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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)

Another fantastic review - congratulations and many thanks! The DumpTruck link does not bring up your sample clips. I've tried it several times and have waited amply for it to load, to no avail. I might have simply picked a bad day, but if you would take a peek, I would appreciate it. Best, Edward

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdward

Edward. Try using a different browser. Some people have reported a problem with IE. if you are already using Chrome then I'm out of ideas.

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi

I bought this camera after watching your review, It's a great little camera. One thing i'm interested in is can the data rate of the video be increased past the 18mbits of the highest quality currently set at, Via a mod or a firmware update?
I'd like to use my camera for filming bee and butterflies close up and would like to get a better quality video for it.

Thanks
Adrian

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

More bitrate options are being considered for a future firmware update, but apparently low on the priority list at the moment.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

This camera has the white spot problem with overexposed pixels bleeding into the surrounding. See this image at the right side.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermh

I think it should be pointed out what the law says in the UK about mounting these cameras, people are going to get a shock when they are pulled over because their car camera has the screen turned on (illegal in the UK). Also windscreen mounting car cameras should be clarified for the benefit of some. Car cameras supplied from the UK, but are in fact sold by a US registered Company do not have a clue regarding the law in the UK, they just say things like "We are an American Company and do not know the UK law regarding these items".
I would suggest that a note be on each eBay listing stating something like "it is up to the buyer of this item to make sure that the fitting of this item does not break any laws in YOUR Country". If they are selling a car camera where the screen on the item is "ON" all the time or set to "ON" by default, they should also state that this also may be illegal in certain countries.
Great reviews, keep them up.

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris. UK.

@Chris. UK.

1) watch the review. this camera doesn't even have a screen
2) sounds like a silly law anyway. It's ok to have a mobile or SatNav screen but not a camera screen?
I'm sure most people don't care, and neither should they. just because it's "law" doesn't mean it's right. laws are overturned all the time.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDFF

You're not supposed to have anything that distracts the driver attention too much. A live screen view of the road ahead could be considered a distraction.

You're not likely to be stopped by the police for having a live view screen, similar to other "illegal" things that break the rules of the Road Traffic Act such as some personalised number plates, tyre tread below the limit etc. However they may become an issue for passing your MOT or if you're stopped on suspicion of dangerous driving and the police take a closer look at your vehicle.

I did try to read up on the rules before buying a dashcam but it's not easy to understand. I figured there must be good reasons why all the top-end dashcams sold in the UK do not have screens whereas many of the cheaper imported models have screens.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

Screens turn off after 30 seconds or so or you can set them too. Just dont place in so it blocks your view.

If any of that is confusing, then you shouldn't be on the road.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManual Estivan

Re. UK law, if your cam has a screen then the following from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/109/made probably applies:

Television sets
109.
—(1) No person shall drive, or cause or permit to be driven, a motor vehicle on a road, if the driver is in such a position as to be able to see, whether directly or by reflection, a television receiving apparatus or other cinematographic apparatus used to display anything other than information—
(a) about the state of the vehicle or its equipment;
(b) about the location of the vehicle and the road on which it is located;
(c) to assist the driver to see the road adjacent to the vehicle; or
(d) to assist the driver to reach his destination.
(2) In this regulation “television receiving apparatus” means any cathode ray tube carried on a vehicle and on which there can be displayed an image derived from a television broadcast, a recording or a camera or computer.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyL

Legality of car cams (or anything else) is not really a relevant topic for this blog. The majority of visitors to this site are from non-uk countries. Its ultimately the responsibility of each individual to ensure that they are complying with the laws of their own country/county/state or province. I'm not here to lecture anyone.
If we go down the legal route then my motorcycle review should have detailed all the driving laws for every country...just to make sure that everyone understands that pulling a wheelie whilst driving the wrong way down a autobahn is against the law....etc etc.

August 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I am sorry if I am utilizing the wrong space to ask the following: have you heard of or had a chance to review a dual camera that is listed at the following link?: http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/product/dual+view+hd+car+cam.do
It seems that the video quality is pretty good for a dual camera.

Thanks, ... and I think you do a superb job in your reviews.

August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarmelo

Mobius microphone makes good. When I bought the tic-tac cam I really didn't care much about the mic since I bough the cam after 2 near miss accidents from cars entering traffic circles and failing to yield. While I have captured a lunatic or two it wasn't until last evening that I felt truly inspired to use some footage and play it to police. It was the microphone that was key.

I pulled out of my driveway only to creep up to a red light only 30 meters up. Seems that a crazy person wanted that car space behind the 2 cars already at the red light since as I pulled up a could hear the sound of continual horn blast approaching from my rear. I'd seen this car but the speed and distance was ample for my entry onto the street in my residential neighborhood main street.

The horn just kept blowing as the car stopped behind me. Somebody had a bad day I was about to make it worse since that horn kept blowing, on and off, mostly on, as the cars at the light suspected me of this infraction disturbing the peace. Once the car in front of me, prompted by a horn blast, nearly lurched in to the intersection against the red light!

The light turns and all our cars proceed through the light and I pull over immediately after the light and begin to capture the lunatic driving a grey Jeep SUV, blaring the her horn all the way past me. I followed nearly a half mile hoping I'd capture the tags and then the car pulled into a lot.

I entertained a visit by police who gladly watched my Mobius video as we ascertained the violation of improper use of horn and excessive noise, $25 fines accompanied by $200 for the crooked courts. He could not cite a loud car unfortunately, but offered to visit the driver and prompt any admissions with witch to cite her for this uncivil behavior. I have confidence that she will be as sloppily vocal with her admissions as she is with her horn.

License tags are only captured at short distances such as within 20 feet.

Americans in the south are usually very polite in person but put them in a car and they get unruly

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDogBurritoahoo.com

Hi!

Following your review, I've just purchased this camera and am setting it up in my car. Temperatures here are still well up in triple digits, so lets see how it holds up over the next few weeks! I'll be sure and let you know!

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave In Phx

Thanks to Techmoan and his video reviews I have purchased and have been using the Mobius Action Cam as a USB wired "automatic on" dash cam with no problems and excellent 1080p Wide Dynamic Range video quality. I have noted that the heat sink gets extremely hot to the point of not being able to touch them after a recording session. I'm currently looking for a "lens hood" solution to block out direct sunlight on the lens in addition to a polarizing filter would help out a great deal too.

Someone mentioned local laws regarding camera mounting in vehicles - Well here in California in the USA the vehicle code mandates specific placements of items on windows and windshields (windscreens) such as GPS and Video Event Recorders (V C Section 26708 Material Obstructing or Reducing Driver x2019 s View) - http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

In brief is indicates the following:

26708. (a) (1) A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.

(2) A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon the vehicle that obstructs or reduces the driver’s clear view through the windshield or side windows.

(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:

(11) An electronic communication device affixed to the center uppermost portion of the interior of a windshield within an area that is not greater than five inches square, if the device provides either of the following:

(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.

(13) (A) A video event recorder with the capability of monitoring driver performance to improve driver safety, which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver, in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, or in a five-inch square mounted to the center uppermost portion of the interior of the windshield. As used in this section, “video event recorder” means a video recorder that continuously records in a digital loop, recording audio, video, and G-force levels, but saves video only when triggered by an unusual motion or crash or when operated by the driver to monitor driver performance.

(B) A vehicle equipped with a video event recorder shall have a notice posted in a visible location which states that a passenger’s conversation may be recorded.

(C) Video event recorders shall store no more than 30 seconds before and after a triggering event.

(D) The registered owner or lessee of the vehicle may disable the device.

(E) The data recorded to the device is the property of the registered owner or lessee of the vehicle.

(F) When a person is driving for hire as an employee in a vehicle with a video event recorder, the person’s employer shall provide unedited copies of the recordings upon the request of the employee or the employee’s representative. These copies shall be provided free of charge to the employee and within five days of the request.

(14) (A) A video event recorder in a commercial motor vehicle with the capability of monitoring driver performance to improve driver safety, which may be mounted no more than two inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. Subparagraphs (B) to (F), inclusive, of paragraph (13) apply to the exemption provided by this paragraph.

(B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C), subparagraph (A) shall become inoperative on the following dates, whichever date is later:

(i) The date that the Department of the California Highway Patrol determines is the expiration date of the exemption from the requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) of Section 393.60 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as renewed in the notice of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on pages 21791 and 21792 of Volume 76 of the Federal Register (April 18, 2011).

(ii) The date that the Department of the California Highway Patrol determines is the expiration date for a subsequent renewal of an exemption specified in clause (i).

(C) Notwithstanding subparagraph (B), subparagraph (A) shall become operative on the date that the Department of the California Highway Patrol determines is the effective date of regulations revising paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) of Section 393.60 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations to allow the placement of a video event recorder at the top of the windshield on a commercial motor vehicle.

August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiving In L.A.

hey Techmoan, very nice review. i ordered the camera a few days ago and i am waiting for it. i have now question though. i don't seem able to find the manufacturers web site. i would like to know (if you know of course) if there will be a waterproofing case for the camera. thanks in advance, Themistoklis.

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThemistoklis

I really have no idea...but I know heat dissipation will be an issue. In a small airtight case the lens is very likely to fog up.

August 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The manufacturer reads the posts at this RC Groups forum:http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1904559
I understand that a wind & water resistant 'sock' is being developed. A hard case is more difficult due to the heatsinks.

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyM

For all the good info offered up by Techmoan on this camera, you forgot to say, "Take off the small lens cap before trying out the video, STUPID!" :-) It got me right out of the box. So far, though, this camera has really impressed me with everything. So much so, that I may well be purchasing a second one in the near future. It has far better audio than any of the other cameras I have purchased because of Techmoan's recommendation. I am enjoying it fully at present.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

Here are some simplistic camera mount mods I have already made for my Mobius. The weight of the camera is very, very light, so that it does not hinder anything, even though it may stick out more than I'd prefer.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a1930ford/sets/72157635240076898/

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

Thought I'd show you fun stuff I've been doing with my Mobius, something I've been wanting to do for years but I never had a small high quality camera to do the job until now - I made a zipline holder!

I cut out the spindles of two dead 2.5" harddrives and bolted them together with a lolly stick, then bolted on some plastic to hold the sticky-backed window mount, with a small carabiner in the middle to keep it on the line when it comes off the wheels:

http://www.haku.co.uk/pics/MobiusZipline.jpg

Then stretched some string from inside the house out down the garden, with a microfibre cloth clamped at the end to stop the camera:

http://www.haku.co.uk/video/MobiusZiplineTest.mp4 (33mb, 720p)

The harddrive spindles work exceptionally well in the small tests, strangely they spin freely when spun anti-clockwise but have resistance when spun clockwise. In the video clip the spindles are going anti-clockwise in the first two runs and clockwise in the 3rd.

My next step is to cut out a piece from acrylic sheet to mount as a lens protector then take the rig up onto the hill I live next to and do some really long runs with a 500m fishing line a friend lent me :)

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Haku, That's really fun and inventive. I'd love to see what you do next. I imagine that if you made a compilation of zip-line clips going through different terrain and scenarios that you could have a big youtube hit on your hands.

August 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I recently saw a picture of a DIY camera mount with a Mobius that looked like a piece of plastic that hooked directly over the ears of a pair of standard eye glasses. Unfortunately, I failed to copy the photo to examine it later and I don't recall just where I saw the photo. Does anyone else know where to view that DIY modification for the Mobius? It is possible that the photo was of an 808 camera instead, but I was thinking it was the Mobius. Anyone know for sure? Thanks.

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

how long does the battery last?

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjabbahop

Mine as lasted about 70min

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

In fact wich one do you prefer with your motorbike? the Mobius or the sj1000?

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

I wouldn't worry too much about what I prefer....I use a Contour Roam 2 on my helmet or a Sony AS15 on the bike itself. In your bike scenario...is it raining? If the answer is Yes, then you can't use the Mobius.

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for your quick answer Matt....it's going to be my first cam....you own my two favorites cams but I don't have the budget for now...I won't ride with the cam if it's raining....so wich one do you "prefer" between those those two cheap cams??
the link for the manual on the mobius is dead.. :(....the sj1000 gets an lcd screen and a amazing quality...and the mobius seems to be good everywhere...but with no lcd...and if it's impossible to download the sofware, how is it possible to use it???

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

In the dry, I'd use a Mobius. The links to the manual and the software in the blog post are working, I've just tested them myself. You also don't need any software, its simple, as demonstrated in the video, to edit the text file to alter the settings.

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thanks matt

but when I try to go to the link http://www.mytempfiles.info/mobius/index.html i do have an error....

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlolo33

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