jpg

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sellotape-Outdoor-Sticky-Fixers-Double/dp/B000KN06TC/ref=pd_sim_office_3

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

@Brian - Your'e right that Velco isn't stable enough for this type of application, but give 3M Klett-Power strips(or pads) a try.
It looks very similar outwardly to Velcro but gives much firmer and positive lock between the two sides. Also sold as 3M Dual Lock.
It has been sold in the past at both Lidl and Aldi (in UK). Must admit haven't seen it widely on the high street though.
I have used it to fix cycle lights very efffectively. Better than double sided tape of course, as it's not permanent.
There are several You Tube video's about it. Here's one of 3M's own adverts:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CllWfW1UHe4

best of luck.

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBargain Bob

There is a helmet mount that I don't see has been mentioned.

Looks like it might be worth having a play with for all sorts of fixings, Cheap enough anyway!

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Nice review! I wonder if I can angle a mirror and mount it next to the lens to throw the field of vision around 90 degrees... then I could flat mount the camera box in a vertical position (on a chest strap for instance) and video what is in front of me???

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Egg Eater

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